Best of Philly

Best Park

2017 Best Park

Clark Park

We’re pretty sure this is the only park in the city—make that in the region—that has theater events, punk rock concerts, foam sword-fighting meet-ups, two playgrounds, a giant green “bowl” for impromptu soccer games and stick-fetching, pétanque (it’s like French bocce), and an incredible farmers’ market that operates year-round.

South 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-686-1776 | Website

2016 Best Belmont Plateau

Belmont Plateau

Army Road, Philadelphia, PA Website

Forget those chintzy things you see at the mall kiosks. On weekends at the scenic hill in West Fairmount Park, enthusiasts fly serious drones — […] Read more »

2016 Best Cira Green

Cira Green

80 South 30th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Visit this new park, sandwiched between the two glass high-rises at Cira Centre South, for a thrilling, optimism-stoking panorama of Philadelphia. Eleven stories up, you’ll […] Read more »

2016 Best Masons Mill Park

Masons Mill Park

3500 Masons Mill Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA Website

If you have to go to a family reunion, at least angle to have it hosted it here, among 76 acres of recreational and picnicking […] Read more »

2015 Best Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center

7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

What began as a vital water management project on Manayunk’s canal is now also a new performing arts center, amphitheater, green space and play area, […] Read more »

2014 Best Clark Park

Clark Park

43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue Website

On sunny Saturdays, this nine-acre West Philly park turns into a scene from Game of Thrones if Game of Thrones were peopled with kids and […] Read more »

2014 Best John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA Website

The 350-acre freshwater tidal marsh nestled next to, yes, the airport is the only place in the world where you might catch a glimpse of […] Read more »

2013 Best Sister Cities

Sister Cities

18th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA Website

Water geysers! Green space! A cafe! The boat pond! Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron summed up this new park perfectly when she wrote: The transformation […] Read more »