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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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  • Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

    The 10th annual celebration of music in Powelton Village

    Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

    July 16
    Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 10th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

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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.

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

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  • “Pershing’s Own” Concert at Penn’s Landing and Fireworks

    A U.S. Army Band performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

    Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” followed by a fireworks show.

    Saturday July 2, 2016
    Enjoy a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on the Delaware River waterfront on Saturday, July 2.

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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

    The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 5,000 marchers who begin at Independence Hall and wind through Philadelphia’s most historic streets. The parade is just one of a number of festivities in Historic Philadelphia on July 4th.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade.

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  • Wawa Welcome America!
    Historic Philadelphia Block Party

    Massive block party on Independence Mall to Independence Day

    Get ready for July 4th with the Liberty Block Party in Historic Philadelphia on July 3.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    The Wawa Welcome America! festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with the Historic Philadelphia Block Party on Sunday, July 3.

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2016

    Everything you need to know about the 10 p.m. fireworks show during July 4th celebration

    Celebrate 2014’s Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with a spectacular fireworks celebration at 10 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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  • Philly @ The Movies:
    Rocky at the
    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Free screening of iconic film at its famous location

    “Rocky” screening on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016
    An annual summer tradition, grab a seat on the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a free screening of the iconic Philadelphia-film Rocky during Philly @ The Movies.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 5 tons of hoagies

    The crowd enjoys free hoagies during Wawa Hoagie Day.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016
    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, the 24th annual Wawa Hoagie Day features 5 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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  • Philly POPS! On Independence 2016

    FREE patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall

    The Philly POPS! at Independence Hall.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    The Philly Pops! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a FREE patriotic concert at Independence Hall.

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  • Wawa Welcome America! Party on the Parkway, July 4th Concert and Fireworks

    The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday

    July 4th in Philadelphia

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts one of the largest free concerts in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long followed by an amazing fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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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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  • Elmwood Park Zoo

    A community zoo dedicated to habitat conservation

    Hand feed lovable giraffes at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown.

    Featuring over 100 exotic and endangered species, Elmwood Park Zoo is the perfect destination for family fun.

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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.

    Through September 30, 2016
    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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  • 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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