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  • Ringing Rocks Park

    Want weird geology? Try a seven-acre field of boulders that ring like bells

    Ringing Rocks Park

    Want weird geology? Try a seven-acre of field of boulders that ring like bells

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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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  • Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

    “Circle the Square” with fine art

    The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show welcomes more than 140 artists from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

    June 5-7 & September 18-20
    Now in its 84th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show has the long-running distinction of being the nation’s oldest outdoor original artwork show.

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  • River Drives Recreation Path

    An eight mile path for running, walking or biking

    One of Philadelphia’s most popular outdoor attractions, a scenic, eight-mile loop around the river

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  • Riverfront Ramble

    Largest riverfront festival in Delaware County

    The popular Food Festival at Marcus Hook

    Saturday, October 3
    A full day of concerts, food and fun more on the Chester riverfront.

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  • Sacks Playground

    Outdoor recreation for all

    Just across 4th Street from Jefferson Square Park, Sacks Playground satisfies the neighborhood’s active crew with a pool, baseball fields, basketball courts.

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  • Sadsbury Woods Preserve

    One of the largest unfragmented woodlands in Chester County

    Sadsbury Woods Preserve

    A 500-acre nature preserve ideal for walking and hiking, Sadsbury Woods is also an important habitat for interior nesting birds and small mammals.

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  • Sand Castle Winery

    Old World winemaking meets New World techniques

    Sand Castle has tasting rooms in Phoenixville and Warrington in addition to its Erwinna location.

    Modeled after the Bratislava Castle in the owners’ native Czechoslovakia, Sand Castle Winery produces wines using Old World techniques. Oenophiles and new wine fans alike can sip and sample while experiencing the winery’s daily activities, or order wine and hors d’oeuvres from the winery’s kitchen and settle onto the terrace overlooking the picturesque vineyards in the Bucks County countryside.

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  • Saunders Park

    Trees of life

    Owned and maintained by Penn’s adjacent Presbyterian Medical Center, Saunders Park is a dog-friendly revitalized green space anchoring the western side of Powelton Village.

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  • Schuylkill Banks

    Philadelphia’s newest riverfront destination for playing, living, working and having fun

    Kayaking in the Schuylkill River

    Philadelphia’s riverfront destination for playing, living, working and having fun.

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  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

    Explore the natural world

     Six miles of hiking trails traverse the 340 acres of woods, streams, ponds, and fields of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, one of the first environmental education facilities established within the limits of a major metropolitan area in the country.

    Six miles of hiking trails traverse the 340 acres of woods, streams, ponds, and fields of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, the one of the first environmental education facility established within the limits of a major metropolitan area in the country.

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  • Schuylkill River Trail

    A 26.5-mile, multi-use path from Philadelphia to Phoenixville

    The 26.5-mile trail is a favorite for bicycle clubs, families, runners and walkers

    This 26.5-mile recreational path runs along the Schuylkill River from Center City Philadelphia to Phoenixville in Chester County.

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  • Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

    A garden of ideas to inspire home gardeners

    A garden of ideas, with more than 4,000 kinds of ornamental trees and plants on the Swarthmore College campus.

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  • Sesame Place

    Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

    Meet your favorite furry friends at Sesame Place.

    Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®. For the 2015 season, starting May 2, 2015, Sesame Place is celebrating its 35th birthday!

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  • Shakespeare Memorial

    1926 by Alexander Stirling Calder

    The Philadelphia Shakespeare Memorial.

    A morose Hamlet leans his head against a knife, while a laughing jester, Touchstone, lounges against him.

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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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  • Silver Lake Nature Center

    235 acres for kayaking, bird walks, pond tours and seasonal festivals

    Silver Lake Nature Center features a butterfly garden, lakes, marshes, meadows, a bog and 4.5 miles of nature trails.

    Silver Lake Nature Center features a butterfly garden, lakes, marshes, meadows, a bog and 4.5 miles of nature trails that highlight the diverse plant and animal life in the area.

