YES: Giant 1,000-Foot Slip ‘N Slide Coming to Philly This Summer

Slide the City | Photo via Facebook

Slide the City | Photo via Facebook

Last year, Slide the City, the company responsible for setting up giant 1,000-foot Slip ’N Slides in cities all over the country, seemed to be gearing up for a day of slipping and sliding in Philly. And, man, were we excited. For months, the first thing I did every single morning when I got to the office was check the Slide the City website to see if they’d finally (finally!) added the exact date for Philly’s big Slip ’N Slide extravaganza. But June came, then July, then August, and I finally had to admit to myself: They weren’t coming. It was as devastating as it sounds.

So when I saw a press release this morning announcing that Slide the City has named a date — Saturday, August 6th — and a location — Sedgley Drive, by the Art Museum — for when and where they’ll be setting up their giant 1,000-foot Slip ’N Side in Philly this year, I couldn’t help but let out approximately 6,000 squeals. Read more »

This Is What It’s Like to Rappel from a 31-Story Building in Center City

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Yep, that’s me dangling there.

To say I was given the opportunity of a lifetime yesterday is a bit of an understatement. And to say I wasn’t completely terrified about said opportunity is an even bigger one.

I joined the folks at Philadelphia Outward Bound School for their four-years-running Building Adventure event, a fundraiser that supports Outward Bound’s outdoor leadership programs in Philadelphia schools. The fundraiser was launched back in 2012, a year after the School District of Philadelphia cut Outward Bound’s funding in the face of a budget crisis; Building Adventure was created to close the funding gap in order to keep Outward Bound programs in Philly schools running. Every year, Building Adventure takes around 100 thrill-seekers, who raise at least $2,000 each, to the top of One Logan Square for a 31-story rappel — gorgeous, once-in-a-lifetime views of Philly included.  Read more »

9 Best Places to Walk and Hike Near Philadelphia

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Manayunk Towpath

What you’ll see: Spend the day enjoying the crisp air, changing leaves, and sunlight reflecting off water as you follow this two-mile path along the Manayunk Canal. Check manayunkcanal.org for a downloadable walking tour brochure, which includes some of the plant and animal highlights of the trek.

Access: The Towpath is accessible from Fairmount Park to the East and from the Schuylkill River Trail to the West, with numerous access points along Manayunk’s Main Street.

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