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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.

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  • Longwood Gardens

    One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

    Spring at Longwood 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.

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  • Franklin Square

    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!

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  • Fairmount Park

    One of the world’s largest city park systems

    Biking riding through Fairmount Park

    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.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    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.

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  • Longwood Gardens Christmas

    Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration

    The Christmas tree at Longwood Gardens

    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.

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  • Sister Cities Park

    Outdoor oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Sister Cities Park

    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.

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  • Washington Crossing Historic Park

    Where Washington made his famous trip across the Delaware

    Washington Crossing the Delaware River reenactment on Christmas Day.

    See the spot where the General George Washington’s boats quietly took the soldiers to the battles of Trenton and Princeton

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  • Franklin Square

    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!

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  • Penn Park

    The art of fielding

    The beautiful green space at Penn Park in University City.

    A beautiful green area situated between Penn’s campus and the Schuylkill River waterfront, Penn Park features open space and recreational facilities available to the public from 6 a.m. to midnight.

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  • Clemente Park and Playground

    An outdoor homerun

    Children cooling off at Clemente Park and Playground.

    Named for legendary baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, Spring Garden’s premier park hosts an annual “Clemente Fest” in the springtime, as well as a safe space for kids’ after-school activities.

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  • Beck Park

    Sit and stay

    This small, charming green space is characterized by the marble polar bear sculptures constructed by a local volunteer.

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  • Drexel Park

    Spectacular skyline views from the west side

    Both Powelton residents and Drexel students flock to this 2.5-acre oasis for its walking paths, benches and open green space, where picnics, Frisbee games, reading and sunbathing are the main activities. And that view—it makes a typical day in the park visually stunning.

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  • Julian Abele Park

    An awesome new neighborhood park at 22nd and Carpenter Streets

    This public green space has been revamped to make it even friendlier to local residents looking to relax in a clean, green setting.

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