Outdoor Endeavors

Come see the site of America’s first botanical garden and commercial nursery. This 18th century homestead has hosted George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, among others. Embark on the river trail. Take a tour of the John Bartram House. Hike the 1.5 acre wetland. Launch a boat, kayak or a canoe into the Lower Schuylkill River from the base of the meadow.

Comprised of 63 regional and neighborhood parks, Fairmount Park is situated along the banks of the Schuylkill River. Bike, walk, run or rollerblade on more than 215 miles of trails. Canter along equestrian trails. Throw out the fishing line in a stream, creek or the river. Row along this busy stretch of river.

Established by an act of Congress to protect 200 acres of freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania, it is named in honor of the late senator who helped to protect the Tinicum Marsh. Photograph more than 280 species of birds, fox, muskrat, deer, turtles, fish, frogs and wildflowers. Bike the scenic trails. Fish clear streams. Hike serene meadows. Canoe placid waters.

Unwind in 92-acres of Victorian gardens at the Morris Arboretum. Stroll among the sculptures and fountains. Run through the wetlands. Inspect the intricacies of a miniature railroad in the garden. Relax among incredible tree species within the arboretum.

This park rests along the Schuylkill River. Practice your triple axel on the rink. Attend a concert. Cruise the river in your boat and then dock at marina. Jog along Walnut Plaza.

The 128-mile body of water gets its name from the Dutch, meaning “hidden river”. Look for birds along the river’s edge. Hike along Kittatiny Ridge. Mountain bike the Schuylkill River Trail. Intersect the Appalachian Trail. Access Locust Lake State Park or the Blue Marsh Recreation Area by canoe, kayak or boat.

Area Activities

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