End of Summer Bucket List: 25+ Things to Do in Philly Before School Starts

Harry Potter™: The Exhibition is in its final weeks at the Franklin Institute. Photo courtesy of the institute
Harry Potter™: The Exhibition is in its final weeks at the Franklin Institute. Photo courtesy of the institute

It's time to take stock of all of those things you've been meaning to check out all summer but haven't quite gotten to yet. We've rounded up the top 25 must-do summer activities for Philly families before school's back in session. From outdoor movies, to free summer concerts, to festivals, keep scrolling for your end-of-summer bucket list.

You can also browse our Summer Activities Guide for Philadelphia Kids, filled with lists of the best day trips, swimming pools, amusement parks, playgrounds, and free activities to make the most of your summer homestretch.

Places featured in this article:


Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Pick-Your-Own Peaches at Linvilla
Linvilla Orchards - 8:00 AM
Investigation Station: Parkway Pals Program
Sister Cities Park - 10:30 AM
Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
Morris Arboretum - various times
Franklin Square Fountain Show
Franklin Square - various times
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Franklin Square - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides