Parks On Tap, for those who aren’t familiar, is a family-friendly traveling pop-up beer garden benefiting and in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy & Philly Parcs & Rec.The program is designed to bring people and communities together, and activate the city’s parks. Proceeds from Parks on Tap go to support Philadelphia’s park system! Over $100,000 was raised last year! For OUR parks! Amazing!This year Parks On Tap will hit 23 parks, a new one each week for the third and longest season ever! Parks On Tap has expanded to neighborhoods such as South Philly, The Northeast, Germantown, Port Richmond, Fishtown, and Burholme.Here’s a list of participating parks for 2018:
•Fernhill Park in Germantown
•FDR Park (be sure to check out the boat and bike rentals and the skate park while there too!)
•Matthias Baldwin Park 18th & Hamilton
•Columbus Square in South Philly
•Shofuso Japanese House & Garden
• Glendinning Rock Garden
•Penn Treaty Park
•Pleasant Hill in the Northeast
• Fairmount Water Works (where I got married!!!)
•Strawberry Mansion Park
Check the schedule to see when Parks On Tap will be headed to your neighborhood!The season kicked off this morning at the Azalea Garden at the base of the Art Museum! It’s a beautiful, super easy to access location. It goes hand in hand with a jog or strolls on Kelly Drive or a visit to the museum, which by the way, The Perelman Building just down the street is hosting ‘Pay What You Wish’ admission this Sunday with special groovy family-friendly activities! Hit up both!Like always, Parks On Tap is both kid and pup-friendly! I don’t know about you, but hubs and I love anywhere we can play with our kids AND chill with a drink in our hand. VIBES: Super laid back! Kick back in a woven hammock, at picnic tables, or in one of the camp chairs. There are a few areas to relax under the twinkle strung lights at night and grab some shade during the day under what reminded me of those parachutes you used to love in gym class when you were a kid.ENTRANCE:
Upon entering you will be asked you to fill out a quick entrance form on a tablet and will then be handed a membership card used for all locations. This year save time in line and register for your FREE membership card online here!TO DO:There are games such as corn hole and badminton. I’ve seen Twister and hula hoops too. I would suggest maybe bringing a small game such as Spot It or Jenga, maybe even a soft kickball to bounce around for more wiggly kids.
EAT:The food options are extra plentiful this year and yes, everyone’s favorite, the smoker is back!I tasted a veggie bahn mi, which is a vegan-friendly menu item. Yum! I also sampled some hand-cut chips which were awesome. Great sharing option! Salads and platters too…There’s a pretzel shortbread cookie everyone was RAVING about! It’s so unique and so Philly! Try it!! NEW this year…Brunch! Add a poached egg for just $1 to any sammy offered. Enjoy fresh-baked pastries and bread from Lost Bread Co. RINK:
9 brews including local fave St Benjamin’s and 3 cocktails. I went with two that are perfect for the lighter beer drinkers…a hard cherry cider from Sir Charles and Alex’s Wheat, a partnership with Alex’s Lemonade, and Sly Fox in honor of what would have been Alex’s 21 birthday. This is the beer you will find in their brunch beer-mosa!
I’m not normally a fan of cider and this one was outstanding! The lemonade was light and super refreshing. Perfect for a warm day in the sun. I also split a whiskey and root-beer which was wonderful. Thick rich root beer taste, and a not overpowering whiskey taste. Balanced. It will make you feel like a kid again!
April 26th – September 30th
WED + THURS 5 pm – 10 pm
FRIDAY 4pm – 11pm
SATURDAY 1 pm -11 pm
SUNDAY 12pm – 10pm
*Closed on Monday + Tuesday with the exception of some holidays.We highly recommend Parks On Tap for a chill couple of hours in your beloved city. Get out with friends and the fam to take a load off, and meet new neighbors WHILE supporting your local park!
See you at the park!
P.S. If you haven’t already, you’re going to fall in LOVE with the hammocks! I bought one for our backyard last year on Amazon!