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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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- Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square
- Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens
- The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Science Festival
- Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
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Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park
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.
Philadelphia’s most popular town 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.
Where the spirit of the Revolution received its sternest test
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.
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia, has undergone a dramatic renovation. The park now boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.
A flat and open public course in South Philadelphia — par 69
A flat and open course with a par 69, Florida-style layout, dating back to 1940
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.
The only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era
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.
Kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River
Northbrook Canoe Company offers kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about an hour southwest of Philadelphia.
The largest lake in Southeastern Pennsylvania, accompanied by a 5,283-acre 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.
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.
1976 sculpture by Robert Indiana
The City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmark is LOVE itself — the Robert Indiana sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, northwest of City Hall. Installed in 1976, LOVE was briefly snatched away in 1978, but popular demand brought it back where it belongs.View More
Officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza
A favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, John F. Kennedy Plaza gets its famed nickname “LOVE Park” due to its famous sculpture. NoteStarting on February 16, 2016, the park will be closed for renovations through spring 2017, and the LOVE sculpture has been moved across the street to Dilworth Park.View More
Enjoy a locally grown and produced wine in Chester County or at Peddler’s Village
Award-winning Chaddsford Winery offers two locations where visitors can relax in a luxurious sampling session of dry and sweet wines and locally-made cider, too. Visit the countryside winery or swing by the tasting room in historic Peddler's Village.View More
Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®
Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®.View More
The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia
April 22 – June 12, 2016View More
Franklin Square will glow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.
Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring
April 2 – June 3, 2016View More
At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display, on view through May 31. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.
A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan
April 11-17, 2016View More
Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese.
Prove the theory science is fun!
April 22-30, 2016View More
The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its fifth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.
Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront
Through March 6, 2016View More
A winterized riverfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating.
Affordable, city-wide bike rental service
Now availableView More
Philadelphia continues to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country with the launch of its own bike sharing program called Indego.
Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall
Through February 28, 2016View More
The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is back for a second season with skyline views while skating and a new heated tent.
A public fishing pier, picnic spot and nature oasis in Pennsport
Now openView More
Built as a place for passive recreation, Pier 68 is an angler’s delight with a dedicated space for casting lines and built in fish-cleaning stations. Native trees and plants provide shade in the picnic grove and a cutout in the pier surface allows visitors to watch the tide rise and fall.
Sculpture mirrors Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture
Through Spring 2016View More
The bilingual version of one of Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks is on display on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a limited time only.
Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more
Through November 22, 2015View More
Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.
31st anniversary of one of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture
September 13, 2015View More
The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate 30 years of arts, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.