What to Do and See in Philly This Spring

Written by Carlyle Property Management on 04.18.19

10431941773_4e626edf42_kPhilly has so many great things to do, and as the days get warmer, many of them are outside!

Here are a few things you really need to do as the Philadelphia springtime unfolds.

Visit John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Near the airport, at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., you’ll find a wildlife refuge. It's an absolutely fantastic place for birding and hiking. Spot cormorants and Caspian terns, owls, eagles and hawks.

If you’re a fan of canoeing and kayaking in Philadelphia, you can go deep into the marshes along a four-mile segment of Darby Creek for four hours on either side of high tide.

Paddle Your Own Canoe

If it’s a Saturday, drive about 15 minutes northeast, to 54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd. to visit Bartram's Garden. From 11 a.m. to 3 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, enjoy a free boat or kayak ride along the Schuylkill River. Or BYOB (bring your own boat)!

Other spots to launch your own kayak or canoe on the Schuylkill Banks are available at the Walnut Street site. Need a boat? Check out the Hidden River Outfitters or Schuylkill Banks tour companies.

Read More: Summertime Bucket List for Philadelphia

Try Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor 

Take a trip to 301 S Columbus Blvd., and enjoy a scenic vista over the Delaware River. This urban pop-up park makes for a delightful day out. 

Aqua Vida’s fitness, yoga and meditation classes on an outdoor floating studio!) will start up again in June.

Ride a Dragon at Independence Seaport Museum

Go for a paddle at the Independence Seaport Museum at 211 S Columbus Blvd. Admission to the paddle tour is $8 ($5 for members). This includes a half-hour aquatic exploration around Penn's Landing with the watercraft of your choice: rowboat, kayak, swan or dragon boat. 

The tour runs Friday through Sunday.

Dine on the Patio

Dine in a garden at Front Street Café, at 1253 North Front St. Relax in a casual environment with an exposed brick interior design, and sip a juice or coffee. This spot is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). 

Enjoy plant-based, farm-to-table, mostly organic delights in the garden, a delightful green space. Now that's a breath of fresh air.

Explore Fairmount Park

We’re so fortunate that Philly is home to Fairmount Park, brimming bike paths and scenic vistas. And the Wissahickon Valley, with its seven fabulous miles of wooded hiking trails along the Wissahickon Creek, is one of the go-to spots of this urban park system. Plan your rest stop at the Valley Green Inn, a tavern that dates back to the early days of the city.

The National Audubon Society has deemed the Wissahickon an important birding area. You’ll likely see catbirds most, but you’ll also spot chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches and jays, Carolina wrens, and a dazzling community of goldfinches.

You can bring the pup, too. The Wissahickon doesn’t have swimming, but it does have spots for you and your dog to splash and romp along Forbidden Drive.

Isn’t Philly Wonderful?

We think so too. Check out our pet-friendly apartments in Philly’s greatest neighborhoods here

Or call 215.545.1039 to learn about today's available floor plans at Carlyle Property Management. We’re here to welcome you to the city and share our love for Philly with you for years to come.  

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