Know Before You Go

  • Summer: it can get really hot. Pools are a must and so is a/c.
  • The Jersey shore is just a quick 1-2 hour drive away, which means shore traffic is a mess on the weekends as people go out for the day or the weekend. If you want to make the trek out, which I highly encourage, try to do it on a week day.
  • SEPTA is the main public transportation in Philadelphia. Buses are a great mode of transportation, but I always preferred the subway. The Broad Street line (orange) runs you North and South, while the Market-Frankfurt line (blue) runs you East and West. Last I check, subway and fare was $2.00, which includes one free transfer. Up to 2 kids ages 4 and under ride free with each paying adult. Children 5-18 can ride at a discounted rate usually.
  • It’s a pretty easy city to drive in, but watch out for aggressive drivers. They know what they about to do and just do it. There is no hesitation, which in some ways are good. If someone is going to try to run you off the road, at least they commit to it, right?

While There

I grew up in Philadelphia, but I find I learn something new every time I go back. Now that Dek is in my life, I have a new opportunity to check out all of the museums I grew up with and even a few that have opened since. I’m very curious to see the new Barnes Foundation building (highly controversial that they moved. Watch Art of the Steal.)
My sister had a baby in January, so I asked her to send me a list of all her favorite places that she was looking forward to bringing her daughter to in the next year or more. A few more friends jumped in with their suggestions too. I’ll add in as Dek and I do our own exploring this summer.
  • Not the 4th of July Fireworks (July)- Yes, the 4th of July fireworks at the Art Museum are incredible, but the fireworks the day before are even more spectacular. Usually paired with a free concert on the Delaware river, Philadelphia and Camden both chip in for this explosive light show, which makes it all the more impressive.
  • Fringe Festival (September)
  • Art Shop (early December and early June. Usually around 1st Friday)- local craftsmen that come together to sell their goods before the holidays. In full disclosure, my sister runs this event, but it has gotten huge over the years and the media has been picking up on it.
  • Macy’s Christmas Pageant of Lights, Dickens Village and Holiday Village (December)- it’s free and fun for kids of all ages
  • Philadelphia Holiday Attractions(December)
Outside of the City
For other great ideas for Philadelphia check out:
  • Mother of All Trips– a Delaware mom and blogger who wanders around looking for adventure with her children. Philadelphia is so close, they try to get up there often.

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