Parks, Outdoor Recreation, and Sports
Whether you want to cheer for a professional team, play ultimate frisbee, run a race, take a leisurely walk, or people watch from a bench, Philadelphia has plenty of options. Just don't cheer against a Philadelphia team — Forbes ranks Phillies and Eagles fans as the "Meanest Fans in America."
Clark Park (43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue)
West Philly's giant green space; great for trees, games, Shakespeare, and LARPing. Learn more about Clark Park.
Rittenhouse Square (Walnut Street and 18th Street)
Center City's favorite park, a perfect example of urban greenery. Learn more about Rittenhouse Square.
Love Park (15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard)
Home of the famous LOVE sculpture so you can send a picture to your parents. Learn more about Love Park.
Franklin Square (Between 6th and 7th Streets and Race and Vine Streets)
How can a park with miniature golf, a carousel, a playground, sand sculptures, and a Stephen Starr burger shack with Cake Shakes get any better? Learn more about Franklin Square.
Penn's Landing (Chestnut Street along the Delaware River)
The spot for ice skating, festivals, fireworks, outdoor movies, and waterfront walks. Learn more about Penn's Landing.
A citywide park system made up of 63 neighborhood parks. Learn more about Fairmount Park.
Philadelphia Zoo (3400 W. Girard Avenue)
Animals galore: There are more than 300 different species and subspecies of animals at the Philadelphia Zoo. You can also enjoy rides like the Zooballoon, which rises 400 feet into the air for great views of the city. Learn more about the Philadelphia Zoo.
Adventure Aquarium (1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ)
Touch a shark, watch the penguins swim, ogle the deep sea creatures in the Jules Verne Gallery, and see a seal show. Learn more about the Adventure Aquarium.
The Jersey Shore
The actual place, as in the beach and all the beach towns along the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey, not the show. From Philly, going "down the shore" (prepositions are optional if you're a native Philadelphian) only takes about an hour. Learn more about the Jersey Shore.
Blue Cross RiverRink (Columbus Boulevard and Market Street)
Open during the winter months, the RiverRink offers outdoor ice skating. Bundle up! Learn more about the RiverRink.
Broad Street Run
On the first Sunday in May every year, over 30,000 participants run a 10-mile race down Broad Street from North Philly to the end of Broad Street in South Philly. Named one of the fastest 10-mile courses in the country, this has become a popular and iconic Philly run (and really difficult to register for). Learn more about the Broad Street Run.
In mid-November, Philadelphia hosts a weekend of races: an 8k, a half marathon, and a marathon. The marathon course is listed as one of the top 10 in the country because of the flat terrain and the cheering crowds as runners tour the city. Put on your running shoes or bring a cowbell to cheer. Learn more about the Philadelphia Marathon and related runs.
Philadelphia's football team, the Eagles play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field (1020 Pattison Avenue). Their colors are green, silver, and white; fans wear a lot of green.
Philadelphia's baseball team, the Phillies play their home games at Citizens Bank Park (1 Citizens Bank Way). Their colors are red, white, and blue; fans predominantly wear red (unless they're dressed up like the Phanatic).
Philadelphia's basketball team, the Sixers play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad Street). Their colors are blue, red, and white; fans wear blue or red.
Philadelphia's hockey team, the Flyers play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad Street). Their colors are orange and black; fans wear orange.
Philadelphia's soccer team, the Union play their homes games at PPL Park (1 Stadium Drive, Chester, PA). Their colors are navy blue and gold; fans wear navy or light blue.
Philly Roller Girls
Maybe they're not entirely professional, but the Philly Roller Girls mean business on roller skates. They have five different teams (Broad Street Butchers, Heavy Metal Hookers, the Philthy Britches, Independence Dolls, and the Liberty Belles), two of which travel. They play their home games at the Class of 1923 Arena (3130 Walnut Street) and the Liacouras Center (1776 N. Broad Street). Each team has their own colors.