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  • Eagles Crest Vineyard

    A Chester County working farm, vineyard, and animal sanctuary

    A working farm and vineyard with roots that go all the way back to Portugal.

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  • Evansburg State Park

    Green space and natural solitude along the banks of Skippack Creek

    Evansburg State Park offers a chance to relax in the tranquility of the natural world.

    A mix of cropland, meadows, old fields and mature woodlands, Evansburg State Park offers a chance to relax in the tranquility of the natural world. There’s also plenty for the sports enthusiast: a golf course, four regulation baseball fields, 15 miles of designated trails for horseback riding, a five-mile mountain bike trail, more than 1,000 acres open to hunting during established seasons and fishing — Skippack Creek is stocked with bass and trout, along with more uncommon finds like eel and catfish.

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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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  • Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

    Home of the Centennial Arboretum — 27 acres of majestic Asian, European and North American trees

    The Horticulture Center is home to the famous Japanese House and Garden, also known as Shofuso.

    With a small pond, a creek, a wetland and a network of paths, picnics are a favorite family activity at this historic arboretum in Fairmount Park.

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  • Fingerspan

    1987 by Jody Pinto

    The Fingerspan Bridge in the Wissahickon

    Ready for a more rugged hike? In the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park, the “Form and Function” program commissioned a bridge that resembles a human finger, complete with a “nail” at one end. With this steel span across a picturesque gorge, artist Jody Pinto hoped to make hikers feel a literal connection between the human body and the natural world.

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  • Fishtown Recreation Center

    A destination for the pursuit of play time, picnicking and basketball

    Across the street from the Fishtown Community Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Fishtown Recreation Center contains a playground, picnic tables and a roller rink.

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  • Fort Washington State Park

    George Washington’s one-time fort is now a bird-watching haven

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  • Franklin Square

    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!

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  • French Creek State Park

    Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester County

    French Creek State Park

    Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester County

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  • Front Street green spaces

    A natural traffic buffer for I-95

    The leafy, welcoming areas along Front Street in Queen Village were constructed to act as a natural buffer between residents and I-95.

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  • Frosty Hollow Park and Tennis Center

    Seasonal Tennis Center with leagues, lessons, camps and tournaments

    With ten all-weather courts, the main game at this 95-acre Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation facility is definitely tennis.

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  • Garden Variety

    Community playground for grown ups

    A tucked-away open-air market across from Standard Tap, Garden Variety features food trucks (weekend brunch and monthly dinners by La Copine, late-night food by Dapper Dog), concerts, art displays, flea markets and other vendors.

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  • Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens

    Part of the largest occurrence of serpentine barrens in the eastern United States

    Even the most casual visitor can see the dramatic difference between the life that thrives atop the barren rock and the lush green growth of the surrounding deciduous forest in this particular section of the Appalachian Highlands.

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  • Gold Star Park

    Go for green space gold

    This pocket park close to the western edge of Pennsport, Gold Star earns a gold star for cleanliness and approachability.

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  • Green Lane Nature Center

    Learning about nature is fun the whole family

    Located in Green Lane Park, the Green Lane Nature Center is the environmental education facility for the Montgomery County Parks and Heritage Services department.

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  • Green Lane Park

    Overnight equestrian camping amid wooded trails and gorgeous views

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  • Greensgrow Farms

    A nationally recognized leader in urban farming

    Greensgrow, which grows food and flowers on land that as once deemed unusable, serves the local community through school tours and lessons on hydroponics, composting and raising bees.

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  • Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

    An oasis of restored nature amid quickly developing suburbs

    Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve

    See a natural ecosystem re-emerging as you explore the oasis of meadows, woodlands and wetlands nestled among the quickly developing suburbs of Blue Bell and North Wales.

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  • Herron Park Sprayground

    Water world

    Wide-open Herron Park is equipped with a series of sprinklers and jets, making this “sprayground” the perfect play for kids on a hot day.

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  • Hildacy Farm Preserve

    Woodlands meet meadows in a 55-acre preserve

    Hildacy Farm Preserve

    Headquarters for Natural Lands Trust regional conservation work

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  • Historic RittenhouseTown

    The site of the first paper mill in British North America

    Historic RittenhouseTown, the birthplace of paper in North America, is now a preserved village on idyllic Lincoln Drive in beautiful Fairmount Park.

    The birthplace of paper in North America, Historic RittenhouseTown is now a preserved village on idyllic Lincoln Drive in beautiful Fairmount Park.

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  • Historic Yellow Springs

    An early American spa and hospital in a rural setting

    An early American spa and hospital in a rural setting

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  • Horse Shoe Trail

    Journey from Valley Forge to the Appalachian Trail

    A challenging 130-mile trail connecting Valley Forge National Historic Park to the Appalachian Trail

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  • Hortulus Farm

    One of the region’s most significant private gardens

    An 18th-century, 100-acre farm, complete with 30 acres of gardens, walks and a nursery, Hortulus Farm includes major perennial and summer borders, bircha and pine allees, important herb and vegetable gardens, and lovely meandering trails and walks.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    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.

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  • Jefferson Square Park

    The community gathers in this 19th-century green space

    This classic 19th-century strolling park sat outside of Philadelphia’s boundaries when it was established. Because of its proximity to ports and saloons, it later would be used by the Union Army as an encampment site. Today, people enjoy the relaxing green space and fun events, such as movie screenings and concerts.

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  • Jenkins Arboretum

    A hardwood forest abloom with rhododendrons and azaleas

    A hardwood forest abloom with rhododendrons and azaleas.

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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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  • John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

    The place that inspired America’s first great naturalist

    The place that inspired America’s first great naturalist

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  • Julian Abele Park

    An awesome new neighborhood park at 22nd and Carpenter Streets

    This public green space has been revamped to make it even friendlier to local residents looking to relax in a clean, green setting.

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