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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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  • Philadelphia Folk Festival

    An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm

    he hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania.

    August 17-20, 2017
    The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania.

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  • Peddler’s Village Peach Festival
    and Sidewalk Sale

    Weekend celebration dedicated to delicious peaches and fantastic savings

    August 12-13, 2017
    August is National Peach Month, and Peddler’s Village is celebrating with a weekend festival devoted to the sweet, juicy fruit.

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  • The Oval+

    Pop-up park on the Parkway

    The Oval+ offers a summertime oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    July 20 – August 20, 2017
    The Oval+ is a seasonal pop-up outdoor public space that transforms an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to all-ages fun.

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  • East Passyunk Car Show
    & Street Festival

    South Philly, start your engines

    The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festivalbrings together revelers, food, music and classic American muscle cars.

    July 30, 2017
    A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.

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  • XPoNential Music Festival

    Three amazing days filled with music from both local and national performers

    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront.

    July 28-30, 2017
    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun at the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. Produced by WXPN, the musical extravaganza features performances by 30 local and national artists on three stages.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    August 6, 2017
    Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    June 4 – September 17, 2017 (select dates)
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the spring and summer.

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia

    Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue  for cheap eats and entertainment.

    September 7, 2017
    The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning this year for two evenings of live music and $1 deals.

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  • Summer Concert Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long

    All summer-long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    June 30 – August 31, 2017 (select dates)
    All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest features a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Through September 3, 2017
    Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 2-3, 2017
    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 2017.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

    May through October 2017
    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Gardens are back, transforming two outdoor areas into a gorgeous, landscaped community spaces.

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  • Sesame Place

    Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

    Meet your favorite furry friends at Sesame Place.

    Opening Day: April 29, 2017
    Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®.

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  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect al fresco dining and nightlife on the Delaware River waterfront

    Morgan’s Pier is named after George C. Morgan, the first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    Opens April 20, 2017
    One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring and summer hotspots, Morgan’s Pier is an oasis of craft beer, delicious food and incredible live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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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.

    Through October 1, 2017
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its fourth year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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