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Visit Manayunk: A Small Town in the Big City 

If you are planning on visiting Philadelphia, I highly recommend you spend some time in Manayunk. Manayunk gives me all the small town Gilmore Girls vibes with the little coffee shops, weekly farmers markets, and boutiques. Here is a helpful guide on things to do in Manayunk with your family. 

Where to Park When Visiting Manayunk

If you do decide to drive, be mindful of parking regulations. Manayunk has limited street parking, and some areas may require permits. Utilize public parking lots or garages, and check signs for any parking restrictions. There are over 700 spaces available in parking lots located throughout Manayunk:

  • Green Lane between Main Street and Cresson Street
  • Main and Levering Streets
  • Venice Island via Main and Lock Streets
  • Venice Island via Main and Cotton Streets
  • Venice Island via Carson Street (across from Post Office)
  • 4000 Main Street – Nighttime and weekend parking only
  • Valet parking is available at various locations on Main Street for evening diners and shoppers (after 6pm)

Where to Shop 

Manayunk is full of adorable little shops with fun themed window displays. I can spend a day strolling around window shopping and be perfectly content. 

Here are a few of our favorite stores: 

  • The Little Apple: the cutest gift shop filled with do-dads and the sweetest baby clothes and toys! 
  • LILA: a high end women’s clothing boutique. 
  • The Spiral Bookcase: a cute bookstore 

Where to Play

  • Pretzel Park: Have a picnic in the grassy area, visit the farmers market on Saturdays and play on the newly updated playground! Pretzel park is a staple in the Manayunk neighborhood. Have a dog? No worries, they also have a great dog park here! 
  • Venice Island: Visiting Manyunk in the summer? You have to check out Venice Island! They have a fabulous spray ground, pickleball courts, and basketball courts! 
  • Manayunk Towpath: take a stroll or a bike ride along the Schuylkill River! ​​It’s approximately 2 miles of a mixed trail of boardwalk and compacted gravel. The Towpath runs adjacent to the Manayunk business district progressing into a more scenic wooded trail in Shawmont, which leads to a juncture with the Montgomery County section of the Schuylkill River Trail that runs all the way to Valley Forge!
  • Manayunk Bridge Trail:  The Manayunk Bridge Trail, recently opened in 2016, is a trail that stretches across the iconic Manayunk bridge connecting Manayunk to Bala Cynwyd and the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. The trail entrance on the Manayunk side sits on Dupont Street and includes a free public parking lot for all trail access. Follow the map below to find your way to the Manayunk Bridge Trail entrance from Main Street. As you enter the Bala Cynwyd portion of the trail, you’ll find a great playground at the Bala Cynwyd Park. 
  • Rutabaga: A quick drive as this is in East Falls, but if you find your kids itching to play with some toys head on over to Rutabaga Toy Library! A toy library that also hosts open play time and sometimes kids classes like music and story time. 
  • Kids At Play: Also a quick drive up the hill and into Roxborough! But, this indoor playground is guaranteed to burn some of that energy on a rainy, wintery, or hot day! 

Where to Eat

Manayunk offers a diverse range of family-friendly dining options. From casual cafes to upscale restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Outdoor seating is often available, providing a relaxed environment for families to enjoy a meal together while taking in the vibrant street life.

Here are some of our favorite family-friendly restaurants in Manayunk: 

  • Winnies: Offering an amazing brunch, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed and casual setting. 
  • Manayunk Brewery: A local brewery with a lot of space and an extensive menu including woodfired pizzas
  • Taqueria Amor: a fun taqueria that also themes their restaurant for the seasons. In winter you’ll find a grinch theme and in the fall it’ll be something spooky! They also have an extensive kids menu with some creative options like PB, jelly and fluff quesadilla! 
  • The Couch Tomato: Serving up delicious personal pizzas 
  • Chloe’s Corner: Ice cream and sweet treats for everyone
  • Crust: an allergy friendly bakery serving up deliciousness
  • Tubby Robot: handmade ice cream and creative sundaes! You can also play video games while you wait 

Where to Stay in Manayunk

  • Residence Inn by Marriott: highly recommend this hotel! It is also dog friendly. They also have The Landmark on site which is an AWESOME family friendly restaurant in Manayunk. Main street is just a quick walk over the bridge. 
  • Manayunk Chambers: an adorable B&B catering to families / adults 12 and up

Festivals and Events – Things to do in Manayunk 

Manayunk has many annual events and festivals that come back each year. Many of them involve delicious foods! If you’re looking for things to do in Manayunk, check out one of the yearly events.

  • Founders Philly Freeze-Out: Manayunk has teamed up with Founders Brewing to turn Main Street into a winter wonderland. Bundle up and come to Main Street to catch live ice carving demonstrations, incredible ice sculptures, Founders beer specials in restaurants and bars, giveaways, the Founders Winter Market, and more! This is a family-friendly event, so bring the whole gang. February 3, 2024 11AM-4PM
  • Manayunk Streat Food Festival: Grab everything from savory BBQ to sweet desserts as Philadelphia’s best food trucks and gourmet food vendors take on Main Street. The day will also bring live musical performances from six acts at two different stages. Come to StrEAT, and bon appétit! Sunday, April 21, 2024 11AM – 5PM
  • Stroll the Street: every Thursday in June, July, and August for an evening full of vendors, musicians, artists, merchant sales & specials, activities, and more. Starting at 5 pm.
  • Halloween in Manayunk: each year Manayunk has a series of festive fun going on in the fall. You can find a Trick or Treat Trolley, Halloween trick or treating on Main Street and much more!
  • Holidays in Manayunk: Manayunk is an amazing place to visit during the holidays. Each year the businesses on Main Street light up for the Manayunk Gets LIT light display contest. You can ride the free Jolley Trolley down Main Street and vote on your favorite display! You’ll also see the most adorable window displays. 

Stay updated on things to do in Manayunk:

Subscribe to the Kid Friendly Philly Events Calendar & check out their website at: https://manayunk.com/events/

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