By: Amy Hopf, Digital Content Associate

When it comes to activities in the city, sometimes things can get pricey. That’s why we created a list of 10 things you can do for under $10 at Parks & Rec locations this winter. Whether you’re looking to stay active in the cold or pick up a new hobby, there are options for everyone.

1. Get in the winter spirit by ice skating

There are five Parks & Rec ice rinks that provide free skate opportunities all winter long.

2. Shake off holiday treats at Zumba (or yoga, or martial arts)

With holidays (and holiday meals!) in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get moving at rec centers all over the city.

3. Take an environmental center-led walk in the woods

Bundle up and take a hike! We have three environmental centers that lead many types of hikes, from bird walks to moonlight treks to weekly strolls.

4. Grab an Indego bike and explore West Fairmount Park

There are three bike stations near West Fairmount Park that make it easy to explore the west side of the park: visit the Horticulture Center, historic houses, beautiful fountains and arches, and so much more.

  • Where: 3 stations south of West Fairmount Park (see map)
  • Cost: $10 per day, unlimited 30-minute trips
  • Learn more: Check out a map of public art you can ride to in West Fairmount Park.

A birding backpack, binoculars, and bird book

5. Get a library card and try the Birding Backpack Program

Did you know you can rent a birding backpack from the Free Library? Backpacks can be borrowed at three neighborhood libraries near Wissahickon and Fairmount parks, and include a pair of binoculars, maps, and a field guide.

6. Check out a new part of the city at the Rail Park

Catch some great city views at this railroad-turned-greenway. There are iron bench swings, gardens, and pathways to enjoy year-round.

7. Tour the Fairmount Park historic houses

The historic houses of Fairmount Park amplify the beauty and history of Philadelphia. Head over soon: guided tours run through the end of the year.

  • Where: See a map of the 5 houses that are giving holiday tours in 2018.
  • Cost: $8, with discounts for seniors, students, and youth
  • Learn more: Read about the houses on

8. Explore the Fairmount Water Works Trail & Boardwalk and have a bite at the Cosmic Cafe

The new Fairmount Water Works Trail & Boardwalk provides an elevated view of the river and nearby sites on a pedestrian bridge. Check it out and walk over to the Cosmic Cafe for lunch or a coffee.

A female dances in a performance

9. See a show at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center

Venice Island in Manayunk presents low-cost programming, from theater to dance to cultural arts performances! If you’re looking to catch a show for a smaller price, the Black Box Theater Series is running this winter.

10. Join a local ceramics class

Shorter days and colder weather can sometimes lead to boredom, so why not pick up a hobby? Ceramics and many other art classes are available at various recreation centers.

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