Delaware River Waterfront
The Delaware River Waterfront and Penns Landing offer spectacular views of the water and city at night. The waterfront hosts events throughout the year including concerts, a jazz series and movie screenings. Pop up parks during the summer and winter bring life and light to the area and are great to explore during the evening. During the summer, gather at Spruce Street Harbor Park for colorful hammocks, floating gardens, arcades, games, craft beer and food vendors. Still feel like moving, but tired of walking? Head over to the Blue Cross RiverRink for roller skating, which turns into an ice skating rink during the winter.
Old City is one of the most popular spots for dining, night life and a history lesson. While here, you can stroll through historic streets, shop and eat at a great restaurant. The area around 2nd and Market Streets is a famous place to head for a night out on the town. Old City is also home to First Fridays when, on the first Friday of every month, businesses come together to celebrate its rich history and art scene. Stroll through galleries, shops and more, as you take in the scene.
Media is a small town in Delaware County, Pa. easily accessible by Septa. It is full of eclectic shops, galleries, fine dining, bars, festivals and live entertainment. Every Wednesday, from May until September, Media hosts a Dining Under the Stars where patrons enjoy al fresco dining on State Street, which closes for the evening. Many Media restaurants participate in the night and it’s the perfect time to stroll the quaint street (car free!) before or after you dine to enjoy the night and shops. Restaurants include Iron Hill Brewery, Bittersweet Kitchen and Quotations.
The Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia is one of the most busy and safe areas in the city, especially during the day, but also at night. You can stroll down Walnut Street hopping in and out of the stores, as some of them close at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., before getting dinner at one of the many restaurants. On the Square itself, you’ll find Devon, Rouge and Parc while just a short walk away are other restaurants including the Dandelion, Village Whiskey, and Pietro’s. For wine drinkers, you’ll want to hit up Tria Café, while those looking for beer, good food and pool will want to head to Good Dog. Rittenhouse Square is particularly pretty during the cooler months in the evening and night when lights grace the park and trees.
South Street West
South Street West is a budding community, located from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, bristling with shops, restaurants and bars. After eating at one of the numerous restaurants, such as Pumpkin, Rex 1516, or the taco shop Tio Flores, take a stroll through the corridor window shopping the nearby shops before arriving at either Rita’s Water Ice or the Igloo on Grays Ferry for dessert. Enjoy the night people watching or conversing with your friends as you sit in the Grays Ferry Triangle, a park filled with tables and chairs, or head to a nearby bar, such as Grace’s Tavern for a pint, Ten Stone for a game of pool or Jet Wine Bar for a glass of wine.
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