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Summer Vacations in Philadelphia

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A summer vacation in Philadelphia means dazzling fireworks on the Fourth of July, evening incursions into Revolutionary War history and a chance to spend an evening out at the ballgame. Book a summer hotel in Philadelphia and come see for yourself.

Chitchat with Colonials

American history comes dramatically to life in the Philadelphia summer when actors dressed as Colonial characters take to the streets. Chat with Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, or learn how to play the Colonial games of Quoits. Sitting on storytelling benches in front of the Betsy Ross House or in Franklin Park, Colonial characters vividly bring the events of the American Revolution to life.

Spectator sports

Philadelphia is a great baseball town, and summer is when it’s at its very best. Sitting in the stands with a cold, local Yuengling Lager in one hand and a Philly cheese steak in the other is, for some in Philadelphia, as good as it gets. Unless, of course, they catch a foul ball. For even more local baseball action, cross the Delaware River on one of the quick commuter ferries to see the minor league Camden River Sharks play. The riverside setting, inexpensive tickets and the friendly crowd make this a popular family outing.

Revolution all around

In the summer as the sun sets, Lights of Liberty recreates the events of the American Revolution, as it happened, where it happened, in Independence National Historical Park. The walk-through sound-and-light show features larger-than-life images projected onto the sides of Colonial buildings, with music and sound transmitted via headphones. Colonial players guide the one-hour show. Grab your headset and join the revolution.


July Fourth celebrations

In the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed, Independence Day is celebrated with an enthusiastic fervor that goes on for a week instead of just one day. Free concerts by big talents (think Sheryl Crow and John Legend), culinary treats at Taste of Philadelphia and a grand parade are only the beginning. The highlight is a massive fireworks display on the Fourth accompanied by live music by the Philly Pops orchestra.

Fairmount Square Park

Fairmount Park is Philadelphia’s green heart, and at a total of over 8,500 acres, it’s the among the largest landscaped city parks in the world. Summer outdoor fun includes jogging, biking and horseback riding on more than 100 miles of paths. Sailboats and canoes ply the lakes while scullers glide along the Schuylkill River in front of the picturesque buildings that comprise Boathouse Row. You could play tennis on one of the more than 100 courts, try a round of golf or just pack a picnic and celebrate summer. And since this is Philadelphia, look within the park for a collection of historic buildings, some dating back three centuries, from handsome mansions to simple barns.

Riverside fun

Penn’s Landing is Philadelphia’s riverside esplanade on the banks of the Delaware River overlooking Camden, New Jersey. Look for a gentrified waterfront, free outdoor concerts at Festival Pier and harbor cruises on the grand paddle-wheeler the Riverboat Queen. Or take a RiverLink ferry and check out the view of Philly from across the river.