Have you heard about the Kensington area of Philadelphia? It's growing in popularity and there are many notable hot spots to visit! Check out the great overview of the area by guest blogger: Clay Pitsenbarger
Top Things to do in Kensington:
Most people have heard of Philadelphia, where there are so many things to do and cheesesteaks to inhale that tourists can entertain themselves on the food alone for weeks. But what if you hope to explore a particular area within Philly to deepen your appreciation of the fine city? Check out Kensington, between the Lower Northeast section of Philadelphia and North Philadelphia. This area is not to be confused with the former Kensington District, now commonly referred to as Fishtown, which is located near the southern tip of the new Kensington District. (These days, Fishtown is just the piece of Kensington nearest to the Delaware river.) In this neighborhood, you can wander through fabulous thrift stores, explore gorgeous community gardens, and stay at some of the hippest AirBnbs in the city while still being centrally located near other parts of the metro area.
The Things to do in Kensington (that also give back):
Everyone loves a little neighborhood theatre! A nonprofit alternative regional theatre located on Frankford Ave, Walking Fish has been known to put on productions such as Revival Burlesque and High Dramma sketch comedy troupe for adults, a Family Theatre series for kids ages 2-7 and acoustic open-mic night Humpday Hootenanny. They have a little bit of everything, whether you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained or something a bit more raucous for late nights. On top of that, they offer affordable acting classes to people within the community.
Take a trip to find new shirts, short, jorts, skorts, and knickknacks. Circle Thrift has everything from camera equipment to cutlery, Circle Thrift is a trove of household and hobby items ready for the pillaging. It’s also a project of Circle of Hope, a church organization that donates regularly to community projects and humanitarian crises. That means anything you purchase is going to a great local cause.
Notable Attractions in Kensington:
Touting itself America’s Most Historic Prison, the Eastern State Penitentiary stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone. Still though, it’s worth taking a tour in order to learn a little bit about the city’s history.
Get a little competitive with your crew at this wild indoor axe-throwing arena. Inspired by the owner’s trip to Toronto, where the art of axe throwing was born and bred, the arena is now open in multiple cities across the US for visitors to deepen the skill of throwing things at other things. Ten out of ten points for originality at this venue.
Tour the Philadelphia Brewing Company
The Philadelphia Brewing Company has been in operation within the city for over 125 years. It was built by the Weisbrod & Hess Oriental Brewing Company in 1885 and designed by brewery architect A.C. Wagner. This beautifully designed 19th Century facility takes up a massive 38,000 square feet, and the owners have set out not only to carefully renovate it but also to revitalize the industrial neighborhood surrounding it. The facility offers brewery tours, which are free and very informal; just show up between noon and 3:00 pm, socialize with like-minded beer folks and PBC staff, and they’ll put you on the lineup for the next running tour. You’ll learn about brewing, the brewery building, what makes Philadelphia Brewing Co. unique, and you’ll get a free taste during the tour.
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