Things are heating up in Philadelphia, but don’t just sit here all summer. Philadelphia is ideally located for travel throughout the the east coast and Pennsylvania. Here are the top 5 places to travel this summer.
The Jersey Shore
If fist pumping is your thing, you already know the shore is for you. But with popular beaches, incredible shopping, unbelievable food and a variety of coastal cities to choose from, the shore has something for everyone. Only a train ride away, there’s glitzy Atlantic City, with hot shows, busy casinos and the longest boardwalk in the country. Or you can head to Ocean City, where pizza is king at the uber-famous Mack’s and Manco’s. For a quieter time, there’s the post-card perfect beaches of Cape May, where you’ll find quaint ins and renowned fine-dining. No matter which city you choose, New Jersey Transit has buses from Philadelphia straight to the shore for around $20 each way.
Travel info: Atlantic City | Ocean City | Cape May
Finding finals less than thrilling? Check out one of the area’s fast-paced amusement parks for a shot of pure excitement. Want record-breaking fun? The home of the world’s tallest steel roller coaster, Kingda Ka, is only 2 hours away at Six Flags: Great Adventure. With 10 other coasters to choose from, we wont blame you if you chicken out. There’s also Dorney Park, where one ticket price gets you into two parks, including their water-park Wildwater Kingdom. In case you thought it couldn’t get any better, Pennsylvania is home to Hershey Park, the chocolate-themed wonderland where you can take a picture with a life-sized Reese Cup (just don’t try to eat it, we’re pretty sure there’s a person under that costume).
Travel info: Six Flags | Dorney Park | Hershey Park
If we didn’t know any better, we’d say the Garden of Eden must have been located in Pennsylvania after visiting Longwood Gardens. Not too far away in Kennett Square, PA, Longwood Gardens is a 1077 acre oasis of horticulture filled with gardens, woodlands, and meadowlands that’s been around since the 18th century. This time of year you’ll find blankets of technicolor tulips and other spring-time flowers in bloom, but as spring turns to summer be prepared for lush green shrubs and enchanting waterlilies. Come May 26th for the start of the Festival of Fountains, where outdoor concerts and firework energize the night air.
Travel info: Longwood Gardens
New York and Washington, D.C.
One thing we love about Philly is it’s location right smack-dab between two more incredible cities. Both New York City and Washington D.C. are only 3 hours away from the City of Brotherly Love, and while you’re studying, interning or just chillin’ in Philadelphia you’ll want to take advantage of the close proximity and cheap transportation. Check out famous museums free of charge in D.C. or grab a bite to eat before heading to an award-winning Broadway production in New York. Not to worry, Philadelphia isn’t the jealous type.
Travel info: New York | Washington, D.C.
The Pocono’s aren’t just for snow and skies. The summer transforms these mountains into a bright, sunny destination for camping, hiking, climbing and water sports. Throw on a bathing-suit and hop into a tube for a peaceful ride along a real life lazy river or brave the intense rapids while white-water rafting. You can even zip-line through breezy trees and gorgeous mountains. Plus you can check out an array of cultural performances and concerts after enjoying a plate of food at one of the area’s thriving gourmet restaurants. Whatever you choose to do, the Pocono’s will provide a beautiful natural backdrop, a nice change from the steel buildings and confined spaces of city life.
Travel info: Poconos
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