Explore the Delaware River Waterfront
Penn’s Landing/Columbus Boulevard
Regardless of the time of year, there are plenty of attractions and events along our easternmost riverfront. In the summer, take a few laps around the outdoor roller rink at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest or hang in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Come wintertime, the roller rink turns into an ice rink, complete with a cozy lodge and warm comfort foods. All year long, check out art installations, artisan markets, movie screenings, and kids activities at Cherry Street Pier, or head to a cultural or community celebration at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
After an extensive renovation, the new food hall at the historic Philadelphia Bourse (seriously, it was founded in 1891) is home to some of the city’s most exciting eateries. Try Filipino comfort food at Lalo, Chinese dumplings at Pinch, fried chicken at Freebyrd Chicken, or ice cream at Scoop DeVille. We dare you to make it a marathon sesh, trying a little bit from each of the 30 food and drink vendors.
Get cozy at the Random Tea Room
For a taste of what the Philly arts scene has to offer, there’s no easier method than settling in at the Random Tea Room and checking out the spot’s alternating art exhibits, performances, and extremely random treasures, plus tarot card readings in the back.
Have an after-hours night at the museum
The exhibits and mainstays at the Franklin Institute are, let’s face it, designed for hordes of school-aged kids on a field trip, but are just as cool when you’re grown up. Head to a Science After Hours event, where you can drink openly and wander around the museum while taking in the sights of the night’s theme. Past themes have been speakeasies, Harry Potter, the cosmos -- the sky is literally the limit.
Sometimes the biggest acts touring in Philadelphia will throw in a bonus midday concert for fans, completely free. You can find these shows at noon on most Fridays at the World Cafe Live, where WXPN is headquartered -- just make sure you reserve your tickets online ahead of time before they “sell” out.