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Where to Park for the Broad Street Run

Cue up “Eye of the Tiger” and dust off those running shoes. The Broad Street run is sprinting through Philly this weekend!

Here’s the scoop:

Bright and early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, close to 40,000 runners are expected to line up at Broad and West Fisher streets before making the 10-mile trek through Philly’s main artery. The ambitious runners will be met with cheers from thousands of spectators while sweating it out all the way to the Philadelphia Naval Yard. For the full run-down on the Broad Street Run, head here.

Here’s the thing: With Broad Street blocked off to accommodate the race, it’s definitely a good idea — especially when it comes to parking — to plan ahead.

As luck would have it, we’ll have you covered parking-wise with our five conveniently located Center City garages, all of which are only a couple blocks away from Broad Street. Take a look at the rates below and feel free to reach out to us via Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

FAMILY COURTHOUSE GARAGE
1503-11 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

  • Weekend Rate – $11.00 (Exit by 6 a.m.)

 

AUTOPARK AT JEFFERSON
14-18 S. 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $16.00 (Enter before 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.)

 

GATEWAY PARKING GARAGE
1540 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Entrances on Spring and 16th streets

Rates:

  • Weekend Rate – $7.00

 

PARKADE ON 8TH
801 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $12.50 (Enter 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m.)

 

AUTOPARK AT GALLERY MALL
44 North 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $13.00 (Enter before 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.)

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Independence Blue Cross via Flickr

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Top 5 Reasons to Ride the PHLASH

Guest Post by Independence Visitor Center Corporation

In many ways, the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ remains one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

The service has been around since 1994, and hit its all-time high for ridership last year. Yet, there are still plenty of visitors and locals who are not aware of all that the PHLASH has to offer.

Even if your ride was among the 314,000 the PHLASH made in 2016, you probably aren’t taking advantage of everything the service has to offer. Here is our list of the top reasons to ride the PHLASH:

Top 5 Reasons to Ride the PHLASH

  1. Excellent Customer Service: Did you know that the Independence Visitor Center Corporation began managing the PHLASH in 2012? That means we apply our same high standards of customer service and attention to visitor needs to the transit service.
  2. “Park & Ride” Discount Program: For anyone driving into Philadelphia, PHLASH’s “Park & Ride” program offers a discounted rate at the following Philadelphia Parking Authority facilities for those who present a PHLASH pass:

So leave the stress of city traffic to the professionals—park your car and ride PHLASH for the day!

  1. Clean + Comfortable Vehicles: In 2014, the PHLASH service transitioned from using trolleys to state-of-the-art New Flyer MiDi buses, operated by Krapf’s Coaches. The buses are large, seating up to 32 passengers comfortably, with large windows for great city views. They are air conditioned, ADA compliant, made in the USA, and use the latest in clean diesel technology. The PHLASH vehicles provide such a pleasant riding experience that the PHLASH was even named one of “10 Places to Mooch Free Air Conditioning in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine!
  2. Exclusive Route: Like everything else about the PHLASH, its route is designed with the visitor in mind. The PHLASH travels from the Delaware River Waterfront to Fairmount Park, making 22 stops located near popular destinations and attractions, including: Penn’s Landing, the National Museum of Jewish American History, The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Shops at Liberty Place, the Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck, and the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution.
    The PHLASH is the ONLY public transit route that travels along Philadelphia’s iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, providing access to the city’s Museum District.
  3. FREE Rides: At just $2 per ride or $5 for an all-day pass, the PHLASH is the most affordable way to travel around the city for everyone. But for many, the PHLASH is completely free! Among the groups who can always ride PHLASH for free: SEPTA Pass and Key card holders, seniors 65 and older; and children 4 and under.

If you haven’t yet experienced the benefits of riding the PHLASH, you’re in luck because daily service for the season resumes on Monday, May 1!

