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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.
Don’t miss these hotspots
- October Is Mural Arts Month: Our Top Picks Of Events Celebrating The City Of Philadelphia’s Incredible Collection Of Murals All Month Long
- The Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival Takes Over Germantown Avenue This Sunday, October 5, With More Than 150 Art Vendors, Live Music, Alfresco Eats, Family Fun And Much More
- The Morris Arboretum Fall Festival Returns This Weekend, October 4-5, With Scarecrows, Apples And Family-Friendly Fun
- The Revolutionary Germantown Festival Returns On Saturday, October 4 To More Than 15 Participating Venues With Reenactments, Tours, An Oktoberfest Celebration And More
- Coming Attraction: The Philadelphia Museum Of Art Presents The Major Retrospective Paul Strand: Master Of Modern Photography This Fall, Opening Tuesday, October 21
- Head To Longwood Gardens For Its Pumpkin Playground, Which Features An 800-Pound Pumpkin, Open Through Friday, October 31
- World Cafe Live Celebrates Its Landmark 10th Anniversary With WXPN Presentations, Special Concerts, Events And More This October
- Zavino University City Launches A Brand-New Weekend Brunch This Saturday And Sunday, October 4-5
- Support Philadelphia’s Skateboarding Community At Street Level At Paine’s Park On Schuylkill Banks This Wednesday, October 1
- The Franklin Institute Launches New Conversation Series Let’s Talk About Your Brain Tonight, Monday, September 29 With Help From A Former Philadelphia Eagle
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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
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares laid out by William Penn – and the only one dedicated just to fun!
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.
Philadelphia’s favorite street festival closes out its year in Center City
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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.
A magical celebration of wizards and Quidditch
There will be wizardry and wonder in the air this October as Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival.View More
Weekend celebration of the orchard harvest in Bucks County
Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, carmel apples–find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village.View More
Riverfront path providing easy access to the Schuylkill Banks
Extending the popular Schuylkill River Trail, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long concrete pathway along the shoreline from Locust to South Streets. The pathway connects to the South Street Bridge via a 460-foot-long ramp that provides pedestrian, bicycle and ADA-compliant access to the Schuylkill River Trail.View More
Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces
Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park is undergoing a major transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space.View More
Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood
Celebrate fall in the Fishtown neighborhood during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront.View More
Two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into alfresco eating-and-entertainment meccas for Old City Fest, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.View More
Head to an urban farm, complete with fall treats and a real tractor
Reading Terminal Market is undoubtedly one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and on October 18, visitors are invited to do just that during the annual Harvest Festival.View More
Sip, savor and stroll along Germantown Avenue
Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.View More
Multiple beer tents, traditional eats, live music and more
Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall hosts one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party on Frankford Avenue.View More