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Things to Do in Manayunk and Roxborough

April 30, 2021

Stroll Manayunk’s Main Street to find more than 60 retail stores, restaurants, bars and galleries compressed within a half-mile. Browse vintage records and new releases at Main Street Music or pick-up home goods, gifts, and more at The Little Apple boutique. Shop fashion-forward, tax-free styles from Nicole Miller Philadelphia – a Philadelphia fashion landmark – and browse jewelry at Iluminé Gallery.

Pretzel Park. Photo by JPG Photo and Video, courtesy of Manayunk Development Corporation.

Take a lap around Pretzel Park – a small green space with a playground, dog park, and 6-foot statue of a pretzel greeting visitors – or explore the tow path that runs along the Manayunk Canal, parallel to Main Street, where trail mules once pulled boats along the water. Ascend to the Manayunk Bridge Trail and enjoy impressive views of the neighborhood below the former railroad bridge as you navigate the Cynwyd Heritage Trail and Schuylkill River Trail.

Nearby Wissahickon Valley Park offers 57 miles of rustic trails through 1,800 acres of beautiful park land along the Wissahickon Creek. Roxborough’s Gorgas Park is a great spot for picnics and the nearby Schuylkill Environmental Center — one of the nation’s first urban environmental education centers — presents a number of hiking trails through forests and fields. TIP: Before hitting the trails, stock up on running gear at Philadelphia Runner or biking equipment at Trek Bicycle, both found on Main Street.

Festivals filling Main Street with food trucks and other local vendors are common in Manayunk. Photo by JPG Photo and Video, courtesy of Manayunk Development Corporation.

You’ll find no shortage of events in Manayunk throughout the year, including seasonal restaurant weeks, an Arts Festival in June featuring over 300 artists, a STREAT Food Festival in September highlighting local restaurants, and an Out & About event in October honoring National Coming Out Day and highlighting LGBTQ+ organizations, entertainers and local vendors.

Cover photo: The Little Apple boutique. Photo by JPG Photo and Video, courtesy of Manayunk Development Corporation.

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