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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.
A day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums
September 11, 2016View More
Philadelphia welcomes back college students during Campus Philly CollegeFest, a day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums.
Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia
October 8, 2016View More
The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning this year for an evening of live music and $1 deals.
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.
An epic celebration of food, music and beer in Graduate Hospital every fall
October 15, 2016View More
Taking over a stretch of western South Street every autumn, Bloktoberfest brings in big bands and a bevy of craft beer providers to make for a true neighborhood festival that’s free to attend.
Honey happy hour, food trucks, mead-making and more
September 9-11, 2016View More
Presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, the Philadelphia Honey Festival is bigger than ever this year with three days of bee-related activities at three locations across the city.
Sip, savor and stroll along Germantown Avenue
September 2016View More
Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.
Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street
October 1, 2016View More
Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events, featuring eight hours of tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.
Multiple beer tents, traditional eats, live music and more
Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall teams up with neighbor Fette Sau to host one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party on Frankford Avenue.View More
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
Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia
October 1, 2016View More
Now in it’s sixth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.
An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm
August 18-21, 2016View More
The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania.
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.
Pop-up park on the Parkway
July 15 – August 21, 2016View More
The Oval is a seasonal pop-up outdoor public space that transforms an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to family-friendly fun.
Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year
September 3-4, 2016View More
The Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, is set to return in 2016.