Best of Philly

Best Outdoor Activity

2019 Best New Race

Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon

The 300-meter swim takes place in Kelly Pool, while the nine-mile bike and 5K run weave through West Fairmount Park. All the views you know and love, taken in at manageable distances. Read More »

| 609-849-8908 | Website

2019 Best Place to Learn How to Skateboard

Skate the Foundry

If you’ve always thought the kids kick-flipping at Paine’s Park look really cool but worry that you’d break your neck, the answer is the four-week beginners’ course for adults at this rad indoor skatepark. From $78 including skateboard, pad and helmet loaners. Read More »

894 North 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-954-0750 | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—September

Cape May Point State Park

Real beach pros know to wait until after Labor Day. No crowds. No traffic. Start off with a hike — and a lighthouse climb — at the southernmost tip of New Jersey. Light House Avenue in Cape May Point. Read More »


2019 Best Outdoor Activity—October

Linvilla Orchards

You haven’t tasted an apple until you bite into one just seconds after you pick it off a tree. (Don’t forget to pay for it!) Bonus: a bonfire with s’mores. Read More »

137 West Knowlton Road, Media, PA | 610-876-7116 | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—November

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Awe-inspiring fall foliage. Plus: November marks the peak season for spotting many of the hawk, eagle, and other migratory raptor species that fly through. Read More »

1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA | 610-756-6000 | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—May

Bartram’s Garden

Admission is always free — and on Saturday mornings, the kayaking is, too. Read More »

5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA | 215-729-5281 | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—March

Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course

Who knew that one of the world’s earliest disc golf courses is right here in Fairmount Park? 33rd and Oxford streets. Read More »

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—June

South Bowl

So much more than bowling: SB recently debuted outdoor batting cages, shuffleboard, horseshoes and, because we’re in deep South Philly, bocce courts. Read More »

19 East Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-389-BOWL | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—July

Shakespeare in Clark Park

Thespians take over “the Bowl” section of Clark Park for several days of edgy but family-friendly (and free!) takes on the Bard. It’s a bring-a-lawn-chair-and-sneak-in-a-bottle-of-prosecco (or sixer of PBR) kind of affair. Chester Avenue and 43rd Street in University City. Read More »

| 215-764-5345 | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—January


Views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Delaware — plus winter cabanas for spiked hot cocoa warm-ups. Read More »

| 215-629-3218 | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—December

Longwood Gardens

Yes, there’s a huge holiday display inside the big greenhouse, but it’s outside — with zillions of Christmas lights painstakingly wrapped around each branch of a zillion trees, a garden railway and blazing fire pits — that gets us in the spirit. Read More »

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA | 610-388-1000 | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—August

Knoebels Amusement Park

The temp at this old-school, admission-free amusement park in the mountains (pierogies at the snack bar!) is always cooler than in Philly. Read More »

391 Knoebels Boulevard, Elysburg, PA | 800-487-4386 | Website

2019 Best Outdoor Activity—April

Grounds for Sculpture

The month that things really start to bloom at this one-of-a-kind outdoor sculpture museum in Jersey. Simply gorgeous. Read More »

80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ | 609-586-0616 | Website

2019 Best Man-Free Fun

Wanderfully Wild

Women hiking, kayaking and yoga-ing in the wilderness. Sometimes with wine. Name a better combination. Read More »


2019 Best Dirt Bike Track

Philly Pumptrack

If you haven’t been on a dirt bike in years, don’t worry; there’s a beginners-only section of this city-owned BMX-style bike track. There are also days set aside for kids five and under and “WTF” slots open only to those who identify as women, trans or femme. Cost: free, and they provide the bike and helmet. Parkside Avenue, next to the Parkside Evans playground. Read More »