Black Friday is the beginning of the holiday season, and also the time when people fight each other over super cheap electronics and the hottest toys that the kids must have. Getting up before the crack of dawn to wait in long lines in the cold really isn’t our thing, so we put together a list of fun things you can do in Philly on Black Friday that will get you out, and away from those malls and big box stores. All of these destinations are easily accessible by walking, biking, and public transit, so use GoPhillyGo to plan your trip.
The Mural Mile Philadelphia
Philadelphia has over 3,600 many throughout many diverse communities. It’s impossible to see all of them in one day, but you can take a self guided audio tour of 17 of the most iconic murals in Center City with the Tales and Tour app. Once you’ve installed the app on your phone, download The Mural Mile Philadelphia tour and get ready to learn the true inspiration behind these amazing pieces of public art as you walk through business districts and historic streets of Center City. Click here for a link to get the App and the audio tour. Click here to plan your trip to the starting point on GoPhillyGo.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The world renowned collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art span the ages, and are housed on the edge of Fairmount Park. On Black Friday, PMA has beefed up this “Final Friday” with 8 different programs happening as part of Art After 5. All the activities are free after museum admission, and this month’s theme is surviving the winter months. Explore the museum grounds, and take a run up the iconic steps to get a spectacular night time view of the city skyline. You can see the list of this final Friday activities and more here. Make sure you click here to plan your trip to PMA on GoPhillyGo.
Wissahickon Environmental Center
We love hiking this time of year, and the Wissahickon Environmental Center is a great place to explore meadows, forests, and the Wissahickon Valley Park. The Center will have limited hours on Black Friday, so call ahead if you plan on visiting the Treehouse. All the trails are open, so use GoPhillyGo to get you to the center, and to great destinations along the creek like the Valley Green Inn and the Devil’s Pool. For info about the environmental center click here.
Cobb’s Creek Trail and Bartram’s Garden
Cobb’s Creek Trail (CCT) is a 3.7 mile long greenway with an off road connector trail at 58th St that takes you to Bartram’s Garden. Along the CCT are several dirt pathways that lead you to the creek and through forests and meadows. There are plenty of access points, and all of them have connections to SEPTA Buses, Trolleys and the Market-Frankford Blue Line. The Bartram’s Garden Welcome Center is closed on Black Friday, but you can still explore the 45 acres of this National Historic Landmark on your own. Enjoy a walk through wetlands, meadows and along the lower Schuylkill River. To learn more about Bartram’s Garden click here. For more info and directions to the Cobb’s Creek Trail click here.
What’s Near Grandma’s House?
If you’re looking to get the blood flowing before or after that enormous turkey dinner, and you aren’t sure of what’s near you, put your location into our trip planner and let GoPhillyGo suggest some destinations nearby. All you have to do is plug in your location to the trip planner on the home page, click “Explore”, and GoPhillyGo will generate a map of nearby destinations.p Click on each pinpoint for a description, and let GoPhillyGo get you to a great hike or bike ride over the holiday weekend.