February 2019 is a great time to visit Philadelphia. The crowds are smaller, yet, the “City of Brotherly Love” is as exciting as ever.
If a winter trip to Philly is on your agenda, consider taking the bus instead of driving. A bus trip to Philadelphia means you don’t have to pay for parking or deal with traffic. Better yet, your bus ride won’t take longer than a few hours.
Studies show that taking the bus to Philly is better for the environment, too! In terms of energy consumption, buses are better than passenger vehicles with nearly 9 percent fewer emissions.
Once you arrive in Philly, there’s plenty to do. Here’s a run-down of the top five reasons to visit Philadelphia this winter.
New Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is closed through January 31 for the installation of new exhibitions. They will be re-opening in February making it a perfect attraction to visit. The renowned museum’s 2019 exhibitions include works by Tony Conrad and Cecilia Vicuña. Cecilia will be discussing some of her works at a panel with Jena Osman in the Tuttleman Auditorium on February 6th.
In addition, February 1st is the opening day of an exhibit which focuses on the history of slavery, colonialism, and their impact on the modern world. The exhibit is titled Colored People Time. Featured artists include Aria Dean, Martine Syms, Dave McKenzie, and Kevin Jerome Everson.
Admission to the ICA is free for all ages but note that the museum is closed every Monday and Tuesday.
Winter at Dilworth Park
Located in the vibrant Center City District, Winter at Dilworth Park offers a variety of excitement for solo travelers and families alike. One of the park’s main attractions is its Wintergarden, a gorgeous, lush, holiday-inspired garden at the park’s south end.
Enjoy some ice skating at the seasonal Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink or festive drinks and seasonal fare at the Cabin. Winter at Dilworth Park runs through February 24th and is open seven days a week.
Black History Month in Philadelphia
Along with the previously mentioned black history-inspired exhibit at the ICA, plenty of spots across Philadelphia are celebrating Black History Month. You could stop by the African American Museum on Arch Street or attend a lecture on the Harlem Renaissance at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Across town, the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library is hosting a Cultural Institution Resource and Information Fair on February 2nd. The fair provides visitors with an exciting opportunity to learn more about programs, special events, and volunteer opportunities across Philadelphia.
Winter comes alive at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019. Held through March 3rd on Columbus Boulevard, along the banks of the Delaware River, the festival features a regulation-sized skating rink, kids’ lodge with arcade, fire pits, and much more.
Winterfest visitors will enjoy panoramic views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, and you can even rent out the onsite Lodge for a special occasion. You can reach Winterfest via SEPTA bus routes 21 or 42, or the blue line train.
Philly Theatre Week
Held from February 7-17, the second annual Philly Theatre Week is an exciting option for visitors who love a good play or musical. The region’s theatrical festival offers more than 100 events, ranging from live theatre to concerts, meetups, informational panels, and more. All events are open to the public, and many are free of charge.
Philly Theatre Week is set to kick off with an exciting preview party on February 1st at Cherry Street Bar, part of First Friday at the Pier. At the event, you can socialize with participating theatre week artists and learn more about programs and shows.
Let Martz plan your bus trip to Philadelphia. You’ll have time to relax and enjoy the scenery before exploring the city. Whether you plan to hit up the Winterfest, tour the ICA or African American Museum, or take to the ice in Dilworth Park, you’re in for an exciting adventure in Philly this February.