Are you taking a Taste 4 Travel Food Tour in Philadelphia? Chef Jacquie’s fun and informative food tours will take you to the Italian Market, Chestnut Hill, or East Passyunk Avenue. Tours last between 1.5 and 3 hours, so that leaves plenty of the day for other activities.
If you want to make a day of it , consider the following before or after your Taste 4 Travel Food Tour:
The Italian Market
In addition to the market itself, which happens to be one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in America, you can consider the following:
- The Magic Gardens. Enjoy this great air art gallery and garden. They display folk art and mosaic work, much of it displayed outside. In addition to their permanent mural collection and interactive cabinet of curiosities, they show unusual art. Sewn sculptures, anyone? Check their website for current temporary exhibits. There are short tours available at noon and 4pm.
- The Fleisher Art Memorial. If you want to not just observe the art but try your hand, check out the workshop program at the Fleisher. Some of their workshops are free to members. They have annual exhibitions by both students and faculty. Most of their classes are in the evenings, but there are exceptions.
Chestnut Hill is Philadelphia’s garden district. Take a walk to enjoy the local architecture, or check out the following great attractions:
- The Morris Arboretum. The official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the arboretum started in 1887 and was transferred to the University of Pennsylvania in 1932. During the summer, the Garden Railway, a gorgeous outdoor model railroad layout with a quarter mile of track, runs regularly. You can also head to the wetlands with your binoculars for some birding. For that food connection, look for the grist mill demonstration days and find out how corn was milled in the 19th century.
- Cliveden House. Cliveden House is a house museum with both temporary and permanent exhibits. The house contains hundreds of objects. It also has the Living Kitchens at Cliveden interpretation project, which highlights the differences between the 1767 Kitchen Dependency and the 1959 Mid-Century kitchen (the house was lived in until 1972). Find out how people cooked in the late eighteenth century.
- Woodmere Art Museum. The Woodmere Art Museum focuses on the art and artists of Philadelphia itself. The museum hosts various programs including classical concerts on Saturdays and rare movies on Tuesday nights. Through the year, they have a variety of tours, music, and talks.
- Forbidden Drive. Forget for a while that you are in Philadelphia as you take the Forbidden Drive Trail through Wissahickon Valley Park. The trail is accessible and available to bikers and equestrians as well as hikers. Look for the hidden Indian statue. The drive used to be a turnpike, check out the dams in the river as the last vestige of the mills and taverns that stood here.
East Passyunk Avenue
Before or after your Taste 4 Travel tour head down East Passyunk Avenue and explore Philadelphia’s Italian heritage. Appreciate the architecture and check out the history:
- The History of Italian Immigration Museum. This is a new museum – it was opened in June, 2014. Learn about famous Italian immigrants such as Amadeo Gianini (who founded the Bank of Italy, which became the Bank of America) and Amerigo Vespucci (the Italian navigator America itself is named after). But also learn about less famous, but nonetheless important people, such as the Italian peddlers who once brought “convenience shopping” to the citizens of Philadelphia.
- Take a tour of Philadelphia’s murals. Check out Mural Arts Philadelphia for tours of murals and gardens, rotating outdoor art galleries, and find out more about how Philadelphia’s great tradition of murals is being sustained in the 21st century. Make sure to include the Zagar Mosaic Warehouse.
- Theatre Exile. For theater buffs, theatre exercise stages independent and lesser known plays, primarily in the Latvian Society Performance Space. Find a new gem you have not seen before (or even heard of!).
Make a day of it in Philadelphia after your Taste 4 Travel Food Tour and enjoy the variety of attractions these neighborhoods have to offer, before or after your fun food tour. Look past the Liberty Bell and find the true history and culture of Philadelphia.
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