We’ve been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for months for warmth and sunshine. So, now that spring has sprung, what are the best ways to take advantage of the season in Philly?
1. Parks and Gardens—check out what Philly has to offer in terms of natural beauty and wildlife.
Have a picnic at Fairmount Park, one of the world’s largest municipal parks. It offers opportunities for horseback riding, biking, hiking and pick-up games. Visit fairmountpark.org to see exactly what’s going on.
Another great place for fresh air and scenery is Rittenhouse Square. Grab a bite to eat and sit on the grass to enjoy its acclaimed people-watching opportunities.
Walk around, take pictures, and enjoy the fresh air at Morris Arboretum.
Love Park: A must see for Philly residents.
The Philadelphia Zoo isn’t just for kids! Warm weather means more animals are out and about.
Being a Phillies fan isn’t a requirement for living in Philadelphia, but you should still see them play at least once at Citizens Bank Park.
3. Shopping—so it’s not exactly an outdoor activity, but you’ll at least get some sun while walking from store to store!
South Street is a great place for a unique shopping experience, and you can’t leave without seeing the Magic Gardens on 1020 South Street.
The Philly AIDS Thrift store on 710 S. 5th Street is great for inexpensive shopping. And you’re making a difference when you shop, as the proceeds go to local organizations that are fighting against HIV and AIDS.
Other places known for their shops are Walnut Street and 2nd and 3rd Streets.
Check out Reading Terminal Market and the Italian Market for simultaneous shopping and eating.
4. Museums and Art
The Rodin Museum, one of the biggest collections of Rodin sculptures, is a happy mix of indoor and outdoor — perfect for a hot day.
Take a trip to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to check out all the museums it has to offer. And while you’re at it, make a wish in the fountain at Logan Circle.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art isn’t outside, but it still has a great location and is worth a visit.
You could even splurge on tickets to an outdoor concert at the Mann Center. This spring and summer’s performances include Lana Del Rey, Jack Johnson, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Phish.
Philly isn’t just limited to this list — explore the city and find all the wonderfully unique places that the City of Brotherly Love has to offer.