Summertime seems to magically transform Philadelphia. Streets become communal party spaces, venues roar to life with fresh offerings, and soaking up the sun becomes a priority.
But blink and you might miss it! If you haven’t already made summer plans, there’s no time like the present. Read on to find out the top things to do in Philly this summer.
Fun on the waterfront
Head to the Delaware River Waterfront where you can find many of Philadelphia’s top outdoor experiences, including seasonal pop-up parks, historic ships (including one that you can dine on), and piers that have been converted into recreational spaces. Spruce Street Harbor Park is a popular, family-friendly venue that offers countless ways to pass the time, from a hammock lounge to games including shuffleboard, life-sized chess, and bean bag toss. Every evening, hundreds of LED lights bring their magic to the park, so a visit after dusk is highly recommended.
Make a splash
Another fabulous place for family-friendly experiences is the Franklin Square Summer Splash. Alongside the park’s famous attractions which include a miniature golf course, a central fountain with daily performances and the Parx Liberty Carousel, you can enjoy the return of Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches and a beautiful, open-air beer garden. Up for more midweek fun? Join free yoga & dance lessons on Wednesdays, a live DJ on Thursday evenings, and local acoustic performances on Fridays and Saturdays. That’s your week sorted.
Visit Peddler’s Village
It’s just a short drive from downtown Philadelphia to Bucks County, where Peddler’s Village, a hotspot for shopping and dining, hosts their own special events and experiences during the summer. Weekends in June bring summer block parties with live entertainment, a petting zoo and other activities for kids, food trucks, ax throwing, and much more. On every Friday throughout summer, you can also join one of the murder mystery walking tours and make the most of the weather with an outdoor theater. Don’t miss their Showtime Under the Stars events which happen on weekend evenings.
Appreciate Avenue of the Arts
Hosted by Wawa Welcome America, a huge indoor block party will be taking place in front of the Kimmel Cultural Campus on June 25. Outside, you’ll be entertained by a number of stages with live music, as well as a 120-foot slide and a 300-foot zip line, all of which are free of cost. Inside, you’ll find dance workshops, Broadway-style performances, and a beer garden & food trucks to keep both adults and kids happy.
Why not kick off Independence Day celebrations early? Enjoy food trucks, DJs, fireworks, music and dance performances at Cherry Street and Race Street Piers on July 1. See the US Army performance band followed by more fireworks at Chestnut Street on July 2 and wrap it all up with the grand finale which will feature Jason Derulo in concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4. And in case you were wondering, these activities are all completely free of cost.
Get lit (up)
Extending throughout the summer (beginning June 30) is a spectacular outdoor art exhibition. This year, it’s artist Bruce Monro’s turn to dazzle with his light installation at Longwood Gardens. Here you’ll find 18,000 lit up bulbs, 1,000 glowing flamingos, and three structures (15 feet in diameter) whose lights reflect onto Small Lake. A sight to behold, for sure.
If you’re looking for the best way to get around to everything this summer, why not try a ride in one of our luxury vehicles? From party buses to shuttles, sedans to limos, it’s the most stress-free and fun way to enjoy all the adventures summer has to offer.