 

PHOTO CREDIT:  Jeff Fusco for the IVCC

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Getting Parked During the NFL Draft

If the past year has taught us anything about Philly, it’s that we know how to host big events—and we’ll be reminded of our event hosting prowess from April 27-29 as the NFL Draft sets up shop on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

With more than 200,000 fans expected to attend, the 2017 NFL Draft Experience will offer families and devoted NFL fans a plethora of interactive experiences, including a 100-yard zipline and a selfie opportunity with the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy! Not a bad deal considering the draft experience is free to attend. For the complete run-down on the must-do attractions during the 2017 NFL Draft Experience, click here.

A word to the wise: To gain access to exclusive events during the NFL Draft Experience, register for the Fan Mobile Pass.

Now onto parking:
First things first: Throughout the duration of the NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience, there will be traffic and parking restrictions on and around the Ben Franklin Parkway. For a comprehensive list of the restrictions, click here. Maps highlighting the traffic and parking restrictions can also be seen here.  

Residential Parking Permit Holders:
From Monday, April 24 – Monday, May 8, residents who have a valid residential parking permit for District Zone 6 will be permitted to park in District Zone 17. Additionally, District Zone 17 permit holders will be permitted to park within District Zone 6 if necessary. The boundaries for District Zones 6 and 17 can be found here.

Note: Any vehicle not in possession of a valid District Zone 6 and/or District Zone 17 permit parked within these zones will be subject to ticketing after exceeding the posted time limit.


Free Parking for Draft Attendees:
Those attending the NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience can park for FREE at the sports stadium complex located in South Philadelphia. If you plan on parking at the sports stadium complex, you’re encouraged to utilize SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway, located at Pattison Avenue and Broad Street.  

PPA Parking Facilities Near the NFL Draft:
If you’d rather park closer to all the festivities on the Parkway, the PPA operates three facilities within close walking distance. Check out the rates and locations below. As always, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

Gateway Parking Garage:
1540 Vine Street

Rates:

  • Up to 20 Minutes – $3.00
  • Each Additional 20 Minutes (or portion)  – $3.00
  • Up to 10 Hours – $18.00
  • Up to 24 Hours – $22.00
  • Evening Rates (M-F enter AFTER 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m.) – $5.00
  • Weekend Rate – (Sat & Sun, must exit by Monday at 9am) – $7 per day

 

19th & Callowhill Low
1901 Callowhill Street

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour – $6.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $11.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $17.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $19.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter before 9 a.m., Exit by 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $11.00
  • Weekends – $11.00 (Flat Rate Per Day)
  • Evening (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 6 a.m. Monday-Friday) – $9.00

 

Family Courthouse Garage:
1503-11 Arch Street

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $18.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $24.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $26.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 7 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $16.00
  • Evenings rate after 5 p.m. (exit by 6 a.m.) – $10.00
  • Weekend rate (per day, exit by 6 a.m.) – $12.50
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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Science Festival

 

Put your thinking caps on: On April 21, the Philadelphia Science Festival returns for its 7th year! Organized by the Franklin Institute, the nine-day, citywide festival aims to celebrate and build a community around science, engineering and technology to perhaps inspire the next Einstein.

Through April 29, the festival will boast more than 80 events ranging from family outings to workshops for all ages scattered throughout Philly. Get a sneak peak of the festival in the promo reel below:

 

The grand finale comes on Saturday, April 29 during the Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing, where event-goers will be treated to live entertainment, geeky games and dynamic demonstrations. Sound like your cup of tea? Plan ahead and map out your experience by checking out the event guide here.

Before unleashing the nerdiness within you, let’s get you parked. With all the events and workshops scattered throughout Philly, you’ll find conveniently located parking at one of our seven Center City garages. If you’re holding out for the Science Carnival on April 29, our Old City AutoPark is located only blocks away from the festivities. Check out the rates below and give us a holler on Twitter or Facebook if you have any questions!

