Our 54 Favorite Things to Do This Summer


You can choose to do nothing all summer, but after looking over this amazing assortment of activities, why would you?

1 It’s Spy Time

Forget about World War Z, Monsters University and Beyonce — this summer’s real blockbuster is “SPY: The Secret World of Espionage.” The exhibition, currently running at the Franklin Institute, shows how the real-life men and women going undercover for intelligence-gathering have the power to change the world as we know it. The show features over 200 artifacts from the world of espionage, including a robot catfish, a two-man submersible and a protective laser field. www2.fi.edu

2 Woodbine Time

We don’t have to travel to a shtetl in Ukraine to get a glimpse of our Russian Jewish heritage. A good sampling of it is in South Jersey, at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage. Created in 1891 by American philanthropist Baron von Hirsch, the town of Woodbine was meant to be a safe haven for newly immigrated Russian Jews. Woodbine became a touchstone for American Jewry. Naphtali Imber, author of “Hatikvah” visited Woodbine’s synagogue, and Solomon Schechter spoke from its bimah. What remains of the town is housed in the museum at that synagogue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and which still holds Shabbat and holiday services. “The Sam,” as it is known in the community, has wonderful exhibits for adults, and many activities for children who visit. Is part of your family heritage at The Sam? Go find out. www.thesam.org

3 Inclusionary Behavior

Sometimes, the best way to relax is to go the all-inclusive route. Knowing that all you have to do is get to your destination, unpack and then everything else — entertainment, child care, meals — is taken care of can be incredibly attractive. In Pennsylvania, virtually no one does all-inclusive better than Camp Woodloch. Nestled in the picturesque Pocono Mountains lake region, Woodloch boasts, among other amenities, an award-winning resort (the resort won the coveted “America’s Best All-Inclusive Resort 2011” from About.com), championship golf and a luxury spa. Packages include three meals daily, endless activities, nightly entertainment and accommodation choices from classic standard rooms to water-view suites. www.woodloch.com

4 Light of Jay

Those in the know, know to take the back way down the shore, because a trip down Route 73 necessitates a stop at Jay Roberts Jewelers. Listen, Chanukah isn’t for six more months, but it’s never too early to start your research. Choose from their privately designed collection or their selection of internationally renowned jewelers. There are extensive options for both men and women. Doesn’t everyone deserve a bit of summer bling? www.jayrobertsjewelers.com

5 You Belong in a Zoo

Actually, you belong in The Philadelphia Zoo! Summer is perhaps the best time of the year to visit — the long days mean that more animals will be active and out of their lairs. This nationally recognized 42-acre Victorian garden, home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered, was Philadelphia’s leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year. If someone told you it’s all happening at the zoo, they weren’t kidding. There is the brand-new KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center, a completely different way to introduce children to wildlife and responsible interaction with the environment; and the Summer Ale Festival on July 20. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy craft beers while checking out the attractions after dark. www.philadelphiazoo.org

6 Paradise Found

We all know that Ocean City is “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” But what if you, um, want something a little less family-friendly? Then you want the Atlantis Inn, the only luxury-category accommodation in town. Known for its European-themed suites, guests also enjoy Italian bed linens, Jacuzzis and body spa showers for two, panoramic roof-deck relaxation and delicious à la carte breakfasts. Oh, and there is an in-house spa. You’ll never look at Ocean City the same way again. www.atlantisinn.com

7 The You-seum

We promise not to tell anyone that you haven’t recently made your way down to the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall. But only if you promise to hie yourself with alacrity to be immersed in the state-of-the-art historical experience of more than 350 years of American Jewish history. Complementing the current roster of long-term exhibits like “It’s Your Story,” a collection of stories told by visitors to the museum, will be “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats.” Running from July 19 to Oct. 20, the show will be the first major exhibition in the United States to focus on the career and works of the award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. www.nmajh.org

