Outdoor Life + Sports

  • Nature
  • Beauty
  • Adventure
  • Healthy
  • Parks + Recreation

With the largest city-owned urban park system in the world, Philadelphia is the greenest city in America.

Endless adventure trails, riverfronts, bicycling and neighborhoods are woven through the city unlike anywhere in the U.S.

Picturesque Boathouse Row, where the universities’ teams compete on the river, sits below the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, lined with the internationally renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation and Rodin Museum. The river, parks and trails are vibrant with activity. Take a short drive to explore Valley Forge National Historical Park and observe the remarkable flora at Longwood Gardens.

With nine professional sports teams, four state-of-the-art arenas, numerous annual events, including the Philadelphia Marathon and regattas, and a community that loves a good game, Philadelphia is the country’s best city for taking in a sporting event.

City streets are tree-lined and surprisingly intimate, all leading to signature parks that define each neighborhood. Parks are safe, with activities part of the daily life of the people and families who come to relax, eat, play and stroll.

Passionate about preservation and a clean environment, Philadelphia leads the United States in a Green City culture.

“Nothing beats Philadelphia in the summertime.”

–Will Smith, Actor

West Philadelphia born and raised

A vignette from the inspiring video, PHL: Modern Renaissance City, celebrates the city's Outdoor Life and Sports. Discover Philadelphia. Discover PHL. An open source community asset, this video is directed by up-and-coming Philadelphia-based creators Pete Herron and Kris van Genderen for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sharing welcome.

Fairmount Park is a 10,000 acre park system made up of 63 individual parks that host 200 historic buildings.
USA Today rated Philadelphia as having one of the ten greatest sculpture gardens across the United States. The Fairmount Park Art Association initiated a public sculpture program in 1872 and now presents more public are than any other city.
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