The 10 Best Parks in Philadelphia

Originally published in Trip Savvy

The city of Philadelphia boasts a large number of parks situated throughout its many neighborhoods. These parks are all unique destinations and range from sprawling areas, with plenty of wooded areas and scenic trails, to compact downtown spots that take up the space of a city block. Whether urban and busy, or rural and somewhat secluded, these parks are all scenic, interesting, and fun places to visit.

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, USA

You’ll find the lively and picturesque Rittenhouse Square park in the middle of the city’s posh center city neighborhood of the same name. As you meander around the paved diagonal and circular walkways, you’ll admire trees, flowers, plants, and plenty of green, grassy spaces for sunbathing. There are also several beautiful fountains and sculptures here. In the warmer weather, be sure to snag a spot on one of the many benches that line the pathways—you’ll find it’s a great place to enjoy a snack, read a book, or people-watch.

Valley Forge National Park

1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, PA 19406, USA
PHONE +1 610-783-1077 WEB Visit website

Just outside of Philadelphia is the historic Valley Forge National Historical Park, filled with many fascinating sites associated with the Revolutionary War. It’s famous for being General George Washington and the Continental Army’s base during the legendary winter of 1777. This park is lovely—with rolling hills, wooded areas, and sprawling meadows. It attracts over a million visitors annually with many monuments, historical sites, and nearly 30 miles of picturesque trails. You can book a tour in advance or do a self-guided visit to this must-see destination.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
PHONE +1 215-922-2386 WEB Visit website

If relaxing along the river sounds like an idyllic way to spend the day (or evening), check out Philadelphia’s Spruce Street Harbor Park in the summer. Situated on the Delaware River in Philadelphia’s scenic Penn’s Landing area, Spruce Street Harbor Park offers great views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the city skyline. The park is known for over 50 colorful hammocks, floating gardens, and a boardwalk along the riverfront (and plenty of things to do, too!). Visitors to this breezy and laid-back destination can also enjoy some casual fare and beverages at the on-site café.



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