8 Shalom By the Sea

If you’re looking for something to do around 7:30 p.m. on a Friday night in Margate, have we got an idea for you! It just so happens that Temple Emeth Shalom has services at that time every week. This summer looks to be chock-full of entertaining and enlightening events, including the temple’s annual “Salute to Stockton” speaker series on July 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 and 23. There will also be a summer concert on July 29 at 8 p.m., featuring a Barbra Streisand tribute artist. And be sure to check out the temple’s always-popular “Ask the Rabbi” series, taking place this summer at 1:30 p.m. on July 8, 15 and 22 and Aug. 5 and 26. Temple Emeth Shalom will also be offering special open-house events and beach services all season. Interfaith families are always welcome. 609.822.4343

9 West Is Best 

University City was Philadelphia’s first suburb (it’s true — why do you think all the trolley lines run through the area?), and to this day it remains home to distinctive neighborhoods of wide porches, tree-lined streets, superior shops and, of course, world-renowned centers of education, medicine and technology. But the neighborhood is also a destination for food lovers and culture seekers, with internationally acclaimed dining, museums, and galleries. Notable events this summer include University City Dining Days (July 18 to Aug. 1); the 40th Street Summer Series, which offers free outdoor performances every fourth Saturday through September; and the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, a street festival every third Thursday from July through September featuring dollar deals. www.universitycity.org

10 The Right Move

Any real estate professional worth their kosher salt will tell you that one of the two best times of year to get the best deal on housing is summer. Sure, it’s not as much fun as other summer activities, but it’s better than house-hunting in the sleet, right? A great place to start is at Twining Village, a Diakon Lutheran Senior Living Community in Holland, Bucks County. This continuing care retirement community offers senior living accommodations, personal care services, and nursing and rehabilitative care on its 50-acre facility. www.diakon.org/twiningvillage

11 Rebuilding Blocks

In this first summer after Sandy, getting your house ready for the season has taken on an entirely different meaning and a sense of urgency. Whether it’s minor elective work or addressing infrastructure issues, having the right firm handling your work has never been more important. One of the best local companies for projects large and small is Boardwalk Design and Development, a Margate-based firm with over 25 years’ experience in design, development, permit expediting and more in the area. www.boardwalkdevelopmentinc.com

12 What’s the Mealey, yo?

New tubes of sunblock? Check. The latest bikini styles in size Small? Got ’em. New bedroom set? Uh, what? It’s true — even summer furniture should be replaced when the time comes, just like your other summer essentials. With six locations throughout the Delaware Valley, Mealey’s Furniture is the perfect place to find everything your house needs, from Tempur-pedic mattresses to dining room sets to sofas and sleepers for those overnight guests. Each location has a café with complimentary snacks, drinks and play area. Best of all, Mealey’s delivers to the shore. www.mealeysfurniture.com

13 Trees Company

Summer is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill, where nature equals fun, and is way more than just a walk in the park. It is a treasure in any season, with 92 acres of ever-changing horticultural display, featuring a spectacular collection of rare and huge trees, colorful gardens, a formal rose garden, a swan pond, open vistas and a glass-house Fernery. Its nationally award-winning “Out on a Limb” exhibit takes visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing. And be sure to leave time for both the summer garden railway and the new exhibit, “Big Bugs by David Rogers,” which places giant-sized found-material sculptures of insects all around the arboretum. www.morrisarboretum.org

14 Trunk Show

Raise your hand if you felt your summer was incomplete without visiting the 9200 block of Atlantic Avenue at least once. Thought so. Lucy the Elephant misses you too, and says you should stop by and see how well she is aging. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch from Casel’s or Downbeach Deli to enjoy in the shadow of her pachydermic pulchritude. www.lucytheelephant.org

