The City of Brotherly Love is one of America’s leading destinations for foodies and culturalists, home to some of the country’s best restaurant scenes and art institutions. But locals know the importance of getting outside, and, since colonial days, have cherished the outdoors in various parks. Here are the best parks in Philadelphia.
Fairmount Park is the biggest municipal park in the city of Philadelphia, and it’s one of our favorite places to send travelers new to town. The massive, 2,000+ acre park is divided into East and West Park, both of which feature sprawling fields, walking trails, events and more.
Franklin Square is located in Philadelphia’s Center City area, a short distance from The Independent Hotel. It’s one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn in the late 1600s when he planned the city of Philadelphia. It’s home to a historic fountain, carousel, and a popular miniature golf course.
Penn Treaty is a seven-acre park set right along the Delaware River. Its attractions vary and include a great playground, picnic areas, and outdoor concert venues. Penn Treaty is located in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood, which is a destination rich with culture, including art galleries and other music venues.
Washington Square is another famous city park in Philadelphia, and its most recognizable attractions include a memorial to General George Washington and the unknown soldiers of the American Revolution. Another one of William Penn’s original parks, the historic square occupies six-plus acres in Center City’s southeast quadrant.
One of the most famous urban parks in America, Rittenhouse Square dates to the 1680s. The leafy park is a beloved gathering spot for Center City professionals, residents and visitors alike. In the 1800s, Philadelphia’s high society built fabulous townhomes in the surrounding neighborhood, which is still home to the city’s poshest addresses.
Clark Park is an exciting and large park located in West Philadelphia’s Spruce Hill neighborhood. You can find a number of unique events in Philadelphia here, including an annual birthday party for iconic writer Charles Dickens, 5K races, flea markets, fairs, and more.
Spruce Street Harbor is one of the best parks to visit in Philadelphia during the summer months. This urban beach park is located in the neighborhood of Penn’s Landing, and it’s home to a number of sport courts, gardens, hammocks, and annual events. Come here and walk the boardwalk if you’re visiting on a sunny day.
Love Park is a popular urban park that’s well known as being the home of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture. The park is also home to a geyser-like fountain, which is quite the site during sunny spring and summer days in Philadelphia. The park’s official name is John F. Kennedy Plaza.
Dilworth Park comes alive in the winter with its ice skating rink and Christmas lights, and then it stays alive in the summer with its popular splash fountain, outdoor cafe, and events like outdoor movie screenings. Dilworth Park is located along the west side of City Hall, also right here in the neighborhood of Center City.
The ten-geyser fountain at Sister Cities Park is a must-see here in Philadelphia. Beyond teh fountain, Cities Park is also home to a children’s discovery garden and a toy-boat pond, making it one of the best places to bring your kids during the spring and summer in Philadelphia.
This is one of the more spacious parks in Philadelphia. Wissahickon Valley Park features over 50 miles of trails that can be enjoyed by walkers, runners, bikers, and those who decide to take advantage of the park’s horseback riding opportunities. Fishers can also take advantage of a unique attraction here in a trout-stocked creek.
Planning a visit to the City of Brotherly Love? Check out The Independent Hotel’s blog for our favorite recommendations of what to see and experience in Philadelphia.