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How To Prepare for Your First Philadelphia Summer


 In any given season, the City of Brotherly Love is a great place to live in; however, the summer happens to be very special in Philadelphia. If you recently moved to the home of the Flyers, 76ers, Eagles and Phillies, here are a few things you should know about the summer in this city.


Preparing Your Home ExteriorPhoto: Lee Flynn

If you don’t paint the exterior of your home during the spring, you still have a chance of doing so in the early summer. The key is to wait for dry, sunny days when the temperatures are between 70 and 90 degrees. Your exterior paint can take a beating in Philadelphia during the warmest summer days when the UV index is at its highest.


Philadelphia can get very humid; for this reason, you really want to get started in the early days of summer when the moisture levels and the chance of rain are both at their lowest. Days with overcast skies are generally not recommended, either.


Find Summer Programs for the Kids

Learning does not have to stop when the weather gets warmer in Philadelphia. If you are looking for educational activities for the younger members of your family during the summer, you will find various options such as:


K-7 Summer: This program is conducted at the discretion of the school principal, who sends out invitations to students who could either improve or greatly advance their academic performance during the summer. Dynamic tutors are assigned to the summer lessons, thereby making them more fun and engaging.


Immigrant Children and Youth Summer Program: If your school-age children are English language learners who could use a bit of cultural immersion, this program is for them. Aside from language arts and literacy, students also get get to learn about music and the arts.


Cool Down with a Dip

Did you know that Philadelphia maintains more public pools than any other city in the country? What better way to enjoy the best days of summer than our beloved community pools and splash parks. If you’re not up for braving the crowds, you can always consider installing your own pool. Take inspiration from some of the gorgeous pool designs in Las Vegas or San Diego, then call one of our local pool builders to make your dream come true. Or if you’ve got some serious change sitting around, consider buying one of these amazing mansions with pools.


Enjoying Summer FunPhoto: phillyliving.com

The best part about summer in Philadelphia it is packed with fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. Since the weather is simply perfect, most of the events scheduled for the summer are of the outdoor type.


Over the last few years, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest has become a Philadelphia classic thanks to its riverfront lodge shaped as a boathouse, concession stands for food and drinks, play area for children, and the opportunity to skate the day away.


The Frankford Hall outdoor beer garden is a place that you should try your best to visit this summer. Philadelphia is a city that enjoys a strong German and Dutch heritage, and this means a special type of brewing tradition that call for enjoying a liter served in an old-fashioned stein during the warmest and sunniest days.


If you are into gastronomy, you should visit the Old City district during the summer, particularly on Thursdays. On these days, the Old City restaurants, bistros and pubs roll out their best menu items and offer food tastings and drink specials. Some eateries invite chefs from abroad. This event is called Old City Eats, and it runs from early June to August 25th.


Watch Out for Mosquitoes

It’s all been fun up to this point, but I can’t send you off without a word of warning. Mosquitoes have been a concern for multitudes of Philly residents for years. Some of these mosquito species can transmit tropical diseases such as Dengue Fever and the Zika Virus.


In Philadelphia, the Environmental Health Department keeps a mosquito complaint line open at (215)685-9027 for residents to report swarms. The best approach for residents is to research and arrange mosquito control services for your yard before the summer starts. One responsibility that will remain yours throughout the year will be to ensure that standing water does not accumulate after periods of heavy rain.


Now that you know all the fun there is to have, you’re ready to enjoy your first Philadelphia summer.


Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.


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