15 An Intimate Opportunity

Don’t get us wrong — we have always been fans of spring cleaning. But summer cleaning — that is a true joy. Reorganizing, dusting, donating all that stuff you no longer use … And that’s where Jay Ann Intimates comes in. The Huntingdon Valley undergarment destination is continuing its “Lift the Girls, Free the Girls” campaign. If you bring in a clean, gently used bra and a buck, they will ship it to Free the Girls, a nonprofit organization that helps support girls around the world who have been rescued from the horrors of the sex slavery trade. That old Playtex commercial had it right: Support can be beautiful! For more information, call the boutique at 215-942-0120 or go to the website. www.jayannintimates.com

16 The Wind Beneath Your Bling

No summer outfit is complete without a unique piece of jewelry, and no summer is complete without a visit to Zephyr Gallery in The Quarter at The Tropicana to find that piece. Think about it. You bare more skin in the summer … so there’s all the more room for a fabulous necklace or bracelet. And the right earrings will draw attention away from humidity-stricken hair. Shop the newest items from Sherry Tinsman, Ayala Bar, Michal Golan, Creatures of Delight and Junkyard Dogs. Don’t miss the necklaces from Enameled With You, which have hand-enameled crystal beads on antique silver necklaces. www.zephyronlineshopping.com

17 AC You Real Soon

Looking for the shore destination that has it all? Well, there’s a good reason (actually, there are hundreds of good reasons) why Atlantic City has been known as “America’s Playground” for over a century. Atlantic City offers clean, free beaches, fun water sports, beach bars, great dining, world-class shopping and entertainment, top-rated golf, family attractions, fine hotels and a calendar loaded with popular special events all summer long. Oh, yeah — you might even be able to find something to do at one of those enormous well-lighted buildings that front the Boardwalk. Word is that they have some kind of games to play inside. www.atlanticcitynj.com

18 Here’s the Sing …

For many area opera cognoscenti, the best arias frequently come with a side of pasta. That’s because Frank “Franco” Borda, chef/owner of High Note Café in South Philadelphia, is renowned for bringing in the most talented vocalists and pianists around. And to go with that beautiful music, Borda’s menu showcases traditional specialties as well as modern adaptations, including pasta, seafood, chicken, veal and much more, all made from recipes that have been passed down through generations. Even better, they now serve beer, wine and cocktails. Coloratura us impressed! www.highnotecafe.com

19 It’s in the Cards

We know Evite. We love Evite. We have even been known to use Evite on occasion. But a real invitation sets the tone for some of life’s most precious events. It creates excitement and anticipation. Whether it’s a sleek and sophisticated wedding or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with flair, TS Designs is an invitation and stationery company that can meet and exceed your expectations. They hand-craft all of their one-of-a-kind invitations with special attention to detail. With hundreds of offerings and combinations to choose from, they will make your event special right from the start. www.tsdesignspaper.com

20 Kid Stuff

Since 1976, when it has been too hot to play outside, Delaware Valley children have clamored to be taken to the Please Touch Museum. And since the museum’s wildly successful move to Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, it has only grown more popular. With plenty of parking, movie-theater air conditioning and a full slate of events each day, like Poet’s Corner, Story Time, puppet shows, dance recitals and an authentic, working carousel, there’s nothing that says you have to wait for the heat — you can go right now! www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

21 Pack Your Troubles Away

Having a hard time packing all your beach gear for your trip down the shore? Make sure you have the right bag to fit your style, the right tote to carry your beach towel and the right hat to protect you from the rays. And for local residents, the first stop on the luggage carousel should always be Robinson Luggage. With locations in Haverford and Center City and a mammoth website, you can give the term “excess baggage” a whole new meaning. www.robinsonluggage.com

22 Steak, Out

When it’s time to celebrate something, you have a bewildering array of choices for how to make the occasion special. For some of us, though — wink-wink, nudge-nudge — nothing says special better than a prime porterhouse, creamed spinach, hash browns and a big Cabernet. For those people, there is Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the carnivore’s example of the Smucker’s Rule in effect: with a name like that, it’s got to be good. And it is. Don’t believe us? You should take us to dinner at either the Center City or King of Prussia locations so we can prove it to you. Your treat, of course. www.ruthschris.com