 

Old City AutoPark:
2nd & Sansom Streets

Rates:

  • Up to 1/2 hour – $4.00
  • Up to 1 hours – $8.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $16.50
  • Up to 12 hours – $18.50
  • Up to 24 hours – $20.50

Specials:

Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $10.50

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Where to Park for the Saint Paddy’s Day Parade

It’s no secret that Philly has a plethora of traditions when it comes to annual events, and when it comes to this upcoming weekend, the Philadelphia Flower Show won’t be the only event turning heads in downtown Philly. The 247th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will also be making its way through Center City this Sunday!

Here’s what you need to know:

Come this Sunday, March 12 from noon through 3 p.m., a sea of green will be traveling down the new parade route from City Hall down Market Street to Penn’s Landing. Floats, marching bands, leprechauns, you name it—they’ll all be there honoring the patron saint of Ireland. To get a bigger glimpse of what to expect, check out the details here.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday as well!

Now before decking yourself out in green and heading to the festivities, make sure you check out your most convenient parking options. Luckily, six of our garages are located very close to the parade route. Look out for the rates below and feel free to throw any questions at us on Twitter or Facebook.

Gateway Parking Garage
Rates:

  • Weekends  – $7.00 (Flat Rate Per Day)

AutoPark at Olde City
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $8.00
  • Up to 1 ½ hour  – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $16.50
  • Up to 10 hours – $18.50

Specials:

  • Early Bird (Enter by 9 AM & Exit by 6 PM)  – $14.00

The AutoPark at the Gallery Mall
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $5.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $9.00
  • Up to 3 hours – $13.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $21.50

Specials:

  • Super Early Bird (Enter by 8 AM & Exit by 8 PM)  – $10.50
  • Early Bird (Enter by 10 AM & Exit by 6 PM)  – $13.00

The AutoPark at Jefferson
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $13.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $20.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $23.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird (Enter by 10 AM & Exit by 6 PM)  – $16.00

Parkade on 8th
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $9.00
  • Up to 1 ½ hour  – $12.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $15.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $18.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird (Enter by 10 AM & Exit by 7 PM)  – $12.50

AutoPark at Independence Mall
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $8.00
  • Up to 1 ½ hour  – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $17.50
  • Up to 10 hours – $20.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird (Enter by 9 AM & Exit by 6 PM)  – $10.50

 

Need helping finding a parking spot? We’re listening on Twitter and Facebook!

 

PHOTO CREDIT: R. KENNEDY FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

 

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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Flower Show

If the recent warm weather wasn’t enough of a hint that spring is around the corner, here’s another one:

The Philadelphia Flower Show is back and turning heads at the Pennsylvania Convention Center!

Here’s the deal.

From March 11-19, floral enthusiasts will have the perfect venue for some inspiration as the PA Convention Center is packed to the brim with elaborate large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral arrangements, which makes sense given this year’s theme: Holland: Flowering the World.

Believe it or not, one of the more, shall we say, interesting attractions this year will be a spa. That’s right, a garden spa with relaxation stations offering up electronic massages while you sip on champagne and gaze at the floral masterpieces around you.  Sound like your cup of tea? Grab your tickets here and check out more events and activities to expect at the show.

Now before parking yourself into the massage chair, make sure you’re conveniently parking your vehicle first!  Check our rates and closest locations below—and feel free to get at us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

 

The AutoPark at the Gallery Mall

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $5.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $9.00
  • Up to 3 hours: $13.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $21.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $13.00
  • Super Early Bird – Enter by 8 a.m., exit by 8 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $10.50
  • Evening rate after 4 p.m.
    • Up to 1 hour – $5.00
    • Maximum to 12 Midnight – $9.00

Parkade on 8th:

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $9.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $12.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $15.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $18.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m. – $12.50
  • Evening Rate – Enter after 5 p.m., exit by 3 a.m. (Monday through Friday) – $9.00

Family Courthouse Garage:

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $18.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $24.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $26.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 7:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $16.00
  • Evenings rate after 5 p.m. (exit by 6 a.m.) – $10.00
  • Weekend rate (per day, exit by 6 a.m.) – $12.50

PHOTO CREDIT: M. FISCHETTI FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

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Donde Aparcar para el Philadelphia Flower Show

Si el clima cálido reciente no te da a entender que la primavera está a la vuelta de la esquina, aquí tienes otra pista:

¡El Philadelphia Flower Show está de vuelta y llama la atención al Pennsylvania Convention Center!

