UPDATED NOV 11, 2019
In Philly, we get the best of both worlds. We have the vibrant, buzzing cityscape mixed with beautiful, spacious greenery… if you know where to find it. Lucky for you, we know where to go. Here are our top finds for Philly's urban greenery.
It might only be a 1.25-acre green space, but trust us when we say that these views are unmatched in Philly. Head to the 11th floor for access through the parking garage, then marvel at the rooftop view before you. Extra points if you can spot The Cheesecake Factory. Fitt Tip: Over the summer, you might be able to catch an outdoor yoga class here.
Whether you want to swing in a hammock, eat ridiculous amounts of ice cream, or sip a cold beverage, Spruce Street Harbor Park in Old City is everyone’s favorite green space. It’s open in the summer, and you can even bring your dog if you need more convincing.
Referred to as the “Biopond” (which sounds more like a 1980s sci-fi film than anything else), this secret space on UPenn’s campus is the perfect oasis to get some headspace. Sometimes, you can even spot some turtles.
Consider this entry a prediction into the future. While the Reading Viaduct is currently underway, and not quite ready for public viewing, it will soon be Philly’s own High Line (a famed elevated park in NYC), and a great place for that morning run or afternoon walk.
The best thing about the Independence Gardens is that no one knows about them. Everyone is aware of Independence Hall, but these gardens remain a secret gem. Grab a coffee to-go at nearby Menagerie Coffee and sip it outside underneath the picturesque gazebo.
You might think you know Fairmount Park, but chances are you only know the half of it. This rock garden is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic, thanks to a pond and waterfalls. It’s the ideal spot to spend the day (and take some Instagram selfies).
Northeast Philly, where you at? Probably running around Benjamin Rush State Park. This 275-acre park features a community garden, bike paths, and hiking trails, so you’d have to really try to feel bored.
When we make our way to Fishtown, we always stop over to Penn Treaty Park to get back to nature (we usually grab a coffee from Milkcrate first, though). There are always adorable dogs playing fetch and a cool breeze from the Delaware River. Bring a hammock, and swing your cares away!
We can’t create a green space list without the addition of Fairmount Park as a whole. The 9,200 acres of hills, trails, and secret spots contain everything you need to take in the great outdoors. Whether it’s a free waterfront yoga class, a brisk three-mile run, or an invigorating bike ride, there’s no better place to get active.
Fun fact time! Bartram’s Garden in West Philly is the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America. But, you wouldn’t be able to tell—it doesn’t look a day over 20! Head here for beautiful flowers and riverside meadows. We won’t judge you if you start singing “The Sound of Music” soundtrack—you’re justified here.
This 1,300-acre park in Northeast Philly is like a snapshot in history. There’s horseback riding, hiking trails, and even a working farm. Run along Pennypack Creek and you might get lucky enough to see wild owls (No, we don’t mean the Temple University football team).