Having time to travel alone with my husband is a rare happening. But not long ago we got the chance and decided to spend some time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During our short romantic getaway in Philly, we decided it would be a good idea to go to Indego’s Bike Share Program and take out a couple of bikes to explore the place at our own pace. This allowed us to have a different view of the city.
If anyone asked me I’d say that going on a romantic getaway has hundreds of benefits. They include being able to have adult conversations, enjoying a meal and drinks in peace, and watching a movie without being interrupted. However, my favorite thing to do with my hubby is definitely being able to rent bikes and explore without having to worry about tired and cranky kids.
But don’t get me wrong, I love to travel with my boys and we have done some amazing tours together. But having to think about them getting tired or restless and doing whatever I need to to avoid a full-on meltdown can take away from the experience.
My husband and I had been in Philadelphia for a couple of days and during one of our walks we noticed a cool Bike Share program run by Indego. With the good weather and plenty of time to go out and explore we hopped on a bike and took off.
The Benefits of Indego’s Bike Share Program
When we were in Philly I learned that the program was only around one month old and the bikes were totally new. They also offer tons of stations and many of them were within walking distance to our hotel in the Historic District of Philadelphia.
How the Program Works
If you are not living in the city and don’t buy the monthly pass, which is super affordable, you can rent the bikes by the half hour. Every half hour costs $4.
Another cool thing is that you can take a bike, go to a museum (most museums have a station) and leave the bike there and then walk or get another one.
We did that for our visit to the Rocky Museum, formally known as the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
It took us about 15 minutes to get from the historic district to the museum. We took the bikes to the station so the clock stopped ticking while we were posing as Rocky.
We then got back on our bikes; this time we had to pay again.
You can do this for tons of the attractions of the city.
Philadelphia’s Bike Routes
I was truly impressed to see how well kept the bike lanes are in the city. But because this is relatively new, they are still expanding. For now it was really easy to move around, even in the areas where there were no lanes.
The routes take you all the way up to Fairmont Park. This enormous park took us almost an hour so I would recommend taking some food and relaxing on it for a while to rest and relax.
At the end of our adventure we had the bikes out for over five hours and it was one of our absolute best highlights while visiting Philly.