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The Top 10 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s beauty and history make it a great city to walk around in. There are a lot of things to do outside, but sometimes, the weather does not always cooperate. Rain can come up at any time. Whether or not you are planning for a rainy day in Philly, here are some fun things to do on a rainy day!

1. Escape an escape room at the Franklin Institute

Escape rooms have been all the rage the past few years. Spending the day at the Franklin Institute is fun, but escaping an escape room can add a sense of accomplishment to your fun day. There are two rooms to choose from: Island Escape and Intergalactic Escape.

2. Dave and Buster’s

While this arcade is a chain, it is still a fun way to spend a rainy day while in Philly. It is located on Christopher Columbus Boulevard. The arcade is known for its food and games and allows guests to earn a variety of prizes based on tickets they get when playing games.

3. Spend the day at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market is an indoor farmer’s market located right near Jefferson Station. It features a wide variety of restaurants and vendors, from a diner and ice cream stands to a bookstore and kitchen essentials stand. It has something for every taste and need.

4. Play a round of indoor mini golf

Thanks to Keystone Mini Golf and Arcade, you can get your mini golf fix, even when it is raining. The course, located on Cecil B Moore Avenue, contains nine 50’s-themed holes. There is also an arcade, so the fun does not have to stop after your game is over.

5. Get your rock (climbing) on

Go Vertical is Philly’s only rock climbing gym and is the largest of its kind on the East Coast. There are over 250 routes with new routes being added regularly, so there is something for rock climbers of all ages to master.

6. Test your bowling skills

Philadelphia is home to a wide range of bowling alleys across the city, including Northern Liberties. Bowling is a fun activity for all ages, so get a group of friends or family members together and compete to see who is the best. This is one of the best things to do on a rainy day!

7. See all there is at the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library of Philadelphia has a variety of books on hand, but they have so much more. They have a variety of events and rare collections. They even have the taxidermied Grip the Raven, who was Charles Dickens’ pet raven and the muse for Poe’s The Raven.

8. Catch a glimpse of the best city views

Even in the rain, Philadelphia is a stunning and scenic city. One Liberty Observation Deck offers a 360-degree look at various views of the City of Brotherly Love. There are also shops below the deck, so you can spend a whole day shopping and taking in some views.

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9. Rid your blues with a movie

Nothing rids the rainy day blues quite like a day at the movies. Luckily for those in Philadelphia, there are a number of movie theaters across town to see the latest family movie or a comedy. Escaping the reality of the rain can make anybody happy.

10. Learn something new at a museum

Philadelphia has a wide variety of museums on subjects like art, culture, science, and history. Many museums have an inspiring message to them and most are interactive, adding a personal touch to the experience and allowing visitors to get connected to the subject.

What do you think of these things to do on a rainy day in Philadelphia? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ashley Paskill

Ashley is a recent graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with her Bachelor's in journalism. She love writing articles about music and Philadelphia. Ashley would love to pursue a career in journalism in New York City.

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