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Visitors Driving You Nuts? Here Are Five Local Excursions to Keep ‘Em Entertained (Yes, Even the Fitness Fanatics)

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The winter months often mean weekends upon weekends spent with loved ones. And while a house full of family and friends certainly seems wonderful (and it is!), it can also make everyone — guests included — feel claustrophobic. The best way to remedy this is to have a few active excursions ready for when cabin fever sets in. Here are five visitor-approved classes and outings to file away for the next time you’re entertaining. 

Group Fitness Class // Let’s be honest, you and your friends don’t really need to watch Love Actually for the 143,748th time. Instead, opt for a sweat session. At high-energy spots like Sky Zone Trampoline Park (your inner child has permission to rejoice) and Flywheel you can make your reservation in advance so everyone in your squad is guaranteed a space.

Reading Terminal Market // Cooking for a crowd is no small feat. Relinquish kitchen duties and head to Reading Terminal Market for healthy eats. At Four Seasons Juice Bar, you’ll find fresh, made-to-order juices, while Molly Malloy’s serves up a variety of menu items including colorful salads.

Take in Nature // Morris Arboretum and Longwood Gardens are both known for their sprawling spaces marked by plenty of flora and fauna. Gather your group and walk together, or disperse and rejoin later for hot cocoa. Plan your expedition to align with the botanical havens’ bevy of events.

Boathouse Row/Rocky Steps // The best way to cure winter doldrums is to get outside. Adorned with twinkly lights, the local boathouses look positively enchanting during a family stroll and make for excellent impromptu Instagram shots. For more great snaps (and, perhaps, a new holiday card?), continue your walk to the Art Museum so out-of-towners can jog up the steps à la Rocky II. The extremely ambitious can opt for the run documented in the film, which clocks in at an intense 30.61 miles.

Blue Cross RiverRink // Earn major host/hostess kudos by tipping guests off to nearby ice-skating rink Blue Cross RiverRink (psst: Independence Blue Cross members get free admission when they show their member ID!). Here, they can get fresh air, glide around the ice, and sneak in a workout.

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