Six Things to Do in Philly Before the Summer is Over
Two weeks ago I shared six things to do in New Jersey before the end of summer and now I'm back to share what you can't miss in Philadelphia. To me, this is a great time to visit Philly. Most people escape the city for South Jersey beaches and, though the heat is in full force, it makes the city slow to a nice, easy pace. It's the perfect time to enjoy the city before festival season begins and the Pope shuts it down (#pope-pocalypse). Here's how to make the most of Philly before the summer is done:
1. Grab a beer in a seasonal beer garden. This was the summer of the beer garden. From the PHS pop-up right near Pat's and Geno's to the renewal of the Independence Beer Garden near the Liberty Bell, there are plenty to choose from around the city. My personal favorite is the garden at La Peg tucked away alongside the Ben Franklin Bridge with a full menu of delicious bites at affordable prices.
fyi: wearing warby parker ellison sunglasses, perfect for the late summer sun
2. Hang out in a public park. Philly has some beautiful green spaces nestled in areas around the city. Summer is the perfect time to find a patch of green to toss the frisbee, read a book, or share a picnic with your friends. Washington Square Park is nice and quiet most days and Rittenhouse Square is the perfect place to see the ritzy residents as they take their dogs for a stroll.
3. Have brunch outside. Brunch gives you the strength to get through the week. End of summer brunch helps you prepare for the cold winter days ahead. If you have a little extra cash, try to get a cafe table at Parc to see and be seen. A new-to-me brunch spot that blew my socks off when I went was Pub and Kitchen. It helped that the atmosphere is spot on for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
4. Go to a Phillies game and eat a cheesesteak (or Federal Donuts hot fried chicken!) Okay, so the Phillies aren't doing that great but a baseball game is always a great time. The organization has spent the last few years working hard to improve the fan experience with good food and great drinks. They have local beers from Yards and Victory and you run, don't walk, to get in line at the Federal Donuts outpost for fried chicken and a hot donut. If you're more traditional, there are opportunities to get a cheesesteak or even Chickie and Pete's crab fries. Who needs a World Championship when you've got great food? (no comment...)
5. Slurp up some water ice. This has been one hot August with about four heatwaves on the record. Make the rest of the country jealous and get a water ice. Sure Rita's is okay but for the real Philly experience, head to South Philly and enjoy a scoop or five from John's Water Ice.
6. Relax along the waterfront. Many Philadelphians escape to the Jersey Shore but that's not the only place to relax by a body of water. Philly's got not one but two riverfront areas to enjoy when the temperatures soar. Race Street Pier along the Delaware has views of "lovely" Camden, though to be fair, it is a pretty nice view. A weekend bonus is weekly morning yoga. Spruce Street Harbor Park is another way to enjoy the Delaware while relaxing with friends. If a quieter river is more your style, the Schuylkill River has plenty of appeal. You can walk along Kelly Drive to check out the clubs on Boathouse Row or have some of the best pizza around at In Riva in East Falls. The new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is another way to enjoy the waterfront with breathtaking views of the city.