Don’t have a lot of money but you want to get out of the house? See nature? Have fun? Go on a walk? Have a picnic? Let’s check out the best parks in Philadelphia. This city is known for its cheesesteaks and the Liberty Bell, however, there are also some gems of nature in this city and you’ll be happy to visit them all.
This park is the west-facing front yard of City Hall itself and brings a touch of nature in the midst of modern hustle and bustle. Trees and benches abound, and two cafes are sure to please when the kids work up a hunger playing in the grass. A programmable fountain is a focal point of the park, and it also becomes an ice rink in the winter. Be sure to check back to see when you might be able to go skating come winter!
This park is 7.5 acres of green everywhere you look and boasts a carousel, a food stand, playgrounds dotted here and there, as well as a Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course. Franklin Square is also home to one of the country’s oldest fountains, and here the city puts on special seasonal water and light shows depending on whether it’s day or night. You’ll have to check back to see what shows and events they have planned while you’re in the park.
Logan Square used to be a public square but is now four parks all merged into one. The center of the park is the Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan’s Circle. Alexander Calder designed the fountain, born and raised in Philly, and he designed it to represent the waterways of the region, namely the Delaware, the Wissahickon, and the Schuylkill. You’ll have fun discovering the Children’s Discovery Garden, a café, a boat pond, yet another fountain, the Shakespeare Memorial and statues to commemorate World War I and soldiers from all wars.
This park is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier and is now surrounded by residences on all sides. This area of town used to be nothing more than grazing pasture in the 1600’s, but soon became a burial ground for African Americans, victims of the yellow fever pandemic, and Revolutionary War soldiers. Now, however, this park is used for recreation and is a staple if you happen to be on a tour of the city.
If you want to get out a little way from the urban jungle, come and visit Fairmount Park, a 2,000-acre park which offers 43 sculptures to enjoy, miles upon miles of walking trails, two different performing arts centers, the Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens, as well as the Philadelphia Zoo. If you’d like to get some glorious views of the Philadelphia skyline, be sure to head to Belmont Plateau. You’ll have a great time exploring all the parks of this beloved and historical city!
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