Philly explodes with events, activities, and entertainment in the summertime. If you’re looking for a place to relax for the day or the night, we’ve got the best places in the city to kick back and enjoy the weather.
Now in its fifth season, The Oval+ will open with more programming and events this summer. Nestled in Eakins Oval at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Oval+ is a seasonal pop-up public space that converts a section of asphalt and lawns into an eight-acre are for family-friendly fun. Visitors can enjoy games, outdoor movie nights, free fitness classes, food trucks, beer garden, music nights, and various programs. At night, art installations are illuminated from within to set the park a-glow. For more to do, head to the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art.
2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
We love Penn’s Landing because there really is something for everyone by the river. Spruce Street Harbor Park is a summer gem, with floating barges where local favorites like Distrito, Franklin Fountain, and Federal Donuts serves up tacos, ice cream, and fried chicken. A kaleidoscope of colorful hammocks and hanging LED lights make this waterfront spot a magical retreat. Just down the road, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest lights up with roller skating, mini golf, and carnival rides. Adults can grab a drink and join in the games, and families and kids can enjoy all the activities that both venues offer.
301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Ice cream is best enjoyed on hot summer nights, and The Franklin Fountain is one of the best spots for ice cream in Philadelphia. Nostalgia is always on-trend, and nostalgia is what you’ll get at this vintage, out-of-a-bygone-time parlor. A marble countertop, wooden menu boards, and an antique cash register are some of the classic touches. Treat yourself to phosphates, ice cream soda, scoops, or sundaes. Be warned: the line gets long!
116 Market Street
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are a year-round favorite, and the best time to enjoy the outdoor art playground is the summer time. The area is a nonprofit art museum and gallery space that houses the innovative art of Isaiah Zagar. The half-block-long museum includes an outdoor art installation and indoor galleries, all featuring nontraditional materials like bicycle wheels, glass bottles, colorful handmade tiles, and glittering mirrors. Personal narrative and visual anecdotes are woven throughout the environment, and there’s something to to explore and discover around every corner.
1020 South Street
Every year, the PHS Pop Up Gardens offer little oases in the middle of the bustling, concrete city. If you’re looking for a relaxing, garden-focused spot to relax with a drink and some snacks, head to one of the two gardens in Philly. At the South Street location, visitors can enjoy with burritos, quesadillas, black bean hummus, and Mexican hot dogs. University City’s garden offers chips and salsa, loaded tater tots, taco salad, and BBQ sandwiches and tacos. If you’re looking for a little more than eats and drinks, the Pop Ups offer a variety of special programs like educational gardening workshops, live entertainment, and trivia nights. Check out the schedule for all the great events PHS will be hosting.
15th & South (South Street Pop Up)
36th & Filbert (uCity Square Pop Up)