25 Things to Do in Philadelphia’s Historic District After Dark
Explore the Historic District’s restaurants, bars, theaters and more after the sun goes down
Many of the museums and attractions in Philadelphia’s Historic District may close at night, but the area’s appeal doesn’t wane when the sun goes down. Nightlife across the district caters to visitors with interests ranging from craft beer to age-old ghost stories to avant-garde theater.
No matter what you’re in the mood to do tonight, do it in the Historic District’s one (or many) of the awesome spots on our guide below.
Lounge in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
A waterfront, hammock-filled haven with hanging lights to brighten up a relaxing night
Snack atop a floating barge at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
Dine as if you were vacationing in the islands
Go rollin' on the river at Bluecross RiverRink Summerfest.
Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing
Chow down on a late-night cheesesteak at Sonny's Famous Steaks.
Old City's spot to score a sandwich well into the wee hours of the morning
Eat, drink and people watch in the district.
Tons of tastes to explore
Watch free movies by moonlight.
Newer films and longtime favorites shown under the stars
Admire the Benjamin Franklin Bridge at night.
The perfect spot to catch the sunset
Play like a kid at Franklin Square.
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
Toast to the Founding Fathers at Independence Beer Garden.
Cold beer and tasty food on Independence Mall
Learn to 'huzzah' on a Tippler's Tour.
Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life
“Sneak” into Independence Hall with Independence After Hours.
Explore a famous landmark as few others can
Sip cocktails from a rooftop.
Several al fresco opportunities await
Indulge with an old-fashioned sundae at The Franklin Fountain.
Delicious treats with clever, history-inspired twists
Groove to live DJs and chill on the Delaware River at Morgan's Pier.
Summer dining and nightlife in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge
Take in a show at one of several intimate theaters.
Performances of every kind
Crack crabs at The Seafood Shack at La Peg.
Al fresco bites and beers with a bridge-side view
Go gallery hopping on First Friday.
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
Savor bites aboard a boat on the Delaware River.
Two vessels where you can dine on the water
Salsa and spin the night away at Cuba Libre or Brasil's.
A little bit of Old Havana in Old City
Catch an avante-garde experience at FringeArts.
Progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront
Get spooked with Ghost Tours of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia’s most unusual nighttime attraction
Hang out like the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Mac's Tavern invites you into a famous gastropub