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Safe ways to get the family out of the house this winter

Friday, January, 22, 2021

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By Kacie Farrell

We are quickly approaching the one year mark since the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown that began in March of 2020. Although there are many restrictions still in place, the city along with the CDC have found ways to safely open up dining, attractions and a number of socially distanced events. 2021 is forcing us to think and act differently, so here are some of the exciting things going on around us.

Here are a few winter activities currently open in Philadelphia:

Dilworth Park, at the heart of Philadelphia, is beautifully lit with thousands of lights, a winter garden and an ice skating rink through February 2021! This park is free to walk through although tickets are required for ice skating. See here for more information CCD Parks | Winter (centercityphila.org)

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has cabins, firepits, games and amusements surrounding their ice skating rink. Located right along the Delaware River with great food and cocktails this is a one stop spot for the whole family! Open through March 7th, 2021, To book your cabin or firepit: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (delawareriverwaterfront.com)

Museums are OPEN AGAIN here are a few we suggest:

Adventure Aquarium: Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday - Sunday 9:30am - 5pm Play Safe | Adventure Aquarium

The Franklin Institute: Open Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Health & Safety Information | The Franklin Institute (fi.edu)

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Friday, 10 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. (pay what you wish admission 5-8:45 p.m.); Saturday-Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Philadelphia Museum of Art - Reopening Plans (philamuseum.org)

Barnes Foundation: Friday-Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visiting the Barnes Foundation | Tickets, Safety, and More

Wonderspaces: Wednesday-Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Coronavirus Note — Wonderspaces Philadelphia

Trails open for biking, running, walking: 

Circuit Trails: Circuit Trails | One of America’s largest trail networks is in your backyard

Schuylkill River Trail/Boat House Row: Schuylkill River Trail Overview | Schuylkill River Greenways

Wissahickon Trail: Maps & Directions - Friends of Wissahickon Friends of Wissahickon (fow.org)

Ridley Creek State Park: Ridley Creek State Park



The Philadelphia Zoo

Eastern State Penitentiary

Philadelphia’s Magic Garden 


It is important to stay safe while attending any of these locations. Please wash your hands, wear a mask, and stay home if you are showing any COVID-19 related symptoms. 

Keep you and your family safe and remember to get tested. Test Here is a trusted local testing service for both adults and children. With a growing number of locations and different testing options this is a great service to keep in mind especially if you are venturing out of the house. For more information on Test Here check out their website: www.TestHere.com