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Philadelphia Offers Top Outdoor Options for Getting Active or Relaxing

With the largest city-owned urban park system in the world, Philadelphia is among the greenest cities in the nation and home to seemingly endless trails, riverfronts, parks and outdoor opportunities.

Intimate, tree-lined city streets lead to signature parks that define each of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The parks offer a space to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, providing an oasis to relax, eat, play and stroll.

Walk north on the Schuykill River Trail for views of cultural landmarks, including the internationally renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation and Rodin Museum. The path will take you by picturesque Boathouse Row, where collegiate teams compete on the river. For a scenic day trip, take a ride and explore nearby Valley Forge National Historical Park or experience Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s premier horticultural showcases.

Discover all of the opportunities to enjoy the fresh air in Philadelphia. Learn more below about the city’s trails, seasonal parks, bicycle itineraries, beer gardens, green meetings and so much more.

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Things to See Outside in Philadelphia

From historic homes to parks and scenic trails, we’ve collected a few key parks, historic sites, and other outdoor experiences to seek out during your visit to Philadelphia.


City Hall Tower Tour. Photo by M. Edlow for Independence Visitor Center.

Discover the Best Views of Philadelphia

Whether you’re searching for the perfect vantage point for sunrise or sunset, or if you just want to survey the Philadelphia landscape from high above the city, consider these attractions, restaurants, and public spaces, each of which offers their own memorable view of the City of Brotherly Love.


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