As winter makes way for warm weather, it’s time to get out and explore the city’s best spots to cool off or just enjoy time in the sun. Spring in Philadelphia means Phillies’ games, festivals and blooming buds all over the city. So instead of spending another afternoon soaking up rays on Beury Beach, embrace spring’s arrival by visiting Philadelphia’s best parks, restaurants, events and more.
1500 Pattison Ave.
South Philly’s green oasis has something for everyone. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue with friends while relaxing by the water. FDR Park has tennis courts, a golf course and eight ball fields. Bring your skateboard and skate at the renowned FDR Park Skate Park located just under the bridge. No matter how you like to sweat or spend your time, FDR Park is the place to be.
Italian Market Festival
South 9th Street
The Italian Market is known for its gourmet specialty stores and fresh produce, but the annual Italian Market Festival brings the market to a whole new level. Held in open air May 18-19, the festival features cultural music, religious celebrations and the best part – food. Aromas of homemade desserts and entrees are sure to attract one’s appetite to this enriching festival.
Restoration Volunteer Day at The Schuylkill Center
8480 Hagys Mill Road
On March 19, The Schuylkill Center will be hosting a volunteer opportunity open to the public. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants from the forest, fix deer fences, maintain the trails and more. The center suggests volunteers wear long pants and sturdy boots and bring a water bottle. Water refills and snacks will be provided for all those that donate their time to improve The Schuylkill Center’s park.
Ice cream at Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street
There’s no better way to cool off on a warm day than with some ice cream, and Franklin Fountain is one of Philly’s best places to find this sweet treat. This cash-only ice cream parlor specializes in over-the-top sundaes such as “The Lightening Rod.” This sundae consists of a dark chocolate brownie, coffee ice cream and a shot of espresso. It’s then garnished with chocolate covered espresso beans, white chocolate shavings and a pretzel rod. Ben Franklin would be proud.
Piazza at Schmidt’s
1050 N. Hancock Street
As if watching movies and sports games on a 40-foot jumbotron wasn’t a good enough reason to come to this Northern Liberties staple, the open-air plaza is home to various restaurants, galleries and shops. Eat outside at PYT while enjoying one of its famous burgers. Sit in the sun while enjoying various bands and musicians playing on the stage in the center of the Piazza. Any sunny day is a day to relax and shop at this famous plaza.
Punk Rock Flea Market
461 North 9TH Street
Held on March 18 and 19 at Ninth and Spring Garden streets, this flea market and craft-fair houses more than 500 vendors. From bakers to vintage clothes to paintings, Philly’s Punk Rock Flea Market has something that appeals to almost any interests. The cost of admission is a $3 donation that is good for both days.