Philadelphia is a great place to relax and check out the green space. Parks abound throughout the city. I had a chance to visit recently and here are a few that I’d recommend:
Benjamin Franklin Parkway – is a ribbon like boulevard connecting City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum. It reminds me a bit of the Champs Elysee, but instead of stores along the way you will find museums. The mile long Parkway is home to the Franklin Institute, Rodin Museum, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. It also has lots of green lawn and flowering trees under which you may stop and rest your weary feet.
Rittenhouse Square – full of nannies and children at play, it’s also surrounded by sidewalk cafes, hotels and luxury apartments. The park is a green, leafy haven in the center of the city. Here you’ll find the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Rosenbach Museum & Library, and the Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum. Rittenhouse Square is a great place for a walk after dinner. There are many fine neighborhood restaurants nearby on 20th Street.
Washington Square – another leafy park this one holds the tomb of the unknown Revolutionary Soldier. It is a nice spot to drop down on a bench and watch the world go by. Nearby is Antiques Row where you’ll find blocks of small boutiques and antique shops and a great martini bar at the end called Mixto.
Love Park – officially known as JFK Plaza, it is home of the famous Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture. It is always full of locals having lunch, tourists posing in front of the LOVE sculpture and kids enjoying putting their hands in the fountain. The city changes the color of the fountain on occasion. When I was there it was neon green. It looked like a giant Slurpie shooting water into the sky.
Spring and Fall are the best times to take advantage of the parks and enjoy being out in nature. The weather it mild, the colors are out and the people are big fans of sidewalk dining.