SpotHero Summer Picks: Our Top 6 Things to do in Philadelphia This Summer

Summer has come to Philadelphia! Here are just a few of the SpotHero team’s favorite warm-weather activities. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or new to the area, we’re sure you’ll have a great time and find tons to do all summer long!

Roller Rink in the Park

Dates: April 22-July 17, 11 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Location: Dilworth Park

Price: $8 kids 10 and under, $10 adults, skate rental $5, advanced booking required. Full details here.

Hit up the roller rink this summer in this outdoor experience like no other. Skaters can enjoy a skate in a retro-inspired rink in the heart of Philadelphia, complete with a checkerboard and an overhead art installation. Learn more here.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Dates: June 21-August 7, 6 p.m.- 11 p.m.

Location: Franklin Square

Price: $12 kids 3-12, $18 youth 13-18, $20 adults, full details here.

Spend an evening enjoying hundreds of lanterns in elaborate displays, live performances, games and attractions, and authentic food at the annual Chinese Lantern Festival. Learn more here.

The Oval XP

Dates: June 16-August 21 Wednesday-Sunday. Hours vary.

Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Price: Free

This unique festival includes games, live music, public art, and much more! Check out everything local artists have to offer at the Oval XP all summer long, just steps from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. View events schedule and full details here.

Visit the Philadelphia Zoo

Dates: Open daily year-round

Location: Philadelphia Zoo- 3400 W Girard Ave.

Price: $19 children ages 2-11, $24 guests 12+. Advanced tickets required, full details here.

The oldest zoo in the U.S. is in Philadelphia, and is definitely worth visiting in the summer months! Go see their 1,700 rare and endangered animals and learn how this zoo has pioneered conservationism worldwide. You can click here to learn more about events and exhibits.

Movies on the Block

Dates: June 19-August 19

Locations: Varies, visit their website for details.

Price: Free

Movies on the Block aims to bring groundbreaking films to all parts of Philadelphia, with different movies showing in neighborhood parks across Philly all summer long. Visit their website for schedules and locations. 

Head out of Town

If you’re heading out of town to beat the heat we won’t judge you! Catching a flight? Just remember to reserve your airport parking spot in advance!

Happy Summer!