If you’ve spent any time in the Northeast this winter, you know the weather has been an icy death trap, with temps never feeling warmer than the single digits. Instead of succumbing to your blankets and hiding until summer comes, try piling on some layers and making it out to some of the city’s warmest—and most entertaining—attractions.
ART MUSEUM DISTRICT
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
This museum is home to Dinosaur Hall, featuring a huge Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and 37 dioramas, which peek into the workings of the Earth both then and now.
701 Arch St.
Through photos, artifacts, narrated interactives, modern art, and more, this museum highlights the culture, lives, and history of African Americans in Philadelphia and in America.
ART MUSEUM DISTRICT
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
With a permanent exhibit that features an expansive bounty of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early modern paintings, the Barnes houses the collection of notable Philadelphia chemist and businessman Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
ART MUSEUM DISTRICT
222 N. 20th St.
Where else can you walk through a giant model of a heart? This museum showcases the inventions of Benjamin Franklin, as well as scientific progress since his time, like 3D printing and virtual reality.
101 S. 3rd St.
The city’s newest ode to history encapsulates the country’s road to independence, featuring exhibits and artifacts from the earliest days of the American Army to the winter in Valley Forge.
19 S. 22nd St.
Arranged in a 19th-century cabinet museum-style, medical instruments, anatomical specimens, and, yes, Dr. Joseph Hyrtl’s human skull collection are all on view.
101 S. Independence Mall East
Through art, immigration artifacts, and religious regalia, the Jewish-American experience is outlined from pre-American Revolution through to today.
118-128 N. Broad St.
With painting, sculpture, photography, and more, the oldest art museum and art school in America has a vast collection of 19th- and 20th-century American work.
ART MUSEUM DISTRICT
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Those steps Rocky ascended lead to an expansive collection of art featuring artists like Paul Cézanne, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol; works from South Asia and America; the world’s largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp; and so much more.
109 S. 13th St., Suite 2N
Here, you’ll get a relaxing experience that is also eco-friendly. Book an organic facial, body wrap, and more.
255 S. 17th St., Suite 400
Bring your significant other for a couples massage, or go solo for a number of other services like facials, hair removal, mani-pedis, and makeup application.
1601 Walnut St., 3rd Floor
Rescue is your one-stop shop for a wide range of services including hair removal, facials, and Biologique Recherche Treatments, which use French methods to lift, inject collagen, and more.
10 Avenue of the Arts, 3rd Floor
In addition to your standard massages—Swedish, deep tissue, and stone—they’ve got specialty rubdown offerings for athletes, a therapeutic service, and more.
32 N. 3rd St.
From a four-hour day of wellness package to one-off services like massages and detoxing body wraps, this spa has it all, also offering specials for inner peace or an aromatic scalp treatment.
529 W. Girard Ave.
All levels are welcome to work on their swing at these indoor batting cages. They’ve got live music from both local and touring acts at night, too.
950 N. Penn St.
Rock climb without fear. This indoor rock gym has 13,500 square feet of climbing surfaces, 250 climbing routes, and intro classes for beginners.
161 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Grab some beer and some pals for indoor BYOB mini golf and arcade games.
North Bowl and South Bowl
NORTHERN LIBERTIES AND PENNSPORT
909 N. 2nd St. and 19 E. Oregon Ave.
Regardless of your locale, you’re near a multi-level retro bowling alley with a full bar and food.
117 Chestnut St.
Not to be confused with Second District (see below), this huge space is both a brewery and a restaurant, with three house beers on tap and a rotating roster of others.
2711 W. Girard Ave.
Pop into this craft brewery that celebrates Russian literature with beers that include ales, lagers, saisons, IPAs, and more.
701 S. 50th St.
Visit this 110-year-old firehouse where the beer travels just a few feet from the brewery to your glass.
4120 Main St.
This former cotton mill is now the home of craft beers, a stone pizza oven, and a sushi bar.
2440 Frankford Ave.
Housed in a 19th-century building, this brewery offers reservation-free tours and tastings from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Note that they don’t have a kitchen or serve food. But hang around and drink at the bar!
1939 S. Bancroft St.
This cozy South Philly spot with garage doors that open in warmer weather serves a handful of beers brewed onsite and yummy snacks.
500 Spring Garden St.
Their expansive new location features 20 different beers on tap and a menu that includes both ahi tuna poke and a barbecue platter for two. The brewery itself is still under construction, so tours are on pause for the moment.
40 N. 2nd St.
This professional regional theater shows a variety of works including classic, contemporary, intimate, large-scale, fiction, nonfiction, musical, and dramatic.
1114 Walnut St.
A number of touring Broadway productions roll frequently through this elegant theatre, built in 1927.
300 S. Broad St.
This Center City performing arts space consists of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater, all of which host world-class theater, orchestra, and dance.
480 S. Broad St.
Home to the Philadelphia Theatre Company, over 140 world and Philadelphia premieres have graced this stage.
825 Walnut St.
America’s oldest theater, which was founded in 1809, has featured performances from actors and actresses like Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda. Over the last 30 years, they’ve staged everything from world premieres to local productions of huge shows like “Guys and Dolls” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
265 S. Broad St.
The Wilma has staged original productions and has helped foster the talent of local creatives since 1973.
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