Fairmount Park
Fairmount Park
4.5
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One of the world's largest municipal parks, a sprawling 9,200 acres contains several million trees and America's oldest zoo.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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daisyferret1
Bear, DE27,260 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
We stopped by the Water Works and Fairmount park while we were in Philly for the day. They do have some on-site parking in small parking lots. There is also some limited parking in front of Boat House Row. While we were there, there was a pop-up beer garden set up in the grassy area. It was sectioned off and appeared to require an admission fee. Several people were seen sunbathing in the grassy areas. We just walked around the "boardwalk" and the Water Works areas. We also ventured around the pathways that went beside and up to the Philadelphia Art Museum. There is even a set of spiral stairs that lead down to the edge of the river. There is a nice view from the gazebo that overlooks the park up by the art museum.

Overall, I thought this was a nice park. However, we did come across some litter strewn about the park, some broken glass and some feces on the metal spiral staircase. I do NOT want to guess if it was human or animal. There seemed to be quite a few homeless people hanging around the area as well. This could be a beautiful park IF it were kept clean. Also, I'm not sure why, but ALL of the fountains in the park were drained and empty. This detracted from the beauty of the statues and fountains.

Note: There were some restrooms that appeared to be open to the public in addition to WHEEL Fun rentals (bikes and surrey rentals) and a Cosmic Cafe next to Boat House Row and Fairmount Park.
Written 16 November 2020
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Margie D
York, PA1,780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
On the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this park is over 2,000 acres! It is divided by the Schuylkill River. Many beautiful trails are throughout for hiking and bike riding. We went to see Thomas Mill Covered Bridge, the only covered bridge left in a major city. Built in 1855, it spans Wissahickon Creek, 86 feet. Howe truss design
Written 7 August 2021
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David G
Bluffton, SC537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
A really beautiful and walkable park to visit in Philadelphia. Greatly underutilized on a summer day. Walkers, bicyclists, joggers, families, seniors all visit.Can even see a painter or two working on a landscape..
Written 3 August 2021
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1WorldTrotter
Philadelphia, PA57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I would NOT recommend spending any time in this park, outside of maybe ?.? some of its buildings available for tour. Other than that, you are literally taking your own life into your hands going into this park (I have lived on its border for years). It is beautiful, and there is one spot where the view of downtown Philly is jaw dropping. But, it is not worth the danger. If you are into being assaulted, raped, or murdered, this is the best place to go. I would know - a colleague of mine was raped and murdered in broad day light in this place! The natural beauty and wonderful plant-life also provides a refuge for the monsters that lurk within (and I am not talking about the fauna). If you go, best would be to not go alone (although couples have been assaulted and raped too), and do not wear headphones - be alert at all times. But, is it really worth it? In my opinion, no. If you want to tour the buildings, drive to them (do not walk), and park close by.
Written 12 January 2012
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fairmount Park has more to do and see than just trees. I am a fan of running trails, doing some backpacking in Wissahickon, and especially of rowing on the Schulkyll. Some who live in or near the city bring horses to some of the trails, and bikers love it too. There are historic houses, museums, and Boathouse Row all in one park. You can run or even drive to sections of the city that don't even feel like city, with the park all around. The Japanese House and the Gardens, Memorial Hall, Independence Hall are all impressive structures and features of the park and the pride of the city. If you read a recent article in Men's Fitness Magazine, you might have gotten a bad impression from their F+. However, they counted park names from a list, and did not count over 4,000 acres, or give regard to the wide array of options within the park. I love living in this city!
Written 12 June 2002
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booradley2
san diego213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
During a recent visit to Philadelphia I spent several hours of a blustery Saturday hiking in the scenic Wissahickon Creek section of Fairmount Park. And even though I got rained on (briefly), I had a great time. This part of the park is in a natural state---no basketball courts or pools or baseball fields. The creek flows through a steep, heavily forested gorge. Especially in its lower reaches, the Wissahickon is quite broad, wider than many of the bodies of water that are called rivers out West. Residential neighborhoods, some of them quite scenic in their own right, surround the park, but you barely see any trace of them when you're walking on the winding trails. It's like a trip to the country, in the city. I even enjoyed the drive to the park. To reach the parking area that I had chosen, I took Lincoln Dr. to Wissahickon Ave. This neighborhood is called Mt. Airy (or maybe it's Germantown, I'm not too sure about the neighborhood boundaries). Whatever it's called, it has some very impressive houses. For someone accustomed to the flimsy, boring stucco architecture of Southern California, northwestern Philadelphia was a revelation. Affluent folks in Philly seem to have an affinity for stone, as building material for houses, and I can see why---aside from their beauty, these homes look like they'll last for hundreds of years.
Written 5 November 2004
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Denali07
PA102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Family
I've lived near and visited Philadelphia all my life and recently read about the whispering benches here and visited them in the fall. You can read about them on a few websites but they are really amazing to experience. There are curved benches near the Smith Memorial Arch at one entrance on the Avenue of the Republic. It's easy to park for free right near them for a short time.
You and a friend sit at opposite ends of one of the benches and you whisper into the bench (the back side) and your friend will hear you as clearly as if he/she were standing in front of you.
I was so amazed by this that I had to write about it so others might experience it.
Written 16 February 2015
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Cherry_Wonderdog
New England4,688 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
Nice and green. Worth a stroll after the Museum of Art.
Written 18 April 2012
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Tablo
Philadelphia, PA22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I moved to Phila a few months ago and have fallen in love with the historic houses here in the park. Most are elegant country retreats built by the rising Phila mercantile class at the end of the 18th- beginning of the 19th century. Some are run by the Art Museum, others by the park itself or private philanthropic groups. Because of this, they are in different states of repair, and are each presented uniquely. My favorites are Lemon Hill, with its elegant oval drawing room and sweeping front staircase; Cedar Grove with its sturdy stone contruction and peek into very early America; Mt. Pleasant with its fantastic siting and amazing woodwork-wow!; and Sweetbriar, which I love the most for its understated grandeur- the Pompeii inspired drawing room is one of the most beautiful spaces in the city, with a delighful view over the Schuylkill. And if you're lucky, you'll get a tour there from a docent who tells the real story of how Fairmount Park came to be- and what was lost in the process.
Written 1 December 2007
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aquistbe
Philadelphia, PA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
This park has so many things to do that this review just covers one thing: be sure to go there and take advantage of at least one of the many attractions. There are so many things to do: river trail, Japanese gardens, mansions, playing fields, concerts, city views, lots of nature, playgrounds, etc. etc.
Written 21 December 2017
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