Visitors to Philadelphia can surround themselves in the great outdoors all year round thanks to the city’s “Greene Country Towne” legacy dating back to its founding, with easily-walkable streets lined with parks, rivers and public art as well as an abundance of green spaces.
Whether it’s discovering the city’s historic sites and urban parks on foot, hiking or biking around Philadelphia’s 270 miles of scenic trails or marvelling at the mosaics and murals whilst wandering through the city’s open-air art gallery, there’s something for all outdoor enthusiasts no matter the time of year.
Below are some of the top picks for UK travellers to discover Philadelphia’s parks and outdoor spaces:
Uncover Urban Parks and Historical Sites
When Londoner William Penn first drew up the plans for Philadelphia, he envisioned a “Greene Country Towne,” with five city squares anchoring the city’s neighbourhoods. His legacy is still visible today as the highly walkable streets of Philadelphia mean visitors can easily stroll through Washington Square, picnic at Rittenhouse Square, or enjoy Philadelphia’s many pocket parks. The city is also home to a variety of green spaces that come alive from spring to autumn, with seasonal beer gardens and attractions that turn parks and streets into popular entertainment haunts. These include the one-of-a-kind Spruce Street Harbor Park, which provides visitors with games, food stalls, floating beer gardens and transforms into an oasis with over 50 hammocks to relax in during the summer.
Marvel at Philadelphia’s Outdoor Art Gallery
Stroll through Philadelphia to see sculptures, architecture, mosaics, and over 4,000 murals as well as unofficial street art, including elaborate yarn installations and Toynbee tiles inserted in certain stretches of sidewalk. Some of the city’s works – including the statue of fictional hometown boxer Rocky and Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture – are well known. But there are thousands more pieces to admire, thanks to an investment that Philadelphia has made in making art available for all to access.
Explore Scenic Biking and Hiking Trails
Philadelphia’s park system spans over 10,000 acres and has more than 270 miles of recreation trails, offering numerous outdoor adventures. Active travellers can hike and bike around the 2,000 acres of Fairmount Park whilst exploring its lawns and winding streets leading to house museums, statues, and even a Japanese teahouse. Visitors to the city can also stroll along Race Street Pier, the recently opened Rail Park, and the Schuylkill River Trail, which offers spectacular waterfront views of the city’s skyline.
For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website, www.discoverPHL.com
Photo Captions (From Left to Right):
Image 1: Philadelphia is home to urban oases of nature which come alive all year round. Photo by M. Smith for Friends of The Rail Park.
Image 2: Philadelphia’s outdoor art gallery includes the Sanctuary Mural by James Burns. Photo by S. Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia.
Image 3: Visitors can hike or bike Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Photo by P. Loftland for PHLCVB.
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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.