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The Greatest Summer Activities in Philadelphia

By Jolene Hart
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How will you spend a summer day in the City of Brotherly Love? With so many activities packed between the banks of the Schuylkill and the banks of the Delaware—and beyond—one activity certainly doesn’t fit all. But whether you have the kids in tow, you travel with an entourage of your best pals, or you’re looking for a weekend alone with your sweetie, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to celebrate summer as only Philadelphia can.

Adventure On

With Kids: Dazzle the kids with the fascinating history of the legendary conqueror Genghis Khan at The Franklin Institute. Don’t miss the permanent exhibits, like the Giant Heart, or The Train Factory.

Adults Only: Leave the sizzling streets and venture into the wilds of Fairmount Park to The Mann Center, where summer brings a packed lineup of outdoor performances. Spread a blanket on the lawn and enjoy fantasitc events like Wait Wait… don’t tell me, Christina Perre & Colbie Caillat, Seth MacFarlane & the Baltimore Symphony, Diana Krall with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Of Monsters and Me, all framed by a view of the Philly skyline.

Get Artsy

With Kids: Get creative at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building where young visitors can take part in art-inspired hands-on activities and workshops. Kids twelve and under are free, while adults are free with museum admission.

Adults Only: Pack a lunch for a romantic picnic at the Rodin Museum. When you’re satisfied, stroll the gardens and head indoors to contemplate over 140 Rodin bronzes, marbles and plasters in the newly renovated galleries.

Be a Foodie

If the kids eat their veggies, treat them to a sweet splurge at The Franklin Fountain, an authentic soda fountain and ice cream parlour. Or head next door to Shane’s Confectionery, an old-timey candy store where the sweets of yesteryear share shelf space with the candy fads of today.

Go Green

After checking out the new Summer Garden Railway exhibit at the Morris Arboretum, kids can explore the Tree Adventure by climbing in and out of treetop nets and a giant bird’s nest. Beyond that, you’ll have 92 acres of trees and flowers to discover.

Get Eclectic

Don’t be surprised if the kids want to redecorate their rooms after a walk through Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a winding outdoor mosaic sculpture garden created by local mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The glittering, colorful walls, floors and ceilings will set kids’ imaginations afire, and leave adults with wide eyes too.

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