The perfect day trip leads just outside the Philadelphia grid to this lush wonderland of greenery. Comprising 1,800 acres and 57 miles of trails, you can explore the wilderness for days at a time and still leave parts untouched. Follow the beginner-level gravel trails along the creek or venture up the surrounding mountains for a more challenging adventure. Stop at the historic Valley Green Inn if you need sustenance along the way and don’t forget to inquire about permits if you plan to picnic, off-road bike or horseback ride (and yes, these are all options!).
When the concrete jungle that is city living has you down, Philadelphia parks provide a welcome respite when a trip out of town just isn’t in the cards. Philadelphia parks can be found all around town and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes—from charming Center City oases to green spaces like Fairmount Park that are so expansive, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of a thriving metropolis. Philadelphia parks are an excellent option when you’re looking for worthwhile free things to do in Philadelphia, and they’re always a hit with out-of-towners looking to take in the very best of Philadelphia attractions.