Philadelphia, PA - Philly's Parks and Public Spaces are a great place to take the family and enjoy what the city life has to offer. From fun year round events at Dilworth Park at City Hall to a fun game of minature golf at Franklin Square. Philadelphia's parks have something for everyone to enjoy, listed below are of few of the city's well known family fun parks.
- City Hall’s recently refurbished front yard, Dilworth Park boasts tree-lined fountains (splashing encouraged) in warm weather and an ice skating rink in winter. Year-round movies, festivals, a cozy Cuban cafe and great access to public transit have revived the very center of Center City. 15th & Market Streets, (215) 482-9565.
- Endless trails, an enormous public pool, historic houses and a Japanese garden are among the pleasant surprises that await explorers of Fairmount Park, one of the nation’s largest urban parks, stretching from Boathouse Row to West Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, Chestnut Hill and Northeast Philadelphia.
- One of William Penn’s original five squares, Franklin Square is a modern and fun family park, with a Philly-themed miniature golf course, a restored marble fountain, two playgrounds and an old-fashioned carousel featuring some famous Philly horses. When hunger strikes, SquareBurger delivers with burgers, fries and Cake Shakes. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026.
- In summer, an alfresco hangout pops up in The Oval, a once little-used parking lot at the edge of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Though the programming changes year to year, reliable fun includes mega-sized games to play, visits from food and retail trucks, plus arts festivals and family parties. 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
- The Benjamin Franklin Bridge towers above Race Street Pier, a finger pier reinvented as a multi-use, two-level recreational space now used for picnicking, yoga classes, concerts, fireworks-watching and simply catching the Delaware River breeze. Columbus Boulevard & Race Street, (215) 629-3200.
- To wee water fans, the pebble-bottom wading pool sheltered by a landscaped hill and randomly spouting fountains makes Sister Cities Park a summertime paradise. To the fans’ caretakers, the lifeguard, cafe and kiosk that sells plastic boats, swim diapers, sunscreen and other essentials is just as great. 18th Street & Logan Square, (215) 440-5500.
- Penn’s Landing doubles down on riverside fun with seasonal pop-ups, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. The former, with tree-slung hammocks, cargo container arcades and concessions, misting palm trees and planted barges (with bars) was an instant hit during its 2014 summer debut. The latter warms up winter with a skating rink, fire pits, indoor games, cozy couches and hot drinks. Spruce Street Harbor Park, Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street; Winterfest, Columbus Boulevard & Walnut Street, (215) 629-3200.
- The eco-friendly arts and community center that has transformed Manayunk’s formerly vacant Venice Island is a study in city-and-citizen cooperation. But kids don’t know that. They just want to go to children’s theater, dash through the water park and play a game of basketball or volleyball. Main Street & Cotton Street, (215) 482-9565.