23 Haddonfield of Dreams

If you’ve decided to do something a little less Francophilic this Bastille Day weekend (and who could blame you?), then might we recommend a jaunt across the Delaware? The 21st Annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival will take place Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, noon to 5 p.m. Artisans exhibit a wide range of arts and crafts, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal, paper, drawing, paintings, photography and wearable art. The center of town is transformed into a festive corridor, alive with artists’ tents, outdoor cafés, musicians and more. www.shophaddonfieldnj.com; www.haddonfieldnj.org

24 They’re the Tops

If you’re going to vacation in the mountains, you obviously enjoy and want to experience nature. So why not experience a naturally inspired getaway at one of the most acclaimed lodges in the country? The Skytop Lodge is a grand historic estate featuring the very best in accommodations, fine dining and recreation throughout 5,500 pristine acres of breathtaking vistas nestled in the picturesque Poconos. www.skytop.com

25 Harbor Day

You’ve spent plenty of time admiring Cape May’s architecture, restaurants, beaches and shopping. But when was the last time you paid any attention to its harbor? No, seriously. Block out June 15 to do just that, because that’s when the Cape May Harbor Fest happens. The festival is a celebration of the sea, its culture, its economy and its ecology through a street festival, children’s activities, a beer garden, nature challenges and much more. Cape May’s beautiful harbor will provide the overall setting for Harbor Fest, while most land-based activities will be held at or near the Nature Center, located adjacent to the Coast Guard Base and the Corinthian Yacht Club. Venues around the harbor will be accessible by trolley. www.capemayharborfest.com

26 Not Chabad Day

Whatever kind of Jewishly themed activity you are looking to do down the shore, Chabad at the Shore has got you covered this summer. This year, they are offering social and educational Jewish programming and events for Jewish people of all affiliations. Children’s activities include Krafts for Kids and Challah Baking Workshops, and adults can choose from numerous events, including the ever-popular BLT — Bagels, Lox & Torah — Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while participating in an intriguing Torah class. And don’t forget that the 8th annual Jewish Summer Fest takes place Aug. 19, with an afternoon full of crafts, rides, games, music and a sizzling kosher BBQ. From 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ventnor Library. www.chabadac.com

27 What’s up, Dock?

Maybe it’s the post-downashore glow. Maybe it’s the post-Morgan’s Pier glow. Maybe it’s just time to finally fulfill your desire to live on the water. Whatever rationalization you choose to use, a good place to start is The Residences at Dockside, a gated community rising 16 stories above the Delaware River. The 242 one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium structure offers the most spectacular 360° views of the city, and spacious living with expansive private terraces, designer kitchens and more. Just remember to invite us to your housewarming. www.docksidecondominiums.com

28 I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues

Blues music will hit the city of Wilmington as the Riverfront Blues Festival takes place from Aug. 2 through Aug. 4 at the city’s Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. One of the city’s biggest annual events, this year’s festival features almost two dozen performers on two stages, including the James Cotton Band, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers Reunion Band, and Elvin Bishop. www.riverfrontbluesfest.com

29 Food-Altering Mugs

The people in charge of marketing Atlantic City certainly cannot be accused of resting on their laurels. In addition to the wave of post-Sandy successes to trumpet, and the ubiquitous four-letter slogan for the resort (surely you’ve seen a “Do AC” ad somewhere), there is this year’s edition of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, happening from July 25 to 28. With events like “island Luau,” “Chefs on Stage” and “Blues, Brews and BBQ,” and stars like Robert Irvine, Rocco DiSpirito and Laurie Forster, better get your tickets fast. www.caesars.com/acfoodandwine/#page=home

30 A Revolutionary Idea

Not counting your grade-school class trip, when was the last time you walked in history’s footsteps? Independence Mall has gone through a transformation, one that is made all the more impressive upon exploration. The Visitor’s Center, the National Constitution Center, the President’s House, Lights of Liberty will all help you discover the Cradle of Liberty in a whole new way. www.visitphilly.org

