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7 Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia on a Rainy or Cold Day

By Isabel Hochman | February 26, 2021 |

An abstract installation at Fashion District Philadelphia's Wonderspaces.

On Feb. 3, Punxsutawney Phil predicted that the end of winter was nowhere in sight. As the cold weather continues, let’s make the best of it. Whether you’re looking to warm up over seasonal cocktails, or sharpen your ice skates, the following activities are perfect for enjoying the cold weather.

Rothman Orthopaedics Rink at Dilworth Park
Open until Feb. 28th, Rothman Orthopedics Rink is offering ice skating with timed skating sessions. The rink is also offering sledding with reservations. After skating, take a break inside their deluxe cabin suites to grab a seasonal cocktail or Tröegs Blizzard of Hops.

Take shelter from the cold and visit Wonderspaces inside Fashion District Philadelphia to see thoughtful and interactive works from a variety of artists. The museum is now showing Transition by Joost Jordens & Mike Von Rotz, a virtual reality experience, and Thank You Bags by Reed van Brunschot—a response to mass consumerism and the environmental impact of plastic.

Gather with friends and family on Greenfield Lawn to view beautiful seasonal plantings and festive lights. You can wander the garden while drinking warm mulled wine—not to mention the abundance of insta-worthy photo opportunties. Make sure to visit the beautiful scenery before it closes in late March.

Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest
Take a break, go ice skating and rent a private heated cabin. Enjoy specialty drinks, like the Hot Apple Strudel cocktail, in the Open Air Lodge, or indulge a spin with your kids on the ferris wheel.

Longwood Gardens
Locals flock to Media’s Longwood Gardens every winter—but the true beauty continues after. Book your tickets to their current show, Voices in the Landscape: Deeply Rooted with Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, a sensory experience that guests can explore both in-person and virtually. Open through March 21, the show honors the African American community’s strength, resilience and contributions via the floral lens of horticulture.

Stroll around Peddler’s Village
Spend some time outdoors this St. Patrick's Day, with Peddler’s Village’s “Celebrate the Green” experience. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens and spend your day dining at local family-owned businesses. After, you can spend the night at the cozy Golden Plough Inn—be sure to explore their luxury suites and romance packages—available through March 31st.

King of Prussia Mall
With so many stores and dining experiences to choose from, here are a couple of new happenings. Vera Bradley just premiered their new Paisley Wave collection, which will help you envision the summer days ahead. As you wander through, stop by Jimmy Choo and check out their new Spring 2021 boots. For organizing needs, Marie Kondo just launched a new collection with the Container Store.

Photography by: Photo courtesy of Adriana Maya-Arizona