Philadelphia Parks & Playgrounds
East Fairmount Park
Family Fun: Watch kids giggle going down the Giant Wooden Slide and enjoy more than 50 play structures or equipment at the popular SMITH The Kids’ Play Place in the Park, for ages 10 & younger. From there, take a short drive to the Woodford Mansion, which will intrigue kids with its old-fashioned toys, kitchen and furniture.
Trail Tip: This flat trail running along Wissahickon Creek offers scenic views and opportunities for kids to find wildlife. Look for colorful ducks and turtles, and listen for the Kingfisher bird that makes a distinct rattle noise. Along the way, stop at the Valley Green Inn or Cedars House Café for a quick snack or lunch.
Family Fun: One of the city’s five original squares, Franklin Square is a great spot to unwind after visiting nearby Independence Mall. Play on two playgrounds, ride the Liberty Carousel and enjoy a round of Philadelphia-themed mini golf. Get a photo by the big restored fountain and skip the packed lunch — instead, opt for Stephen Starr cuisine at the SquareBurger concession stand.
Pennypack Trail & Environmental Center
Trail Tip: Creekside trail runs about 7-8 miles. A new hiking trail also links the creek to the Delaware River.
Save the Date: Visit the nature center overlooking Pennypack Creek on the first Saturday of the month. Open houses on these days feature nature activities for families. Otherwise, call ahead before visiting.
West Fairmount Park
Trail Tip/Family Fun: Family attractions are within comfortable biking distance (or a short drive) — the Please Touch Museum, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden and Cedar Grove and Sweetbriar Mansion historic houses.
Wissahickon Environmental Center
Family Fun: Located within the northwest section of Fairmount Park, the nature center — also known as the "Tree House" — features a native fish aquarium, a floor-to-ceiling mural of local wildlife, a bird-feeding area and children's activity center.
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