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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 – The Japanese House and Garden

    Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

    The Japanese House and Garden

    Enter a place of harmony and tranquility, where the large stone statue of the Buddhist deity Jizo keeps silent watch over the Shofuso in its home away from home in Fairmount Park. Explore the Pine Breeze Villa, fragrant from its tatami mats and hinoki bark roof; across the wooden bridge, a tea garden leads past lanterns to the ceremonial teahouse complex.

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  • Rittenhouse Square

    Philadelphia’s most popular town square

    Rittenhouse Square

    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

    One of Philadelphia’s five original squares laid out by William Penn – and the only one dedicated just to fun!

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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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  • Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    An exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the world

    Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    October 25 – 26
    Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the longest running head races in the country.

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  • Venice Island Performing Arts
    and Recreation Center

    New waterfront community and performance arts space in Manayunk

    Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk.

    Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood has a new waterfront community destination with the recent opening of the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center along the Schuylkill River.

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  • Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair

    From common objects come masterpieces of artistic expression

    For the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the fall version of the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair.

    For the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair, a vibrant and festive event celebrates the work of the innovative craftspeople who take everyday, functional items and transform them into masterpieces of artistic expression that still remain useful.

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  • Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

    A colorful celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition

    Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

    Saturday, October 4
    Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

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  • Fishtown RiverCity Festival

    Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood

    Celebrate the Fishtown neighborhood during the RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park.

    Saturday, October 11
    Celebrate fall in the Fishtown neighborhood during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • The Oval

    Pop-up park returning for two weekends this October

    The Oval, an exciting new public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    The Oval, a popular pop-up open-air public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, returns for two weekends in October. After a fantastic summer of family-friendly fun, food trucks, live music and an incredible beer garden, The Oval is returning with an autumn-centric celebration.

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  • Midtown Village Fall Festival

    Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street

    Celebrate on 13th Street during the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

    Saturday, October 4
    Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.

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  • Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

    A picturesque fall festival of food, art, music and more

    Each year, Chestnut Hill welcomes autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a Sunday full of art, music, great food, boutique shopping and family fun.

    Sunday, October 5
    Each year, Chestnut Hill welcomes autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a Sunday full of art, music, great food, boutique shopping and family fun.

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  • Night Market — Chinatown

    Philadelphia’s favorite street festival closes out its year in Center City

    The last Night Market of the season is set for Thursday, October 2 in Chinatown.

    Thursday, October 2
    The last Night Market of the season is set in Chinatown. Expect the great food selection that Night Markets have been known for, as well as lion dancing and kung fu.

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  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival

    A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue

    Reenactors at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

    Saturday, October 4
    You are never far from history when in Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. That’s never more true than during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of Germantown and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.

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