Planning to Spend Your Weekend in Philadelphia? 5 Activities You Should Check Out

Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love, and there is so much to see and do over the weekend. If you are heading to Philadelphia this weekend, a visit to any of the following suggestions will indeed be time well spent.

1. The Oval Opens

Don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate the grand opening of the famed pop-up park, The Oval, nestled on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Great deals on summer brews start rolling from 5 to 8 p.m. July 17 not to mention that you get a chance to savor scrumptious meals while you are at it. Your kids will love participating in oversized games such as Jenga or take part in an art installation.

2. Philacando

The Philadelphia Dance Company will take the stage this weekend at the Deller Center to showcase its electrifying performances. The company features predominantly African- American traditions in their dance. The performance starts at 7 p.m. and ticket prices start at $ 17.65.

3. Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festivals

If love the smooth, silky tunes of Jazz, the Saunders Park Green (39th and Powelton Ave) is the place to be as the 9th annual Lancaster Avenue-Jazz and Arts-Festival takes center stage. There will be plenty of food, art vendor and fun activities for kids. Sonny Fortune, the internationally acclaimed saxophonist, will be performing. The event is free and will be running from noon to 7 p.m.

4. Bike Philly

Boasting as one of the most bike-friendly locations in the U S, Philadelphia recently launched a bike-sharing program named Indego. The program features 70 stations located around the city that operate round the clock. You can rent a bike for $ 4 per hour. Typically, you simply grab a bike, ride it around the city and drop it at any kiosk. If you’ve ever relished a bike ride along the Schuylkill River Trail, or the West River drive, you need to check out Bike Philly this weekend.

5. The Animal Grossology

Take your kids to the Academy of Natural Sciences on the Ben Franklin Parkway and let them take pleasure in exhibits at the facility. Your little ones will love the hands-on, 3D displays on the animal kingdom. The exhibits at the Academy are inspired by Sylvia Branzei’s children book, Grossology. The facility closes at 4.30 p.m and tickets prices starts at $ 13.92 for kids under the age of 12 and $15.95 for adults. If you miss the chance to visit the Animal Grossology this weekend, you can always come back some other time since the event runs through August.

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