Springtime has arrived in Philadelphia. Rittenhouse Square is teeming with picnickers, the dazzling horticultural displays at Longwood Gardens are beautifully in bloom and some of the area's best outdoor attractions are open for the season once again. Check out these warm-weather spots that make Philly shine.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
By popular demand, this pop-up park opens for the season on May 6, several weeks earlier than it has in the past. A unique urban beach on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park draws Philly locals and visitors who come to relax in tree-slung hammocks, soak up sun in Adirondack chairs, try their luck at Boardwalk-style carnival games and munch on everything from cotton candy to unique bites from Philly's top restaurateurs. 301 S. Columbus Blvd.
As of April 30, this kid-centric theme park's indoor and outdoor attractions are back in action. Now through December, youngsters can enjoy meeting Big Bird, Elmo and the other beloved Muppet characters. Special programming this month includes limited-engagement events like the C...is for Celebrate! fireworks show, the Choo-Choo Soul (May 7-8), Imagination Movers (May 14-15) and Abby's Magical Magician Ball (May 21-22). 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA, 866.464.3566
Yoga at Race Street Pier
Practice your sun salutations on the shores of the Delaware River with free instruction from April through November. Classes start at 7 am and 6 pm Monday through Thursday, 7 am on Friday, and 9:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. New this year, monthly Twilight Yoga classes will coincide with the full moon. N. Columbus Ave. at Race Street
The Assembly Rooftop Bar at The Logan
The Logan opened on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway late last year, making this spring the inaugural season for the chic hotel's alfresco rooftop bar. Patrons can partake in a curated selection of beer and wine, inventive cocktails and elevated snacks. Sweeping views of iconic sites like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and City Hall make this the perfect spot for snapping selfies at sundown. 1 Logan Square, 215.963.1500
Paddle Penn's Landing
Take to the river from May through September, when the Independence Seaport Museum rents rowboats, swan boats, single kayaks and tandem kayaks by the half hour. Seafarers can cruise from noon until 8 pm every Thursday through Sunday, and prices range from $5-$10 per half hour. Kids under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult to rent a boat. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., 215.413.8655
Independence Beer Garden
Independence Beer Garden opened in April for its third season. Located directly across the street from the Liberty Bell, this seasonal spot offers a dose of shade and relaxation amidst an action-packed day of sightseeing. The bar offers 40 beers on tap, while the kitchen churns out small plates and bar snacks. Drinkers and non-drinkers alike show up to play lawn games like bocce ball, corn hole and shuffleboard. 100 S. Independence Mall W, 215.922.7100
Shofuso Japanese House Garden
Celebrate history and culture at this traditional-style Japanese house and garden. Set on 1.2 acres in West Fairmount Park, the strikingly scenic site represents seventeenth-century Japan, with cherry blossom trees, artistic murals, a tea garden and more. Admission costs $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and kids 3-17, and free for members and kids younger than three. Lansdowne & Horticultural Drives in West Fairmount Park, 215.878.5097
A staple outpost on the Delaware River Waterfront, this outdoor restaurant and bar draws fun-seekers looking for everything from DJ-fueled dance parties to weekend day drinking. This year, the chef-in-residence will be Jim Burke, who was named best new chef by Food & Wine. Expect items like Gnocchi Gratinati with summer truffles and country ham with grilled melon.
221 N. Columbus Blvd., 215.279.7134