Outdoor Life and Sports

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, a cycling race 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.

Named one of the world’s 10 best cities for parks by Frommer’s.

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 art than any other city.

Philadelphia has 205 miles of bicycle lanes. Philadelphia’s included in National Geographic Adventure’s list of 15 Best U.S. Hiking Cities.

Philadelphia is home to the world’s largest indoor flower show. Philadelphia is the #1 Most Sports-Crazed City in the U.S. according to Travel + Leisure.

Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park covers over 10% of the land in Philadelphia in 63 neighborhoods with over 215 miles of recreational trails.

“Nothing beats Philadelphia in the summertime.” —Will Smith, Actor, West Philadelphia born and raised

“I would eagerly await the warm weather so we could go for a ‘swim’ in the Logan Fountain.” —Ana Ortiz, Actress, ABC’s Ugly Betty

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