Expenses Matter After the Holidays: Take an Inexpensive Bus Trip to Philadelphia

Everyone cuts back after the holidays and digs in for winter weather. You don’t have to become a winter hermit if you live near Philadelphia. A quick trip bus trip to Philadelphia can relieve the boredom, and there are many events where you can expand your knowledge, have fun and take time to explore some of the city’s lesser known attractions.

Bus Travel Is an Inexpensive Travel Option

Bus travel is inexpensive when compared to planes, trains and automobiles. Taking a bus trip to Philadelphia is convenient and fun when you travel with family or a group. You can spread out, walk around to visit with your fellow passengers and use the restroom without making a pit stop. You also have boarding convenience and don’t need to arrive three hours early for security checks. The payoff for travel includes the many sights and attractions Philly offers its visitors. Some of the top events for January of 2020 include:

1. LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo

LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo runs through January 5, and it’s a perfect post-holiday event for the kids. The immersive display transforms the zoo from its usual daylight appeal into a nighttime spectacle of light and music. Displays include dancing lights that make animals appear to come to life to join the party. Some of the exhibits include a glow-in-the-dark 25-foot tree made of pink flamingos and a display of polar bears that’s guaranteed to fire up young imaginations. There is seasonal fare – such as hot chocolate and adult beverages – and live performances and incredible exhibits.

The Luminaire experience begins at 5 p.m., and entries are staggered every 30 minutes until 8:30 p.m. The regular animals are tucked away for sleep and remain undisturbed during Luminaire. You can purchase tickets at the above link, and you should arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled entry time. The Philadelphia Zoo is located at 3400 E. Girard Avenue, and the event runs through January 5, 2020.

2. The Philly Home Show

The Philly Home Show is the perfect event for designers and those planning a spring remodeling job. The event runs on January 10, January 11, January 17 and January 18 – two weekends that make it ideal for an excursion to Philadelphia. There will be hundreds of home design exhibitors, experts in landscaping and gardening and professional designers, architects and construction advisors available to answer your design questions.

The event is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street. Some of the highlighted exhibits include a plant bar that features ideas for indoor plants, centerpieces and indoor planters. Celebrity Jeff Devlin offers a VIP workshop on January 11. Visitors can also enjoy a tour of Petite Retreats, an exhibit of design ideas for intimate spaces and comfortable retreats. You can see the home of the future – your future – and even contact any of the exhibitors by email for a custom quote.

3. DRUMline Live at the Merriam Theater

DRUMline Live at the Merriam Theater runs on January 10 and January 11 at 250 S. Broad Street. The show is produced by the same team that was responsible for the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline:A New Beat.” The performances feature the Historically Black College and University, HBCU, marching band, whose hgh-stepping and soulful style captures the flavor of black marching bands across the country.

High energy, bold beats and riveting rhythm deliver a roller coaster of emotion in the two-hour performance. Most of the tickets available are for Friday night performances, and there is a 10 percent discount for groups of 10 or more. VIP tickets are still available and include premium seats and a chance to meet the cast backstage after the performance. The show is rated as family-friendly, so feel free to bring the children for a high-octane performance that they’ll never forget.

4. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a top visitor attraction that runs throughout the month of January until March 8, 2020. The winterized park on the Delaware River at 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard features ice skating in a magical winter wonderland, despite the weather. Winterfest has run continuously since 1994, and world-class skating rink has outdoor seating with fire pits and beautiful lighting that make it a family favorite destination during the winter months.

The park is free to the public and open seven days per week, holidays included. Some of the park’s attractions include awesome views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, a Kids Lodge and arcade, newly decorated warming cabins and the Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin, where you’ll enjoy great family time and photo ops. You can cozy up near the fire pits with hot chocolate and other beverages, hot fudge sundaes and waffle ice-cream sandwiches for those not afraid of brain freeze and S’mores kits for grilling at the kid-safe fire pits.

5. The American Handcrafted™ Show

The American Handcrafted™ Show is designed for buyers and sellers of wholesale handcrafted items, and it is a perfect getaway for business owners during the slowest month to restock inventory, plan seasonal product lines, meet other buyers and sellers and find new suppliers of handcrafted goods. The show runs from January 25 through January 27 at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Hall D, at 1101 Arch Street.

American Handcrafted™ events enable buyers and sellers to get fresh ideas, expand their business contacts and enjoy a convention-type atmosphere where they can view products from established and new artisans.You can find the best crafts made in North America, new product lines for your customers, one-of-kind collections and new sales outlets for your products. Meeting the artist behind the work gives you a great narrative to tell when selling handmade items to your customers. If you’d like to exhibit your products, you should get in touch immediately to see if there are any openings.

Rain, Snow or Sunshine: It’s On!

Bus drivers have lots of experience in driving their regular routes, and buses are connected with traffic-monitoring technology to bypass problem areas caused by winter weather. The bus travels well in most weather conditions, except under blizzard or heavy-snow conditions. You’ll enjoy the trip from the moment you board the comfortable bus, and you can visit with your friends and enjoy the amenities, such as WiFi, TV screens with movies, leather seats and plenty of legroom. Book your bus trip to Philadelphia today at Martz Trailways so that you can begin planning your itinerary.