Tall Ships festival and other things not to miss in Philly this summer

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What has 1,200 wheels and runs on pedal power? Indego, Philadelphia’s bike-share program, which launched this spring. The long-awaited human-powered public transportation system boasts 600 bikes available at 60 kiosks in Center City and parts of North, South and West Philadelphia. The easy-to-use system allows riders to rent a bike at one location and drop it off at another.www.rideindego.com

Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden festival

During the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden festival, ships from all over the world will dock along both sides of the Delaware River waterfront. Visitors can tour the ships, including the L’Hermione, a replica of the French naval ship that brought General Lafayette to America to help fight the British. Also on tap: live entertainment, hands-on activities and a fireworks display to close out the largest sailing event in the U.S. in 2015.June 25-28,www.tallshipsphiladelphia.com

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Following a smashingly successful first season that earned “Best Urban Beach in the World” status from The Huffington Post, Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) returns to Penn’s Landing to brighten up the summer. The hammocks, lounge chairs, oversized games, floating beer garden and twinkling lights all come back in greater numbers. New this year is the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, featuring an outdoor roller rink (in place of the ice-skating rink that’s there during the winter), a boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids and food and drink options from the Garces Group. www.riverwaterfront.com

Nightscape: A Light & Sound Experience

Come for the flowers, stay for Nightscape: A Light & Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens. As visitors wander through the evening gardens, they encounter moving images that originated in the studios of the Klip Collective but use the plants, trees and landscape as the canvas. Enhancing the visual images are choreographed lights, specially commissioned soundscapes and scores by Jon Barthmus, Julian Grefe and Justin Geller.July 1 to October 31, www.longwoodgardens.org

To plan your summer in Philadelphia from start to finish, go to www.visitphilly.com and www.uwishunu.com.

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