The Best Places to Enjoy Philly when it Snows

January 27, 2021

During wintertime in Philly, it’s easy for a snowstorm to shut down the city overnight. The days following a big storm are great for exploring the city on foot and taking in the various sights covered in snow. Here are some of our recommendations for the prettiest streets, landmarks, and unique spots to explore after a snowstorm in Philly:

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Elfreth’s Alley

Journey back in time to winters past by taking a visit to Elfreth’s Alley in Old City. The historic,  cobblestone-lined street is a sight to see year-round but especially charmingly covered in snow. Visit in the early hours of the morning to beat the crowds.

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Wissahickon Valley Park

For some non-urban winter exploration, venture up to Chestnut Hill and walk through Wissahickon Valley Park’s wilderness. With over 57 miles of trail to explore, you won’t have a shortage of snowy, woodland sights. The Thomas Mill Covered Bridge is a photographer’s favorite in the park.

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Rittenhouse Square

After a snowstorm, one of our favorite Philly spots is just a few blocks from the Annex and the Touraine. Although it is familiar, Rittenhouse Square seems almost enchanted under a layer of snow. From the comfort of a bench, you can take in the beauty of the snow-covered tree branches as well as the snow-capped, high-rise buildings.

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Addison Street

Addison Street is West Philly’s must-see, snow-covered destination. With 15,000 LED lights engulfing the trees that line the street, Addison Street is perfect for an evening walk after a big snowstorm. The romance of the twinkling lights makes also makes the street a popular destination for couples.

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Philly Museum of Art & Fairmount Water Works 

For a two-in-one experience in Fairmont, head over to the Philly Museum of Art. The snow-covered steps are a sight to see and a popular destination for sledding and even snowboarding. For a more quiet and private snowy experience, take the five-minute walk to Fairmount Waterworks, a historic landmark overlooking the Schuylkill River. There you can take in views of Boathouse Row and the snow-covered Center City skyline. Day or night, you can’t miss.

We hope you found some places to add to your Philly winter bucket list. If you visit one of these spots, or have a favorite snowy spot of your own, feel free to tag us on Instagram. We’d love to share your spot with our Spruce Street community.

Stay warm and happy exploring.