Don’t let the cold keep you away from exploring Philadelphia this winter. From outdoor festivals to inspiring art exhibits, you can experience the best Philadelphia has to offer no matter what the weather’s like. Here are 10 things to do in Philadelphia this winter that will keep you warm and entertained.
1. Celebrate the season at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest runs from late November until March 3rd, and features an impressive Olympic-size ice skating rink set against the Delaware River. If ice skating isn’t your thing, you can stroll through the beautiful winter gardens or get cozy in one of the warming cabins while enjoying delicious food and drink. There’s also a kid’s lodge with games and more, so the whole family can join in on the festivities.
2. Explore Black History Month at the National Constitution Center
All February long, The National Constitution Center is full of exceptional exhibits and interactive games that celebrate Black History Month. If you’re too late to catch the temporary exhibits, be sure to check out We The People, a permanent exhibition that showcases the achievements of African Americans.
3. Peruse local art on First Friday
Explore the local art scene every First Friday this winter in Philadelphia. Old City is the birthplace of Philadelphia’s First Friday tradition, and the neighborhood offers one of the best selections of independent art galleries in town. Galleries open their doors so the public can appreciate art in a casual and inviting atmosphere. Discover local talent, mingle with artists and enjoy free wine and snacks. First Friday isn’t just about appreciating art though, it’s also a time to explore the neighborhood, catch up with friends and meet Philadelphia creatives.
If you’re looking for a home in Old City, Carlyle Property Management offers luxury apartments located in some of the oldest parts of the neighborhood. Experience history at your doorstep, enjoy local events and live right down the road from the best restaurants and bars in town.
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4. Get into the Irish Spirit on St. Patrick’s Day
Philadelphia knows how to throw a party, and St. Patrick’s Day is one of the best parties of the year. Besides numerous bar crawls, the city also puts on an elaborate parade that’s fun for Philadelphians of every age. This year’s parade takes place on March 10th. Catch the parade at its starting point just north of Rittenhouse Square before following it to the end at Penn’s Landing.
5. See medical oddities at the Mütter Museum
Halloween might be over, but the Mütter Museum is open all year round with its eerie displays of abnormal anatomy. This museum was founded by physician and Philadelphia native Thomas Mütter, and is full to the brim of medical oddities, preserved human remains and plaster casts to keep you both captivated and unsettled. The beautiful 18th century building that houses the museum is the perfect place to escape the winter cold, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
6. Catch a show at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is Philadelphia’s premier center for local and visiting acts. The center features events all year round ranging from operas to circus performances. Home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the center also serves as a place for touring companies and performers to showcase their talent. Check out the calendar this winter to find performances by immersive theatrical artist Shen Yun, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and visiting soloists and quartets.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Mütter Museum are just two examples of the types of entertainment found within minutes of the Rittenhouse Square apartments offered by Carlyle Property Management. Contact our office to enjoy a beautiful apartment that's close to performances, lectures and interactive shows.
7. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
No matter what season it is, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are a must-see. This impressive attraction on South Street is an outdoor installation of mosaic art by Isaiah Zagar. Apart from the outdoor display, there's also an indoor gallery space where you can find work from outsider artists from all over the world. This magnificent display of creativity and community is conveniently located just down the street from Carlyle Property Management’s South Street property. Choose this centrally located apartment and have the magic of Philadelphia at your fingertips!
8. Grab a pint at Yards Brewing Company
Enjoy some of the best beer in Philadelphia and beyond at Yards Brewing Company. This brewery kicked off the local craft beer craze and their selection of delicious beer is not to be missed. When it’s too cold for bar hopping, settle in at Yards for an impressive beer and food menu.
9. Dance your heart out at Silk City Diner
Head to Silk City Diner for all your nostalgia needs, and stay a little longer for the after hours dance parties. This 1950’s Northern Liberties-based diner still offers classic diner food for brunch and dinner, but the main attractions are the late night parties hosted by top-rate DJs. Dancing the night away is one of the best ways to stay warm in the winter months, and Silk City hosts some of the finest parties in Northern Liberties all year round.
Carlyle Property Management has modern, newly constructed apartments less than a 10 minute walk from Yards Brewing Company and Silk City Diner, so you don’t have to go far an amazing night out.
10. Enjoy some retail therapy in Ardmore
Find some of the best shopping just a little outside of Philadelphia in Ardmore. The town has an impressive collection of top brands for all your fashion need, including independent boutiques and trend-setting stores like Urban Outfitters, Kate Spade New York and Free People. Carlyle Property Management offers beautiful apartments for rent just steps away from the town’s best shops. The apartments are also within 5 minutes from Amtrak and Septa trains with direct routes into Philadelphia, so you can enjoy Ardmore's small town charm and big city benefits.
Carlyle Property Management has one-of-a-kind apartments and lofts throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re bar hopping in Northern Liberties or catching a show in Rittenhouse Square, we’ve got the perfect apartments for you to call home.