August 13, 2015
Life in Philadelphia may conjure up thoughts of traffic jams and asphalt jungles, but beyond the hustle and bustle between the skyscrapers and brownstones, the city is home to a surplus of green spaces.
According to a recent ranking by Travel + Leisure, Philadelphia is one of the top places to picnic.
Fairmount Park is one of the largest urban green spaces in the country, consisting of more than 9,200 acres of trails, woodlands and wetlands.
But because of its size, it can be tough to find the perfect spot to spread out a blanket. According to those in the know, around the Horticulture Center is a prime place to plop.
The area is home to the Centennial Arboretum — 27 acres of majestic Asian, European and North American trees -- and the famous Japanese House and Garden, also known as Shofuso.
Picnic permits are required for groups larger than five.
Both parents and kids will love Smith Memorial Playground, one of the city's top places for unstructured creativity and free, family fun.
Families are welcome to picnic on the front lawn on towels or blankets, although grilling is prohibited.
Another great place to picnic with little ones -- or the young at heart -- is Franklin Square at 6th and Race streets. It houses a working carousel, a miniature golfing course, a snack stand and more.
Located in the heart of Center City, Rittenhouse Square is a perfect place for office workers to escape their cubicle and computer screen for an hour and enjoy some fresh air and prime people-watching.