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  • Smith Memorial Arch and Whispering Benches

    Civil war memorial with a romantic side

    The Smith Memorial Arch.

    The Smith Memorial commemorates Pennsylvania’s military heroes of the Civil War.

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  • Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

    Fun, free and family-friendly for more than 100 years

    Playing at Smith

    Located in a six-acre, wooded parkland in beautiful East Fairmount Park, this century-old landmark is home to a four-story, 24,000-square-foot “play mansion,” iconic 44-foot wooden slide and state-of-the-art Play Pod filled with a giant see-saw and spinning “jungle gyms.”

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  • Social Consciousness

    1954 by Jacob Epstein

    Social Consciousness

    The elongated figures of Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness suggest sympathy, tenderness and sorrow for human suffering.

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    April 4 – May 31
    At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display, on view through May 31. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.

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  • Stargazers Vineyards

    Boutique winery using solar power and natural farming techniques

    Boutique 15-acre winery using solar power and natural farming techniques.

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  • Stenton

    William Penn’s powerful agent-secretary, James Logan, made Stenton his country seat

    Stenton was one of the grandest houses of its time.

    Ben Franklin thought it was worth the trip to Germantown’s Stenton, one of the grandest houses of its time. Original hardwood floors, enormous multi-paned windows, 18th-century furniture, huge fireplaces, icehouse and a barn with pre-industrial agricultural tools can be found on a tour of the early Georgian-style estate of James Logan, secretary to Pennsylvania founder William Penn.

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  • Suburban Square

    Upscale outdoor shopping — with a farmers’ market

    Suburban Square is a pedestrian-friendly upscale outdoor shopping center that serves as one of the Main Line’s high-end shopping destinations.

    Ardmore’s Suburban Square is a pedestrian-friendly upscale outdoor shopping center that serves as one of the Main Line’s high-end shopping destinations.

    The tradition continues today, with a recently updated farmers’ market and an upscale vintage outdoor market, the Clover Market.

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  • Summer Winter Community Garden

    A garden for all seasons

    Among the oldest operational community gardens in Philly, Summer Winter provides Powelton Village residents the unique opportunity to connect with community through the shared skills of growing and harvesting.

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  • The Food Trust: Farmers’ Markets

    Offering fresh foods, grown on farms throughout the Philadelphia region

    Produce at the Headhouse Square Farmers' Market

    Find an open-air market in just about any neighborhood, throughout Philadelphia and The Countryside

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  • The Oval

    Pop-up park on the Parkway

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

    Through August 23
    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.

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  • The Philadelphia Zoo

    Animals and plants thrive at America’s first zoo

    As you approach PECO Primate Reserve, imagine for a minute that a group of primate conservationists have taken up residence in an abandoned timber mill to help save primates from around the world.

    One of the best laid-out and most animal-packed zoos in the country, the Philadelphia Zoo is set among a charming 42-acre Victorian garden with tree-lined walks, formal shrubbery, ornate iron cages and animal sculptures.

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  • The Sculpture Park
    at Abington Art Center

    27 acres of environmentally conscious outdoor art

    Sculpture Park at Abington Art Center is set among the rolling lawns of an elegant manor house.

    Raising environmental awareness through the arts is the focus of the Sculpture Park at Abington Art Center, set among the rolling lawns of an elegant manor house. Art lovers aren’t the only ones drawn to this outdoor gallery. Birdwatchers and picnickers also enjoy the grounds, while children are invited to participate in a range of hands-on activities.

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  • The Singing Fountain

    The heart of the ‘hood sings a sweet song (literally)

    The epicenter of East Passyunk life, the Avenue’s famous “Singing Fountain” (it literally plays music, from old-school Sinatra to modern pop) is a centrally located meeting place that regularly hosts public events, from opera performances to a weekly farmers market.

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