Let’s face it. March can be a hard month. Winter may be winding down, but it can still feel as if Spring is months away. The good news? You can beat those winter blues with a bus trip to Philadelphia to check out one of the great events happening this March.
Philadelphia Flower Show
What better way to channel some spring vibes than a room full of flowers? What about a whole convention center full? That’s what you can expect from the Philadelphia Flower Show, the “nation’s largest and longest-running horticulture event.”
Every year, over 250,000 people flock to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show and take in a seemingly endless display of plants, floral designs, and gardening concepts. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society since 1829, the themed event gives visitors access to several experiences, including a live butterfly enclosure, special tours, make and takes, and even after-hour flower celebrations.
This year’s theme is Riviera Holiday, so you can count on plenty of exotic plants that transport you to warm and sunny Mediterranean gardens. And, if you’re thinking of attending this year’s event, Martz makes it easy. Each year we run multiple trips to the Philadelphia Flower Show. For only $99, you get a round trip ticket plus admission to the event. It’s a great way to spend a winter day.
Philadelphia’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
It seems that every city has its own little Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, but if you really want to celebrate the luck of the Irish, then jump on a bus trip to Philadelphia for their 250th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15, 2020.
Since 1771, Philadelphians, including George Washington, have been gathering to celebrate their Celtic heritage, and today the event has grown to be one of the biggest of the year. With over 20,000 participants and 200 groups, the event is a sight to be seen.
Though parade attractions change every year, you can count on seeing traditional Irish dance groups, bagpipes, marching bands, and many other local, national, and international groups and organizations. And of course, the city itself is prepared to host green-wearing guests. Restaurants, pubs, and other local hot spots also take part in the fun with all-day celebrations and specials. Go for the parade and stay for the party!
Les Miserable is one of the most well known and longest-running musicals to hit the stage. But you don’t have to plan a trip to New York City to catch this Broadway favorite. From March 17 to March 29, you can see this award-winning show right in Philadelphia at the city’s Academy of Music.
Tickets are available for numerous showings and in various price ranges, making it easy to fit a show that fits into your schedule and your budget. Plus, since the venue is located on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City, it’s easy to turn your trip into a whole day of fun.
Chocolate Wine and Whiskey Festival
Need a sweet pick me up this winter? How about a day of decadence at the Philadelphia Chocolate, Wine, and Whiskey Festival. Scheduled for March 28, 2020, this annual event takes place at the 23rd Street Armory and is a favorite among foodies. While there, you can enjoy unlimited samples of fine wines and whiskeys as well as chocolate confections, including treats from the renowned chocolate fondue bar.
General admission tickets to this 21+ event are available for $35, and you can choose between two sessions: 12:30 – 3:30 PM or 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Make it a VIP event for $70, which will give you early access to the event and a private tasting of some unique and rare whiskeys and champagnes.
Philly Craft Beer Festival
Is craft beer more your speed? Philadelphia has you covered this March. The 14th Annual Philly Craft Beer Festival is scheduled to take place on March 7, 2020. Named by USA Today and Forbes Traveler as one of the top ten beer festivals in the US, this festival is a must for craft beer lovers, especially when it’s just a quick bus ride away.
At the Philly Craft Beer Festival, guests can sample over 150 craft beers from over 50 local and national breweries. In addition to some great craft beers, guests can also grab some tasty bites to eat at one of the many food trucks and enjoy other activities including backyard games and ax throwing. This year’s festival will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 PM at the Navy Yard on South Broad Street, though VIP guests can start the party as early as 12:30.
Put some excitement into the last few weeks of winter with a bus trip to Philadelphia. Sure, you could always drive yourself into the city, but why deal with the unnecessary hassle and added stress. Taking the bus is the affordable, convenient, and safe way to take a day trip, weekend getaway, or even a longer adventure.
Martz Trailways offers daily runs to and from Philadelphia from both Wilkes Barre and Scranton locations. Once you arrive in Philadelphia, you can between two convenient drop-off locations — 30th Street Station or the bus terminal at 10th and Filbert Street near the Reading Terminal Market. That makes it even easier to take advantage of all the city has to offer, no matter when you visit.