A Dream of Warmer Days: 3 Great Outdoor Venues in Philadelphia

It’s cold outside.

Philly’s expecting more snow tomorrow, and much of the rest of the U.S. is shivering too. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting stir-crazy being stuck inside.

It’s a great time to daydream about sunny outdoor events! They’ll roll around sooner than we think. Here are a few of our favorite local venues for outdoor events on sunny afternoons, when the weather is warm and the flowers are in bloom:

1. John F. Collins Park, Center City

Party at John F Collins Park

John F. Collins Park is a hidden gem tucked between Chestnut and Ranstead Streets, at 1701 Chestnut. Maintained by the Center City District Foundation, the park features whimsical wrought-iron gates by sculptor Christopher T. Ray, blossoming trees, benches in wood and stone, and a fountain. It’s secluded enough for an elegant private cocktail party or wedding reception, and big enough to accommodate up to 150 guests. When not reserved for private events, it’s open to the public — a place for a quiet lunch or maybe even a quick siesta.

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2. Lloyd Hall River Deck, Schuylkill River

Lloyd Hall River DeckLloyd Hall River Deck is an outdoor event space on the Schuylkill River’s famous Boathouse Row, right on the waterfront. It’s another great option for wedding receptions or formal corporate events. There are options for outdoor grilling and a firepit — can’t you imagine the smell on a warm summer night? (We definitely have spring fever!) This is one of the most romantic venues we know of for an outdoor party, with fresh air, a great live music setup, and a sunset view of the river.


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3. Discovery Garden & Boat Pond at Sister Cities Park

Discovery Garden

This venue is a great one for children’s parties (or parties at which there will be children!), picnic luncheons, and casual concerts. It’s a laid-back space with a wading pool and picnic tables, where all your guests can feel comfortable. And it’s located in the heart of the Philly’s arts & culture district, near the Barnes Foundation and not far from the Rodin Sculpture Garden and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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