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5 Day Staycation in Philly

5 Day Staycation in Philly

That recent Philly Airbnb tax that passed has got us thinking. People are flocking to Philly, and no wonder. It’s an incredible place, and was recently ranked as the top 2015 travel destination in America by the New York Times.

Ironically enough, it’s tough to take advantage of all Philly has to offer when you live here – how often do you go to work, head straight to spin class, and  drive straight home?

Let’s skip the insane airfare prices, traffic, and long waits that usually accompany summer vacations. Here’s a sample of what you could experience on a 5 day staycation in Philly.

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Philly and Science: The Future Looks Phosphorescent

Philly and Science: The Future Looks Phosphorescent

Science in Philly didn’t end with Ben Franklin.

Philly has always been a hub for new scientific endeavors, and currently, we’re stoking the interest of younger scientists. Just take a look at this photo of Katie Couric hanging out with science-savvy girl scouts in Philly. The science bug has bitten Philly, and we’re excited to be part of the future in our beautiful (and smart!) city. Here are some big reasons why Philly and science are a match made in –  well, a really nice lab.

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More than Just Green Space: Center City Park Events

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Craving some fun outdoor events this summer?

The Granary Apartments are close to all of the Center City Parks, which means you can easily attend the many exciting events at each of them. Center City Parks consist of four parks: Dilworth, Sister Cities, John F. Collins, and Cret. The closest to your Philadelphia apartment is Dilworth Park, but the others are only a short distance away. Here are some Center City Parks events you don’t want to miss:

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A Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

There are few apartments in Philly that are surrounded by as much art and culture as The Granary. Logan Square is a dream neighborhood to be close to – it’s chock full of gorgeous architecture, beautiful museums, and is the home of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which was designed in the 1900s and still has the breathtaking historical statues to prove it.

Speaking of Rocky, remember that scene where he runs up the steps of the Philly Art Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway? There’s a reason Rocky liked to hang out there so much. Now, here are the keys (extra points if you pictured Ben Franklin with the kite experiment) to a perfect day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

 A Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Memorial Day Events in Philly

Memorial Day Events in Philly

The roots of Memorial Day are sobering, but as we honor those who laid down their lives for our country, we also celebrate a life of freedom with our families and friends in the United States. There’s no better place to celebrate this national holiday than the nation’s history capitol when your luxury apartment in Philly is close to everything! Now, for the best Memorial Day events in Philly:

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Philly Magic Gardens

Philly Magic Gardens

Philly’s South Street neighborhood wasn’t always as vibrant as it is now – in fact, it would have ceased to exist as we know it in the 60s if it wasn’t for Julia and Isaiah Zagar. In the late 1960s, this duo took it upon themselves to shake things up for good by buying and revitalizing the broken-down buildings in the area. Isaiah and Julia Zagar had a huge impact, and much of what you see today is due to their efforts.

In particular, Isaiah’s creative and wonderfully intricate mosaics cover many walls in the area – the Philly Magic Gardens (1020 South Street) are brimming with glittering mirrors, gleaming green bottles, and handmade tiles. Zagar’s art is so impactful that his son recently made a film about it – but the best part is that the art keeps growing, and mosaics are continually being added. A trip to South Street to spend a day in the Magic Gardens should be at the top of your weekend list.

Why? The Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) self-proclaimed mission is to “[Inspire] creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art.” That’s definitely something they succeed in – and you reap the benefits. There are myriad ways to get involved here, from community events to workshops, including:

Twilight in the Gardens

Once a month, PMG stays open past usual hours. The result? A magical evening best spent with friends (and making new ones). It’s the most original way to unwind from work. Whether you’re creating calming crafts or participating in a scavenger hunt, all of the week’s worries will melt away. It’s BYOBBS, which means you’ll need to bring your own booze, blanket, and snacks – but if you forget your booze, they have wine available for purchase. Buy your ticket in advance, as they sell out fast!

Art/Gage

Art/Gage is all about filling the community with art and artistic projects. Get involved with events like their Spring Festival, and watch neighbors and friends come together for some amazing projects (ever wanted to make your own comic book or create art with spaghetti?) that will increase goodwill and artistic powers.

Mosaic Workshops

Zagar himself hosts these monthly workshops, where you get to pretend you’re a genius artist. In the span of a workshop, “participants work on a mosaic mural from conception to completion and learn the art of breaking tile, cutting mirror, gluing tile and grouting.” If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, sign up as soon as you can. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

There’s nothing like being a 15-minute drive to the PMG – and when you live at The Granary, it’s entirely possible! Check out PMG’s Instagram today, and see more details below.

Special Guided Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at NOON and 4:00 PM

Adults $10

*Tour prices include general admission to PMG

  • Date Night Tours

 

Self-Guided Tours

$7 for adults

$5 for Students with ID, Military & Seniors

 

Location/Hours

1020 South Street

Spring/Summer Hours (April – October)*

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Image: Flickr

Summer School: Unique DIY Classes Around Center City

hands holding grapesYou might be out of school, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. There are plenty of unique classes around Center City to explore your interests and invest time in learning new skills – and they don’t require tons of money or time. Take time to explore the following options for unique classes around Center City today:

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A Day in Philly’s Chinatown

Chinatown Philly

If you’re dying for a day trip, you don’t have to go too far – Philly’s Chinatown is one of the most entertaining (and full of delicious food) destinations you’ll get to this year. From Zagat-rated asian restaurants to art exhibits and beautiful, elaborate China Gate – by the time you return to your luxury Philly apartment, you may be a little breathless. Ready to spend the day in Philly’s Chinatown?

Here’s a roundup of the most authentic food and entertaining scenes:

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Learn Forever Near The Granary – Nearby Educational Institutions For All Ages

Yellow and white jellyfish at Philadelphia's Adventure Aquarium

Living in Philadelphia means that like it or not, you’re surrounded by some of the most historic locations in the entire country. Even if you’re done with school, there’s no end to the educational opportunities in and around the City of Brotherly Love – and you don’t have to look very far to find them!

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Become Acquainted With Cezanne and Degas at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

One of the largest and most renowned art museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses more than 227,000 pieces of art. The museum features Renaissance, American, Impressionist, and Modern Art with works by Rogier van der Weyden, Cezanne, Degas, and Thomas Eakins.

Head upstairs to take in cultures and periods throughout time, including the medieval cloister and the Indian Temple. Rotating exhibits encompass various types of media. The museum's gift shop features reproduction prints, jewelry, mugs, crafts, and other souvenirs. Consult the museum website for exhibits, admission prices, special events, and volunteer opportunities.

Note that the Philadelphia Museum of Art is closed on Mondays!

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100
www.philamuseum.org