Best Parks in Philadelphia


206 local Airbnb host recommends

Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th century in central Philadelphia. The park is widely consid... read more

The nicest area of Center City with tons of restaurants, coffee and shopping near the park/square. Parc is right on the square, is great French fare for brunch and has nice views. Nearby I like V... read more

Take some time to explore the shops along Walnut Street near the popular Rittenhouse Park. Visitors will appreciate the architecture, large array of shopping options, and the historic park. Paint... read more

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This is one of the newest gems in the city! They've revamped the area along the Schuylkill River into a recreational riverside green space, which stretches from 25th & Spruce to past the Philadelp... read more

The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a breathtaking, 2,000-foot-long pathway that extends the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust to South Street. The scenic path allows pedestrians, runners and bicycl... read more

Along the west bank of the Schuylkill River there is a trail that starts at South Street bridge (will extend soon to Christian street) and has a raised esplanade along the river and then the trail ... read more

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Clark Park draws dog owners, parents and foodies on Farmers Market days (Saturdays year round and Thursday afternoons April to November). Watch for flea markets, music and theater in the warm months.

This local favourite urban paradise is approximately 2 blocks wide and long. Lots of dog walkers, tightrope walkers, picnics, park games players (chess, bowls), and students reading books. Saturday... read more

Farmer's Market @ Clark Park (43rd St. & Baltimore Avenue) is open Saturdays, 10am-2pm (year-round) and Thursdays, 3pm-7pm (May-Wednesday, November 27) | Final Thursday market is scheduled for Wedn... read more

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Wissahickon Valley Park Trail (Forbidden Drive) follows the creek of the same name through the entire length of the park. The ominous sounding Forbidden Drive was so named because in the 1920s cars... read more

The most popular is hiking the trail (Forbidden Drive) that runs along the Wissahickon Creek for miles and miles (you’ll never do the entire trail). Dog friendly and a great way to spend a day if ... read more

If you really want to feel like you are away from the city and hike for a few hours, this is the place. 13 miles of hiking/ biking along the Wissahickon Creek. Park at the Valley Green Inn Restau... read more

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Washington Square

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$$· 210 W Washington Square·Map·Hours·Website·

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Washington Square, originally designated in 1682 as Southeast Square, is a 6.4 acres (2.6 ha) open-space park in Center City Philadelphia's southeast quadrant and one of the five original planned s... read more

A nice area for people watching as well. Quieter and smaller than Rittenhouse Square, if you like the peace with an occasional person passing by, this is a good spot. A 10min walk form my place

Washington Square is a 6.4 acres open-space park in Center City Philadelphia's southeast quadrant and one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city grid by William Penn

68 local Airbnb host recommends

Fairmount Park is vast, beautiful and filled with trails for hiking and biking. I recommend Forbidden Drive.

Fairmount Park is an enormous park with lots of different activities - biking, horseback riding, ultimate frisbee, and lots of places to relax and explore. You can take the Trolley across Girard A... read more

You can go for a walk in the park

Largest city park in the US, with lots of hiking trails, paved and gravel roads for biking, walking, running. Forbidden Drive is great for biking, great trails for mountain biking or hiking all al... read more

This is the largest park within city limits in the country. Enjoy miles of hiking, bike trails, boating, fishing, and general outdoor fun. This park runs along the river- straight through the cente... read more

Check out the Japanese Tea House and Boathouse Row. One of the largest urban parks in the county. It's bigger than Central Park in New York City. Great seasonal events like marathons, Dragonboat... read more

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Penn Treaty Park

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1301 North Beach Street·Map·Hours·Website·

28 local Airbnb host recommends

Awesome park that's 1/2 mile away (9 minute walk). 7 acres of open green space, clean picnic areas, new playground equipment, and seasonal community events. Right on the Delaware River.

Bigger Park with nice view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. We often go on runs down here. Bring a blanket or hammock or beach chair down here to relax. There are often events happending down there o... read more

Dog Walking, great park, free parking (they ticket cars after 9pm). Stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and Camden. This is a big awesome park.

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Race Street Pier

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N Christopher Columbus Blvd·Map·Hours·Website·

25 local Airbnb host recommends

Our favorite park, it opened recently and features a new innovative design. Has great views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, very nice illumination that really comes through at dusk. (Old City)

FREE Daily Yoga on the waterfront pier: - Monday - Thursday at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. - Friday at 7 a.m. - Saturday & Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Stunning views of Ben Franklin Bridge. Its best to visit if you are already in Old City, but a walk from my house is not out of the question. It will probably take you about 40 minutes if you are ... read more

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FDR PARK

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1500 Pattison Avenue·Map·Website·

13 local Airbnb host recommends

Close to my house, great for a short walk. Has public tennis and a cheap golf course. Also a skate park is here for enthusiasts.

Looking for a pretty place to run besides the Wissahickon or Kelly Drive? Check out FDR Park! Though I don;t recommend the run from the house *to* FDR park, it's a short drive from the house and ha... read more

Larger Park with plenty of space to walk or ride your bike, ponds, tennis courts, baseball fields, and skate park.

