The green spaces of Philadelphia spread far and wide, but they may not be on your radar when you arrive in the city this fall.
From the city parks and squares to public gardens, a simple daytrip outside the city grid of high-rises is a great way to enjoy the city’s historic Fairmont Park and unique green spaces with the family. Skip the over-traveled, leaf-changing locales you’re used to and try on Philly’s parks for a change.
Beloved by local hikers and adventurous trail runners, Wissahickon Valley Park boasts more than 50 miles of trails, suitable for all levels of athleticism. Situated in Fairmount Park’s 1,800-acre northwestern section, Wissahickon is a great spot for family nature walks before brunch, cycling to another location and even horseback riding. With paths leading to climbing locales, a scenic creek, the city’s last covered bridge and Forbidden Drive — a five-mile gravel trail — this park offers a variety of stunning views and outdoor activity.
Living up to the name, Rail Park is an elevated track remaining from the former Reading Railroad beaming with new life — literally. Now home to lush plant life, unique artwork, wooden swings and various seating for visitors, the Rail Park is in its first phase of a larger plan to transform the three-mile section. The once abandoned elevated tracks and rail lines will soon be twice the size of New York City’s High Line and a great place to bike, walk around with the kids and enjoy urban views in a rural oasis.
Over in West Philly, Clark Park has been a local favorite since 1895. The nine-acre green space boasts an amphitheater for open-air performances, a Saturday farmers market, playgrounds for kids, a basketball court and game section with space to play chess and bocce.
Live your childhood dreams, and children’s current dream, at the Morris Arboretum’s 50-foot-high treehouse. Take in the stunning fall views of impressive tree life and local flora and fauna. The 19th-century estate boasts 92 acres of beautiful meadows, flower gardens and sculptures — all primed and ready for your family’s fall explorations.
All an easy rideshare ride, drive or public transportation stop away, your family can enjoy the vibrant city life and call of the wild, all in one.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.
No matter how old your kids are, having a mother-daughter spa day is probably one of the most relaxing things a mother-daughter duo can do together. With Waldorf Astoria properties all over the world, making a special trip to one of its world-class spas is a great way to spend a day with your daughter.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
You’ve heard of pub crawls, where beer enthusiasts explore a new city by visiting — and tasting — bars and pubs in the company of an expert guide. Well, this year, visitors to New York City can have a similar experience tailor-made for kids and anyone in the family who loves dessert. Sugartooth Tours created a destination tour of Manhattan called Village to Village Cupcake and Cookie Crawl.