As soon as the weather turns warm everyone wants to be outside, and Philadelphians are no different. This city is well known for booming pop-up beer gardens, gourmet food trucks, and outdoor lounging like Spruce Street Harbor Park. However, if you’re looking to stay active during the summer months rather than devouring the freshly made ice cream found at Franklin Fountain, our city has much to offer. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy the freshly made ice cream at the Fountain after any of these activities.
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Need a way to stay fit while enjoying the many Philadelphia’s attractions? Try Indego, the bright blue bike share! You can rent a bike and return it at any dock you choose. There are many throughout the city so you don’t need to worry about returning a bike to University City if you decide to end your day by enjoying a refreshment in Old City. Philadelphia is one of the bikeable cities in the country with our clearly marked lanes and trails, so it’s a great way to see the city your first day here.
Schuylkill River Trail and Boardwalk
Head to this trail to see some of Philadelphia’s most iconic views along the Schuylkill River Bank. You can run, walk, or even rent an Indego and see historic Boathouse Row, Philadelphia Museum of Art With over 10 miles of trails, you can travel out even further through Manayunk and the Philadelphia suburbs. My suggestion is to head to the gazebos behind the PMA for a great post-run Instagram. If you want to practice for the Philadelphia Full or Half Marathon, you can head down the Drive, turn onto East Falls Bridge and circle back to the Art Museum for an 8.5 mile workout that’s part of the course. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive shuts down to traffic on Sundays so pedestrians, bikers, and rollerbladers have the whole street to themselves. And while you’re there, check out Philly’s newest riverfront destination, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, for a spectacular 2000 foot over-the-river path extending the Schuylkill River Trail to South Street.
(Obviously I am an expert on the Schuylkill River Trail sunset instagram)
City Fit Girls
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This one’s for the ladies! Join this group at Dilworth Park on Wednesdays for a 3-5 mile run for women of all fitness levels. Keep an eye out on their twitter for boot camps as well. They also offer free group classes and 5k, half marathon, and full marathon training groups in case you signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon or Broad Street Run while you’re here.
Pop-Up Yoga Classes
Yoga on the Pier: Mon thru Friday at 7am, Monday-Thursday at 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am Race Street Pier
Urban Yoga Philly: Saturday at 9am Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties
Yoga on the Banks: Saturday and Sunday 11am, Tuesday 6pm Schuylkill Banks
BYO Yoga Mat! Philly’s pop-up, pay what you wish yoga classes are as plentiful as our cheesesteaks. These three are my personal favorites for their relaxed vibe and waterfront views. These classes tend to fill up quickly, so make sure to show up a few minutes early to reserve your spot. It’s the best workout before a filling brunch. Namaste!
November Project Philly
Are you an early bird? Join this group for free at 6:25AM on Wednesdays at the Art Museum steps and check their Twitter to see new locations on Fridays. This group is extremely encouraging and welcoming of new faces. The November Project is involved in many different cities including Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Seattle. But where else can you recreate the famous Rocky scene? You can even pose with the famous fictional boxer (well, the statue) after the workout.
Follow the footsteps of where legendary boxers Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali trained for their memorable championship match. The trail even includes a path through the Fairmount Park woods for a nice shady run. It has some steep climbs making it a great workout for when you want to feel like a champion.
Public Golf Courses
Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation offers six public golf courses and driving ranges. Perfect if you have the afternoon off. Many of the golf courses rent out equipment, but be sure to book your tee time in advance! If you’re looking for a family friendly activity, check out several mini golf courses, including the Philadelphia landmark-themed course at Franklin Square. Want a more unique “golf” experience? Head to Sedgley Wood’s disc golf course to test your frisbee skills. Discs are often sold on the course in case you forgot to pack one for the week.
Wissahickon Valley Trails
Take a hike… in Philadelphia’s best trails. This forest has 57 miles of trails that anyone from the casual hiker to the extreme outdoor adventurer will enjoy. Bikers and horseback riders are welcome on Forbidden Drive, but need permits for the more challenging trails. It’s a great way to escape the city for the afternoon to look at Philly’s local wildlife (yes, we have wildlife) by the Wissahickon creek, or even try out some bouldering!
Philadelphia is home to many skateparks run by the city and open to people of all ages and skating levels. Although Love Park was considered an “unofficial” skating destination, the city proposed that a new skatepark be built using recycled material from the iconic landmark. Each of the parks has unique obstacles for skateboarders, BMX bikers, or fans that want to watch cool tricks.
Taylor Brady is a Philadelphia native who spent the past eight years of her life on Boathouse Row. She raced for the Drexel Dragons, helping earn four Dad Vail Regatta team points trophies. Now, she solely works out to justify the Bassett’s Creamery habit acquired by working too close to Reading Terminal Market, but still enjoys any time spent on the Schuylkill.