When outsiders think of Philadelphia, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, or maybe even the steps from Rocky may come to mind. They picture a big city where they can eat philly cheese steaks and visit the oldest indoor farmer’s market in the US.
What most people don’t know is that Philadelphia has one of the best park systems in the US, with over 10,000 acres of parks. With 95 percent of residents having a park within a 10-minute walk, the park system enhances the quality of life for everyone in the city. Philadelphia’s parks are imbued with history, ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Industrial Age, and continue to preserve the region’s natural beauty with their lakes, creeks, flora, and fauna.
Here’s a sampling of parks in and around the City of Brotherly Love to visit on your next trip.