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  • Quaker City Masters Regatta

    A full day of rowing, food and fun on the banks of the Schuylkill River

    Test yourself against a deep field of hundreds of other master’s rowers at this annual rowing extravaganza, held on the famous Schuylkill River racecourse in Philadelphia.

    Enter (or watch) as many races are you care to, but be prepared for a challenging 1,000-meter course, which starts at St. Joseph University’s Boathouse and finishes by the storied Fairmount Park Grandstands.

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  • Race Street Pier

    Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city

    The new Race Street Pier.

    The Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront is a relaxing respite in the heart of the city.

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  • Ralph Stover State Park

    Rock climbing and whitewater hotspot in this park along Tohickon Creek

    Rock climbing and whitewater hotspot in this park along Tohickon Creek

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  • Reading Terminal Market
    Harvest Festival

    Head to an urban farm, complete with fall treats and a real tractor

    Reading Terminal Market is one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and on October 18, visitors are invited to do just that during the annual Harvest Festival.

    October 18
    Reading Terminal Market is undoubtedly one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and on October 18, visitors are invited to do just that during the annual Harvest Festival.

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  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival

    A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue

    Reenactors at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival.

    Saturday, October 4
    You are never far from history when in Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. That’s never more true than during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of Germantown and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.

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  • Ride The Ducks

    Philadelphia’s only amphibious sightseeing tour

    Ride the Ducks

    Take a ride on Philadelphia’s only amphibious sightseeing tour.

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  • Ridley Creek State Park

    More than 2,600 acres of gently rolling woodlands and meadows

    Dip a fishing line in trout-stocked Ridley Creek.

    Just 16 miles from Center City Philadelphia, Ridley Creek State Park offers myriad options: guided trail rides on horseback, fly fishing in Ridley Creek (which is always well-stocked with trout) or wandering through the park’s 2,600 acres of woodlands and meadows. When it snows, try cross-country skiing or tobogganing.

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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 Row Spring Festival

    Celebrate spring at Philadelphia’s poshest spring festival

    Wander among the crowd at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival.

    May 2
    One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday each May.

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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.

    On the first Friday through Sunday of June, a popular outdoor art show fills Rittenhouse Square

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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

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

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  • RiverLink Ferry

    See the skyline from the Delaware River

    RiverLink Ferry on the Delaware River

    A 12-minute scenic river tour gives you the opportunity to see sensational views of waterfront highlights and the City of Philadelphia’s spectacular skyline, all while floating down the impressive Delaware River.

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  • Rizzo Rink

    An indoor ice rink beneath I-95

    Hockey is a way of life for the regulars at Rizzo Rink, but casual skaters are welcome to don their blades and round the ice for public hours, Wednesday through Sunday.

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  • Rotorfest at the American Helicopter Museum

    A super-fun, all-helicopter air show for the whole family

    A super-fun, all-helicopter air show for the whole family

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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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  • San Mateo Carnavalero

    An annual Mexican fiesta commemorating the Battle of Puebla

    A springtime tradition honoring victory at the Battle of Puebla, Carnaval de Puebla features a raucous, joyful parade of vibrant costumed dancers, who march from Deep South Philly’s Mexican neighborhoods and convene for a large outdoor party on Washington Avenue.

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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 Banks Boardwalk

    Riverfront path providing easy access to the Schuylkill Banks

    The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long, riverside path connecting Locust and Broad Streets.

    Now open
    Extending the popular Schuylkill River Trail, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long concrete pathway along the shoreline from Locust to South Streets. The pathway connects to the South Street Bridge via a 460-foot-long ramp that provides pedestrian, bicycle and ADA-compliant access to the Schuylkill River Trail.

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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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  • Seaport Parade of Lights

    A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town

    The Seaport Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights.

    The Seaport Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities.

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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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