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2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again: Our Green Spaces

Wissahickon Valley Park

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. See the full write up at Our Green Spaces. Read More »

Valley Green Road, Philadelphia, PA | 215-247-0417 | Website

2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again: Our Green Spaces

The Woodlands

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. See the full write up at Our Green Spaces. Read More »

4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-386-2181 | Website

2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again: Our Green Spaces

Ridley Creek State Park

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. See the full write up at Our Green Spaces. Read More »

(for GPS) 351 Gradyville Rd, Newtown Square, PA | 610-892-3900 | Website

2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again: Our Green Spaces

Peace Valley Park

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. See the full write up at Our Green Spaces. Read More »

264 Creek Road, Doylestown, PA | 215-822-8608 | Website

2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again: Our Green Spaces

Marsh Creek State Park

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. See the full write up at Our Green Spaces. Read More »

675 Park Road, Downington, PA | 610-458-5119 | Website

2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again: Our Green Spaces

Laurel Hill Cemetery

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. See the full write up at Our Green Spaces. Read More »

3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-228-8200 | Website

2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again: Our Green Spaces

John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. See the full write up at Our Green Spaces. Read More »

8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA | 215-365-3118 | Website

2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again: Our Green Spaces

Bartram’s Garden

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. See the full write up at Our Green Spaces. Read More »

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

2020 Best Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again

Our Green Spaces

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy: You can practice archery or bird-watch at the John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge; search for what are believed to be the city’s oldest and most historic trees at Bartram’s Garden; hunt for headstones at Laurel Hill Cemetery or the Woodlands in Southwest Philadelphia; go boating at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County; rock-climb in Wissahickon Valley Park; and hike and bike in many of the region’s state parks, including Ridley Creek in Delaware County and Marsh Creek in Chester. When there’s little to do but so much happening, nature can help us feel grounded. Plus, getting out and about makes returning to Netflix — and your couch — that much more rewarding. Read More »

2019 Best Fun in Nature

The Discovery Center

This glorious new addition to East Fairmount Park has a gentle hiking path that winds around the placid Strawberry Mansion Reservoir, where more than 150 species of birds flutter. Read More »

3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA | 610-990-3431

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. Read More »

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

2016 Best Place to Fly Your Drone

Belmont Plateau

Forget those chintzy things you see at the mall kiosks. On weekends at the scenic hill in West Fairmount Park, enthusiasts fly serious drones — and fast. Wait, you don't own a drone yet? Here's where to buy one. Read More »

Army Road, Philadelphia, PA

2016 Best New Public Space

Cira Green

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 take in sweeping views of Center City and the Schuylkill while lounging in the lush runways of grass. Fifty bucks to the person who manages to not Instagram it. Read More »

80 South 30th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-397-1562 | Website

2016 Best Family Reunion Spot

Masons Mill Park

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 awesomeness. When you get bored, you can challenge Aunt Edna to tennis or cast a line with Uncle Ted in the fishing pond. Read More »

3500 Masons Mill Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA

2015 Best Urban Space Transformation

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center

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, with ongoing programming (flea markets, outdoor movie nights, pop-up play spaces). Read More »

7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-865-3583 | Website