Even though it doesn’t feel like it, spring has come to Philadelphia. (We promise that the weather will get better soon enough!) It’s the perfect time of year for family vacations or school trips, and this city has more than enough to offer.
Whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s top notch historical attractions or are focused on enjoying the outdoor, there’s plenty to do for visiting families or couples this spring.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in the spring in Philadelphia, check out a few of our favorite suggestions, including:
- Hop-on Hop-off Philadelphia Bus Tour
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Adventure Aquarium
- Philadelphia Zoo
- RiverLink Ferry
- Longwood Gardens
- And more!
Save on Springtime Activities in Philadelphia
Regular admission to a number of these attractions is available on The Philadelphia Pass®.
Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special spring events may be separately ticketed and not available on The Philadelphia Pass®.
Hop-on Hop-off Philadelphia Bus Tour
For those of you who are new to Philly, or who haven’t seen as much of the city as you’d like, the Big Bus Philly tour is here to save your vacation.
This comprehensive city tour is a hop-on hop-off option that helps you see all of Philly from the comfort of a bus. Take the opportunity to hop off at one of the many featured stops, and make an entire day of it!
Now that it’s spring, you can even sit on the top of this double decker bus. Just keep an eye out for the rain!
Getting In: Big Bus Philadelphia tickets are included with The Philadelphia Pass.
One Liberty Observation Deck
Since the city is slowly working its way towards spring-like weather (and all the bright colors associated with it), a good idea for your spring vacation is a visit to an observation deck.
See the city from above at the One Liberty Observation Deck, conveniently located right near the beloved Reading Terminal Market.
It’s the city’s tallest enclosed observation deck, so you’re sure to get great views of Center City and Rittenhouse Square, as well as far beyond.
Getting In: One Liberty Observation Deck tickets are included with The Philadelphia Pass.
Franklin Institute Science Museum
If you’ve got kids in tow on your spring vacation, you’ll want to hit up the Franklin Institute. It’s a renowned science museum with more exhibits and activities than you can shake a stick at.
They also have a number of special exhibits that rotate periodically, including the exciting “Game Masters: The Exhibition” (open now through September 3, 2018). This traveling exhibit highlights innovative game design and takes you behind the scenes in the world of video games.
Getting In: Franklin Institute tickets are included with The Philadelphia Pass.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
This is one of the east coast’s most popular art museums. Featuring an exquisite selection of fine and decorative arts from across the globe, this amazing museum has galleries upon galleries of inspiration art for visitors to enjoy.
Rotating special exhibits are going to be the hot ticket this spring, including “Jean Shin: Collections” (now through July 15, 2018), “Varujan Boghosian: Master Manipulator” (now through April 25, 2018), and “Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey” (now through September 8, 2018).
Getting In: Philadelphia Museum of Art tickets are included with The Philadelphia Pass. Special exhibitions may incur a small additional charge.
Located just across the river in Camden, the Adventure Aquarium is a delightful place to explore the many and diverse creatures of the world’s waters.
Featuring more than 8,500 sea critters across multiple innovative displays, this aquarium also offers several touch exhibits, a 3-D theater, and enrichment experiences like penguin feedings.
NEW for Spring 2018 is the re-imagined Penguin Park, with a reinterpreted Penguin Island and a play area for kids called Explorer’s Cove.
Getting In: Adventure Aquarium tickets are included with The Philadelphia Pass.
Another great option for animal lovers is the Philadelphia Zoo. Home to hundreds of animals from across the globe, this zoo is comprised of a number of different themed areas.
Featured areas include African Plains, Bear Country, Carnivore Kingdom, and more. A special highlight is the PECO Primate Reserve, which protects multiple primate species and showcases conservation efforts.
If you’re really ambitious, and love animals AND running, you could also register for their Run Wild for the Zoo 5k (held on April 29, 2018).
Getting In: Philadelphia Zoo tickets are included with The Philadelphia Pass.
There’s no better place to be in the spring than a botanical garden. Longwood Gardens encapsulates well over 1000 acres of grounds spanning indoor and outdoor exhibits.
You’ll find everything from formal rose gardens to kids’ learning gardens and all sorts of beautiful plants in between. Their “Spring Blooms” season is officially on now through May 6, 2018, so be sure to swing by soon to see the most luscious blossoms!
Getting In: Longwood Gardens tickets are included with The Philadelphia Pass.
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
April 7 – 15, 2018
Fairmont Park & other locations
Everyone’s favorite flowering trees are at their best and brightest this time of year. Did you know that they also have a robust presence in Philly?
Enjoy a week-long festivity celebrating their return with dance performances, dining opportunities, and a Sakura Sunday celebration (on April 15, 2018).
Getting In: The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is free to attend; some events may incur costs that are not included with The Philadelphia Pass.
Philadelphia Science Festival
April 20 – 28, 2018
Franklin Institute & other locations
This event is sure to be a hit with science geeks of all ages. The Philadelphia Science Festival features exhibitions that emphasize the role of science in our daily lives, from the products and technologies we use to the world around us.
Expect plenty of live demonstrations, talks, and interactive stations. The whole thing ends with a massive Science Carnival on the last day, so if you can only make part of the festivities, try to swing by on April 28.
Getting In: Most events for the Philadelphia Science Festival are free. For those that do require tickets, please see the event website.
Remember to Save on Springtime Admission
If you’re in the midst of planning your Philadelphia springtime vacation, consider adding a few of our favorite options for things to do in April, May, and June to your itinerary.
Please note that some of the activities and events in this post are separately ticketed and are not included with the Philadelphia Pass®.
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