31 Who’s that Grill?

The great Kosher Burger Wars of 2013 are over, and the clear winner is … burger.org. OK, there wasn’t really a kosher burger war, but if there ever was one, burger.org, with its massive myriad of freshly ground Glatt kosher beef burgers — and a whole host of beef alternatives like chicken, turkey, lamb, fish and veggie — would win in a landslide. And as if their locations in Center City, Elkins Park, Cherry Hill and Margate weren’t enough, the company just opened a location in Narberth.www.burgerorg.com

32 Good Phila Hunting

For figuring out a way to combine the madcap antics of a scavenger hunt with the sedate enlightenment of a museum visit, the geniuses behind Watson Adventures deserve some kind of award. Instead, we can just silently thank our lucky stars that someone came up with an idea that gets our children to willingly enter places of learning during the summer for events like the “Haunted Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt” (Aug. 24), where you and your flashlight will seek out the spirits in Independence Hall, the Hag of Pine Street, the Poltergeist of St. Peter’s and much more; and “The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt” (July 6), where kids and adults work together to discover the surprising number of objects on display in the Philadelphia Museum of Art that would seem right at home in the JK Rowling series. www.watsonadventures.com

33 Estate of Readiness

It is true that summertime is so not the time to be dwelling on matters of great import. We agree. But there is no reason why you can’t take a minute to whip out that newfangled smartypantsphone you got there and put in a reminder to set aside some time to look into estate planning. Coincidentally, Jerold E. Rothkoff is offering a series of seminars to help caregivers of the elderly and disabled learn how to cope with the demands of their job — and how to care for themselves, including one on September 9 dedicated to estate planning and the documents you will need to avoid a crisis. www.rothkofflaw.com

34 Gettin’ Buggy with It

Who doesn’t love a trip to Lancaster County? The amazing names of the towns, the Strasburg Railroad, the buffets, and our absolute favorite thing to do in Amish country: buggy rides! Now, if you’re like us, you have wanted to go on one of these ever since you saw Witness way back in (gulp) 1985. Our pick for this essential part of a trip to Amish country is Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides, a family-owned business with salt-of-the-earth proprietors who will do their best to make sure you have the best buggy ride of your life. www.amishbuggyrides.com

35 The Reel Thing

As those of us old enough to remember summer nights at the drive-in will attest, watching a movie al fresco on a warm night is one of life’s vanishing pleasures. Unless, that is, you know about Schuylkill Banks Movie Night. Throughout the summer, classic movies will be shown, free of charge (get there early enough and there will even be complimentary snacks and drinks!) underneath the Walnut Street Bridge 25th Street entrance to the banks. Movies include Moonrise Kingdom, How to Train Your Dragon, Midnight in Paris and Rocky. New venues this year include Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade and Paine’s Park, just southwest of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. www.schuylkillbanks.org/stories/2013-movie-nights

36 Provisionally Speaking

No matter if your weekend plans include the shore, the Poconos, Lancaster County or your deck, they should all start with one word: Henning’s. This Harleysville icon can handle just about any retail request you have: it’s a grocery store, coffee house, bakery, floral/gift shop, caterer, pizzeria, sandwich shop, restaurant, and (deep breath here) an organic/natural food store. And it’s open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. www.henningsmarket.com

37 Shore to Find This Funny

If you’re looking to get your laugh on in Atlantic City this summer, you couldn’t pick a better weekend than July 19-20 at the Borgata. On the 19th, Philadelphia native (and Temple grad) Bob Saget will take the stage at the casino’s Music Box Theatre. And Jerry Seinfeld makes his annual stop in Atlantic City on July 20 at The Borgata Events Center. www.theborgata.com

