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Review of Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park
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Ranked #25 of 470 things to do in Philadelphia
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: One of the world's largest municipal parks, a sprawling 9,200 acres contains several million trees and America's oldest zoo.
Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had a cookout here and there was plenty of room to accommodate everyone! The only problem was there was no place to park and we had to walk a long way to get there.

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Often times we live so close to a local "Treasure" that we miss using it. Sometimes we uncover these "Hidden Treasures" and we are amazed that we let them go unused for so long. This is the way I feel about the East River Drive-West River Drive in Philly. (They are know as the Kelly Drive=East River Drive & The Martin Luther King Drive=West River Drive.) Promise Yourself that You will get there with Your Family or significant other and enjoy the Experience! Enjoy the Time. Take in the scenery, go for a bike ride, rollerblade a part or all of it or just go for a walk...that's what we do. Check out the markers, the monuments or run up the Art Museum steps like Rocky there's so much to see but Please, Don't rush! Enjoy the Time! The Drives are a great place to spend some quality time. You can choose the warm weather or a cold snap and have a Blast either way. My wife & I schedule this visit twice a year (in the spring & the fall) and do the whole distance...8.4 miles or so...and we are never disappointed. In fact, we finish the walk and start to anticipate our return trip.

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Lots, lots, lots of harmless homeless folks. Once you see the Love statue you are done and be ready to be disappointed. It has some graffiti on it so not everyone loved it.

There is a vistor station there that sells normal tshirts and tickets. Got a livingsocial coupon for 8.25 for 20 in souvenirs.

1  Thank saladdin69
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

I've made a few trips to Philly this summer and each time, I make time to go to Fairmont Park to walk, run, rollerblade, etc. I love how the park goes throughout various parts of the city, such as the Boathouse Row. You get to take in scenery and learn about another piece of Philadelphia history.

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. It occupies some 9,600 acres and is comprised of a system of 63 parks. Part of the system of parks is Fairmount Park (proper), which was begun by Robert Morris, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence; it originally began at his residence at Lemon Hill. There is a number of historical homes that are well-maintained and open to the public. Included in the park also is the Centennial Hall, built to celebrate the country's completion of its first century in 1876. Fairmount park also includes the country's oldest zoo, The Philadelphia Zoo; its oldest botanical garden; a famous waterworks; two river drives on each side of the Schyulkill River; two musical venues, the Mann Music Center and the Robin Hood Dell; Historic Boathouse Row; innumerable sculptures; and a collection of cherry trees larger than the famous collection in Washington, D.C. There are iconic vistas and sights to be seen all along the Kelly and Martin Luther King Drives, as well as from the Belmont Plateau. The Valley Green section of the park, surrounding the Wissahickon Creek, is worth a side trip to the Germantown and Chestnut Hill areas. The Valley Green Inn is a restaurant and catering establishment with a venue for parties and celebrations. It is located on the Forbidden Drive, with no private cars allowed, making it a prime area for walkers, joggers and bikers (and the occasional police car). Between April and October the river drives are also closed to cars during daytime hours, clearing them for sports activities. The Fairmount Park is a great place to spend time, relax and unwind from travels to the more urbanized parts of the great city of Philadelphia. It is important to note that in such an extensive park, there are areas that have all the typical comforts and accommodations, while others have been left pristine, so it's important to check out the specific locales you plan to visit to prepare, so that your visit will include the comforts you prefer and facilities you require.

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