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August 15, 2017

Need to de-stress? These are the 5 best places to relax outdoors in Philly

National Relaxation Day is celebrated Aug. 15

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Spruce Street Harbor Park has more than 50 hammocks.

In honor of National Relaxation Day, celebrated Aug. 15, we've compiled a list of the five best places to relax outdoors in the city.

Philly has many public parks and spaces that offer an escape from the hustle and bustle, but these five outdoor oases were picked for specific reasons.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Why it's the best: The hammocks!

Spruce Street Harbor Park, located at the Delaware River waterfront, is a popular summer destination. It's free to enter and has games, lawn chairs, a floating beer garden and a wide selection of food.

The park can get crowded on weekends, but that doesn't matter if you get to lounge in one of the 50 hammocks – hammocks and relaxation just go hand-in-hand.

Race Street Pier

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April through October, Philadelphia’s Race Street Pier hosts free daily morning and early weeknight yoga sessions along the Delaware River and in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) classes are for all levels.


Why it's the best: Free yoga!

Another Delaware River waterfront location, Race Street Pier is a great place to start or end your day with a little "me time."

Free outdoor yoga classes take place daily, through Nov. 12. There are early morning sessions and evening sessions, so there's no excuse to miss out.

Yoga, which uses meditation and relaxation, is said to reduce stress.

Azalea Garden at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Why it's the best: Picnics!

The Azalea Garden, only a few steps away from Boathouse Row, is a favorite for both photographers and picnickers, due to its lush green grass and pretty pink azaleas.

Pack a lunch and enjoy nature. You'll forget your worries immediately.


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Secret Gardens of Independence Park

Why it's the best: It's "secret!"

Independence National Historical Park in Old City is actually huge. It's comprised of 55 acres of land.

The so-called "secret gardens," where roses and magnolias grow, were created by the National Park Service and are scattered over the acres.

Head to Walnut and Fourth streets to find one with a picturesque gazebo.

John F. Collins Park

Why it's the best: Mini oasis in Center City!

There's a good chance you've walked by this park and never noticed it. It's tucked between buildings on Chestnut Street, near 16th Street.

John F. Collins Park is a good place to go on your lunch break or stop by on a Friday after work to enjoy the wine garden. A nice big pour of pinot grigio will have you feeling relaxed in no time.

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