Fun in the sun: The best spots to dine and play outdoors in Philly

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Old City Eats kicks off next week.
Kory Aversa

Independence Seaport Museum 

What better way to enjoy the summer in Philly than by spending it on the Delaware River? ISM annually offers ways to spend the sunny season in the city right on the water with Paddle Penn’s Landing and Kayak Excursions. The former provides families (of up to 4 at a time) with the chance to hop on a paddleboat (your choice a swan, flamingo, yellow duck, or dragon boat) and the latter happens on select days. Excursions range in destinations, but each one is designed to give unique perspectives of the Delaware River.

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Independence Seaport Museum

 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd,

City Cruises 

Another way to embark on an aquatic and picturesque journey down on the River is through the new Rendezvous yacht from City Cruises. 

The three-level vessel (complete with a main dining deck, cocktail lounge and skydeck) has an updated look compared to other ships on the CC line, but the same level of experience and atmosphere. Those who have been on the Spirit of Philadelphia before will remember the amenities—bars, decks and large windows overlooking every side of the boat—but with a more modern feel, and, a bit more space with this latest addition.

If you’re looking to host your next group event on The Rendezvous (with food and drink packages available) submit your request online and someone from City Cruises’ Groups & Private Events team will reach out to you directly.

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The RendezvousProvided

401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.,

Bark Social Manayunk

This new destination offers plenty of outside fun and play for both Philadelphians and their four-legged friends. This new social club, beer garden and retail experience for dogs and dog lovers not only offers plenty of opportunities to hang out with pals, but it also boasts an impressive food and beverage line-up.

As a release states, Bark Social features 30 local beers on tap such as the UltraCush Hazy IPA by Neshaminy Creek, Pineapple Mango Cider by Wyndridge and Alex’s Raspberry Lemon Ale by Sly Fox. Food-wise Philadelphians can indulge in hand-rolled Bavarian pretzels loaded with your choice of toppings, mac and cheese balls, and Buffalo Chicken Dip. 

Additionally, Bark Social has partnered with Manayunk’s local pet bakery to set up a treat bar for our favorite furry friends. Check out their site to find full membership details for your pups.

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Bark Social in ManayunkCourtesy of Bark Social

 3720 Main St., Suite E,

The Grove at Assembly Rooftop Lounge

This year, The Grove at Assembly will take Philadelphians on a journey to South Italy through taste and decor, as the second season of this pop-up recreates an Italian coastal summertime escape in the heart of Philadelphia in 2023.

Highlighted bites include the Lobster Roll ($21) served with chive aioli and local chips; Halibut Bionchetti Limon ($18) with Ligurian olive oil, parsley, and rucola and Salmon Fritto ($16) with Jail Island salmon, limoncello aioli, and pickled caper salad, and drinks-wise, be sure to check out the Walking in Sicily ($17) with Bahnez mezcal, Ancho Reyes Verde, grapefruit cordial, lime and grapefruit, and the Coastal Clear ($17) with Malfy con Limone Gin, basil infused dry vermouth and lemon olio zucchero. 

Pro-tip, head to this spot during their Aperitivo Hour from Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. in which select cocktails, wines, beers and snacks will be offered at a discount, such as a rotating daily spritz ($8), Frosé ($10), cheese ($10), charcuterie ($10), marinated olives ($4), oysters ($3/each), and more.

The Grove
Assembly Rooftop Lounge

1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,

Old City Eats

There’s a way to spend time strolling through Old City during the summer season while also trying a taste of something from numerous award-winning and unique spots in that picturesque area of the city. Happening every Thursday from June 1 to Aug. 31, Old City Eats takes over 2nd Street between Market and Chestnut and features a dozen restaurants and bars serving outdoor seasonal sips and small plates, plus live music, entertainment, shopping and more.

The opening night celebration runs on 2nd Street with extended hours from 5 to 9 p.m. and Philadelphians can look online to find a full roster of participating spots. 

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Old City Eats.Kory Aversa

The Yard at South Bowl

Opened in 2019, the space now features slow and fast-pitch batting cages, two 40-foot-long bocce courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, an outdoor arcade area with billiards, and a full bar with seating. And this is all on top of the two full-sized bars, multiple lounges, and a rooftop deck that makes up the popular space inside.

The Yard is open every Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 11 p.m. Philadelphians should note, hours for the space may vary due to weather and groups can call ahead to see availability for the outdoor section before arriving. The Yard can also be rented for private events on top of offering rotating food, drink, and batting cage specials during the season.

The Yard summer in Philly
The Yard at South BowlSouth Bowl

19 E Oregon Ave.,