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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Bartram’s Garden
Bartram’s Garden

(215) 729-5281

5400 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19143   Directions Website

Set aside some time to visit the oldest surviving botanical garden in the United States. Bartram’s Garden covers 46 acres in Fairmount Park, and is open to the public for free admission. Try taking a tour inside the historic garden area (the original 8-acre garden begun in 1728), the historic stone house, through the elaborate grove and the largest variety of North American plants in the world.

Fairmount Park
Fairmount Park

(215) 683-0203

Philadelphia, PA 19195

No matter where you are in Philadelphia, Fairmount Park is never too far away. This enormous park sprawls over 4,100 acres and has become the namesake for the entire municipal park system, all 9,200 acres spread throughout 63 public parks. No matter what your interests in the outdoors—hiking, biking, boating—Fairmount will meet all your needs.

Franklin Square
Franklin Square

(215) 629-4026

200 N 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19176   Directions Website

Planned by William Penn during the late 17th century, Franklin Square is one of the five original open-space parks in Philadelphia. According to local legend, this park is where Benjamin Franklin conducted his famous "kite and key" lightening experiment. This square is dedicated to outdoor fun, with a carousel, mini golf course, fountain and playground located on the premises.

Independence National Historical Park
Independence National Historical Park

(215) 965-2305

143 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106   Directions Website

The widespread Independence National Historical Park consists of several sites associated with the founding of the nation and the American Revolution. This large park contains several iconic monuments on its grounds, like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Visitors to this park can expect as much history as natural beauty when they stroll through its green grounds and enjoy being outdoors.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

(215) 365-3118

8601 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19153   Directions Website

Get the family to explore the beauty of nature when you go to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. Bond at one of the many family-friendly festivals hosted throughout the year or just spend some quality time walking along the trails, canoeing in the lagoon or trying to spot the natural wildlife.

Love Park
Love Park

(215) 686-1776

Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19102   Directions Website

Joggers, bikers and skaters will love Love Park, also known as the John F Kennedy Plaza. Famous for its large LOVE sculpture, Love Park brings together concrete and greenery in a harmonious outdoor marriage. This mixed-use urban park features a large single spout fountain, large granite walk areas and benches.

Morris Arboretum’s
Morris Arboretum’s

(215) 247-5777

100 E Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118   Directions Website

Explore the Morris Arboretum’s lush tree-lined paths and bright, colorful gardens. With more than 13,000 labeled plants representing over 2,500 different species, it is no surprise that the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. See horticulture from North America, Europe and Asia all together in one outdoor venue.

Penn’s Landing
Penn’s Landing

(215) 992-2386

101 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106   Directions Website

Take a walk along the waterfront at Penn’s Landing and you may find some of the best shows and entertainment in the city, from Screening Under the Stars to the Olympic-sized RiverRink. This landmark site provides a perfect music and festival venue that hosts several concerts and performances throughout the year.

Schuylkill River Park
Schuylkill River Park

(215) 309-5523

300 S 25th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103   Directions Website

Nestled along the Schuylkill River, the aptly named Schuylkill River Park provides a large municipal space for outdoor recreation. From the soccer fields, baseball diamond, tennis and basketball courts to the special section designated for dogs, this recreational center offers plenty of activities. Eventually, construction will connect this park to the popular Schuylkill River Trail.

Valley Forge National Historic Park
Valley Forge National Historic Park

(610) 783-1000

1400 N Outer Line Dr
King of Prussia, PA 19406   Directions Website

Whether you are into running, biking or picnicking, the Valley Forge National Historic Park has plenty of wide-open space for you to conduct your favorite activity. Once the Continental Army’s winter encampment, this site offers more than 3,600 acres filled with rolling hills, well-worn trails, nearby waterways and historical monuments, not to mention plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun.

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