Best neighborhood for outdoor activities: running, rowing, biking or even rollerblading. I run marathons, so the eight miles of path on KELLY DRIVE are the best for training.
There’s a café on the path called COSMIC CAFÉ that sells snacks and breakfast so you don’t have to pack them on your adventure. You can rent bikes here, too!
FAIRMOUNT PIZZA on Fairmount Avenue is my go-to for great pizza after a long run or bike ride, and there are so many cafés, shops and restaurants to check out on this lovely main street, just by walking around.
You can’t miss EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY. Literally, you can’t miss it – it’s an enormous former prison from the 1800s set among beautiful brownstones on Fairmount Avenue. Take a tour, but be warned – it’s haunted!
Philly is known for its history, even the history of its urban watershed, which you can check out at FAIRMOUNT WATER WORKS. It’s also a super Instagrammable spot with great views of BOATHOUSE ROW and the SCHUYLKILL RIVER!
The PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART hosts dozens of monthly events. Philly is also pretty big on ROCKY (I even wrote an essay on him!). Run the “ROCKY STEPS” and stand in his footprints – the view is incredible! Insider tip: Every Wednesday evening, and every first Sunday, is pay-what-you-wish admission at the museum.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary September–November
The Glow: A Jack-o-Lantern Experience October
A Very Philly Christmas in the Historic Houses of East Fairmount Park December
Eastern State Penitentiary $10 tickets
Philadelphia Museum of Art $14 tickets
Barnes Foundation $5 tickets
Rodin Museum Pay-what-you-wish