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Philadelphia Hospitality Announces Fall Schedule for Beyond Philadelphia Tours to Longwood Gardens
PHILADELPHIA…August 22, 2011….Philadelphia Hospitality has announced its fall schedule for Beyond Philadelphia tours from Center City to Longwood Gardens. Starting Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, tours will run every Saturday through November 5. The tour is being operated by Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc., a non-profit organization, that promotes the Philadelphia region as a world-class destination by offering special access and behind-the-scenes tours for groups.
Beyond Philadelphia tours depart at 12:30 p.m. from the Fairmount Park Welcome Center at 16th & J.F.K. Boulevard (in LOVE Park) directly to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA., and return to Center City at 5:30 p.m. Tours include roundtrip transportation on a spacious, 32-passenger motorcoach, admission to Longwood, and an on-board guide.
After November 5, tours will resume in late-November-through-December to showcase Longwood’s spectacular holiday offerings.
“We are very excited about offering this service to visitors coming to Philadelphia,” said Bill Mifflin, director of Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc. “In talking to hotel and visitor center concierges and frontline staff, we found that tourists frequently ask if there is any way to get to Longwood Gardens other than by car or public transportation. Beyond Philadelphia provides a relaxing way for travelers to see Philadelphia’s countryside on their way to one of the region’s most popular attractions.”
We are delighted that Philadelphia Hospitality is offering this new, convenient service to Longwood,“ said Paul Redman, director of Longwood Gardens. “We know that guests to Philadelphia want to see the unsurpassed beauty of Longwood Gardens. A visit to Longwood is an out-of-this-world experience and Beyond Philadelphia makes it easy.”
Ticket prices are $70 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.beyondphiladelphia.org; in person at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market streets,1-800-537-7676, 215-965-7676, www.independencevisitorcenter.com; the Fairmount Park Welcome Center (Love Park), 215-683-0246, www.fairmountpark.org; and from concierges in select hotels. Reservations are suggested for group of up to 30 people.
For more information about Beyond Philadelphia, call 1-800-537-7676, 215-965-7676 or visit www.beyondphiladelphia.org. For information about Longwood Gardens, including a calendar of special events, visit www.longwoodgardens.org.
About Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc.
Philadelphia Hospitality, www.philahospitality.org, a non-profit organization focuses on promoting the Philadelphia region as a world-class destination to live, work, play, and visit. For almost 30 years, Philadelphia Hospitality has created memorable experiences by providing behind-the-scenes and special-access tours for corporate, cultural, leisure, and professional groups coming to the Philadelphia region. Tours can be custom designed, focusing on the group’s specific interests and needs. The only non-profit of its kind in the country, Philadelphia Hospitality offers exclusive access to fascinating private homes; extraordinary art and antique collections; world-class museums; unparalleled historical and cultural attractions; and exquisite public and private gardens. With the support of more than 1,000 members, friends, and volunteers, Philadelphia Hospitality opens doors throughout Philadelphia and eyes throughout the world.
About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,058 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and cultural and community engagement.
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