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Parks & Gardens
The Philadelphia region is known as the “Cradle of Liberty” as well as the “Cradle of American Horticulture.” Both traditions began with the enlightened settlers who brought to the New World their curiosity about the natural world. William Penn was so inspired by the eastern hardwood forest that greeted him that he named his colony Penn’s Woods, or Pennsylvania.
His desire to establish a “greene countrie towne” was fundamental to his vision of the colony as a place of religious freedom. Today, the Philadelphia region is blooming with parks and gardens, many of which grace the city’s historic homes and art museums.
One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens
When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at a giant, royal garden in Europe. Stroll along the many paths through acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants.
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares laid out by William Penn – and the only one dedicated just to fun!
One of the world’s largest city park systems
With more than 9,200 acres of rolling hills, gentle trails, relaxing waterfront and shaded woodlands, Fairmount Park keeps a wealth of natural landscapes within easy reach of all city residents.
You can take a stroll, head out for an afternoon of softball, organized frisbee or pier-side fishing, or just settle in for a family picnic. There are miles of trails for horseback riding, off-road cycling and deep-woods hiking, yet there are also tours of historic mansions, Japanese tea ceremonies and outdoor concerts. Three environmental centers, as well as a wildlife refuge treatment center, help bring the natural world to life for adults as well as children.
William Penn’s powerful agent-secretary, James Logan, made Stenton his country seat
Ben Franklin thought it was worth the trip to Germantown’s Stenton, one of the grandest houses of its time.View More
An exciting pleasure garden that combines art with nature
An exciting new pleasure garden, Chanticleer combines art with nature on the grounds of a country estate.View More
235 acres for kayaking, bird walks, pond tours and seasonal festivals
Silver Lake Nature Center features a butterfly garden, lakes, marshes, meadows, a bog and 4.5 miles of nature trails that highlight the diverse plant and animal life in the area.View More
Pick your own lavender — or pick up lavender home goods
Those who imagine themselves to be dwelling carefree amidst the gentle hills of Provence can pick their own lavender, in season.View More
Design your own historical and cultural excursion in the City of Brotherly Love
Your Philadelphia Tour seeks to offer a different way to see and learn about the City of Brotherly Love: by putting the tour-goers in charge.View More
Making Philadelphia’s great public spaces even better
Philadelphia’s third annual “LOVE Your Park Week” allows residents to pitch in and help clean up some of Philadelphia’s 10,000-acre park system — and then enjoy the spaces with festivals, family-friendly days and more.View More
The birthplace of American democracy
Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.View More
Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration
No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.View More
Outdoor oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Located on Logan Square in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Sister Cities Park is a welcoming space featuring a brand new café, boat pond, educational garden and commemorative fountain.View More
Where Washington made his famous trip across the Delaware
See the spot where the General George Washington’s boats quietly took the soldiers to the battles of Trenton and PrincetonView More