Where do you go when you need to clear your head? We go outside to take a walk with our old friend, Nature. But where do you find such a thing in the city? The answer is: closer than you think. The fall foliage and fresh air is just what the doctor ordered and there is no shortage of that in and around Philadelphia! Below are some of our go-to natural trails:
Exploring the Manayunk Towpath is a great way to learn about the history of the neighborhood and the canal. Take a bit of time out of your day to stop at this point along the Schuylkill River, rent a bike and get going! While traveling through the Towpath you’ll see things like old rail lines, old canal locks and plenty of wildlife.
Wissahickon Valley Park
The Wissahickon Trail is by far one of my favorite escapes from the library. The trail runs over 20 miles in length and stretches along the Wissahickon Creek from Stenton Avenue all the way to Lansdale Borough. You’ll encounter an abundance of beautiful waterfalls, trails suitable for everyone and even picnic areas!
Valley Forge National Historic Park
Discover the past and explore nature by trekking through this historical park, it really is a win-win kind of a day trip. This was, after all, a base camp for Washington’s army during the American Revolution. Only around 30 minutes from Philly, you can get anything from a rigorous mountain-like hike to short and calming nature walks.
Pennypack Creek Trail
The Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust puts a lot of effort into protecting, restoring and preserving the lands of Pennypack Creek, all so we can enjoy it’s beauty! With this trail being 5 miles long and just 15 miles out of Center City in Montgomery County, you can explore either by foot or even by hopping on horseback. In fact, this trail welcomes hikers, cyclists, equestrians and of course your trail-happy dog!
Even the name sounds serene! Make your way to this beautiful nature center for the day, just an hour out of the city. With 14 miles of trails at the eastern end of Lake Galena, you can walk, run, hike or bike your way through the paved paths. If you’re into bird watching this is also the place to go, as over 250 different bird species have been spotted here!
If you snap a picture during your hike, tag @CampusPhilly so we can see it. We love seeing what you’re up to!
The Must-Attend Events of the Season!
Here it is everyone, the stuff you’ve been waiting for. Now that Halloween is over (even though we hate saying bye to you, Oct. 31st) it’s time to make room for the next best thing, Thanksgiving! A day full of food, family and friends needs a fun-packed month of preparation; here are some of this month’s events that you won’t want to miss!
Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner at Arcadia University
I dare you all to name a more fall food than soup, I say this because nothing can compare to a nice hot steamy bowl of it. Arcadia University holds an Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner, and this is its 23rd! On Monday, November 14th you can purchase a ticket https://alumni.arcadia.edu/events/eb16 and enjoy a bountiful amount of soups, breads and dessert that have all been donated by community restaurants. 100% of proceeds from the Empty Bowl Dinner go to organizations that benefit the hungry and the homeless. Make sure to catch this one, you can enjoy delicious food as well as do something great for the city’s people.
Wintergarden at Dilworth Park
Although some of us despise the cold, there is still some room for fun here in Philly! On November 11th, America’s Garden Capital Maze will be filled with thousands of twinkly lights, seasonal trees and everything else a winter wonderland could ever need. You can grab all of the essentials (hot chocolate, fun snacks and boozy drinks) to keep you warm near the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Cabin where you can also find the holiday Made in Philadelphia Market. You can also find the Christmas Village in the Courtyard at City Hall. For more information, click here! http://www.uwishunu.com/2016/10/brand-new-wintergarden-opening-city-hall-november/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=VisitPhillyFacebook&utm_content=Social#sm.0002kj5f2rp3dmt106z2d4ntm1gmq
The Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show
Nothing says “Tis the season” better than a festival and a light show! From November 10th to December 31st, head over to Franklin Square and catch the main feature, the Electrical Spectacle light show. Welcoming all ages and filled with winter treats and a beergarden, there is also a Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train that rides around the square.
The Philadelphia Marathon along Boathouse Row
This 8K race (half-marathon) takes place through November 18th to the 20th and will power through the city passing the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as Boathouse Row. There will also be a Kids Fun Run as well as a Health & Fitness Expo. Even if you’re not a runner, volunteer or just head over and support your fellow Philadelphians! http://philadelphiamarathon.com/
The Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Parkway
Last but definitely not least, make sure you head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to catch the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country. You’ll enjoy the legendary floats, huge balloons, music, performances and even a visit from Santa.