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A hot summer festival focusing on a summer classic
July 18View More
Some of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks compete for the title of Top Grill Master during the Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off. And the medium of choice: hot dogs.
Seasonal celebration of food, craft beer, shopping and live music
Sunday, September 25, 2016View More
The seventh annual Downingtown Fall Fest welcomes more than 5,000 guests for a day of live music, great food, shopping and craft beer from Victory Brewing Company.
Vendors, music and more
September 12-13, 2015View More
Every September, along the streets of downtown Doylestown in Bucks County, exhibitors set up shop for a festival of handmade goods galore at the annual Doylestown Arts Festival.
Spectacular skyline views from the west side
Both Powelton residents and Drexel students flock to this 2.5-acre oasis for its walking paths, benches and open green space, where picnics, Frisbee games, reading and sunbathing are the main activities. And that view—it makes a typical day in the park visually stunning.View More
South Philly, start your engines
July 26View More
A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.
Philadelphia’s favorite locale for ultimate frisbee
Philadelphia’s favorite locale for ultimate frisbeeView More
A community zoo dedicated to habitat conservation
Featuring over 100 exotic and endangered species, Elmwood Park Zoo is the perfect destination for family fun.View More
Green space and natural solitude along the banks of Skippack Creek
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.View More
A friendly shop for bike sales, repairs and rentals
This full-service bike shop sells new and refurbished bikes, as well as all the necessary accessories and safety equipment. Cycling enthusiasts can also rent bikes for a half-day, full day or week.View More
One of the world’s largest city park systems
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.View More
Home of the Centennial Arboretum — 27 acres of majestic Asian, European and North American trees
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.View More
Don’t walk, run to this shop staffed by experts
A favorite among the neighborhood runners, this shop is staffed by lifelong runners and coaches and carries every major brand of running sneakers, apparel and accessories.View More
Philadelphia’s premier skateboard park
South Philly’s FDR Park is a concrete, skateboard paradise, designed and built by skateboard enthusiasts.View More
One of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture
September 11, 2016View More
The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate art, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.
Thousands of sparkling fountains dance before your eyes
Longwood Gardens demonstrates its role as a cultural center for the performing arts during its annual Festival of Fountains. Throughout the spring and summer, the Gardens come alive with music, special performances and fantastic fountain displays.View More
1987 by Jody Pinto
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.View More
In the saddle
Located on the outskirts of University City, this funky funhouse of all-things cycling provides repair services and sells used, refurbished bikes. The small staff is friendly and knowledgeable.View More
Celebrate summer with plenty of “Oohs” and “Aahs”
The entire family will enjoy Longwood Gardens’ light and sound spectacular, a summer tradition at the internationally celebrated gardens.View More
You’ll fall for big cats at the Philadelphia Zoo
The stunning Big Cat Falls experience creates a landscape of lush habitats and waterfalls where you will come face to face with nearly 20 endangered big cats from around the world, including four African lions and three adorable Amur tiger cubs.View More
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.View More
Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood
Saturday, October 8, 2016View More
Celebrate fall in the Fishtown neighborhood during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront.
Just keep swimming
Held each spring in Penn Treaty Park, this family friendly gathering is designed to celebrate Fishtown’s seafaring heritage.View More
George Washington’s one-time fort is now a bird-watching havenView More
One of the last working farms in a major American city
Hereford and Angus cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs, goats and horses all make themselves right at home on this 112-acre working farm, which offers various tours and family events throughout the year.
Visitors can participate in sheep shearing, hayrides, plant sales and an Apple Festival. If you want to learn more, you can sign up for programs in wood working, vegetable printing, ice cream churning, dried flower pressing and maple sugaring.
Fox Chase Farm is run by a partnership between Fairmount Park and the School District of Philadelphia.View More
A flat and open public course in South Philadelphia — par 69
A flat and open course with a par 69, Florida-style layout, dating back to 1940View More
Historic home of Penn football
Operational since the turn of the 20th century, Franklin Field is a nearly 53,000-seat stadium best-known as the home of Penn football and the host of the annual international Penn Relays gathering.View More
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia, boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.View More
Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin
November and December 2016View More
Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.
A 52-acre wooded trail and living tribute to the nation’s medal of honor recipients
Take a patriotic walk through the wooded trails of the Medal of Honor Grove.View More
Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester County
Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester CountyView More