33 Ways to Celebrate Summer Around the Philadelphia Suburbs
June 12, 2023
Rent a Sunfish and explore the 535-acre lake at Marsh Creek State Park in Downingtown. Visit dcnr.pa.gov.
Need things to do with the kids in summer? Check out Urban Air. Courtesy of Urban Air
Bike, walk or run from Exton to Valley Forge on the 14-mile Chester Valley Trail—or from Phoenixville to Philly on the 26-mile Schuylkill River Trail. Visit chesco.org and schuylkillriver.org.
Peruse the Wyeth galleries at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, or step back in time at the Chester County History Center. CCHC’s latest exhibit, Seventeen Men, delves into the lives of Black Civil War soldiers in the Mid-Atlantic region. It runs through July 1. Visit brandywine.org/museum and mycchc.org.
Let loose with some arcade games, bowling, karaoke and more at Game on State in Media or Round1 in Downingtown. Visit gameonstate.com and round1usa.com .
Grab a helmet and suspend yourself in mid-air for a simulated skydive at iFly in King of Prussia. For an extra adrenaline boost, try a “high flight” to go higher and faster with an instructor than you can on your own. Visit iflyworld.com.
Grab your friends, head to KOP and step inside Expedition Escape Rooms—and try to get out. Visit expeditionescape.com.
Cheer on the Philadelphia Union with the Sons of Ben, who host the city’s largest tailgate at every weekend home game. Visit sonsofben.com.
Get away to a technetronic land where anything is possible at Otherworld, an Ohio-based operation that’s opening its second location in Philadelphia this month. Dubbed an “immersive art experience,” the 40,000-square-foot attraction is the work of more than 100 artists, modellers, animators, creative technologists and fabricators. Visitotherworld.com.
For its 25th anniversary, the Pocono Mountains’ Camelbeach Outdoor Waterpark launches the new Rival Racer waterslide, with a 54-foot vertical drop that propels riders 400 feet along eight twisting, turning, dropping chutes. Or get lost in the High Noon Typhoon (pictured). Visitcamelbackresort.com.
After some delays, Topgolf is set to debut in King of Prussia this summer. The year-round climate-controlled complex will offer a new type of golf experience, along with a full food and bar menu, live music and meeting space. Visittopgolf.com.
The Brandywine River is the perfect destination for a day of canoeing, tubing or kayaking. Rent what you need at Brandywine Outfitters in Coatesville or Northbrook Canoe Co. in West Chester. Visit canoepa.com and northbrookcanoe.com .
Meet new four-legged friends in Manayunk at Bark Social, touted as the world’s first social club for dogs. Visit barksocial.com.
Need something to do on date night? Relax as a pair in an Epsom-salt float tank at Main Line Float and Freeze, bond over an adult beverage, a board game and some great food at Twenty One Pips, then catch a show at Ardmore Music Hall. Visit floatandfreeze.com, twentyonepips.comand ardmoremusichall.com.
To the south in Perryville, Maryland, the newest and largest Great Wolf Lodge offers 128,000 square feet of waterpark. The High Paw Holler body slide mimics the sensation of a ski slope. Visit greatwolf.com
Looking for things to do in summer? Try line dancing.
Line-dance to live country music at West Chester’s newly overhauled Brickette Lounge. And don’t miss the barbecue. Visit brickettelounge.com.
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