What's going on this Fall in Philadelphia

September 4, 2020
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So many free places and fall foliage. Philly was designed for outdoors and began creating parks as early as 1844...and there's no better place to see Fall Foliage (urban areas anywhoo). The Poconos of course is stunning, but head down to Boathouse Row in the Fall for FREE to be completely blown away.

In Fairmount Park alone, there's 300 plus neighborhood parks, rec centers and playgrounds.

I'm talking:  166 miles of trails and 40 historical sites. 

                    60 community gardens, farms and orchards.

                    3 environmental education centers.

                    600 plus baseball, softball, football and soccer fields.

                    

Head over to http://www.phila.gov to see them all!

 

Fairmount Park, Wissahickon Trail, Schuykill Trail and Pennypack Park are the best known in Philly but there's some amazing gems in Chestnut Hill (which is still Philly) like Valley Green and if you've never been to Morris Aboretum, I would highly recommend that. 

P.S. - Martin Luther King Drive is typically closed on weekends so people can be out and about, running, cycling and enjoying the natural beauty of Fairmount Park. 

 

A real gem is Smith Memorial Arch just near the Please Touch Museum...it was built on the former grounds of the 1876 Centennial Exposition and serves as a gateway to West Philadelphia. You should really visit...when you sit on the benches they're rounded and the acoustics are such that you talk into the wall of the bench and your voice carries all the way to the other side...even if you whisper. It's very cool.

And, of course, Spruce Street Harbour Park and Penn's Landing are great options, now with snacks, hammocks etc...Mask Up of course and enjoy a breeze coming off the Delaware River. You can see the Battleship NJ, Moshulu, etc.

 

​Now, let's head out to Montgomery County:

There is boating, fishing, walking, jogging, cycling, craft marketplaces and more. Most of these parks do have a facebook page...that's a great place to track events and Montco has it's own Parks and Rec department. Farmers Markets are typically set up on Saturday mornings and they're great family fun! 

There is even Central Perkiomen Vally Park In beautiful Schwenksville (where Folk Fest is every year), just make sure to call ahead to make sure they're open at 610-287-6970.

For more information, you can even give them a call:

Green Lane Park: 215-234-4528

 

Norristown Farm Park on Upper Farm Road: 610-270-0215

 

Lorimer Park in Huntington Valley: 215-947-3477

 

Upper Schuykill Valley Park in Royersford, PA: 610-948-5170

 

Just a couple of free parks you can visit and they will, of course, showcase our Fall Foliage with the best of them:

Valley Forge National Historic Park

Delaware Canal State Park

Ridley Creek State Park

Core Creek Park (hike, bike, horse back riding, fishing and kayaking)

Ringing Rocks Park (interesting and strange outdoor phenomena)

 

Delaware County includes:

Ridley Creek State Park is in Delco and there's 5 more parks to enjoy as well. There's Chester Creek, Rose Tree Park, a personal fav...Glen Providence Park, Smedley and Upland. Plus, don't forget the dogs...Kent Dog Park is a scenic 10-acre stretch of green that runs along Darby Creek under the historic Lindbergh Bridge. It also offers, hiking, fishing and a picnic pavilion with a playground, along with a fenced-in dog park.

 

There are some requirements for picnics so make sure to check them out before heading out: 

http://www.delcopa.gov