Sports & Recreation Guide

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Don’t be fooled by the endlessly reaching skyscrapers—Philly has plenty of indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational activities to offer. Whether it’s for exercise, fun or intense competition, you can find it here.

Hot Right Now

Rock climbing / 950 N. Penn St. /
Looking to take your next outing to new heights? Try rock climbing right in Center City. Go Vertical even has a Climbing School with small class sizes and many levels of instruction.

Bicycling /
Not only is biking a great green mode of transportation that keeps you fit, Philly also makes it a fun social activity. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is the place to find all biking events, news and other info you need to get started.

Ice Skating /
Maybe not hot, but definitely cool. Come wintertime, grab those skates (or rent a pair) and head over to one of Philly’s five public rinks. Admission is free, but there is a fee if you need rentals.

Laura Sims Skatehouse / 215.685.1995 / Cobbs Creek Pkwy. and Walnut St.

Rizzo Ice Rink  / 215.685.1593 / Front St. and Washington Ave.

Scanlon Ice Rink / 215.685.9893 / J and Tioga Sts.

Simons Ice Rink / 215.685.3551 / Walnut Ln. and Woolston St.

Tarken Ice Rink / 215.685.1226 / Frontenac and Levick Sts.

Out of Bounds

Frisbee golf
The second-oldest disc golf course in the country is located right in Fairmount Park’s Sedgley Woods. It has no fees, is open to the public and has competitive or leisurely play. Just remember to bring your own Frisbee!

March Madness /
Philadelphians always have a dose of March Madness come springtime. In the past 10 years, Temple, Villanova and Saint Joseph’s universities have all done well in the NCAA tournament.

Boxing /
Can’t sing or dance? Boxing could be your calling, and there’s no better place than in Rocky’s city. Philly has numerous places to get your boxing fix.

Fun, Unique & Cheap

Fairmount Park /
The Fairmount Park system encompasses over 9,200 acres in numerous individual parks, including the Philadelphia Water Works, Rittenhouse Square and the Manayunk Canal. Check their website to join in on a huge list of activities and events.

Franklin Square Mini Golf / 200 N. 6th St. /
Putt your way through 18 Philly-themed holes. Try to get a hole-in-one while dodging the Ben Franklin Bridge, Elfreth’s Alley and the Art Museum.

Philly Runners /
This is a running group for all ages and skill levels. There is no fee to join and no need to RSVP for events. Best of all, runs are never cancelled! If you’re taking those skills out on your own, try for paths.


Parks and Recreation Department / 215.683.3600
This department is your go-to place for recreation. Use it to find activities, programs, facilities, recreation centers and many other resources in your area.

Philly Sports Congress /
Created to bring major sporting events to the area, Philly Sports Congress can help you find out what sporting events are going on besides the professional teams.

Know Your Local Teams

76ers / National Basketball Association / / 216.339.7676

Eagles / National Football League / / 215.463.5500

Flyers / National Hockey League / / 215.218.7825

Phillies / Major League Baseball / / 215.463.1000

Soul / Arena Football League / / 215.253.4900, x3

Union / Major League Soccer/ / 800.298.4200

Independence / Women’s Professional Soccer

KiXX / Men’s Indoor Soccer League

Wings / National Lacrosse League