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2021 Best Thing We Hope They Bring Back to Dilworth Park

Rothman Roller Rink

Sure, the wintertime ice-skating at Dilworth is great and all, but we simply loved the retro roller rink that debuted this spring. It closed in July, but we’re hoping for an encore this fall. Read More »

One South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA

2021 Best New Way to Run Through Philly

Rundiscover

If you’re in a running rut and in need of views other than the Schuylkill River Trail, this virtual running challenge sneaks your routes through some of the area’s hidden gems — Wissahickon Valley Park, historic Valley Forge, the streets of West Philadelphia, and Brandywine Creek State Park. Read More »

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2021 Best Obstacle Course

Treetop Quest Philly Treetop Obstacle Course

Hidden in the trees of Fairmount Park less than half a mile from the horse stables, this rope and zip-line course ranges from gentle and chill to downright treacherous and terrifying — especially from 60 feet in the air. Read More »

51 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, PA Website

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—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

Winterfest

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—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 »

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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 »

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