The Last Taste of Summer

7 ways to soak up the sun in philadelphia before fall


After a long, hot & humid summer, fall is always an exciting and welcome season.  The thrill of pumpkin spice, orchards, cool weather and Halloween have already begun to stir in late August.  Never a fan of hot summer days, I’ve always been one to embrace the countdown to sweater season.   Still, there is something about an ice cream cone in the late afternoon, weekend beach trips and the ease of flip flops and shorts that makes it difficult to let go.  And so, with the first day of fall coming soon, now is the time to embrace the last days of summer and soak up all the fun in the sun one more time!

Philadelphia is an amazing city for entertainment.   From pop up beer gardens to festivals and museums, there is always something to see and do.  Below are some great summer activities to check off your list before the crisp chill of autumn takes over.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
When: Open daily 11pm Sunday through Thursday & 1am Friday/Saturday through Sept. 27th
Where: 101 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
Cost: Admission $3, Skate Rental $10 (Free for Independence Blue Cross Cardholders & Employees!
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Blue Cross Riverrink

PHS East Passyunk Summer Gardening Series
When: September 17-20 (hours vary by day)
Where: E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia PA 19148
Cost: Free admission
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PHS Gardening

Spruce Street Harbor Park presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank
When: Open daily, Friday, May 22-September 27
Where: Penn’s Landing, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street
Cost: Free admission

Spruce St Harbor Park

PHS Pop Up (Beer) Gardens
When: Food & Drink Hours Mon-Thurs 5p-10p, Fri-Sat 2p-Midnight, Sun Noon-10p
Where: 15th & South / 9th & Wharton
Cost: Free Admission, Food and drink costs vary
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Rita’s Water Ice
When:  All locations open until September 20th (limited hours/locations after)
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Ice Cream

Philadelphia Zoo
When: Open daily, 9:30am-5pm through November 1st (closed Sept 26-27th)
Where: 3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia PA 19104
Cost: $20 Adults, $18 ages 2-11, Free under age 2!
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Philadelphia Zoo

Nightscape: A light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens
When: July 1-October 31, Wednesdays through Saturdays; Nightscape tickets start after 9:30 p.m. and include all day Gardens admission
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Cost: $27, general admission; $17, ages 5–18; free, ages 4 and under and members

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