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- Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
- The Rothman Ice Rink
at Dilworth Park
- Parade of Lights
- Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show
- Sesame Place
- Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
- Linvilla Orchards
- Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village
- Race Street Pier
- Penn’s Landing
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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.
Serenity and elegance 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.
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, 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.
Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront
November 25, 2016 – February 26, 2017View 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.
Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall
Through February 26, 2017View More
The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is back for a third season of skating with skyline views and a heated tent just outside of City Hall.
A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town
December 10, 2016View More
The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities.
Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin
November 10-December 31, 2016 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)View More
Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.
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
An exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the world
October 29-30, 2016View More
Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the longest running head races in the country.
A 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education
A 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and educationView More
Weekend celebration of the orchard harvest in Bucks County
November 5-6, 2016View More
Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, caramel apples – find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village.
Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city
The Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront is a relaxing respite in the heart of the city.View More
A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year
The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.View More
An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation
August 3 – October 29, 2016View More
The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2016 with the return of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.
The birthplace of American democracy
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.View More
A community zoo dedicated to habitat conservation
Featuring over 100 exotic and endangered species, Elmwood Park Zoo is the perfect destination for family fun.View More
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers 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.View More
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.View More