38 Carbon Dates

Now this is what we’re talking about! In a perfect world, all county fairs would be like the one in Carbon County, Pa. Held from Aug. 6 to 10 in Palmerton, there’s everything you could ever hope for from your classic county fair: music, rides, fireworks, “Farmer for a Day,” a demolition derby, professional wrestling and more. Sold! www.carboncountyfair.com

39 To Air Is Human

Who doesn’t love a good air show? Luckily for us, Atlantic City has one of the best in the country: Thunder Over the Boardwalk, on June 26. See flybys and demonstrations that reach up to 15,000 feet and as low as 50 feet over the water in front of the Atlantic City skyline. Performers this year include Warrior Aviation, the Firebirds Aerobatic Team, Geico Skytypers and 4CE Aerobatics. Premium public seating on the beach, featuring à la carte food and beverages, is available by joining the Flightline Club. www.atlanticcitynj.com/acairshow.aspx

40 Food for Thought

In our book, making sure people have something to eat is one of the best forms of tzedakah. To that end, volunteering at Jewish Relief Agency’s monthly food distribution get-togethers has always been one of our favorite ways to give back. Volunteers of all ages are needed to pack kosher, non-perishable food, load their own cars and deliver food directly to homes of low-income Jewish families. Volunteers are encouraged to donate gently used clothing, paired shoes (no high heels), and household textiles (sheets, towels, curtains, blankets). To find out how your schedule meshes with theirs, go to www.jewishrelief.org

41 Night Lights

Imagine Boathouse Row multiplied by 10, with all different colored lights, a Mardi Gras atmosphere — and moving through the waterways. That’s a very basic idea of what Ocean City’s Night in Venice (this year on July 20) looks like. One of the most laid back, enjoyable evenings you’re likely to spend down the shore, it’s like a giant block party throughout this dry town. www.ocnj.us

42 Collaborative Efforts

Just because it’s summer, don’t expect the Collaborative to slow down. Nope, the force behind all of those fun and innovative social programs and events for Jewish 20- and 30-somethings in Greater Philadelphia has a full slate of activities planned throughout the season, including a dinner in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society “Pop-up garden” on June 24, a beer pong fundraiser on June 27, a trip to see Wicked on July 16 and much more. For a full list of events and to learn more, go to www.thecollaborative.org

43 Go Fourth!

This year’s Wawa Welcome America! festival commemorating Independence Day will culminate with a distinctively local flavor on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. That’s because, before the fireworks are set off on July 4 somewhere around 10:30 p.m., Philly’s favorite sons, The Roots, take the stage, along with John Mayer, Demi Lovato and Jill Scott. The concert begins, more or less, at 8:30 p.m. Come early, bring a lawn chair and enough snacks to share with the rest of us, please. www.welcomeamerica.com

44 The Wheels Deal

One way to make this summer memorable: become a volunteer through Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Silver Wheels program. You can help an older adult reconnect with important activities, such as: non-emergency medical appointments, food shopping, banking, shopping at pharmacies, visiting friends and loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes, and other social activities. You can choose who, where and when you drive. There is no minimum time commitment and it does not require any extra insurance. www.jfcsphilly.org/jewishcommunityservices/silver-wheels-volunteer-transportation-services

45 Fungus Among Us

It’s like we always say: summer’s not over until you’ve been to the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. Not that there is a great way to officially end the summer, but this is one of the less painful methods for acknowledging the fact. At this year’s festival, running on Sept. 7 and 8, expect to taste your way through a competitive lineup of soups and other mushroom dishes prepared by local restaurateurs. Celebrity chefs and culinary arts students will also be serving up mushroom-based deliciousness throughout the festival. Kids and adults alike will love the live entertainment, the mushroom farm tours and the Growers’ Exhibit, where the secrets of mushroom cultivation are revealed. www.mushroomfestival.org

