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  • The Oval

    Pop-up park on the Parkway

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

    July 15 – August 21, 2016
    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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  • The Spirit of Enterprise

    1950–1960 by Jacques Lipchitz

    A muscular pioneer strides forward, scanning the horizon.

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  • The Village of Arts and Humanities

    Arts based community development organization

    Arts based community development organization

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  • Tree Adventure at the Morris Arboretum

    A trip into the trees for the young and young-at-heart

    Entrance to the Tree Adventure

    The Tree Adventure experience at Morris Arboretum with Out on a Limb, a 450-foot-long canopy walk more than 50 feet above ground level that gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the forest.

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  • Triangle Dog Park

    How a co-op dog park takes shape

    A real treat for local dog owners, this community-run dog park is fenced in behind a double-gated entrance, meaning pets can run off-leash.

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  • Triangle Park

    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.

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  • Tyler Arboretum

    One of the region’s oldest and largest public gardens in the area, featuring 17 miles of trails, educational programs and history

    Tyler Arboretum

    A 650-acre arboretum featuring 20 miles of trails, educational programs and history

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  • Valley Forge Audubon Society

    Dedicated to educating birdwatchers and preserving bird habitats

    Dedicated to educating birdwatchers and preserving bird habitats

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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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  • Veteran’s Memorial Park

    Outside the lines

    One of a slew of space revamped by community greening efforts, Veteran’s Memorial Park in Brewerytown plays host to live music, family-friendly outdoor gatherings and more.

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  • Washington Avenue Pier

    Eco-friendly public space along the Delaware River Waterfront

    Climb the 55-foot-tall

    The Delaware River Waterfront continues to enhance and expand its amazing public spaces with the opening of Washington Avenue Pier.

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  • Washington Crossing Historic Park

    Where Washington made his famous trip across the Delaware

    Washington Crossing the Delaware River reenactment on Christmas Day.

    See the spot where the General George Washington’s boats quietly took the soldiers to the battles of Trenton and Princeton

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  • Washington Square

    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.

    Washington Square is one of William Penn’s original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

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  • Wissahickon Environmental Center

    An environmental education center at the northern tip of Fairmount Park

    An environmental education center offering trails, hands-on activities, nature programs and special events

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  • Wyck

    The Quaker way of life preserved for 300 years in Germantown

    Duck into the partially hidden garden along busy Germantown Avenue for a 2.5-acre oasis of color and scent at the historic Wyck House and gardens.

    Duck into the partially hidden garden along busy Germantown Avenue for a 2.5-acre oasis of color and scent at Germantown’s historic Wyck House and gardens. You’ll be whisked back to the Colonial and Victorian eras as you walk through the rose garden, vegetable garden, lawns and other plantings, many of which are direct descendents of the original 19th-century plantings.

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  • Wyncote Audubon Society

    One of the nation’s oldest nature clubs, founded in 1914 as the Wyncote Bird Club

    One of the nation’s oldest nature clubs, founded in 1914 as the Wyncote Bird Club. This friendly group of birders will have you identifying local species in no time.

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