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Top Attractions To Beat The Heat In Philadelphia

Stay cool with our favorite air conditioned spots in the city

Summer in Philadelphia can get steamy, with soaring temperatures and stifling humidity. Fortunately, there are numerous attractions that offer a cool respite from the seasonal heat.

While you explore Philadelphia, keep from overheating with a few city attractions that boast refreshingly cold climate-controlled environs.

Check out our top picks for attractions with cool A.C., below:

National Constitution Center

The only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution, the National Constitution features 16,000-square-feet of special exhibitions, interactive displays and more. Best of all, it’s all air conditioned. Take a seat in the circular Kimmel Theater for “Freedom Rising,” a spectacular, 17-minute theatrical performance exploring the story of “We The People.”

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia’s premier art museum and one of the world’s finest offers a great refuge from the blasting heat outside, with the cool marble, a thermostat regulated at 70 degrees and even cooler libations like the Cherry Lime Fizz at Stephen Starr’s Granite Hill.

The Barnes Foundation

Clean white informs the interior color palette of the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, making for a cool hot-day environment. In addition to the permanent collection of incredible post-impressionist and early modern paintings. The beautiful, refreshing garden just outside is a great place to cool off, too; just be sure to fight the urge to jump into the reflecting pool.

Penn Museum

Take a trip to the Penn Museum to go deep within the dim Egyptian Tombs gallery to chill with remarkable artifacts including human and animal mummies. Also, explore fascinating special exhibitions or relax in the shade outside in the Penn Museum’s beautiful gardens.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Choose from not one, but two cool buildings to explore at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Historic Landmark Building designed by Frank Furness which houses PAFA’s historic art collection and the neighboring Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building featuring rotating special exhibitions and contemporary art. For a bit of outside shade, grab a seat in the shadow of The Paint Torch, a 53-foot tall sculpture at the museum’s Lenfest Plaza.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

There’s a multitude of interesting and informative discoveries to be made at the Academy of Natural Sciences, one of the world’s foremost such institutions and a natural-history buff’s dream. .

The Franklin Institute

Keep your shades on. The recently-opened SPY: The Secret World of Espionage exhibit invites guests into the world of classified information and undercover work with a fascinating display of artifacts and interactive elements. First step: stay calm, cool and collected.

Tuttleman IMAX Theater

Also at The Franklin Institute, the Tuttleman IMAX Theater offers cool respite and engaging, immersive entertainment through a range of big, big-screen films including visual explorations of nature and entertaining summer blockbusters.

Independence Seaport Museum

Enjoy the cool breeze from the Delaware River during your visit to the the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. The riverside museum explores the history of Philadelphia’s relationship with sailing and as a port.

Adventure Aquarium

Where better to cool off than at Camden’s riverfront aquarium? Adventure Aquarium is a true waterfront treasure, where you can immerse yourself in nearly 200,000 square feet of air-conditioned space, which houses more than two million gallons of water and 8,500 animals.

Please Touch Museum

Take a journey with the kids down the river in the Please Touch Museum’s River Adventures exhibit: race sail boats in water currents and play with bubbles sans slathering the kids in sunscreen. Inside Tip: for a really cool treat, stop by Rita’s in the Please Taste Cafe.

The Free Library of Philadelphia

As temperatures begin to top out in the triple digits, a number of Free Library of Philadelphia neighborhood locations will serve as official cooling centers. Swim through the pools of books and kick back in the air-conditioned space, keeping the dreaded farmer’s tan at bay.

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

No need to fear your car seat’s hot leather on the back of your legs because the A.C. in the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is cranked up.

Ritz Movie Theaters

Catching a summer movie at any of Philadelphia’s beloved three Ritz Movie Theaters is a surefire way to lower your body temperature. The ticket prices are no more than $9.

For more ways to be the heat, check out Uwishunu’s Guide to Summer
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