Want to land tables at Philadelphia’s trendiest restaurants? Score discounted show tickets? Make your apathetic teen’s jaw drop? Keep your toddler busy on a rainy afternoon? Want to be serenaded by future opera stars or sing the praises of the best cheesesteak?
Then you need to read this well-curated, easy-to-use guide.
The latest in a national series of travel guides by Reedy Press, 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die has been released. The guide was written by Irene Levy Baker, who has spent 25 years exploring Greater Philadelphia.
The book includes tips she discovered while working with five local tourist bureaus, celebrity chefs, hotels, and attractions. Baker is the owner of Spotlight Public Relations, a firm specializing in hospitality and restaurants.
Prior to starting her public relations firm in 1998, Baker spent nearly a decade at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“Travel writers are the most jaded travelers in the world,” said Baker, whose job it is to impress travel writers when they visit Philadelphia. “I noted what surprised and delighted them, and I reveal the secrets in this new book.”
Baker highlighted the King of Prussia Mall and Valley Forge National Historical Park as two of her bucket-list destinations in the region.
“The hardest part of writing this book was limiting the list of ‘things to do’ to only 100,” Baker wrote in the preface. “I had to be very cutthroat in choosing only the very best so readers would get a well-curated list of how to spend their time in Philadelphia.”