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8 Insanely Fun Group Activities in Philadelphia

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Written By: Emily Walton


Home of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is a historic town with modern touches. From its world-renowned museums to its newer trendy cafes – there is always something to do! 


That’s why it is the perfect place to explore with a group of friends or colleagues for a day of fun together. 


Downtown Philadelphia view at sunrise from the rooftop

Early morning in the city of brotherly love

Why Group Activities Are Important:


Whether you are looking for team-building ideas for work or want to find a place to hang with your friends, Philadelphia has so much to offer.  


Getting together in groups helps build a sense of community. You get to learn from each other and build relationships in a low-stakes environment. Spending time together also helps you relax and increases feelings of connection. 


The best part is that Philadelphia is a great place for group activities. If you need ideas on where to start, we’re here to help.


Keep reading for our list of 8 extremely fun group activities in Philly to try this year! 



# 1 Hit The Streets With A Local Food Tour


Everyone loves a good meal with a good group of people. Take your crew on a Food Tour of Philadelphia to learn all the great local spots. 


Discover Philadelphia’s historic Italian Market or indulge in delicious regional comfort foods. Streets of Philly will take you around the town and provide great-tasting food along the way!


a close up of a soft pretzel

Who could turn down street food?


# 2 Gather Around The Table For A Cooking Class


Want to try cooking a tasty meal yourself? Plan an evening with Hudson Table. 


If you are looking for a team-building activity or want to host a private event with some friends, pick from one of their group event options. If your group is smaller, you can sign up for a slot in one of their regular cooking classes.


You’ll get to enjoy satisfying hors d’oeuvres before rolling up your sleeves and cooking something together. Afterward, your group will get to relax and enjoy your hard work in the venue’s elegant dining area. 



bread and flour and eggs on a kitchen prep table

Learn to make something new!


# 3 Unplug & Reconnect At A Board Game Bar


Do you ever miss the simpler times when you weren’t checking your phone all the time? So do a lot of other people. That’s where Thirsty Dice Board Game Cafe comes in.


The venue has over 950 board games to choose from so your group will definitely be able to find one they like. To top it all off, the cafe offers an extensive alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink list. They even have a food menu with items for any diet or food preferences! 


Thirsty Dice Board Came Cafe is definitely one of the most fun places to go in Philly for a birthday or group get-together! 


a pair of red dice

Is it luck or is it strategy?


# 4 Let Off Some Steam In A Rage Room


Sometimes the day-to-day can be stressful. One incredibly fun place to go when life needs a pick-me-up is Rage Room Philadelphia.  Your group can bring their own things to smash or you can buy a package from the event company itself. 


Not ready to smash anything? Rage Room Philadelphia also offers an option to splatter paint on a large canvas. It is a great way to relax and ease into the activity! 


a broken plate on the ground

Rid yourself of rage!


Don’t Forget To Get Some Fresh Air


If you really want to plan a fun group activity, consider heading outside. Being in the fresh air is the perfect way to spend the day. If your group is in Philadelphia, keep reading for a list of outdoor group activities near you. 


Philadelphia bridge

Where nature collides with the city!


# 5 See Your City Through A Scavenger Hunt


City Hunt Philadelphia is a great team-building and group activity. It will renew your sense of adventure as you explore the history, architecture, and culture Philadelphia is known for. 


Along the way, you’ll get the chance to stop and spend time at the places you enjoy while working with your team to solve different puzzles. City Hunt offers a few different packages. They have holiday-themed ones, team-building trivia, and bachelorette scavenger hunts! 


a man laying in a park with some friends spending time outside

Utilize local parks!


# 6 Grow With Your Group By Planting A Garden


Over the past few years, community gardens have been popping up all over the United States. Not only do they provide fresh and healthy foods to the local community, but they also help build connections. 


Philadelphia’s Community Garden Program is a great way to get involved in the community with a fun group activity. The program helps you connect with an already established garden or you can even set up one of your own! 


a close up of a hand planting a small plant in their garden

Get your hands dirty in the garden!


# 7 Spend An Evening on The Water


Some of the best times to be had are on the water. With lots of harbors and waterways to explore, Philadelphia is the perfect backdrop for an event on the water. 


One super fun corporate event idea is to have a cocktail hour on The Deck. The venue is one of Philly’s best outdoor event spaces. They have lavish seafood food offerings and seasonal drinks to try. So, if you’re looking to really impress your group, this is the place to go! 


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# 8 Check Out A Philadelphia Pop-Up Park


Philadelphia is a special city for so many reasons. One of the most unique things about it is its seasonal pop-up parks. 


In the summer, you’ll see a pop-up roller skating rink in front of the harbor. Known as Blue Cross RiverRink, this park is great for spending a day in the sun when it is warm. 


In the winter, the same rink and space get turned into Winterfest. The roller rink becomes an icy space perfect for skating on. Summer hammocks are replaced with cozy cabins. They also have warm fire pits to snuggle up next to. 


For more information on pop-up parks, check out Discover Philadelphia. 


a person sitting on a bench putting on their rollerskates

Explore what Philly has to offer!


Bonus Group Activity: Go Virtual 


Sometimes we can’t all be in the same place at the same time. If your group or corporate office has people who can’t join in person, check out Sidewalk Food Tour’s virtual team-building activities


Going virtual means you can learn how to make an exciting dish with family members in another country. Or, you can create cocktails with a group of colleagues who work remotely. Either way, we’ve got you covered.


a laptop computer sitting on top of a table with a virtual group call on

Go virtual!


It’s not every day you get an invitation to spend time with a great group of people, so take advantage of it. You can start planning your next team-building event, birthday party, or group get-together using any one of the ideas above. 


While you’re at it, you can even send this post to your group to see what fun idea they’d be most interested in. That way, you know you’ll all have a great time!  


a group of guys working on something together on a computer

Teamwork makes the dream work!