As told by DONATAS ZUKAS | Temple University | CLASS OF 2019
Back in 1683, William Penn mapped out the design of Philly based around five public squares – one in each quadrant of what was then the main part of the city, and one right in the center. Those public spaces are now RITTENHOUSE, LOGAN, WASHINGTON, and FRANKLIN SQUARES, and DILWORTH PARK – just some among many of our favorite parks in the city for relaxing, picnicking, people-watching and reading on a park bench.
The largest urban park in the U.S., Fairmount Park has 4,100 acres of open space for hiking, picnics, games or relaxing outside, plus there’s the PHILADELPHIA ZOO, HORTICULTURAL CENTER, SHOFUSO JAPANESE HOUSE AND GARDEN and BELMONT PLATEAU
Take a day trip “down the shore” for the beach, food, games and rides in ATLANTIC CITY, just an hour from Philly, and accessible by train! Head farther south for OCEAN CITY, WILDWOOD and CAPE MAY – each different in its own way, but all with the same incredible salt air, warm sand and surfable waves.
I’m always so proud to live in Philly when I’m on this iconic trail, running along BOATHOUSE ROW to the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and pretending I’m in the movie Rocky. There are bike and surrey rentals, and amazing spots to hang out along the Schuylkill River!
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BRIDGE
My favorite bridge in Philly! This suspension bridge connects Philly to New Jersey over the Delaware River and has one of the most fantastic SKYLINE VIEWS. Walk or bike along the PEDESTRIAN PATH, accessible from Old City. The sunset views are the best!