The Schuylkill River divides the internationally recognized Fairmount Park into two verdant parks: East and West Park. (Clever, right?) Together, the parks total 2,054 acres, all overseen by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, successor to the Fairmount Park Commission in 2010. It is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. 👏 (See how it compares to New York City’s Central Park.)
One of its most popular attractions is the Schuylkill River Trail. The Schuylkill River Trail is a multi-use trail along the banks of the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pennsylvania. Partially complete as of 2016, the trail will ultimately run from the river’s headwaters in Schuylkill County to Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, a distance of about 140 miles.
Other attractions the park hosts include:
- Numerous historic mansions
- Boathouse Row
- Fairmount Water Works
- Please Touch Museum
- Philadelphia’s Horticulture Center
- Centennial Arboretum
- Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
- Belmont Plateau
And so much more (as you’ll see on this site).
Check out the many, many events continually going down at Fairmount Park!