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Nature, Parks and Gardens
The Philadelphia region is known as the “Cradle of Liberty” as well as the “Cradle of American Horticulture.” Both traditions began with the enlightened settlers who brought to the New World their curiosity about the natural world. William Penn was so inspired by the eastern hardwood forest that greeted him that he named his colony Penn’s Woods, or Pennsylvania.
His desire to establish a “greene countrie towne” was fundamental to his vision of the colony as a place of religious freedom. Today, the Philadelphia region is blooming with parks and gardens, many of which grace the city’s historic homes and art museums.
A romantic Victorian landscape garden
Stroll through the classical English landscape structures and sculpture gardens at Morris Arboretum, a 92-acre Victorian arboretum in the Northwestern corner of Philadelphia.
America’s birthplace of gardening
With its riverfront location and beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline, Bartram’s Garden also appeals to more active visitors.
Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city
The latest addition to Philadelphia’s amazing outdoor spaces, the new Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront is a relaxing respite in the heart of the city.
Quiet place of reflection honoring the men and women of the armed forces
Pay tribute to veterans of the past, present and future at the beautiful Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square.View More
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
Where Washington made his famous trip across the Delaware
See the spot where the General George Washington’s boats quietly took the soldiers to the battles of Trenton and PrincetonView More
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!View More
Largest riverfront festival in Delaware County
A full day of concerts, food and fun more on the Chester riverfront.View More
Temporary outdoor escape in the city’s vacant spaces
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its third year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.View More
A universe of stellar performers entertains under summertime skies
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.View More
A three-sided conversation
A perfect example of Philly’s neighborly ingenuity, this pocket park at the intersection of three major Bella Vista streets has been painstakingly cleaned and overhauled to provide a beautiful relaxation area for locals.View More
Everyday is a good day for a picnic
Specializing in gourmet prepared foods, this carryout cafe also offers both indoor and outdoor seating for onsite indulging in decadent desserts, hearty sandwiches and more. Most ingredients are seasonal and sourced locally.View More
The art of fielding
A beautiful green area situated between Penn’s campus and the Schuylkill River waterfront, Penn Park features open space and recreational facilities available to the public from 6 a.m. to midnight.View More