Summer is arguably the best time of year to visit Philadelphia, and city life takes on a decidedly outdoor vibe. From simply finding ways to spend as much time out in the sun as possible, to taking in some of the city’s longest-running traditions, these are some of our favorite summer activities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philly’s Games

Summer means baseball in America, and long-running, historic franchises like the Philadelphia Phillies are always worth a watch. Head over to Citizens Bank Park for a sun-soaked afternoon home game, and indulge in time honored traditions like a hot dog, and a seventh-inning stretch.

Concerts & Festivals

Philadelphia has an exceptional run of concerts and festivals slated to take place in and around town this summer, for which a countless number are more than worth attending. Some performers we’re particularly excited to see come this summer include Billy Joel and Sam Smith.

Dining Outdoors

Anyone living in a cold weather city knows that eating outside is one of the best ways to celebrate warm, sunny seasons. And in that vein, we’re proud to share that Philadelphia’s alfresco dining scene is up there with the best in the world. Check out this post for our recommendations.

Hanging Out In The Parks

Located in Center City, The Independent Hotel is within striking distance of some of the city’s most popular parks to hang in during the summer months. One of our favorites is Spruce Street Harbor Park, a scenic hangout right on the Delaware River.

Walk A Lot

The best and most simple advantage to warm weather in Philadelphia is that it inhibits travelers to walk the city, which is one of the best ways to discover hidden gems and learn the area. Within walking distance of The Independent Hotel are a number of must-see attractions like Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Franklin Square, and the Liberty Bell.

Looking for more local recommendations for things to do in Philadelphia? Check out the Independent Hotel’s blog!