With over 10,000 acres of green space and an abundance of exciting open-air experiences available all year round, Philadelphia offers the perfect choice for travellers looking to enjoy a holiday filled with outdoor adventures once international travel resumes.
From the vast, scenic biking trails at Fairmount Park and along the Schuylkill River to recreational landscapes such as Longwood Gardens and spirited pop-up and outdoor dining offerings like Parks on Tap, visitors to the city are spoilt for choice.
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Philadelphia is home to miles of incredible, scenic biking trails many of which pass by historic attractions, weave around rivers and wind through the city’s parks. One of Philadelphia’s most popular biking routes, Schuylkill River Trail, runs along the Schuylkill River from Centre City Philadelphia through Valley Forge National Historical Park and ends in Parker Ford, Pennsylvania. Travellers keen on taking in all the sights of Philadelphia’s expansive urban sanctuary Fairmount Park can hire a bike and cycle around the park’s rolling hills, relaxing waterfront and shaded woodlands. Home to miles of trails for off-road cycling, the park also boasts paved paths such as the Centennial 5K Route. Perfect for families seeking a well-marked path to cruise along on a shorter bike ride, the trail begins behind the Please Touch Museum and loops around the Centennial District.
With 36 public gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes all located within 30 miles of Philadelphia, the region has more gardens in close proximity than anywhere else in the United States. One must-see is Longwood Gardens which is home to 1,100 acres of gardens, meadows and woodlands, as well as an opulent grand conservatory. Sure to delight visitors every day of the year, Longwood Gardens boasts dancing fountains that offer mesmerising displays, but in Summer the space really comes to life. During weekend evenings, colourful illuminated fountain performances set to music create an unforgettable spectacle amid the gardens’ beauty. Or Shofuso, one of Philadelphia’s hidden gems, is a 17th century-style Japanese house and garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that offers outdoor serenity to visitors. The traditional-style house with its hinoki roof is the only one of its kind outside of Japan and can be toured, along with the gardens, koi pond and island. A go-to spot for taking in Philadelphia’s pink blooms each Spring, the garden boasts a decades-old weeping cherry tree ideal for creating picture-perfect memories to share with friends and family at home.
Travellers seeking good food, chill vibes and killer cocktails should head to Juno – a bright and colourful outdoor hotspot that looks as good as its food tastes. With multicoloured floor rugs and unique artwork, lush green plants and seasonal flowers, Mexican American cuisine such as the Hamburguesa and Coctel de Camarone (a ‘Mexican Shrimp Cocktail’) is served to customers dining around a tree-scattered patio. Alternatively, holidaymakers in search of the perfect happy hour can stop by the stylish and sophisticated Assembly open-air lounge which sits atop The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel. With panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway all the way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, visitors can enjoy sensational cocktails surrounded by the beauty of the city’s art and museum district, nine-stories in the sky. And no matter the season, visitors can always discover Philadelphia’s travelling beer garden, Parks on Tap, which occupies different green spaces throughout the city depending on the time of year.
For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website, www.discoverPHL.com
Photo Captions (From Left to Right):
- Image 1: Kelly Drive, Schuylkill River Trail. Photo credit Kyle Huff for PHLCVB
- Image 2: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Spring. Photo credit Sean Marshall Lin
- Image 3: Head to Juno for alfresco dining in Philadelphia. Photo credit Juno, Philadelphia
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About Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), www.discoverPHL.com, a private non-profit membership corporation, is the official Tourism Promotion Agency for the City of Philadelphia globally, and the primary sales and marketing agency for the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Centre. The PHLCVB competes with its counterparts worldwide for convention and tourism business. The organization has divisions dedicated to the multicultural, sports, and life sciences markets.