Fairmount Park

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Fairmount Park

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Escape the city in Philly’s “backyard,” while you enjoy family activities and tours involving art, wildlife and historical sights.

The original Fairmount Park is an urban green space spread out over more than 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares). The broader park system surrounding the Schuylkill River is also referred to as Fairmount Park and is double in size. The dozens of big and small parks have millions of trees, hundreds of trails and a variety of waterways, sports grounds and gardens. You can drive through the park, touring top attractions, including the zoo, sculpture gardens and museums.

During the 1876 World’s Fair, the park gained international status when millions of people from around the world visited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The Memorial Hall is one of the few Centennial Expo buildings remaining today.

Rent a bike at Boathouse Row and enjoy a scenic cycle along Kelly Drive. Imitate Sylvester Stallone in his “Rocky” pose next to his statue or browse the art-filled rooms at the massive Philadelphia Museum of Art. While at the museum, ask about tours of the historic mansions within the park.

Enjoy the much-photographed view of the city, Schuylkill River and park from the Belmont Plateau on the west bank. The many different types of natural scenery within the park are particularly striking when autumn leaves or springtime cherry blossoms add color to the landscape. Keep an eye out for sculptures; there are more than 200 works of outdoor art on display among the trees.

If you love animals, be sure to visit the Philadelphia Zoo on the west bank of the river. In the nearby Please Touch Museum, younger children can play among the many hands-on exhibits. Toddlers and older kids alike will enjoy running, climbing and sliding at the Smith Memorial Playground, which includes an awesome playhouse. This space dedicated to fun, located on the east bank of the river, is the size of six football fields.

You can drive through many areas of Fairmount Park and there are picnic spots along the way. Beware that during the warmer months West River Drive is closed to cars to make room for cyclists and pedestrians. Before your visit, check the web site for special events taking place in the park; there are hundreds each year.

Fairmount Park is located in central Philadelphia. The park system is open daily, and free parking is available throughout the various attractions.

Top Hotels Close to Fairmount Park

Philly Inn & Suites
Philly Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
4444 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19131
The price is $130 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Philadelphia Zoo and Philadelphia Museum of ...
4/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Good"

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Philly Inn & Suites
Nirvana Escape
Nirvana Escape
Philadelphia, PA
The price is $165 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this apartment in Philadelphia. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Philadelphia Zoo and Philadelphia Museum of Art are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Worked well for us
"We spent a night in this rental and found it was a good fit for us. We don’t travel often so are not entirely familiar with rentals. I have to remember to ask more questions. Ex: I asked about bringing sheets & towels but didn’t think about bringing a bar of soap. Also what floor is the rental on? ..."

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - City Avenue
Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - City Avenue
3 out of 5
4200 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19131
The price is $194 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Philadelphia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and ...
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - City Avenue
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Lux Philly Studio across The Mann Center
Lux Philly Studio across The Mann Center
Philadelphia, PA
The price is $103 per night from May 30 to May 31
Lux Philly Studio across The Mann Center
Nirvana Escape
Nirvana Escape
Philadelphia, PA
The price is $165 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
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Philly Inn & Suites
Philly Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
4444 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19131
The price is $130 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Philly Inn & Suites
Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - City Avenue
Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - City Avenue
3 out of 5
4200 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19131
The price is $194 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - City Avenue
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4 out of 5
4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131
The price is $176 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
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★Entire  2nd FL Unit -3bd/2.5 bath in Wynnefield
★Entire 2nd FL Unit -3bd/2.5 bath in Wynnefield
Philadelphia, PA
★Entire 2nd FL Unit -3bd/2.5 bath in Wynnefield
Lovely, 2 Bedroom, 1 bath Apartment 10 mins from City Center
Lovely, 2 Bedroom, 1 bath Apartment 10 mins from City Center
Philadelphia, PA
Lovely, 2 Bedroom, 1 bath Apartment 10 mins from City Center
Walking distance to historical park, shopping, Mann Music. 5 min to I 76
Walking distance to historical park, shopping, Mann Music. 5 min to I 76
Philadelphia, PA
Walking distance to historical park, shopping, Mann Music. 5 min to I 76
Lux Philly Studio across The Mann Center
Lux Philly Studio across The Mann Center
Philadelphia, PA
The price is $104 per night from May 29 to May 30
Lux Philly Studio across The Mann Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.