Visitors to Philadelphia will be able to enjoy the famous birthplace of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with its rich historical attractions as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, vibrant parks, and museums. Besides day time activities, Philadelphia offers visitors a number of evening activities to enjoy such as bowling, the local bar and dining scene throughout the city, movies in the park in the summer at Clark Park in University City, Spruce Street Harbor Park, and other interesting activities. Please check out this list of things to do at night in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to aid in your vacation planning.
1. Take a salsa dance lesson at AIM Dance Center
Visitors are welcome to spice up their vacation by dropping in at the AIM Dance Center to book a Salsa lesson with one of their acclaimed dance professionals. Private lessons are offered besides group lessons. Try one lesson or book a package while visiting Philadelphia.
Salsa Dance Lesson
Address: 233 North 12th Street
Website: AIM Dance Center
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 10:30 pm Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Closed Sunday
Prices: Call for prices
2. Take a dinner tour in East Passyunk Avenue
East Passyunk Avenue features many restaurants to please visitor palates. It was named Food & Wine Magazine’s “Top 10 Foodie Streets in America”. Visitors to the City of Brotherly Love will be able to enjoy live music, excellent happy hours, festivals, and delicious cuisines at the numerous bars and restaurants along this avenue stretching 1.5 miles (2.4 km).
East Passyunk Avenue
Address: 1200 - 1941 East Passyunk Avenue
Website: East Passyunk Avenue
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Prices: 11-60 USD
3. Discover the local bar scene
Visitors will not be short of drinking establishments to relax and sip a cocktail or drink a beer at while in Philadelphia. There are numerous rooftop bars, outdoor beer gardens, and cocktail bars to start off the evening before heading out for dinner or to enjoy a cold afternoon drink on a hot summer day. Sports bars such as Fado Irish Pub, are numerous and are where fans of the Phillies (baseball), Eagles (football), and Flyers (hockey) can go to enjoy a pre-game drink.
Fado Irish Pub
Address: 1500 Locust Street
Website: Fado Irish Pub
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 2:00 am Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Prices: 11-30 USD
4. Go 10-pin bowling at North Bowl
Visitors to Philadelphia will experience a unique bowling experience at this two-level building which offers a cafe, two bars, lanes on both floors, an upstairs loft which provides guests with a semi-private experience with four lanes, pool tables, a 50-seat bar, an arcade video game machines, and a spacious lounge. Happy hour is served daily and there is Taco & Tequila Tuesdays. Make sure to visit this happening bowling experience with live DJ performances on Wednesday evenings.
Address: 909 North 2nd Street
Website: North Bowl
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am, Sunday & Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Prices: 11-30 USD
5. Laugh till you cry at Laff House
Visitors to Philly can expect a comedy institute known for helping springboard careers of professional comedians such as Kevin Hart, Mike Blackson, Lisa Lampanelli, Gary Ownes, Mike Epps, and many others over the years. Here, guests can enjoy a laid-back evening watching up and coming comedians come into their own on stage alongside veteran performers. Stop by for a relaxing, laugh-filled evening while in the Tri-State area.
Address: 3320 Collins Street
Website: Laff House
Opening hours: Friday & Saturday 7:30 am - 1:00 am, Closed Monday - Thursday
Prices: 20-30 USD
6. Watch a movie at University City Cinema
Stop by for movie night after a busy day visiting Philadelphia’s historical sights or a matinee in between sightseeing. This six-screen cinema provides stadium seating and self-ticketing kiosks which are ideal when lines at the box office can be busy on weekends. The theatre offers a discount on Tuesdays, which reduces the admission from USD 8 for seniors and students and USD 10.75 for adults to USD 5.50.
University City Cinema
Address: 4012 Walnut Street
Website: University City Cinema
Opening hours: Friday - Sunday 10:00 am - 10:45 pm
Prices: 8-10.75 USD
7. Relax in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Come down to Penn’s Landing and relax in a hammock along the Delaware Riverfront at Spruce Street Harbor Park. This seasonal park is an essential attraction with a floating restaurant, beer garden, boardwalk, and colorful hammocks. In the summer, the park hosts live entertainment which can be enjoyed alongside meals served from old shipping containers. For more water activities, visitors can rent their own kayak and large swan boats to cruise around the riverfront while enjoying the summer sunshine. After a day enjoying the warm weather activities, kick back in a shady spot in a rainbow hammock and enjoy the sunset as hundreds of multi-colored LED lights strung on the trees makes for an unforgettable evening experience.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Address: 301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Website: Spruce Street Harbor Park
Opening hours: Seasonally Monday - Thursday 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday 4:00 pm - 1:00 am Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am, Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
8. Go roller skating at BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest
Those visiting Philadelphia will be delighted to head down to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest for some fun in the sun activities which include roller skating, carnival-style games, a carousel, a mini golf course, a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, and a variety of other rides. After enjoying all these activities, pull up a chair and relax along the city beach overlooking the Delaware River or pick up something to eat at one of the many restaurants on site and sit down to enjoy at one of the riverside picnic tables. Guests will find that, during the warmer climates, the area hosts events such as live music, roller boogie night, Latin night at the Lodge, Unlimited Crab night, and a variety of other seasonally themed events.
BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest
Address: 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Website: BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday 1:00 pm - 1:00 am Saturday 11:00 - 1:00 am, Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
9. Take a riverside stroll along the Schuylkill River
Visitors who want to enjoy a day of outdoor recreation will find that in Schuylkill River Trail which includes over 140 miles (320 km) of trails throughout the Pennsylvania area. The trail offers pedestrians and cyclists miles of spectacular waterfront views of the Philadelphia Skyline along with scenic overlooks where visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the area or take a break and relax before continuing on their venture along this massive network of trails. The recent addition of Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk extends the trail with a 2,460-foot-long (750 meters) concrete pathway and ramp, from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge and then onto the start of the Schuylkill River Trail. Be sure to hit the trail early during the week since, on weekends, it is a very busy location with locals and visitors.
Schuylkill River Trail
Address: City center Philadelphia to Parkerford, Pennsylvania
Website: Schuylkill River Trail
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 8:00 am - Dusk
10. Enjoy a cold beer at Independence Beer Garden
Visitors to the Independence Beer Garden will find themselves relaxing in an expansive 20,000 square-foot (6000 square meters) garden setting where they can let loose and relax under a canopy of greenery and lighting draped loosely from the ceiling, while enjoying a menu of American favorites along with a selection of 40 regional and domestic beers. The beer garden is opened seasonally, so make certain to check out their website prior to arriving on site to enjoy your cold beer. It’s an ideal location to sit and relax before heading out on the next leg of exploration as it is near the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historic Park.
Independence Beer Garden
Address: 100 South Independence Mall West
Website: Independence Beer Garden
Opening hours: Seasonally - Sunday to Tuesday : 11:30 am - 12:00 am Wednesday - Thursday : 11:30 am - 1:00 am Friday & Saturday : 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Prices: 11-30 USD
Exploring the birthplace of a nation
After an action-packed visit to Philadelphia, adventurers will hopefully have had a fulfilling time in the City of Brotherly Love with its historically rich sights and modern day attractions. Make certain to try out a local favorite, the Philly cheese steak sandwich, at one of the bars or restaurants throughout the city. Lastly, don’t forget to climb the famous Philadelphia Art Museum steps, made iconic by Rocky himself.
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