The Super Bowl parade is over. But that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.
If you’ve come into the city from the suburbs, rather than wasting time in a mass-traffic exodus, consider sticking around for a few hours to explore. (Remember, though, that SEPTA’s Regional Rail will only move people out of the city until 9:30 p.m., so plan accordingly.)
Whether you wish to check out some of the nearby public art that lines the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or continue partying in the spirit of green at a neighborhood bar, we’ve rounded up several places close to the parade’s ending locale that invite fans to hang out and stay awhile.
Take note: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the parade’s ending destination, will not be open on Thursday. Other closings on or near the Parkway include: Rodin Museum, Barnes Foundation, Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, Mütter Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Free Library of Philadelphia, Assembly Rooftop Lounge, and Whole Foods Market Center City. Click here for a detailed list of closings.
Read on to plan your own personal post-parade route.
See the city from 57 floors up at One Liberty Observation Deck
Take in panoramic views of the City of Brotherly Love at One Liberty Observation Deck, one of the tallest attractions in Philadelphia. The sky-high spot offers an incredible vantage point for snapping prime cityscape photos and also features indoor installations including a gigantic Benjamin Franklin sculpture. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or on site until 7:30 p.m. Visitors in Eagles garb will receive $1 off if they mention the offer.
10 a.m.-8 p.m., One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market St. No. 5700. 215-561-3325; phillyfromthetop.com
Snap a photo with the ‘Amor’ sculpture and check out other public art on the Parkway
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which connects City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is home to more than two dozen works of public art. Yes, crowds will abound in the area, but all of the sculptures are 100 percent free to check out, so you have nothing to lose even if a little walking tour doesn’t enable you to see them all. One of the most popular sights is the sculpture Amor (which translates to “love”) standing six feet tall at Sister Cities Park at 18th Street. A full list of public works of art along the Parkway can be found here.
Sculptures scattered all along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; associationforpublicart.org
Chow down at Reading Terminal Market, Philly’s foodie mecca
Close to City Hall and less than two miles from the Art Museum, Reading Terminal Market — one of America’s largest and oldest public markets — stands at 12th and Arch Streets. From famous roast pork sandwiches to down-home eats like chicken pot pie to spicy Thai food, fresh-squeezed juice, and fresh-from-the-fryer doughnuts, the market has it all, including produce stands and snacks you can buy in bulk. The market is packed even on normal weekdays, so prepare to navigate a crowd — but it’s a quintessential Philly experience that’s worth the visit.
8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.; 215-922-2317; readingterminalmarket.org
Treat yourself to a massage or facial at the Spa at the Logan
Although the Eagles won on Sunday, the tension throughout the night was unavoidably high. Now that the Birds have landed that big win, de-stress with a well-deserved evening on the massage table post-parade festivities. The Spa at the Logan, on the Parkway near 18th Street, offers 50- and 80-minute massages and facials as well as other body treatment options through 7 p.m. Call ahead to book an appointment, and pack your bathing suit for a dip in the pool before or after your spa experience.
8 a.m.-9 p.m.; The Spa at the Logan Hotel, 1 Logan Square; 215-405-2815; theloganhotel.com
Hit up one of Fairmount’s larger bars, where you might (might, might) get a seat
Packed with bars and restaurants, Fairmount is one of the closest neighborhoods to the Art Museum. Its largest bars include Jack’s Firehouse and Urban Saloon, neighbors on Fairmount Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets. Jack’s Firehouse seats around 120 patrons and another 20 at the bar, while Urban Saloon holds a capacity of 200 people with a standing-room-only back room that holds 50. Neither of the spots is taking reservations, so show up and hope for a seat. Urban Saloon will stream the parade live on its six big-screen TVs and on a large projector in the middle of the bar.
Play a few games of pool at the hyper-Eagles-friendly Green Room
The Green Room is Fairmount’s dive-bar-meets-sports-bar, welcoming all types of fans to enjoy a beer from its robust tap list. The neighborhood spot is home to two pool tables, along with a darts board and a small selection of arcade games. After the win on Super Bowl night, the crowd went wild, and you can expect a similarly enthusiastic environment post-parade on Thursday.
Green Room, 1940 Green St.; 215-241-6776; greenroomphiladelphia.com
Hit up happy hour and stay for live jazz at South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor
On the outskirts of Fairmount on North Broad Street, South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor hosts live performances nearly every night of the week. Happy hour kicks off at 4 p.m. and runs through 7 p.m., the starting time for Thursday’s show featuring Special EFX and Chieli Minucci. Shows often sell out in advance, so it’s highly recommended to order tickets in advance either online or by phone.
Happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.; bar closes at 11 p.m. South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, 600 N. Broad St.; 215-600-0220; southrestaurant.net
Check out Fairmount’s brewery and brewpub Bar Hygge
Brewing six original beers in its on-site Brewery Techne, Bar Hygge serves as a great nearby spot to savor a locally brewed beer alongside sophisticated brewpub eats. The menu features boards, which invite diners to choose from cheeses including a wide variety of raw-milk options, proteins like house-made prosciutto and charred octopus, and vegetable-centric eats such as crispy Brussels sprouts. Larger entrées and spruced-up sandwiches like the chicken and mortadella hoagie line the rest of the menu, which can be enjoyed from the spacious wooden bar or the surrounding airy dining room.
4 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Bar Hygge, 1720 Fairmount Ave.; 215-765-2274; barhygge.com