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America's oldest living botanical garden features an 18th century farmstead, native plants, wildflower meadow, and wetland.

Historic home and arboretum of John Bartram who lived during colonial period. Nice place on the river for a picnic with gift shop and historical tours, and kayaking on the river sometimes. 15 minu... read more

Bartram's Garden is the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. Located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, it covers 46 acres and includes an historic botanical garden and arboretum.

69 local Airbnb host recommends

Fairmount Park is vast, beautiful and filled with trails for hiking and biking. I recommend Forbidden Drive.

Fairmount Park is an enormous park with lots of different activities - biking, horseback riding, ultimate frisbee, and lots of places to relax and explore. You can take the Trolley across Girard A... read more

You can go for a walk in the park

Largest city park in the US, with lots of hiking trails, paved and gravel roads for biking, walking, running. Forbidden Drive is great for biking, great trails for mountain biking or hiking all al... read more

This is the largest park within city limits in the country. Enjoy miles of hiking, bike trails, boating, fishing, and general outdoor fun. This park runs along the river- straight through the cente... read more

Check out the Japanese Tea House and Boathouse Row. One of the largest urban parks in the county. It's bigger than Central Park in New York City. Great seasonal events like marathons, Dragonboat... read more

12 local Airbnb host recommends

My favorite park in the area. With swings, and a jungle gym for the kids, a stage, a public garden, and plenty of room to picnic!

Best park in the area. All the locals bring kids here. The only park in Philadelphia where you can bring alcohol. Parents chat while kids explore.

Best playground in the area!!! Its about a 20 min walk from the house, but if you are going to the store, its very close to it, so you might as well enjoy it. They have picnic tables and also a st... read more

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For kids and adults, Dilworth Park is a just a big area with lots of fountains coming from the ground. Its beautiful, refreshing and so much fun. Bring your sunscreen and bathing suit. Lots of k... read more

In December, check out the Christmas Village and Ice Skating at Dilworth Park. There are craft vendors, artisans, food vendors and hot cocoa. In the summer, they screen free outdoor movies.

The best rink to go ice skating and grab a hot chocolate at the end of a long winter day...

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Girard Park

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2101 West Shunk Street·Map·

6 local Airbnb host recommends

Great park. Play equipment for the kids, baseball diamond, and basketball courts.

Great for the kids to run around

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Just beautiful for hiking,picnicking, & fishing all year round! Gorgeous creek runs through it!

There is great hiking anod fishing.

Good hiking and riding trails.

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This is a beautiful park for little kids! Also this is a great walking route to get over to the historical park area. Go down 3rd St., left on Pine and quick right onto the pedestrian only way here.

Great little kid park in a quiet neighborhood. It's quiet and tucked away between some small streets.

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Close by and good for reading a book, taking a walk, enjoying the farmer's market on Sundays, and a place for kids and pets to play

Down the street, lively, relaxing.

4 local Airbnb host recommends

This park has lovely walks, some along the Brandywine River. Get directions from the office to park on the other side of the river at Thompson's Bridge. There is a small fee in season, but it is be... read more

Large beautiful park with trails for walking and running. Also gives you access to Brandywine River. They host Cross Country meets for local high schools in the fall. Hilly and wooded areas. Beauif... read more

Beautiful wooded trails, most challenging cross country track in area and hiking along the scenic Brandywine River. Picnic tables available for a nature filled afternoon.

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NOTE: Air BnB has the wrong address. Just google Smith's Playground, its in West Philly. If you are wondering what to do with your kids... GO GO GO. Its $5 donation, the outdoor playground is mor... read more

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Beautiful views of the Brandywine River, walking and hiking trails

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One of the best views of Center City. Sit in your car at twilight and watch Downtown light up!

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Beautiful grounds and trails through woods. Within 5 minute walk from our home.

Part of the Swarthmore College campus, the Arboretum has old stalwart trees everywhere. Very nice afternoon there - an easy bike ride or train ride away.

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House rental includes free family pass to Chanticleer Gardens, one of the great gardens of the Philadelphia region.

Nowhere near Mt. Airy but if you are a gardener, it is a must-visit. MUST.

Garden buffs will adore this beautiful estate carefully manicured by horticulturalists who carefully curate a diverse patchwork of unique gardens.

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Brandywine Park

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1080 North Park Drive·Map·Website·

5 local Airbnb host recommends

Beautiful walking/jogging/biking path surrounds river.

A beautiful park with a storied (DuPont) gunpowder-producing history.

3 local Airbnb host recommends

Mostly paved Trail and fishing

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Seger Playground

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1020 Lombard Street·Map·

2 local Airbnb host recommends

Visit the site of the Paoli Massacre, where the British routed Anthony Wayne's troops on September 20, 1777

Historic Site of the Paoli Massacre. A little out of the way, but important in the War of Independence.

5 local Airbnb host recommends

Tennis courts, soccer and more. Great place to go for a walk or just let kids run around.

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The 126-acre Willisbrook Preserve which Beams Bliss abuts includes more than 20 acres of the Sugartown Serpentine Barrens, a rare ecosystem. These barrens support a diverse variety of plants, inclu... read more