The park systems in and around Philadelphia also houses many of the city’s most iconic landmarks and historic institutions like The Barnes Foundation, Please Touch Museum, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The well-maintained trail systems are also built around green spaces, often snaking their ways around rivers, calming streams, piers, business and shopping districts. Therefore, you are a short walk away from attractions like Spruce Street Harbor Park, Race Street Pier, Longwood Gardens or Valley Forge National Historical Park.
1. Wissahickon Valley ParkValley Green Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128
As vast as the park is, it gives off the feeling that it aims to simplify all complexities of the modern world. With more than 2,000 acres of park space, which includes the Wissahickon Creek flowing in from Schuylkill River, its 57-mile of serene wild, untouched landscape and its 1,800-acre gorge serves as a respite for people who simply needs to connect with nature. The trail leads hikers and runners into the depths of forests and meadows. You can even take a drive along the gravel road that sits along the calming creek, or hike your way up the more challenging off-road cycling and hiking areas. Armed with a camera or smartphone, be on the lookout for local wildlife like chickadees, titmice, doves, wrens, blue jays, woodpeckers and owls. Thanks to its healthy population of birds, it is an important birding area as designated by the National Audubon Society.
What to expect:-
- A popular hiking spot with the locals
- Well-maintained, marked trails
- A magical experience at the forbidden drive trail
- Lets you connect with nature
- Has an ice-cream bar
- Perfect for picnics
- Just a short drive from downtown Philly
- A great green space for birdwatchers and fishing enthusiasts
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