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 Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Credit: by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Craving some fun in the fresh air and sunshine? Don’t worry. City limits are just lines on a map. Grab your bike, your kayak and a water bottle, because Philadelphia and The Countryside has more outdoor activities than you can shake a walking stick at. From horse trails to wine trails and even Appalachian trails, the possibilities are Boundless.

Funding for the Outdoors Section of visitphilly.com is financed by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Growing Green Fund Program, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

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  • Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

    Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

    The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden offers 1.2 acres of peaceful gardens and a ceremonial teahouse in Fairmount Park.

    Explore 1.2 acres of serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park, full of landscaped gardens alongside a ceremonial tea house and koi pond.

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  • Rittenhouse Square

    Philadelphia’s most popular town square

    In the picturesque, tree-lined streets surrounding Rittenhouse Park, you will find charming townhomes, luxurious spas, amazing eateries, jewelry stores and the highest of high-end fashion boutiques.

    Rittenhouse Square is as popular with residents as it is with visitors. In the picturesque, tree-lined streets surrounding the park, you will find charming townhomes, luxurious spas, amazing eateries, jewelry stores and the highest of high-end fashion boutiques.

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  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Where the spirit of the Revolution received its sternest test

    Experience history at Valley Forge.

    With more than 3,600 acres of rolling hills and well-worn trails, Valley Forge is now a magnet for runners, bicyclists and picnickers as well as history buffs.

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  • Franklin Square

    Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

    Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original public squares, boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

    Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia, boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Course

    A flat and open public course in South Philadelphia — par 69

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Course

    A flat and open course with a par 69, Florida-style layout, dating back to 1940

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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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  • Delaware Canal State Park

    The only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era

    Delaware Canal State Park

    Stroll through a stretch of American history at Delaware Canal State Park, a 60-mile linear park along the Delaware River from Easton to Bristol. Once trod by mule teams pulling cargo-laden boats along the canal, the towpath is used today by people looking for exercise and recreation.

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  • Northbrook Canoe Company

    Kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River

    Northbrook Canoe Company

    Northbrook Canoe Company offers kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about an hour southwest of Philadelphia.

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  • Nockamixon State Park

    The largest lake in Southeastern Pennsylvania, accompanied by a 5,283-acre park

    Lake Nockamixon State Park

    Offering more than 1,450 acres and four public launching areas, Lake Nockamixon is a popular spot for boating of all kinds, including catamarans and windsurfers. Anglers also enjoy this warm, expansive water lake, which is stocked with a variety of species.

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  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

    Pennsylvania’s largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh

    With 1000 acres, ten miles of trails and many native wildlife and plants, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum protects the largest fresh water tidal marsh in Pennsylvania.

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  • Franklin Square

    Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

    Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original public squares, boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

    Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia, boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.

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  • Washington Square

    A leafy retreat with tree-shaded benches, located steps from Independence Hall

    Washington Square is one of William Penn’s original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

    Washington Square is one of William Penn’s original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

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  • Night Market Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you

    Sample great food from local eateries at Night Market.

    Thursday, June 23, 2016
    A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.

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  • Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

    An evening of craft beer, food and fun at the zoo

    Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.

    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.

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  • Assembly Rooftop Lounge

    Enjoy an al fresco beverage and a view, nine stories above street level

    Assembly Rooftop Lounge offers skyline views and classy cocktails from nine stories high atop The Logan.

    Head to Assembly Rooftop Lounge for epic outdoor views and cool cocktails, nine stories above the streets of Philadelphia.

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  • The Circuit Trails

    Hundreds of miles of connected trails for hiking, biking, commuting and more

    The Greater Philadelphia region is home to one of the largest trail networks in the country, collectively known as The Circuit Trails.

    The Greater Philadelphia region is home to one of the largest trail networks in the country, collectively known as The Circuit Trails, providing endless opportunities for recreation and commuting.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia

    A 200-foot Chinese dragon is one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

    April 22 – June 12, 2016
    Franklin Square is aglow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 3-4, 2016
    The Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, is set to return in 2016.

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  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon & 5K

    13.1- and 3.1-mile races followed by free concerts

    The Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon returns in September, bringing together fitness and music.

    September 17-18, 2016
    The Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon & 5K returns in September, bringing together fitness and music as runners head down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and along the Schuylkill River before taking in a free concert at Eakins Oval.

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  • PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

    Philadelphia’s annual walk of Gay Pride

    More than 10,000 people and 150 vendors come out for Pride Day LGBT Parade and Festival in June.

    Sunday, June 12, 2016
    Held every year in June during Nation Gay Pride Month, the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival brings more than 25,000 participators to Philadelphia for a march down Broad Street and a party at Penn’s Landing.

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  • Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

    Fun, free and family-friendly for more than 100 years

    Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse provides kids with 16,000-square-feet of “play mansion” to explore.

    Located in a six-acre, wooded parkland in beautiful East Fairmount Park, this century-old landmark is home to a four-story, 16,000-square-foot “play mansion,” iconic 44-foot wooden slide and state-of-the-art Play Pod filled with a giant see-saw and spinning “jungle gyms.”

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    Now open
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Philadelphia International Cycling Classic

    World-famous bike race highlighting the famous Manayunk Wall

    Cyclists give it all they’ve got at the Manayunk Wall, which arrives at the end of the race’s 12.3-mile circuit.

    Sunday, June 5, 2016
    Professional and amateur cyclists alike will have the opportunity to tackle the infamous “Manayunk Wall” during the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.

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  • Odunde Festival

    One of the largest and most longstanding African-American street festivals in the nation

    The Odunde Festival draws nearly 500,000 people to South Philly.

    Sunday, June 12, 2016
    The annual Odunde Street Festival brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods with an abundance of cultural, historical and family-friendly events.

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  • Dining Under the Stars

    Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media

    Stroll, shop and dine on State Street in Media during Dining Under the Stars.

    Every Wednesday through September 2016
    Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.

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