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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 – The Japanese House and Garden

    Serenity and elegance in Fairmount Park

    The Japanese House and Garden

    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.

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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, has undergone a dramatic renovation. The park now 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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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2015

    Where to watch fireworks during July 4th celebration in Philadelphia

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

    July 4
    When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, nobody rocks it like America’s birthplace: Philadelphia. And 2015—the country’s 239th birthday—will be no exception.

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  • Philly 4th of July Jam and
    Grand Fireworks Finale

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

    July 4th in Philadelphia

    July 4
    The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts the “Largest Free Outdoor Concert” in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long.

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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.

    July 4
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks-off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade featuring more than 6,000 participants from around the country.

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  • Philly POPS! On Independence 2015

    FREE patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall

    The Philly POPS! at Independence Hall.

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

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 5-6
    Beyonce is coming back to Philadelphia for the 2015 Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts

    A universe of stellar performers entertains under summertime skies

    The Mann can seat over 4,500 with room for nearly 10,000 more on the spacious lawn.

    The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, one of the nation’s largest outdoor amphitheaters, is a top summer destination for music lovers in Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood Concert Series

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    July 2
    An annual “thank you” from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the people of Philadelphia.

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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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  • The Oval

    Pop-up park on the Parkway

    The Oval, an exciting new public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    Reopens July 15
    The Oval, a popular pop-up open-air public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, returns for two weekends in October. After a fantastic summer of family-friendly fun, food trucks, live music and an incredible beer garden, The Oval is returning with an autumn-centric celebration.

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  • Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

    The 9th annual celebration of music in Powelton Village

    Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

    July 18
    Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 8th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

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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.

    July 11-12
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Night Market Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you

    Sample great food from local eateries at Night Market.

    August 6
    A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink opens this summer at Penn’s Landing

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

    Now open
    For the first time, the area that housed the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015

    The largest sailing event in North America sets sail for Philly

    Billowing sails will waft in the breeze when the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 pulls into port.

    June 24-28
    Billowing sails will waft in the breeze when the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 pulls into port. Visitors can catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on the ships, which will dock at Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 4.5 tons of hoagies

    The crowd enjoys free hoagies during Wawa Hoagie Day.

    July 2
    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, the 23rd annual Wawa Hoagie Day features 4.5 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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