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So, you prefer to travel on two wheels or your own two feet. We get that - and we can take you to some of the region’s greatest places to pedal, hike, climb, skate, and get in touch with nature. SEPTA lets you bring your bike along on Regional Rail lines, the Norristown High Speed Line, Market-Frankford Line, and Broad Street Line on weekdays except for during peak commute times and all day on Saturday, Sunday, and major holidays. Bikes are welcome on buses anytime.

Fairmount Park Ropes Course, photo courtesy of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Upcoming Local Happenings

Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Independence Blue Cross RiverRink

Experience a waterfront winter wonderland at the Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Glide around an enormous ice skating rink, snap a photo by the festive holiday tree, play games on the boardwalk and warm up with pay-as-you-go seasonal treats next to a toasty fire pit (or inside a cozy cabin). Entry into Winterfest is free, tickets are required to ice skate, and cabins and fire pits must be reserved in advance. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33. 

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Lunar New Year Celebration

Franklin Square

This brand-new Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday in Old City features red envelope surprise giveaways and a free dumpling workshop with Michael Chow from Sang Kee. After you’ve downed your dumplings, stick around for other Winter in Franklin Square festivities (more on that below). Pro tip: Wear red for $1 off mini-golf or carousel rides! Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from the 5th Street/Independence Hall stop on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 47 or 47M.

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Make Love Market

Love Park

If we’re naming iconic Philly landmarks to celebrate Cupid’s day, LOVE Park is top two — and it’s not No. 2. With over a dozen local vendors on Wednesday such as Nini B Sweets and Bambino Glassware, fun themed activations, and live musical performances, the Make Love Market at LOVE Park has you covered whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea for your loved one or a quick photo op on your way to dinner. So easy to get here (and home from here) on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

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Mardi Gras 2024 With Hoppin’ John Orchestra at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Center City

This annual Creole jubilee on Tuesday celebrates Mardi Gras with a musical parade around Center City, live performances, festive food offerings, gold doubloons and an all-night party. On the menu: sazerac, crawdads, jambalaya and more. Plan your trip here.



Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink

Dilworth Park

Lace up and practice your double axle at Dilworth Park’s popular outdoor skating rink - open now thru 2/25. Tickets are required - but you've got Perks! Get $1 off admission! Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

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Thomas Dambo’s TROLLS: Save the Humans

Philadelphia Zoo

Six friendly giants make a special appearance this season at the Philadelphia Zoo. Made out of repurposed wood, each massive troll towers up to 15 feet tall and shares a different story. Created by world-renowned recycle artist Thomas Dambo, the family-friendly display serves as an inspiring reminder to reduce, reuse and recycle. The exhibition is included with general admission to the Philadelphia Zoo. Get there on SEPTA Routes 15 or 38. And don't forget - you've got Perks! Like $2 off admission to the Zoo when you flash your SEPTA Key card.

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Winter at Franklin Square

Franklin Square

Franklin Square celebrates the winter season with free nightly light shows inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s legendary kite and key experiment - from 11/16 thru 2/25. Free light shows — set to a soundtrack of seasonal tunes —  illuminate the square every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. until close. Before or after the show, grab a burger or beverage fireside from the on-site Square Burger, play a round of festive Chilly Philly Mini Golf or hop aboard the classic Parx Liberty Carousel. Get there on SEPTA: it's a short walk from 5th Street/Independence Hall Station on the Market-Frankford Line!

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WinTOUR Scavanger Hunt

Fairmount Park

Step out of hibernation and explore the over 2,000 acres of public art, park trails and historic landmarks with this free all-ages scavenger hunt. Now thru 2/25 - the Fairmount Park Conservancy is releasing more than 40 missions full of historic info, fun challenges and iconic photo ops via the GooseChase App. Register as a team for a chance to win sweet prizes. Plan your trip here.

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Perks
The Mann Center
$10 OFF SELECT PERFORMANCES

SEPTA Key card holders can use promo code MANNLOOP to receive $10 off under...

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Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink
$1 OFF ADMISSION

SEPTA Key cardholders receive $1 off ice skating admission at the Rothman...

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Keystone Bicycle Co.
20% OFF MERCH

Keystone Bicycle Co. in South Kensington is a full-service bicycle shop...

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Elmwood Park Zoo
$2 OFF REGULAR ADMISSION

Elmwood Park Zoo features dozens of wild and exotic animals, including bald...

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Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
$5 OFF ADULT TICKET

Discover the secrets hidden in the shadows of America's most historic and...

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West Chester Railroad
5% OFF TICKET

The WCRR is an all-volunteer, not for profit corporation which is totally...

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Philadelphia Phillies
DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Ring the Bell! SEPTA Key cardholders receive a discount to select...

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Philadelphia Zoo
FREE RIDES ON THE SEPTA PZ EXPRESS

All aboard! During the 1800s, when construction of the Philadelphia Zoo was...

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Philadelphia Zoo
SAVE $2 ON ADMISSION

Philadelphia Zoo is a pioneer in animal care and conservation. Home to more...

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