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What’s New at Enjoying Philadelphia – August 2011

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August 2011 Events Page

This has information, for example, on the Rittenhouse Square Block Party this Saturday, August 13th.

The Eight Best Ways to Survive Hot and Humid August in Philadelphia

With August being the 8th month of the year, and today being the 8th day of that month - here are eight of the best ways to survive the stifling, oppressive heat and humidity of August 2011, in Center City Philadelphia:

1) Franklin Institute

Mummies have been put on ice, so to speak, for thousands of years. And you can see Mummies of the World - the Franklin Institute’s stunning blockbuster exhibition -throughout the summer. Of course, if macabre mummies aren’t your thing – the Fels Planetarium, the IMAX movie theater, and the Giant Walk-Through Heart are all fascinating and diverting.

2) Logan Circle

After you leave the Franklin Institute, you can enjoy the Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Circle, right across the street. We don’t recommend hopping in the fountain itself, but you can enjoy sitting on the benches around it and feeling the spray as you circle it.

3) Franklin Court

The most underrated attraction in Old City Philadelphia, this subterranean museum, at the one-time home of Benjamin Franklin, is nice and cool in summer, after a hot day trudging through the historic district. It’s going to be closed for renovations at some point, so if you’d like to see it the old way, make the most of the opportunity. And it’s free.

4) Gelato and Barhopping in Old City

Bon Bon Artisan Gelato, at 229 Market Street, is practically across the street from Franklin Court, and is a fine way to finish your day in Old City. And if you’d like to go barhopping, there are plenty of outdoor establishments in Old City, where you can eat outside and enjoy the summer breeze, at night.

5) National Constitution Center

Discover the Real George Washington, with plenty of artifacts from his home at Mount Vernon on the Potomac River, is the National Constitution Center’s latest temporary blockbuster exhibit, through September 3. And for the same admission price, you can also visit – downstairs, appropriately enough – another temporary exhibit, originating from the National Spy Museum. Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs has been extended yet again; it now runs through September 11.

6) Bassetts Ice Cream at Reading Terminal Market

The best ice cream in the city can be found at Bassetts, where they have been dishing it out since the Civil War, in Reading Terminal Market. Try the milkshakes, and experiment with the many flavor combinations. Although all of their stuff is delicious, their peach and strawberry flavors are particularly well-suited for the summer season.

7) The Art Museum - Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

As fun as it is to run up the Rocky steps, we don’t recommend it, when the heat index is over 100 degrees. So walk up them, instead, after you see the Rocky statue at their base.

Inside the museum, you can see their latest blockbuster temporary exhibit. Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus is a collection of paintings from the Dutch master, and will be there all summer. You can also visit their stunning permanent collection from all historical periods.

8) The RiverLink Ferry at Penn’s Landing

Even if you aren’t planning to visit any of the major attractions along the Camden waterfront, the round-trip ferry ride is a pleasant diversion in and of itself. It runs from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (but check their schedule to be sure – you can call 215-925-LINK). However, it stops running daily service after Labor Day, and is confined to September weekends; and it stops completely by the end of September. So take a ride!

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