Since the city was founded, parks have been a big part of the Philadelphia landscape. There are many incredible parks around the city that offer a lot to any visitor. It is important to know what parks you can visit and what they have to offer to ensure that you find the right place to relax and enjoy the city.
With a size of 2,050 acres, Fairmount Park is the largest in the city and can be accessed from multiple points throughout the city. This park is great for people who like walking as it offers more than 50 miles of dedicated trails. There are also 43 sculptures to view as well as the Philadelphia Zoo, two performing arts centers, historic mansions and the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. If you are looking for skyline views, this park also has this, but you will need to head to the Belmont Plateau.
Rittenhouse Square is a fairly small park, and many people consider it to be more of a town square. This is one of the city’s most popular parks and is only a square block in size. The park is popular with all people from families to sunbathers to dog owners. The park is also the location for fairs, festivals, farmer’s markets and more.
Schuylkill Banks And River Trail
If you want to relax by the water while you are in the park, you should head to Schuylkill Bank. The park spans 8 miles of riverfront and is located in the heart of the city. The park also links the river with the western edge of the city which makes it a great way to get to some of the city’s most important attractions.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
It is important to note that the Spruce Street Harbor Park is a seasonal park and you can only visit it during the spring. However, during this time it is one of the best parks to visit in the city. The park is known for the colorful light and tree-slung hammocks which allow you to enjoy your time there day or night. There is also a beer garden and a range of food options available around the park. The park is close to the Philadelphia yoga teacher training yoga studio in center city.
Dilworth Park was only created in 2014 when the western front yard of City Hall was transformed into a multi-use park. The park has tree groves, cafes, and areas for outdoor performances. One of the main attractions of the park is the fountain which is fully programmable and a great place for children to play the warm months. During the winter months, there is an ice rink in the park which brings in a lot of skaters.
Cira Green is an elevated park which was opened in 2015. The park is located 95 feet above the street and offers amazing skyline views. The park uses a range of green roof and stormwater management to ensure that the park does not negatively impact the environment.