Our Favorite Philadelphia-Area Summer Activities for the Month of June

What to Do, What to Do, What to Do? The Greater Philadelphia area is busting at the seams with all kinds of summer activities to be enjoyed!  There’s truly something for everyone.  Here are some of our favorites to consider this month:

June 13th-June 30th, The History of Valley Forge Trolley Tour, Valley Forge National Historical Park

National Park Service-trained tour guides will lead your group through an enlightening and entertaining tour of the park. Tours are approximately 90 minutes and include stops at the soldier huts at the Muhlenberg Brigade site and the original house that was once General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge.
Reservations for “The Official Valley Forge NHP Tour” are required. For more information about the tours, available times and fee or to make a reservation, please contact The Encampment Store at 610-783-1074 or via email at vftours@aol.com.

June 18th, Kimmel Center Summer Solstice, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Center City Philadelphia

Kick off the summer in style at the Kimmel Center’s annual Summer Solstice extravaganza! The celebration launches at noon with a giant drum circle, followed by an afternoon of kid-friendly activities, classical, jazz and dance performances. When the sun sets, the party heats up with indie bands, singer-songwriters, club dancing, and even a drag show—an audience favorite every year!  http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/index.php?id=4052

June 18th, Fireworks and Fountain Show at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Spend the day enjoying the gardens, enjoy dinner or a picnic on the grounds then stay for the show. Gorgeous fireworks and elaborate fountain shows light up the night sky.  http://www.longwoodgardens.org/

June 18th-October 23rd, Mummies of the World Exhibition, The Franklin Institute, Center City, Philadelphia

The largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled makes its East Coast debut in Philadelphia! Learn about the intriguing world of mummies and mummification with a glimpse into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world. The never-before-seen collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes 150 mummies and important artifacts from Asia Oceania, South America, Europe, as well as ancient Egypt dating as far back as 6,500 years.  http://www.fi.edu/mummies/

June 18th, Evening Exploration at Bowmans Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Explore the Preserve after hours with a leisurely guided walk along the Preserve’s diverse trails in search of blooming native plants like rosebay rhododendron, mountain laurel and purple-flowering raspberry. Explore the world of insects in the wildflower meadow and take part in a unique opportunity to catch, study and release – unharmed – a great diversity of bugs, butterflies, grasshoppers and any other critters.  http://www.bhwp.org/calendar.htm

June 25th, Spirit of Philadelphia Fireworks Dinner Cruises, Center City, Philadelphia, On the Waterfront

Head for Penn’s Landing this June 25th and celebrate Independence Day early with a colorful, illuminating fireworks display! The waterfront fireworks show is a sight you won’t want to miss. With bountiful dining, lively performances, spectacular views, PLUS front-row seats for the fireworks (weather permitting), Spirit Cruises is the place to be on a Saturday night!  http://spiritofphiladelphia.com/Philadelphia/penns-landing-fireworks-dinner

June 25th -June 26th, Behind the Scenes Tour: Death Row at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Center City, Philadelphia, Museum District

One of the most requested locations at Eastern State Penitentiary opens for one weekend only, for limited tours. Cellblock 15, or “Death Row” as it was informally known, was the last cellblock added to Eastern State Penitentiary. It contained inmates under the highest level of security in Pennsylvania, including some awaiting execution. The Historic Site is currently raising funds to preserve and interpret this fascinating building. See Cellblock 15 now, in its eerie state of ruin, for one weekend only. http://easternstate.org/upcoming-events

June 25th -June 26th, the 22nd Annual Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia

One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws thousands of people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more. Celebrating its 22nd year, the region’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival features more than 275 artists from across the country. In addition to the exhibit areas, Manayunk’s award winning restaurants will be serving up delicious dishes and specials while various vendors will supply plenty of traditional festival foods.

June 28th–July 3, 2011, AT&T National Golf Tournament, Aronimink Golf Club on the Main Line, Philadelphia

The top names in professional golf will return to the Philadelphia region for the tournament. Now in its second year at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, the AT&T National brings 120 members of the PGA Tour to compete for $6.2 million in prize money. Competition is sure to heat up as past defending champion Justin Rose takes on PGA Tour Player of the Year Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and many more during the the four-round, 72-hole tournament.  http://attnationalpa.tickets.sportstoday.com/ATTNationalPA/calendar.aspx

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