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    The weather outside might be frightful, but feeling stir-crazy is not delightful! Stretch out your legs, and get some fresh air with these local city activities. 

     

    What are your favorite events to attend when the weather is chilly? Share your wintery photos with us on Instagram @Phillyfunguide!

     

    If you are running a winter-friendly outdoor event, be sure to let us know through our submission page! It could get featured here!

    Philly From the Top

     

    Ever wonder what Philly looks like from 57 floors up? Well now's your chance! Since it's inception in November 2015, the One Liberty Observation Deck, located in the city's beloved Liberty Place building, has become a city top spot (literally!). Marvel over the birds-eye views of the city's famed skyline, and explore some of the interactive exhibits. The observation deck is closed, so it's open all year long, rain or shine. It's also still technically outdoors. We think.

    Museum Without Walls: Audio Tour

     

    Learn about the city's extensive public artwork through this free audio tour. Accessible for free via mobile app, cell phone or download, the city's sculptures are bought to life by the people who were there. Narrated by the "authentic voice" of a person who is connected to the art by knowledge or experience, Museum Without Walls will definitely paint the city in a new light. Completely free and self guided, there's no reason not to take a walk through the city's rich history.

    Schuykill River Trail

     

    Named the Best Urban Trail in USA Today's Reader's Choice contest, the Schkuykill River Trail has been consistently one of the city's premier attractions. Spanning almost 130 miles with a route stretching from Parkerford to Philadelphia, the River Trail is a must do for everyone in the city (at least once!). If walking, running, jogging, or any other mode of manual leg transit is your thing, then consider spending your winter afternoons here soaking in scenery with the city's beautiful Schuykill River as the backdrop.

    First Friday Philadelphia

     

    On the first Friday of each month, the streets of Old City flood with local residents soaking up the art scene. Started by the Old City Arts Association in 1991 to showcase the up and coming neighborhood, now, Old City's First Fridays are an exciting monthly tradition. Take a night out and explore all that the Old City art scene has to offer, as the galleries and shops open their doors and host a variety of events.

     

    More Winter Activities and Events in the Philadelphia Area:

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    VISUAL ARTS
    Mosaic Mural Map
    Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
    May 12th, 2020 - November 12th, 2021
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    FREE
    Distance Learning Resources for Teachers & Families
    Fairmount Water Works
    May 6th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    TOURS
    Self-Guided Tour: Along Kelly Drive
    Association for Public Art
    April 8th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    TOURS
    Self-Guided Tour: Around the Horticulture Center
    Association for Public Art
    April 8th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
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    TOURS
    Digital Tours of The Woodlands
    The Woodlands
    April 10th, 2020 - June 28th, 2020
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    OUTDOORS
    Garden Center Yard Now Open
    Linvilla Orchards
    April 16th, 2020 - June 28th, 2020
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    MuckFest Philadelphia
    MuckFest
    June 6th, 2020
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    27th Annual New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour - June 6th
    New Hope Historical Society
    June 6th, 2020
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    FREE
    #OutdoorOasis with the Scott Arboretum
    Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore...
    May 4th, 2020 - June 29th, 2020
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    OUTDOORS
    Cherry Blossom 10K & 5K - Now Virtual
    Japan America Society of Greater...
    June 4th, 2020 - June 8th, 2020
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    KIDS
    Scott Arboretum Creative Corner
    Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore...
    May 5th, 2020 - June 23rd, 2020
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    VISUAL ARTS
    #BranchOut
    Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore...
    May 6th, 2020 - June 24th, 2020
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    OUTDOORS
    2nd Annual JDRF South Jersey Ride to Type None
    JDRF
    June 13th, 2020
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    RunWalkBark4Dreams
    RunWalkBark4Dreams
    June 13th, 2020
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    SPORTS
    French Creek Iron Tour
    French & Pickering Creeks...
    June 14th, 2020
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    The Botany of Design
    Morris Arboretum of the University...
    June 17th, 2020
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    TOURS
    Lady Liberty and Ellis Island
    Main Line School Night
    June 18th, 2020
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    OUTDOORS
    Philadelphia Father's Day Virtual 5K Run/Walk
    SPW Productions
    June 21st, 2020 - July 5th, 2020

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