Green Spaces in the Big City
Plan a kid-friendly day in one of Philadelphia’s green spaces. Here are the top parks to visit for some fun in the sun.
- Fairmount Park: Don’t miss West Fairmount Park, part of the more than 10,000 acres that make up the Fairmount Park System, just a 15 minute drive from Center City. Opening in spring 2013, KidZooU is a must-see for families. Part of the Philadelphia Zoo, this zone promotes conservation while being a fun and interactive place for kids to explore. Get the kids involved at the fun Please Touch Museum, where they’ll love the interactive exhibits and activities.
- Sister Cities: Located in Logan Square in Center City, this urban oasis has all you’ll need for an afternoon of adventure or relaxation. Kiddos will love the Discovery Garden where they can explore the paths and climb a kid-size mountain. Rent a model sailboat (or take your own) for an impromptu race or quiet sail on the Boat Pond. There is also a cafe on site (where parents can sip their lattes while supervising) and a fountain with 10 jets representing Philadelphia’s 10 sister cities around the world.
- Free Play on the Parkway: Found in the Parkway Museums district, this pop-up park is the perfect place to let the kids run loose. The park boasts a huge octagonal sandbox, a ping-pong table and Imagination Building Blocks kids can play with while parents watch from the surrounding bistro tables. During the summer, families can enjoy yoga in the park or play chess at one of the tables, plus there are a number of free and open arts and science events hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
- Franklin Square: Sitting at the corner of 6th and Race streets Franklin Square is one of William Penn’s original city squares. This quasi-amusement-park-in-the-city has a Philadelphia-themed 18-hole miniature golf course, a carousel and a storytelling bench, all surrounding a stunning marble fountain. For lunch, stop into SquareBurger restaurant for good ol’ American fare and its famous milkshakes. Its Cake Shake (made with Philadelphia favorite tastykakes) is a must-try.
- Morris Arboretum: Located just 30-minute outside of Center City, the creek, wetlands, woods and meadows in this park offer a great opportunity to take in nature on a stroll or spend time birdwatching. Kids will love the Garden Railway that showcases a mini train running through miniature world-famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower, all built with natural materials such as twigs and flowers. Don’t miss the Out on a Limb adventure, a 450-foot-long walkway towering 50 feet above the gardens.