Your Best Summer in Philadelphia

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Picture this: it’s the first day of summer and you’re making your Philly bucket list for everything to do to have the best summer yet. Summer has the longest days and shortest nights, so where do you even begin?  We’ve got some ideas. Our list includes a balance of Philadelphia’s best summer events, along with some ways to improve your network and get a head start on your professional plans for the fall. Get ready to have the best summer in Philly!

The first hotspot was named one of the best places to visit in Philadelphia by national press – Spruce Street Harbor Park is essentially an urban beach on the Delaware River Waterfront  This park features a boardwalk along the Delaware River, along with more than 50 colorful handmade hammocks. Surrounded by floating gardens, beautiful lights, refreshing craft beer, and popular Philly foods, you’re sure to have a great time.

There’s also an arcade with Basket Fever, Skee-ball, air hockey, claw crane games, Ms. Pacman, and two racing games. Come spend your summer days and nights chilling at a “beachfront” location, right here in the city! Grab a snack, a good book, and your comfiest outfit and enjoy your summer in the most picturesque way.

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Looking for a fun day trip idea? Float down the (20 mile long!) Brandywine River, a popular hotspot in the summer. This inexpensive activity allows you to enjoy the beautiful summer weather from a different type of transportation – inner tubes! There’s no better way to beat the heat, and escape the hustle and the bustle of the city, than to spend the day floating down the river in a tube with friends.

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Kelly Drive is one of Philly’s most popular running and biking destinations, with nearly 9 miles of trail along the Schuylkill River.  The paved path begins behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and winds its way along Boathouse Row before reaching Falls Bridge in East Falls. 

On Kelly Drive, you will always find bikers, rowers, and runners (of all ages) who are eager to get out and explore the more hidden areas around the city.  The Cherry Blossoms and pink blooms line the trail and are a beautiful addition to the scenery.

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You may not want to think about it, but summer is the best time to get a head start of fall internships! Polish up your resume and dive into the Campus Philly Launch site  to browse a great selection of internships and jobs.  Finding work doesn’t have to feel like work, so go to Kelly Drive for some clean air to help you  focus. 

You can even bring your laptop to a local cafe (click here for list of cute cafes we have already put together for you!) and begin your search. Wherever you are, wherever you go, make sure it is a space that keeps you happy because finding an internship should be exciting! 

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WAWA Welcome America, what a time to be alive! From June 30 to July 4, the city of Philadelphia celebrates America’s birthday in America’s Birthplace! Five FREE days of citywide events such as concerts, block parties, movie nights, fireworks, and more!  Come dressed in red, white, and blue, and enjoy this festival leading up to Independence Day.

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With a list like this, and three months to enjoy it all, you’ll be sure to have the best summer yet! Bring us along for the ride and tag us in any activities (listed or not) so we can experience it too! Follow us on Instagram and use #CampusPhilly – we’ll share our favorite photos throughout the summer!


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