Philly's parks and outdoor spaces
Collected by Sue Manuel, AFAR Local Expert
A skaters' paradise, a recreational path, a fascinating cemetery... Scenery, beauty, and history await in the city's green spaces, around its squares, and along its riverbanks.
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, USA
200 N 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
One of the five original public squares in Philadelphia planned by William Penn, Logan Square was originally called Northwest Square and was later renamed Logan Square in honor of Philadelphia statesman James Logan. The area was used for public...
Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Philadelphia locals who love the outdoors are particularly fond of walking, jogging or biking the scenic 8.5-mile riverfront "Loop". The Loop is what we call the recreational path that runs from near the Art Museum to the west side of the...
Lemon Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
One of Philadelphia’s outdoor treasures, Fairmount Park is one of the nation's largest urban park systems. The park was originally founded in order to protect Philadelphia's drinking water supply. The tract of land at Lemon Hill was the first land...
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, USA
One of the five original public squares in Philadelphia planned by William Penn, Rittenhouse Square was originally called Southwest Square and was later renamed after David Rittenhouse, a Philadelphia astronomer, inventor, and clockmaker. Although...
Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, USA
In warm-weather months, the Penn’s Landing waterfront area along the Delaware River is always busy with activity. On the Great Plaza there are ongoing free festivals, summer concerts, a movie series, and Fourth of July fireworks. Other...
2501 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Philadelphia is home to many wonderful outdoor parks and spaces. One of the newest is Schuylkill Banks, a wonderful green space on the riverfront with a popular recreational path used by joggers, pedestrians, dog walkers, and cyclists. Just...
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
Anyone visiting Philadelphia who plans to include the Museum of Art and/or the Fairmount Water Works in their itinerary should consider taking a little extra time to stroll along nearby Boathouse Row. The adventurous who have a bit more time can...
1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
A visit to Philadelphia is just not complete without a stop at LOVE Park, to pose for pictures in front of Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture. Although the park's official name is John F. Kennedy Plaza, everyone uses its nickname. If you visit...
3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132, USA
Laurel Hill Cemetery is a hidden gem that many locals don't know about, and those who do have put it on their bucket list of places to go. The cemetery is also on many “first” lists: The first planned rural cemetery for the city. The first...
5000 E Flat Rock Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA
The Manayunk neighborhood is a great place to spend the day, with charming Main Street shops, restaurants, and bars. Often overlooked by visitors is the scenic towpath along the canal, a wonderful spot for a leisurely walk or bike ride. The...
Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
Garden and flower aficionados visiting the nearby Art Museum, Water Works or Boathouse Row should plan a detour to wander through the highly regarded azalea garden on Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue. Though small in size at about four acres, this...
301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Easily one of the most popular outdoor attractions in Philly, Spruce Street Harbor Park was originally created as a pop-up park and quickly became a blockbuster hit with locals and visitors alike. Situated along the Delaware River waterfront just...
Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
This lovely waterfront promenade is adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and attracts picnickers, photographers, joggers, cyclists and other visitors who want to take in the expansive views along the Delaware River. Relax on the lawn or the...