No matter what style of food you favor, eating it in the open air makes it taste better. Want more ways to add al fresco dining to your schedule? From elegant Italian to tavern fare and tacos to dumplings, here are the 10 hottest new spots for outdoor dining in Philly.
Everyone loves a fresh slice of ‘za, whether it be at a swanky Italian bistro or straight out of the cardboard box while the delivery guy is still making his way back to his car. Something about the combination of hot tomato sauce, soft pizza dough, and dripping cheese makes our hearts melt. In case you were trying to figure out the best pizza places in the state, wait no longer! Without any further ado, here are the ten best pizza shops in Pennsylvania.
The Barren Hill Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a Community Day on Saturday, May 30th from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event will be held at Victory Fields #3 and #4 adjacent to Colonial Elementary School and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.
Starting at 4:30 p.m. there will be inflatables, games and food. Starting a 8:00 p.m. there will be a outdoor movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue, and the night will conclude with fireworks.
Pennsylvania has an unconfirmed claim to have been the site of the first “official” Memorial Day celebration in 1864. But in reality, various community “decoration days” before then had long-standing traditions of honoring local fallen soldiers.
Regardless, with Valley Forge and Montgomery County containing hallowed ground, it’s no wonder that Memorial Day takes on a special kind of gravitas here.
The Spring Mill Farmers’ Market is opening its first season in 2015. The market is being held on Sundays from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. between May 17th and the end of October at the corner of East Hector and Lee Streets in the Conshohocken section of Whitemarsh Township. It is minutes from Lafayette Hill, Plymouth Meeting and the Main Line.
Each week the market will feature a variety of vendors offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, and microgreens, plus pastured meats, baked goods, local wine, cheese, coffee and more. Visit their website for more information.
Please Touch Museum
This is a great hands-on approach to learning for kids. Exhibits include Roadside Attractions, where kids can drive and fill up their car, to the Flight Fantasy where kids can imagine their soaring through the clouds and have the sensation of gliding and hovering, to Wonderland an imaginative world of Hall of Doors and Mirrors, and tea parties with the Mad Hatter and other unique characters.
The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute, the region’s premier science museum, features an IMAX theater, the Fels Planetarium and a full city block of kid-friendly exhibitions, such as the walk-through Giant Heart, Space Command, Sports Challenge, Electricity and Changing Earth. In June 2014, the museum opened the doors to its 53,000-square-foot Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. The centerpiece of the dazzling three-story addition is the 8,500-square-foot permanent exhibit Your Brain, featuring an unprecedented collection of interactive, high-tech exhibitions. The expansion also features space for traveling exhibitions and a new rain garden and atrium with a freely moving aluminum “Shimmer Wall” offering a utopian chill-out spot for families seeking a break.
The Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia has the nation’s oldest zoo, and some rarest animals you’ll ever see, including several endangered species like the Sumatran orangutan, Mhorr gazelle, Western lowland gorilla, the Waldrap ibis and many more. It’s a great place for kids to watch animals and have a chance to pet and interact with some of the animals, too!
Sesame Place celebrates its 35 year anniversary this year, and . You can plan a birthday party with your child and one of the characters, go on rides including Cookie’s Monster Land and Elmo’s World, or three brand new attractions The Count Around, The Count’s Fly By, and The Castle Swing. For some poolside fun, check out the magnificent waterpark which has Big Bird’s Rambling River, and Bert and Ernie’s Slip-and-Slide.
You may drive by it every day on the way to work, pick up or drop off children for after-school athletics, or you may be on your way to a yoga class or dinner in a nearby restaurant. But have you ever really stopped long enough to ask yourself, “What exactly is a ‘watershed,’ and why should I care?”
A watershed is an area of land that drains surrounding streams and tributaries to a single, larger body of water such as a creek, river or ocean. The Wissahickon Watershed consists of 64 square miles, flowing downhill to the Wissahickon Creek or one of its tributaries. Over many decades, the replacement of forests with housing and commercial development has resulted in a decrease in the amount of water that seeps into the ground.
As a result, creeks and rivers flood more often with heavy rains, bringing increased pollutants to our waterways. Whatever happens to the surrounding land in our communities affects the water quality of the creek. Protecting the Wissahickon necessitates that we all have a stake in protecting the land in this vital watershed. Read more…
Biking season is here! If you enjoy biking, you might want to do a test run of the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic race course. It’s a 12.3 mile race along scenic Kelly Drive with views of the Schuylkill River and city skyline. Here is a PDF download of the race course map.
The official race starts on Sunday, June 7th at 6:45 am, and starts at Sedgley Drive and Lemon Hill Drive. For more info, visit the website.
The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival is celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary this year. This two day event will be held this weekend on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th. If you love Italian food and culture, this is the place to be! There will be plenty of Italian foods, such as sausages and other cured meats to try, as well as people watching, and entertainment. Come join the fun!