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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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  • Lake Nockamixon Whitewater Release

    Whitewater rafting right here in the Delaware Valley

    Whitewater rafting, with Class 3 and 4 rapids, right here in the Delaware Valley

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  • Lemon Hill

    Founding father Robert Morris’ hilltop estate

    Lemon Hill is one of Fairmount Park’s most enduring attractions, an open-to-the-public Federal-style architectural beauty built in 1800.

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  • Liberty Lands

    Central park

    Northern Liberties’ largest and most popular public green space, Liberty Lands boasts a myriad of trees, a community garden, a kids’ play space and local artwork spread across two acres of repurposed urban land.

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  • Linvilla Orchards

    A 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education

    Grab a bushel of fresh apples at Linvilla Orchards in Delaware County.

    A 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education

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  • Lloyd Hall

    Philadelphia’s only public boathouse

    Situated on the banks of the Schuylkill River just north of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lloyd Hall is the only public athletic facility on Boathouse Row and the best point of departure for your outing into Fairmount Park.

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  • Longwood Gardens

    One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at a giant, royal garden in Europe. Stroll along the many paths through acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants.

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  • Lorimer Park

    A 230-acre haven for wildlife amid suburban Abington Township

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  • LOVE Your Park Week

    Making Philadelphia’s great public spaces even better

     LOVE Your Park Week is a weeklong festival complete with volunteer opportunities, clean up days and other events.

    Philadelphia’s third annual “LOVE Your Park Week” allows residents to pitch in and help clean up some of Philadelphia’s 10,000-acre park system — and then enjoy the spaces with festivals, family-friendly days and more.

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  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts

    A universe of stellar performers entertains under summertime skies

    The Mann can seat over 4,500 with room for nearly 10,000 more on the spacious lawn.

    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.

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  • Manton Street Park and Community Garden

    Room to grow

    Another example of a wisely designed pocket park for Pennsport, Manton Street also offers a chill space for residents of the Dickinson Narrows sub-neighborhood. A 10-plot community garden encourages plenty of activity during planting season.

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  • Marathon Farm

    Urban farm to table

    The local Marathon Grill chain launched this Brewerytown urban farming initiative to feed locally grown produce into its restaurants and provide agricultural education opportunities to the community.

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  • Mario Lanza Park

    A great community space named for the star singer

    Named for the beloved tenor and movie star born and raised just a few blocks away, the well-maintained Mario Lanza Park plays regular host to community gatherings and also features a separate area or dogs.

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  • Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary

    A 200-acre forested nature preserve on the banks of the Delaware River

    Antonio and Mary Guererro established the Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness Trust in 1969.

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  • Marsh Creek State Park

    A 1,700-acre park in the rolling hills of northern Chester County

    Marsh Creek State Park

    A 1700-acre park in the rolling hills of northern Chester County

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  • Mason Dixon Trail

    A 193-mile link from the Brandywine Trail to the Appalachian Trail

    Follow the trail along the line that famously separated the northern states from the southern states in the 19th Century.

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  • Mill at Anselma

    Operating grist mill with three centuries of rich agricultural and industrial history

    Get a genuine taste of the past at this operating grist mill.

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  • Morris Arboretum

    A romantic Victorian landscape garden

    Morris Arboretum

    Stroll through the classical English landscape structures and sculpture gardens at Morris Arboretum, a 92-acre Victorian arboretum. Watch for birds as you enjoy the elegant beauty of the 19th-century grounds, complete with a formal rose garden, majestic old trees and unusual plants from North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. And the arboretum’s soaring permanent exhibit let’s you get a bird’s eye view of the forest on a 450-foot-long canopy walk more than 50 feet above ground level.

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  • Mount Pleasant

    The “grand dame” of Fairmount Park houses is one America’s great architectural gems

    Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Schuylkill River, Mount Pleasant was built in the 1760s by Scottish sea captain John McPherson.

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  • Moyamensing Point Park

    What was once bland stretch of asphalt is now a charming park

    Dedicated volunteers converted a dull stretch of Moyamensing Avenue asphalt into a small green space that stands out thanks to its attractive brick and wrought-iron touches.

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  • Mt. Cuba Center

    Fostering an appreciation for the plants of the Appalachian Piedmont

    The gardens at Mt. Cuba, a 630-acre non-profit center in the rolling hills of northern Delaware, are a delight of color and scent.

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