Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is an oasis amidst the urban landscape, and the nation's largest landscaped park. Situated along the bank of the Schuylkill River, the 8900-acre park offers sylvan wooded trails and areas that support walking, bicycling, rollerblading, or any number of lazy (or athletic) pursuits.
From within some areas of the park, the city's buildings are completely invisible, contributing to a pastoral landscape reminiscent of those painted by famous Philadelphian artist Thomas Eakins. Many of his paintings based on the local landscape are hanging in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A Victorian-style trolley offers tours of the park's Colonial-era mansions,and two outdoor concert venues offer a wide range of summer concerts. Among the park's famous landmarks are Memorial Hall, the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876, the oldest zoo in the country, and prestigious Boathouse Row, which features Lloyd Hall and 10 rowing clubs. During the winter holiday season, the Philadelphia Art Museum offers a candlelight tour of the decorated houses in the park.
- Location: 4231 North Concourse Drive, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-686-1776
- Website: www.fairmountpark.org