46 Watt You Lookin’ At?

It may involve some time and energy on your part, but by getting an energy audit of your home (and then following through on the recommendations!), you will save a bundle and do your part to help fight global warming. EnergyWorks, a home energy efficiency program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, has already helped more than 1,000 homeowners in our region save energy and money and increase their comfort year-round. Unless you like paying more than you need to for utilities. www.energyworksnow.com

47 Events Horizon

Proving that you don’t have to leave the city to have a Jewishly exciting summer, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has filled its summer calendar with events both social and socially conscious. Two of our favorites so far: the JCC Klein Mitzvah Food Project volunteer opportunities every Tuesday; and the Phillies’ Jewish Heritage Night at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 20. For more information on these events and to see the rest of the season’s offerings, go to www.jewishphilly.org

48 Up in the Air

Since we’re too old to tie towels around our necks and jump off of our roofs, all we can do is fantasize about what it would be like to fly from the safety of our laptops. Snap out of it, because we are going to help you check something off of your bucket list right now. Tandem-jump skydiving (where you are tethered to a trained, professional skydiver) is not only the next best thing to flying for a human, but it is also a relatively affordable way to answer the burning question, “Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly fine plane?” Some of our favorite places to do this include Skydive Philadelphia, Freefall Adventures and Pennridge Skydiving. www.skydivephiladelphia.com; www.freefall­adventures.com; www.pennridgeskydiving.com

49 Let’s Go Dutch

Definitely a pro-Amish experience motif running through this list, nu? Let’s continue it by extolling the virtues of Reading Terminal Market’s Pennsylvania Dutch Festival, taking place from Aug. 8 to 10. Among the attractions: handmade crafts including quilts, woodcrafts, paintings, hand braided rugs, wooden toys and cedar chests. There will also be plenty of traditional foods like chicken pot pie, donuts, ice cream and pies. Finally, the 1100 block of Arch Street will be closed to traffic and a petting zoo with sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys, calves, horses and pigs will fill the street. And you can get Amish buggy rides and horse-drawn wagon rides around the Market. www.readingterminalmarket.org

50 Factor in this Festival

We love the festivals, as you can tell. One of our favorite music festivals is the XPoNential Music Festival, presented by WXPN at Wiggins Park in Camden from July 26 to 28. Among the artists confirmed to appear thus far: Wilco, Bob Dylan and His Band, Dr. Dog, Dawes and The Lumineers. See you there! xpn.org/xponential-music-festival

51 What a Trip!

If you really want to get out of town, then The Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Summer Mission to Israel (June 24 to July 2) is your opportunity to see the impact the Jewish people have had on world culture, to see how Jewish communities interact today, and to personally witness and be inspired by the role every Jew can play in supporting the continuation of the Jewish people wherever they may live. Join other like-minded young professionals on this life-changing journey through Israel.

52 Class Action

Call it counter-programming at its finest. There are numerous learning opportunities available to those of you (note the use of the word “you,” not “us”) who are just as interested in continuing education during the summer as you are during the rest of the year. Options range from summer classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple to learning how to make ceramic jewelry and pottery at University City Arts League. We prefer to leave our learning to what we glean from leafing through our backlog of National Enquirers, thankyouverymuch. 
www.temple.edu/tucc/persenrichment/olli/; www.ucartsleague.org

53 Positively Main Street 

If you get off at the Green Lane exit only once this year, make sure it’s for the 23rd Annual Manayunk Arts Festival, the Delaware Valley’s largest outdoor juried arts and crafts show. On Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can stroll the length of Main Street, enjoying more than 250 artists from across the country exhibiting their work, including jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting, glass and mixed media.

54 A to Zesty

After taking in the festival, you are definitely gonna want a place to sit a spell and fortify yourself. Zesty’s, located right on Main Street, serves a delicious blend of Greek and Italian cuisine. Once you get past their first-in-the-country multimedia window menu, you can focus your eating energy on a selection of fresh fish not to be found in any other restaurant in the city. www.zestys.com

This article was originally printed in This Summer, a Jewish Exponent magazine.


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