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Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 683 0200
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Fairmount Park, one of the country's largest and oldest city park systems, encompasses 9,200 acres, including 62 neighborhood and regional parks. Within its confines is the Beaux Arts Memorial Hall, built for the Centennial Exposition of 1876, and where the Please Touch Museum moved in 2008 (215-963-0667; www.pleasetouchmuseum.org). The panoramic city vista from Belmont Plateau was mentioned by local boy Will Smith in his 2002 song "Summertime." And the Philadelphia Zoo, the country's first chartered zoo, opened here in 1874; it's set on 42 acres of Victorian gardens (215-243-1100; www.phillyzoo.org). Kelly Drive, a long concrete pathway great for jogging and biking, stretches four miles from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Twin Bridges near Manayunk. Across the river, you can see Boathouse Row, 12 Victorian-style boathouses that are home to the city's sculling community as well as championship medalists. Each boathouse is outlined with white lights that, when illuminated at night, make for one of Philadelphia's most iconic cityscapes.
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