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Philadelphia Sports and RecreationPhiladelphia, with a representative in every major sports league—baseball, football, hockey, basketball and soccer—is a paradise for spirited spectator sports fans. The NFL Super Bowl LII champion Eagles play at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field at S. Broad and Pattison streets; and the Phillies of baseball's National League suit up at Citizens Bank Park, 10th Street and Pattison Avenue. The Wells Fargo Center, also at S. Broad and Pattison streets, plays host to the NHL's Flyers and the NBA's 76ers. For ticket information, phone (215) 463-1000 for the Phillies; (267) 463-5500 for the Eagles; (215) 339-7676 for the 76ers; and (215) 218-7825 for the Flyers. Philly's newest team, the Philadelphia Union, plays soccer at Talen Energy Stadium in nearby Chester; (877) 218-6466.

Rowing is popular on the Schuylkill River; sculls are often seen skimming the water. Periodic races and spectacular annual rowing regattas can be seen from Fairmount Park.

Polo is played by the suburban Brandywine Polo Club, which has games on Sunday and Friday May through September; phone (610) 268-8692. Cricket matches are held in Fairmount Park on weekends in the summer.

Fairmount Park caters to nearly everyone's recreational appetite, with archery, bicycling, canoeing, fishing, golf, hiking, horseback riding, lawn bowling and tennis.

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From the Schuylkill River Trail (a small portion of which runs through Philadelphia) to the D&L Trail, there are plenty of hiking, jogging and biking opportunities. Maps showing good routes for running and walking are available at downtown hotels. Runners enjoy the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon in September and the full Philadelphia Marathon through the historic city each November. Note: The Bartram Trail section of the Schuylkill River Trail is near, or crosses, state game lands, so wearing blaze orange is recommended during hunting seasons; contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission, (717) 787-4250, for details.

You can rent a bike through Indego, the city's bike share program; phone (844) 446-3346.

If you want to play the ponies, Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem offers Thoroughbred racing all year; phone (215) 639-9000. Delaware Park, near Wilmington, Del., offers Thoroughbred races summer through fall; phone (800) 417-5687.

Note: Policies concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities vary. Phone for information.

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Travel Information

City Population



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Sales Tax

Pennsylvania's statewide sales tax is 6 percent. An additional 2 percent is collected by Philadelphia County, as is an 8.5 percent hotel tax.



Police (non-emergency)



Aria Health (Torresdale Campus), (215) 612-4000; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, (215) 662-4000; Methodist Hospital, (215) 952-9000; Pennsylvania Hospital, (215) 829-3000; Roxborough Memorial Hospital, (215) 483-9900; Temple University Hospital, (215) 707-2000.

Air Travel

Philadelphia International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, at the Philadelphia International Airport, (215) 492-7205 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak trains pull into both the main 30th Street Station terminal at 30th and Market streets and the North Philadelphia Station at N. Broad Street and W. Glenwood Avenue. If your destination is mid-city, disembark at 30th Street Station. Phone (800) 872-7245, or TTY (800) 523-6590.


The major bus terminal is Greyhound Lines Inc., (215) 931-4075, at 10th and Filbert streets. Peter Pan Bus Lines, (800) 343-9999, also serves the city. New Jersey Transit buses, (973) 275-5555, depart for southern New Jersey and shore points.


Yellow Cab Co., (215) 333-8294, charges a $2.70 base rate plus $2.30 per mile. A fuel surcharge also may be added. One-way fares between the airport and central Philadelphia locations are a flat $49 fee.

Public Transportation

A system of buses, trolleys, subways and regional rails serves Philadelphia. Operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), buses, trolleys and subways charge $2.50, plus $1 for a transfer; exact change is required. Senior citizens ride free with a valid Senior Fare Card. Regional rail fares vary by zone; phone (215) 580-7800 for fare information. RiverLink Ferry offers ferry service from Penn's Landing to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J.

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