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Mother’s Day in Philly: Beautiful places to visit with mom

From outdoor fairs to tea-time in the park

The exterior of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. The house is surrounded by colorful flowers, shrubs, trees, and grass.
There are plenty of beautiful places to celebrate Mother’s Day in Philly.
Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (Sunday, May 14, everyone!), but if you’re still scrambling to find something to do for the special day, we’ve got you covered. These ideas cater to every mom or parent, whether she loves the outdoors, has a green thumb, or has a keen eye for design.

There’s the option to take her to tea in the park, or to a huge plant sale at the local arboretum. Or, hit the water to explore the city by river.

We hope these selections will help you have a perfect Mother’s Day in Philly. Want even more last-minute ideas? There’s always the Curbed’s “Shopping” section.

Cross something off her Philly bucket list

Whether mom’s a local or tourist, chances are there’s something she’s never experienced or some place she has yet to visit in Philly. Consider Curbed Philly’s Pocket Guide as a launch pad: Our map lists 26 places in Philly that are must-visits this spring.

Meander through Philly’s squares

If your mom’s here for the whole weekend, take her over to Fitler Square on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Fitler Square Spring Festival. There will be live music, food from local restaurants, and more than 30 vendors selling goods and crafts all around the square. Rain or shine.

Want something more tame? Here are more than 20 secret gardens and public spaces in Philly.

Enjoy tea-time at Shofuso

Class it up and take mom to Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount Park. A traditional tea ceremony will take place, followed by a bowl of matcha (green tea) and sweets. Note: Folks will have to sit on the floor.

Morris Arboretum is hosting a plant sale on Mother’s Day weekend.
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Grow your green thumb

Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill is hosting its annual public plant sale on Saturday, May 13. It’s the perfect time to find one-of-a-kind flowers or other plant species. There will also be plant demonstrations.

Just want to buy mom some nice flowers? Here are the best local plant shops and garden centers in Philly.

Go off-shore

For the mom who loves the water, show off Philly’s skyline to her by boat. The Spirit of Philadelphia is is hosting three Mother’s Day cruises along the Delaware River, including brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Is mom more of a kayaker than a cruiser? Here are 10 places to get out on the water in Philly by kayak or canoe.