This post was sponsored by Visit Philadelphia. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’ve lived in this uber awesome town for almost seven years! I can’t believe it. The time has flown by. And I’ll be totally honest with you when my husband said, “I got a job offer in Philly,” I kind of snarled. I had never been to Philadelphia before and the city didn’t have the best reputation from what I had heard.

But when we arrived and I finally got to see and visit Philadelphia, I quickly realized there was so much more to this city than what anyone could tell me that didn’t live here. The secret little places from City Tavern where our dignitaries once came after a long day at the office. No big deal. JUST WRITING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE! Awesome, right?

So many secret little places in Philadelphia that visitors can truly learn and experience our countries heritage. You know what else Philly has that isn’t like any other city? FUNKY FAST STOPS! That’s what I call ‘fun-out of the box-unique places-to see on the fly’!

the_stoogeum_philly_stooges_museumFor Three Stooges Fans

The Stooges have a Museum in Philly called the Stoogeum! Get it – Stooges and Museum? Ha. Love it. The Stoogeum is the first and only museum for the Stooges with over 100,000 pieces of Stoogiabilia. (Yes. That is a REAL WORLD.) The Stoogeum is also home to the Three Stooges Fan Club. From artifacts to artwork dating back from 1917 to today – you’re sure to remember something fabulous from your childhood! (I use to watch the Stooges with my grandpa and this place brought me back to those memories!)

pizza_brain_phillyFor the Pizza Lovers

Pizza Brain located in the Fishtown section of Philly is the first pizza culture museum and shop. This fun shop has everything from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles memorabilia to more facts you can handle about pizza! All truth and backed by the Guinness Book of World Records, thank you. Fun for the whole family for sure!

For the Shoe Shopping Addict

Ok, so you won’t be able to fuel your addiction if you really are a shoe addict but you will be able to have some fun learning all about SHOES at the Shoe Museum at Temple University! This museum is home to over 900 pairs of shoes and 250 of them are on display!

From celebrities, former presidents to even a circus giants size 18 pair of shoes, you will definitely get the shoe buzz visiting this quirky place in Philly! This museum isn’t one you can just ‘stop by’ as you’ll have to make an appointment but it’s well worth it for any shoe lover!

Staying in Philly

Of course you need to find a place to stay. I’d love to have you at my house but my 5 year old might talk your ear of and my 1 year old might eat your food. Sooo..with that being said – the best place to find the best deals for staying in Philly is There you’ll see the latest and greatest places to stay that works with Visit Philly to offer the best deals. In this deal you get two nights accommodation, free parking (MEGA value there!) and a fab With Love, Philadelphia XOXO Welcome Gift!

So what are you waiting for! Come Visit Philly!

This post originally appeared on Real Mom Media on March 17, 2014.

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