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7 Things to Do in Philadelphia This Spring

Spring is a wonderful time to be in Philadelphia, as the city comes alive with color and activity after a long winter. From cherry blossoms to outdoor festivals to Easter treats, there are plenty of great things to do in Philadelphia this spring. In this blog post, we’ll highlight some of the best activities and events to check out.

Visit the Cherry Blossoms at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

One of the most beautiful sights in Philadelphia in the spring is the blooming of the cherry blossom trees at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. Located in Fairmount Park, this serene and picturesque spot is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The garden is open from March to December, but the best time to see the cherry blossoms is in late April or early May.

Take a Stroll through the Philadelphia Magic Gardens

The Philadelphia Magic Gardens is a must-visit attraction in Philadelphia, particularly in the springtime. This outdoor art installation covers half a city block and features thousands of pieces of colorful glass and ceramic tiles. The gardens are the creation of local artist Isaiah Zagar, who began working on the project in the 1960s. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the gardens, which include mosaics, sculptures, and other unique pieces of art.

Celebrate Easter with Brunch at Lacroix

Enjoy a delicious spread of brunch favorites at our signature restaurant Lacroix with your friends and family. Here, you can share starters like smoked fish with horseradish crème fraîche and shrimp cocktail. The à la carte menu also features specials such as butter-poached lobster tail with sauce américaine and cider-glazed dry-aged duck with duck jus and chicories.

Explore the Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market is a bustling indoor market that has been a Philadelphia institution since 1893. The market is home to more than 80 vendors selling everything from fresh produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and baked goods. In the spring, the market is particularly lively, with fresh flowers and seasonal produce in abundance. It’s a great place to sample some of Philadelphia’s famous foods and take in the local culture.

Walk or Bike along the Schuylkill River Trail

The Schuylkill River Trail is a 30-mile multi-use trail that runs along the Schuylkill River and offers stunning views of the city skyline. The trail is perfect for walking, jogging, or biking, and there are plenty of parks and green spaces to explore along the way. In the spring, the trail comes alive with wildflowers and blooming trees, making it an especially scenic spot for a leisurely stroll.

Savor Craft Cocktails and Spa Treatments 

Everyone needs a bit of indulgence and relaxation in spring, and our ‘Sip, Spa & Stay’ package is perfect for that. Your overnight stays come with a 30-minute facial and a 60-minute Rittenhouse Signature massage at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club as well as two handcrafted cocktails at The Library Bar. After those sweet nightcaps from our expert mixologists, retire to your suite for a restful night’s sleep.

Check out the Philadelphia Flower Show 

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest indoor flower show in the world and takes place each March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. From March 4 to 12, the show features elaborate gardens, floral displays, and exhibits from some of the world’s top floral and landscape designers. When you’re there, stop by Mary Cassatt Tea Room to try our specialty lineup of floral teas and desserts.

Relax and Rejuvenate, from Head to Toe

Springtime is the perfect time to give yourself a little rest and restoration, which is why The Rittenhouse Spa & Club rolled out a special spring spa menu that pairs aromatherapy with some of the treatments. Facials and massages are a great way to rejuvenate your skin and body as they help improve circulation, promote relaxation, and boost your overall mood. So if you’re looking for a way to relax and begin anew this spring, schedule an appointment with us. 

Philadelphia is a great place to be in the spring, with plenty of outdoor activities and events to enjoy. From cherry blossoms and flower shows to outdoor markets and festivals, there’s something for everyone in the City of Brotherly Love. So get out there and explore all that Philadelphia has to offer this spring!