7 Safe Summer Family Activities 

Young biker on a bridge along the Pennypack Trail. Image via Montgomery County Planning Commission.

By Wendi Rank

Now that Philadelphia-area counties have moved to the yellow phase, many of us are left wondering how to get out – and where, says a new report from Olivia Rubin and Dr. Mark Abdelmalek of ABC News. 

Outdoor activities are less likely to transmit the disease than indoor activities, according to the ABC News report, presuming social distancing is maintained. 

Take a hike, suggests Real Simple magazine. Both Valley Forge National Historical Park and Pennypack Trail are open for hiking. Check websites for open parking lots, trails, and COVID-19 restrictions, and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. 

scenic drive may be enough for you, says Real Simple. Bucks County is home to some beautiful routes. To minimize exposure, be sure to use the bathroom before you go. 

Virtual camps can meet a range of interests, from sports to STEM to art, says Real Simple. Take advantage of the warm weather and camp outside. Camping provides an excellent opportunity to see a sunset, brush up on your constellations, and indulge in s’mores. 

Try The Mutter Museum’s virtual tour of its collection, says Discover Philadelphia. Color in George Washington’s tent with the Museum of the American Revolution, or take part in a virtual town hall on the National Constitution Center‘s website. 

The Independence Seaport Museum designed an online model of the U.S. Cruiser Olympia, says Discover PhiladelphiaParents can enjoy a virtual session at Elmwood Park Zoo with a glass of wine from Chaddsford Winery. The vineyard and zoo have partnered on two limited edition wines. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the zoo, according to the zoo’s Facebook page. 

Access ABC News’ full story here. Real Simple’s ideas are here and here. Discover Philadelphia’s list of accessible activities is here 



Wendi Rank is a Montgomery County native with a graduate degree from LaSalle University. She has worked as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has previously written for the journal Nursing.



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