PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MAY 20: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on after striking out during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on May 20, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies are floundering right now, and it doesn’t exactly look like a promising summer is ahead for sports fans in Philly. There is still time for the Phils to turn things around, but they’ve been playing like a very bad, very unexciting team that does not exactly warrant our undivided attention all summer. Memorial Day this past weekend marked the unofficial start of summer, and right now, there are way better things to do, both for your excitement level and your mental health, than watching the Phillies. Here are 10 things to do in the Greater Philadelphia area that you can try instead of watching mind-numbing, emotionally draining, Phillies baseball:

  • Play a round of golf

    This past Monday I played a round of golf instead of watching the Phillies blow a late lead again. It was delightful. There are hundreds of great courses within 35-40 minutes of the city!

  • Head down the shore

    The Jersey Shore is one of the best parts of living in this area, and with summer officially here, it’s beach season! Go chill on the sand instead of worrying about a bad bullpen.

  • Stop by a brewery

    Need to drink away the pain of another Phillies’ loss? Check out one of the many local breweries! They’ve got some great outdoor areas, and maybe if you ask nice they can turn off the tvs so that you won’t accidentally catch some Phils lowlights.

  • Talk about the Eagles’ offseason

    Hey, at least the Eagles haven’t disappointed us yet! Spend more time talking about what the birds are doing and their chances to win the NFC East, and less time talking about a Phillies loss from the night before.

  • Pop by the pool

    There are some accessible public pools in Philly, and there are also a couple bars/clubs in the area that have pools that you can hang by while having a nice cocktail. Sounds way more relaxing than seeing the Phillies strike out for the 10th time in a game.

  • Go for a jog along the Schuylkill

    With the weather getting nicer, it’s a great time to go for a jog along the scenic Schuylkill River Trail. Even if you’re not a big runner, it’ll still be less painful than watching the Fightins, and it even gets you in shape!

  • Check out a museum

    Sometimes, you just have to beat the heat by checking out a museum or institute, and Philly has some great ones! Check out the Art Museum or if you want something more interactive, head over to the Franklin Institute. You can even peruse the Museum of Natural History and see the last time the Phillies made the playoffs!

  • Go to an amusement park

    We have some great amusement parks in the Philadelphia area, from Six Flags to Dorney Park to Hershey. Spending a day riding the rides will be fun, and it’ll even lead to less screaming than what you would hear from someone watching the 2022 Phillies!

  • Throw a backyard barbecue

    If you have a yard, invite some friends over for a barbecue! This time of year is great grilling weather, and you can make up a pitcher of lemonade to help your guests cool off. Now that’s a pitcher that’s not going to let you down, unlike… well, you get the point.

  • Catch a ball game

    Just make sure it’s not the Phillies. Minor league baseball? Sure. A men’s league game? Great. Maybe even your kid’s tee ball game. All of these are better options than watching the Philadelphia Phillies attempt to play baseball right now.

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