Despite everything going on, many new attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels have opened in the Philadelphia region. That’s one reason why National Geographic named Philadelphia to its list of best places to visit in 2019. And why Irene Levy Baker felt there was a compelling reason to update her book, 100 Thing To Do In Philadelphia, which is one of the best-selling in the national travel series published by Reedy Press.
The first edition of the book was published four years ago and this second edition came out in early October. The second edition of 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia provides the inside scoop on the region’s newest attractions plus hidden gems that even long-time Philadelphians might not know about. It includes many new museums, parks, restaurants and attractions in the area, as well as many lesser-known sights, like the Rail Park, Cherry Street Pier, Laurel Hill Cemetery, the new John James Audubon Center in Mill Grove and Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove, New Jersey. As a bonus, the book is filled with insider’s tips on getting the most out of each experience, such as a list of secret speakeasies and tips for getting into them, how to make the most of Restaurant Week and the best days to visit attractions.
The 100 things described in the book are divided into 5 categories – food and drink; music and entertainment; culture and history; sports and recreation; and shopping and fashion. It includes places in Philadelphia, the surrounding counties and South Jersey. Adding to its usefulness are recommendations for young families, families with teens, dates and empty-nesters, and a list of free attractions.
Baker, who lived in Montgomery County for many years before moving to Center City in 2015, is doing virtual book talks called “There’s No Place Like Home” in partnerships with many suburban locations including Radnor Library in Wayne, Cheltenham Adult School, Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, Chester County Night School, Haddonfield Community Education & Recreation, Haverford Adult School, North Penn Community Education Program and Main Line School Night. She’ll discuss staycations, new attractions, hidden gems, good places to social distance and how to help restaurants survive. For dates and times, visit www.100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia.com and click on “book events.”
Signed copies of the book are available online at www.100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia.com. The book is also sold at independent bookstores, at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.