After a long, cold winter, we all deserve a little pampering. The Link University City has three recommendations for some fun and relaxation in Philadelphia. Whether you’re ready to splurge or are looking for something more economical (or even free), we’ve got you covered.
Head to the Day Spa or Nail Salon
As the weather starts to warm up and you begin shedding all those layers of heavy winter clothing, you may notice that your skin and feet have been somewhat neglected during the cold weather. For some truly heavenly pampering, head to the soothing Le Reve Rittenhouse Day Spa, one block from Rittenhouse Square, for a sugar or salt scrub and a massage that will leave your skin glowing, hydrated, and ready for you to rock those shorts and T-shirts. For a more budget-friendly session, get your feet ready for sandals and flip flops with a pedicure at the Penn Campus Hair, Skin & Nail Salon in University City, just a 15-minute walk from The Link.
Spend an Afternoon (or the Whole Day) at Fairmount Park
Enjoy fresh spring air and the gorgeous grounds at Fairmount Park. This oasis in the city includes 2,000 acres of open space spanning the east and west sides of the Schuylkill River, with magnificent water vistas, miles of trails, the Azalea Garden (don’t miss it when the azaleas are blooming around April), the historic Fairmount Water Works, Boathouse Row, and much more. There are Insta-worthy shots everywhere you turn and best of all, it’s totally free! If you’re an art buff, you can also spend some time wandering through the famed Philadelphia Museum of Art which is located in the park. Museum admission is $25 for a two-day pass.
Savor a Sweet Treat
When you want to indulge yourself a little, nothing is as satisfying as something sweet, and there are a number of delicious options to choose from in University City. Try one or several – we won’t tell! Enjoy warm cookies or brownies from Insomnia Cookies on Lancaster Avenue, delivered right to your door. Experience the Banana Crème or Elvis Delight from Beiler’s Doughnuts. Get some Chunky Monkey ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s, or discover a new favorite flavor among the small batch, artisan cream and fruit bars at the Lil Pop Shop.
Enjoy treating yourself to something special. You can find lots more recommendations about activities, events, and shopping near University City and throughout Philadelphia in our other blog posts and on The Link's Neighborhood page.