Soak up the sun at Philly parks

Boathouse row in Philadelphia
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This summer has certainly been different in the City of Brotherly Love—for many, bikinis and barbecues have been replaced with masks and hand sanitizer—but that doesn’t mean Philadelphians can’t still enjoy some summertime adventures.

Philly is home to incredible parks and outdoor spaces that allow people a chance to explore an outdoor oasis right in their own backyard. It’s also a perfect opportunity to venture out of the house while still staying safe and practicing social distancing. 

Here are some of the best outdoor spaces to check out this summer:

Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in the city—home to more than 2,000 acres of greenery including miles of trails, woodlands and waterfronts. There is also public art scattered throughout the park, and local gems like the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Fairmount Water Works and Boathouse Row. 

Washington Square

Washington Square is a perfect combination of city and nature. It’s tree-lined pathways have benches and plenty of green space to set up a picnic and relax, while still being located just steps away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The park is also a perfect destination for history buffs—it’s one of William Penn’s five established squares.   

Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley Park is probably best known for its incredible hiking trails, but is also a haven for local climbers and horseback riders. It spans 1,800 acres and is home to Philadelphia’s last covered bridge. The scenic forests surrounding the Wissahickon Creek also provide adventurous Philadelphians a perfect spot to stay cool on hot and humid days. 

FDR Park

South Philly’s FDR Park is a perfect place to observe wildlife, especially for those who enjoy bird-watching—there have been 205 species cited in the park. There is also an abundance of hiking trails, fishing spots and plenty of greenery.  

Penn Treaty Park

With a beautiful waterfront view and plenty of space to spread out, Penn Treaty Park is easily one of the most popular destinations in the city. The park is usually home to numerous festivals during the summer season—all of which have been canceled due to the current pandemic—but that hasn’t stopped neighbors from strolling through the space with their dogs, enjoying picnics and tossing frisbees. 

Clark Park

Located on Baltimore Avenue in West Philly, Clark Park is a neighborhood treasure. Its nine acres house woodlands, playgrounds, a basketball court and amphitheatre. The historical park, established in 1895, gives neighbors a place to enjoy the summer while still staying cool thanks to the many massive trees. 

Benjamin Rush State Park

Benjamin Rush State Park is Philadelphia’s only official state park, and it does not disappoint. It’s home to miles of hiking and biking trails and a massive community garden. There is also a specific area dedicated to flying model airplanes. Located in Northeast Philly, the park has vast woodlands and is home to an abundance of local wildlife.


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