Aquí está el trato.

Desde el 11 de marzo hasta el 19, entusiastas florales tendrán el lugar perfecto para inspiración porque el PA Convention Center tendrá una exhibición de jardines elaborados y masivos, paisajes, y arreglos florales. Eso tiene sentido debido al tema de este año: Holanda: la Floración del Mundo.

Te lo creas o no, sin embargo, una de las más, digamos, principales atracciones más interesantes este año será un balneario. Es verdad, un balneario jardín con estaciones de relajación que ofrecerán masajes electrónicos mientras bebes champán y miras las obras maestras que te rodean. ¿Te parece bien? Cómprate los billetes aquí y échate un vistazo a más eventos y actividades que vas a descubrir al show.

Antes de aparcarte en el sillón de masaje, ¡asegúrate de que aparcas tu auto primero! Mira los precios y ubicaciones más cercanas abajo – ¡y no dudes en contactarnos por Twitter o Facebook con cualquier pregunta!

 

 

El AutoPark en Gallery Mall

Precios:

  • Hasta 1 hora: $5.00
  • Hasta 2 horas: $9.00
  • Hasta 3 horas: $13.00
  • Hasta 12 horas: $21.00

Especiales:

  • Madrugador – Entrar a las 10 a.m., salir a las 6 p.m. – $13.00
  • Super Madrugador – Entrar a las 8 a.m., salir a las 8 p.m. (lunes a viernes) – $10.50
  • Después de las 4 p.m.
    • Hasta 1 hora – $5.00
    • Máximo hasta la medianoche – $9.00

Parkade en la calle 8

Precios:

  • Hasta 1 hora: $9.00
  • Hasta 1 1/2 horas: $12.00
  • Hasta 2 horas: $15.00
  • Hasta 12 horas: $18.00

Especiales:

  • Madrugador – Entrar a las 10 a.m., salir a las 7 p.m. – $12.50
  • Precio de noche – Entrar después de las 5 p.m., salir a las 3 a.m. (lunes a viernes) – $9.00

Garaje de Family Courthouse

Precios:

  • Hasta 1 hora: $13.00
  • Hasta 1 1/2 horas: $18.00
  • Hasta 2 horas: $24.00
  • Hasta 12 horas: $26.00

Especiales:

  • Madrugador – Entrar a las 9 a.m., salir a las 7 p.m. (lunes a viernes) – $16.00
  • Después de las 5 p.m. (salir a las 6 a.m.) – $10.00
  • Fin de semana (cada día, salir a las 6 a.m.) – $12.50

 

 

PHOTO POR: M. FISCHETTI PARA VISIT PHILADELPHIA

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Guest Post: Keys to a Safer Ride

 

As the weather starts to heat up, many of us will be itching to take to the streets on our two wheelers. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting out on your motorcycle or scooter. But along with that great feeling comes dangers we should all watch for.

