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Exploring Philadelphia: Many local people don't realize what adventures they can have right in their own backyard. This selection of books gives you ideas for exploring the Philadelphia region's numerous and varied attractions. more lists in this category
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Title: Philadelphia's Outdoor Art
Author: Brenner, Roslyn
Publisher: Camino Books (1987)
ISBN: 0940159007
Call Number: 917.4811 B751p
Notes: It has been stated that "no other city in the United States and few in the world can boast of so rich and varied a heritage of outdoor public sculpture as Philadelphia." This book provides a walking tour of Philadelphia's outdoor sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between City Hall and the park side of the Art Museum. A map showing the sculptures' locations is included.

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Title: AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia : Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware
Author: Charkes, Susan
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books (2010)
ISBN: 9781934028339
Call Number: 796.5109 C378a
Notes: This book will give you info on 50 of the best hikes in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and northern Delaware. The hike descriptions include highlights, detailed maps, essays on history and nature, and summaries of time required, distances, and difficulty levels. There is a locator map of all hikes so you can easily see which hikes are in a particular area. Also included are methods to get access to some of the trailheads by public transit.

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Title: The Philadelphia Inquirer's Walking Tours of Historic Philadelphia
Author: Colimore, Edward
Publisher: Camino Books (2007)
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 9781933822037
Call Number: 917.4811 C681pkd
Notes: History buffs will be fascinated by this book's twelve city neighborhood tours, covering buildings, streets, gardens, and parks. Arranged to help readers follow logical paths from site to site, the book includes maps, information regarding touring specific sites, and tips on parking, public transit, and nearby restaurants.

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Title: Philadelphia Architecture
Author: Gallery, John
Publisher: Paul Dry Books (2009)
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 9781589880474
Call Number: 720.9748 G136p
Notes: This book provides in chronological order by date of construction more than 300 architectural and historical descriptions and photographs of the city's most architecturally significant buildings. The book also includes ten maps which show the locations of the buildings and a chart of buildings representing each historical period.

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Title: A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region
Author: Levine, Adam
Publisher: Temple University Press (2007)
Price: $19.32
ISBN: 9781592135103
Call Number: 712.6097 L578g
Notes: This little volume has the most complete information on gardens in this area, the epicenter of horticulture in the United States. The book covers 40 gardens in detail and contains information on dozens more including community and private gardens. It gives the reader important visitor information, maps showing all the major gardens, tips on when to go, and special features of each garden.

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Title: Where to Bike. Philadelphia
Author: Lorch , Julie
Publisher: BA Press (2011)
ISBN: 9780980858747
Call Number: 796.6409 L883w
Notes: Densely packed, centered around neighborhoods, laid out in a grid, and with over 200 miles of bike paths, lanes, and multi-use trails, Philadelphia is built for cycling. This book includes descriptions of 50 rides for adults and 21 for kids in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Each description includes maps, mile by mile instructions, distance, elevation, terrain, traffic, and how to get there. Some of the destinations are local hangouts. With this book, you're practically guaranteed to find your perfect cycling experience.

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Title: Fountains of Philadelphia : a Guide
Author: McClelland, Jim
Publisher: Stackpole Books (2005)
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 081173191x
Call Number: 714 M132f
Notes: An excellent guidebook to 54 fountains located in Center City, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and Fairmount Park. You can read about their history and design and enjoy beautiful photos of these elegant works of art. Three maps are included to allow you to find each fountain easily.

 
Title: Historic Houses of Philadelphia
Author: Moss, Roger
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (1998)
ISBN: 0812216474
Call Number: 974.811 M855h
Notes: This book is the only comprehensive one of the area's rich array of houses open to the public. For each of the fifty homes covered, the book includes a map, touring information, architectural style, history, and furnishings.

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Title: Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia
Author: Moss, Roger
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (2005)
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 0812237927
Call Number: 726.5097 M855h
Notes: Less well known than Independence Hall or some of the city's historic homes are Philadelphia's impressive sacred places. The author of this opulent volume conducts the reader on tours of fifty of them, Protestant, Catholic, Quaker, and Jewish and provides information on their architecture, architects, artists, and congregations. Maps and other information to enable you to visit these places is included.

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Title: Museums of Philadelphia
Author: Waldron, Laura
Publisher: Westholme (2004)
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 1594160074
Call Number: 069.0974 W147m
Notes: You'll find information here on more than 100 museums, many of them unfamiliar to most people. There are descriptions of each museum's collection and important facts for visitors. You'll also find lists of museums by category and handy visual symbols for various noteworthy characteristics of each museum such as garden or food on premises.