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Outdoor Activities & Recreation, Greater Philadelphia

For being one of the largest cities in the U.S., Philly sure has a lot of green space.

Parks, Gardens, & Trails

Philadelphia is known worldwide for its parks and outdoor recreation spaces. Head north from the Philadelphia Art Museum and you'll find Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, or check out the first urban wildlife refuge right next to the Philadelphia airport at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Explore the rich history of Philadelphia by taking a short drive up to Valley Forge, or search for the mosaics of glass, cement, and other found objects tucked away in the Magic Gardens on South Street.

Widener's very own 30-acre arboretum is just 5 minutes away!

Outdoor Activities

Philly is the east coast hot spot for outdoor attractions. Explore the United States' first zoo at the Philadelphia Zoo, or check out Adventure Aquarium – the only aquarium in the world with hippos! You can take a thrill ride on roller coasters at Hershey Park and Six Flags, enjoy the pleasure of picking your own fruit at one of our neighboring orchards, or experience year-round outdoor adventures at the Poconos.

Zoos & Aquariums

On the Water

Amusement & Water Parks

Farms & Orchards