  • Go over your two-wheeler carefully before heading out. You should give your bike or scooter a thorough review every time you use it. But pay special attention when getting it out after winter storage. Tire condition, air pressure, fluid levels, suspension, lights, brakes and more can change while the machine is in storage. Make sure all your systems are safe and fully functioning.
  • Wear proper gear every time. The goal is to make it to your destination and back without incident. But if you do have an issue, you will be glad you took the time to don a jacket, helmet, gloves and boots, even for a short ride.
  • You’re not the only biker back on the road. With the advent of warmer weather, the streets are suddenly flooded with motorcycles and scooters. Other road users should be paying plenty of attention, but your smaller profile isn’t as obvious as cars and trucks, especially in congested urban areas.
  • Other road users may easily not see you. Bright or reflective clothing will help, but the best thing you can do is ride defensively. Be sure there is plenty of room between you and the other vehicles on the road.
  • Give yourself extra time to get to where you are going. Between the extra time to check over your bike and the time it takes to put on your gear, you’ll need 10 minutes or more of additional time before heading out. The need to hurry causes us to be less cautious in our actions. And you don’t want to be anxious while on two wheels.
  • Sign up for a riding course. It doesn’t matter if you’re a new rider or veteran rider. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program offers free basic rider courses for beginning riders. BRC2, which allows you to improve basic skills on your own bike, and advanced courses are also available for more experienced riders.
  • Know where and how to park. The Philadelphia Parking Authority has special rules for motorcycles and scooters. And the city offers parking corrals for bikes. You can find the “Do’s and Don’ts” here.

The keys to city riding are to remain focused, ride defensively and gear up. Have a great riding season!

 

Marie Wuelleh is the recreational riding and volunteer manager for the American Motorcyclist Association.

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Winter Driving Tips

Oh winter — when we were young, we’d rejoice at your arrival. As snow would fall, our eyes were glued to the TV waiting for the much anticipated school closure announcements. If our school was on the list of closures, we’d jump for joy while our parents stood idly by with a hint of jealousy.

But where did this jealousy manifest itself? Maybe it was because they’d rather be building a snowman or snow fort all day. Or maybe it wasn’t jealousy at all. Maybe it was the underlying thought of driving to work in a snowstorm.

As children, we wouldn’t think about the dangers of driving in the snow. We were too busy hurling snowballs at one another before taking a hot chocolate break. Meanwhile, our parents were on the road driving at slow speeds with windshield wipers at full throttle.

Now, as adults, we’re the ones having to brave the storms while our kids enjoy their fun-filled snow days. As we’re driving on the icy roads during our commutes, safety should be the top priority not only for us, but other drivers.

Check out PennDOT’s winter driving tips below and their winter driving guide. Also make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter for parking updates during snowfall.

  • Always buckle up.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Stay home unless travel is absolutely
  • Leave earlier to allow plenty of time to get to a destination.
  • Inspect tires, use tires designed to operate in snow and ice, and keep tires inflated to proper levels.
  • Inspect wipers and wiper blades.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Make sure defrosters are in good operating conditions.
  • Refresh washer fluid with anti-freeze type fluids that perform better.
  • Totally clear snow from the body of a vehicle, not just the windshield. It’s against the law to cause traffic and safety hazards such as this!
  • Turn on headlights and flashers as needed, especially during snow squalls.
  • Slow down! Don’t drive too fast or follow vehicles too closely.
  • Speeding and tailgating require more space between vehicles in order to brake effectively. Slow down and reduce the risk of swerving, skidding or sliding out of control.
  • Watch out for slippery bridges and ramps.
  • Anticipate gusting winds and snowdrifts.
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phones, radio or climate controls, eating and smoking.
  • Snowplows: Give snowplow drivers plenty of space to avoid being sprayed with anti-skid material that could temporarily impede vision. Drivers also should be careful when passing a plow truck as the plow blade may be wider than the truck. Do not tailgate a plow truck, especially while traveling on hills in hazardous weather. Do not weave in and out of a snow plow train.
  • Watch for PennDOT information on electronic message boards and listen to weather radio or PennDOT’s Highway Advisory Radio for road conditions and traffic updates.
  • Homeowners: Do not shovel or blow snow from driveways or sidewalks onto roadways. This creates hazards for unsuspecting motorists.
  • Parents: Direct children not to play in snow banks or to sled near roadways.

 

Photo Credit: Steven Ives Via Flickr

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