How to Survive Philly in the Summer

Plus: The ultimate girls night out

I’m stuck in Philly for Memorial Day weekend and most of the summer. Can you give me suggestions for stuff to do? –T.H.

Staying in Philly for the summer has its advantages. It is easier to get a reservation at the hip restaurants. Movies are less crowded, and you can make your way around town with greater ease. Hanging out in Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square with a book and a latte is totally relaxing. If you need to cool off, there are some pools in town you can join. Become a member of the Philadelphia Sports Club on 5th St. so you can use their pool and fitness center. The Lombard Swim Club, though there is a waiting list, is a beautiful spot to spend some down time. If you have a sponsor, you can join the Dorchester’s pool. The M.L.K. (West River) Drive is closed to car traffic on weekends throughout the summer. Get out your bike and rollerblades and head out to that most scenic part of our city. On the Kelly Drive side of the river you can take in Philadelphia’s impressive historic sculpture collection or even rent a boat. Go to for specifics. Penn’s Landing features a wonderful concert series where you can hear music in a festive outdoor setting. Our city has so much to offer. It truly does rival the sands of New Jersey! [SIGNUP]

Dear Monica,
I happily saw Iron Man II with my boyfriend and he refuses to see the new Sex and the City movie with me. What gives? — W.J., Malvern

Why would you even want to see Sex and the City with your boyfriend? Don’t you want to enjoy yourself? He is going to be pouting his way through the movie, staring at his watch. Call your girlfriends and plan a night out on the town. Meet for dinner and cosmos, dressed to the nines and have a blast! Fans of the female fab four have been waiting two years to see the newest styles from Blahnik, Louboutin and Chanel. What better way to take in this fashionista fest than with your gal pals? My suggestion is to follow Carrie Bradshaw’s advice when she says,“Sometimes you just got to get away with the girls.”

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