Amateur Sports: Five Ways To Spend Your Summer Hours

Trips to the Jersey Shore can be repetitive every weekend, so why not stay here? Philadelphia has a multitude of venues and activities for you to enjoy on your summer days without traveling beyond city limits.

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (above) offers a wide variety of classes for children and adults. Sophia Gallo (above) has been an aerial student for more than a year and enjoys this unconventional way to workout.

“I’m not the kind of girl to go to the gym on a daily basis, I get bored easily,” Gallo said. “Using the trapeze rope and silk helps me to work on my flexibility and uses muscles I didn’t even know I had.”

Philadelphia Canoe Club

If you prefer the water, kayaking along the Schuylkill River is available through the Philadelphia Canoe Club. After learning the basic strokes and how to maneuver the kayak, you are able to sit back and relax while enjoying the landscape. Trainers just insist that you have a positive attitude when kayaking for the first time since it may seem a bit overwhelming.

Monastery Stables

Monastery Stables is tucked away in a quiet section of Mt. Airy. Though lessons are a bit pricey, the charming scenery is optimal for nature lovers. The friendly and knowledgeable staff ensures your trail ride to be a memorable one.

“It is so beautiful riding through the woods and then along the water,” said Caity Andre. “I would recommend this trail to all riders.”

Juniata Golf Course

Juniata Golf Course is a strategic course that is open to the public. The 18-holes is ideal for skilled golf players. The landscape provides difficult fairways which take precision and concentration from players.

“Growing up in Olney, I have been coming here since I can remember with my dad,” said Danielle Kelley. “Now that I actually play, I am able appreciate this course and its obstacles.”

Livezey Rock

Livezey Rock at Wissahickon Valley Park is the quintessential spot for adrenaline junkies. The cluster of rocks are tricky to climb though when completed, a sense of accomplishment is felt. The assorted sizes of rocks is suitable to different technique levels.

– Text and images by Vicki Kistler and Jake Cleary.

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