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Address: Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone Number: 215-683-0200
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: One of the world's largest municipal parks, a sprawling 9,200 acres...
One of the world's largest municipal parks, a sprawling 9,200 acres contains several million trees and America's oldest zoo.
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Philly's Version of Central Park

A park in a city but bigger than Central Park. Summer is a great time to hang out here and observe the social interaction between different cultures. Beware thought at night it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A park in a city but bigger than Central Park. Summer is a great time to hang out here and observe the social interaction between different cultures. Beware thought at night it is not a time to be alone in this park like any other park in a big city when the lights go on be somewhere else safe inside.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

What a wonderful area this is, really lush and green and home to the lovely Lemon Hill Mansion, the Zoo and the Please Touch Me museum .A wonderful place to take a hike or to bring a picnic and spend a relaxing day outside. It is especially nice to be there when it is too warm in Phildelphia as this... More 

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Its a big park, but better care needs to be given to it. It was Mothers Day weekend so maybe the town/city should have mowed the grass. Some TLC is needed in this park

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Every time we are in Philadelphia we seem to take in some aspect or attraction of Fairmount Park. Often it's just for a walk, but this weekend it was to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival which is a two week event intending to celebrate the gift of cherry trees to Philadelphia by the country of Japan. The first celebration was... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The park was worth the side trip if already at that side of the city. If you are from a city you may appreciate the space more than someone from a more rural locale. I must admit we did not go deep into the park... no further than the boat houses.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A beautiful park which is under-utilized by most of Philadelphia's residents. I volunteer at the Centennial Gardens at the Horticultural Center. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has a garden nearby for pollinators and a new orchard. The Japanese Tea House is a must when Cherry trees are blooming. Mann Music Center for summer concerts. All of these are in West Fairmount... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I rented a bike near the boat houses and was able to bike through the park visiting 4 colonial era mansions and a Japanese house and garden. There were very few people this time of year and I was the only person touring 3 of the homes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

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... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Fairmount is a beautiful park in the Philly area. It's a great place to get away from everything. I highly recommend the trails. There are various lengths and difficulties for every hiker. I would not stay in this park terribly late, though, as lighting might be scarce. It is a pain in the butt to find parking here, though. The... More 

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Chappaqua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

After parking (free for up to 2-3 hours, depending on where) we walked along Kelly Drive and Boat House Row to the Art Museum, around the building, down and up the steps, etc. We've seen the inside many times and will probably return but didn't have time on this visit.

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