10 Must Do Activities Before Summer Slips Away

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Summer Bucket List Fun before Summer is Done

In the beginning of summer, many Philly families create a summer bucket list. You know, a list of summertime "to-do's" that provide fun, entertainment, and even some educational value. As August enters its last days, it's imperative to make the last days of summer count. If you didn't make a bucket list (or can't even find it), no worries. We have rounded up our top 10 activities that every Philly family should try to experience before school schedules take over. Read on and get cracking - there isn't much time left!

  1. Escape the heat inside in a local museum, many of which offer free, discounted, or pay what you wish admission.
     
  2. Cool off with a trip to one of Philly's outdoor public pools, local splash pads, or water parks.
     
  3. Splurge with a trip to a nearby amusement park. Be sure to check with local grocery stores and online for available discounts and special promotions.
     
  4. Celebrate Butter Pecan, Moose Tracks, or just plain vanilla ice cream with a refreshing summertime indulgence. Try a decadent dessert at Bassetts Ice Cream, America's oldest ice cream company, located in Philly's Reading Terminal, make your own personalized flavor at Lancaster's Turkey Hill Experience, or learn about the plants that make the most common ice cream flavors at Camden Children's Garden.
     
  5. Board a kayak or boat to explore the Schuylkill River or jump in a canoe to paddle down the Perkiomen Creek.
     
  6. Learn about butterflies at Tyler Arboretum's Bugs & Butterfly Festival or camping at Winterthur's Happy Campers! Exhibit.


     

  7. Visit your local library for its educational programming. Events include traditional storytime sessions, craft-making opportunities, construction club, chess club, or even read to a dog!
     
  8. Take a day trip to surf the waves at the Jersey shore. Afterwards, hit the boardwalk to ride the ferris wheel.
     
  9. Experience a new and different culture by attending The Draken Experience, the Ukrainian Folk Festival, or the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
     
  10. Pack a blanket and find a spot to watch a movie under the stars or listen to a free outdoor concert.

***Bonus: Take a break from your parental duties with Date Night! Check out our recent post about finding a babysitter so Philly parents enjoy the last bits of summer fun without the kids in tow.

 

All images are provided by the author. Originally published August 2016. Updated August 2018.

Benjamin Franklin Museum
143 S. 3rd Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 53.0376" N, 75° 8' 43.962" W
Pennsylvania
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
19807 Wilmington , DE 39° 47' 54.7008" N, 75° 36' 36.3096" W
Delaware
Turkey Hill Experience
301 Linden Street
17512 Columbia , PA 40° 2' 15.2808" N, 76° 30' 28.2852" W
Pennsylvania
Bassetts Ice Cream
1136 Arch Street Unit 404 Reading Terminal Market
19107 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 13.41" N, 75° 9' 30.4668" W
Pennsylvania
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
08103 Camden , NJ 39° 56' 39.6888" N, 75° 7' 49.854" W
New Jersey
Bartram’s Garden
54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 0.5136" N, 75° 12' 55.9188" W
Pennsylvania
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
1201 Pawlings Road
19403 Audubon , PA 40° 7' 22.0224" N, 75° 26' 35.3472" W
Pennsylvania
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
19063 Media , PA 39° 56' 4.668" N, 75° 26' 29.7672" W
Pennsylvania
Charles Santore Branch
932 South 7th Street 7th & Carpenter Sts
19147-2932 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 13.3584" N, 75° 9' 18.9864" W
Pennsylvania
Free Library of Philadelphia/ Central Library
1901 Vine Street
19103 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 34.5816" N, 75° 10' 15.6864" W
Pennsylvania
Walnut Street West Library
201 South 40th Street 40th & Walnut Sts
19104 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 13.7232" N, 75° 12' 8.7336" W
Pennsylvania
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
101 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 50.82" N, 75° 8' 22.3368" W
Pennsylvania
Ukrainian American Sports Center
Tryzub Lower State and County Line Roads
19044 Horsham , PA 40° 10' 42.3912" N, 75° 7' 42.6216" W
Pennsylvania
Gorgas Park
6300 Ridge Avenue
Roxborough , PA 40° 2' 11.4252" N, 75° 13' 17.9076" W
Pennsylvania
Mount Hope Estate and Winery , PA
2775 Lebanon Rd
17545 Manheim , PA 40° 13' 28.1388" N, 76° 25' 37.8516" W
Pennsylvania
Winterthur Musuem, Garden & Library , DE
5105 Kennett Pike
19807 Wilmington , DE 39° 48' 31.6584" N, 75° 36' 13.4136" W
Delaware