Getting Outdoors in CCD Parks This Summer

There’s nothing that can compare to enjoying a summer afternoon in Center City Philadelphia. And what better way to soak in the sun than by getting outdoors? With four standout spaces in the heart of Center City, check out some of our top picks for getting outdoors in CCD’s parks this summer.


Enjoy Lunch in Collins Park

Grab a bite, relax and enjoy this quiet oasis tucked away within Center City’s bustling business district. With plenty of food options within walking distance, along with shops like the reopened Barnes and Noble, John F. Collins Park is the perfect place to grab a friend and enjoy a slice of serenity downtown during your lunch break.

Perfect For: Coworkers, Couples, Friends
📍 1707 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA 19103
🔗 Website

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Play Day presented by Independence Blue Cross at Sister Cities Park

Looking for summer activities for the whole family? Look no further than Sister Cities Park on May 20. From 11 am to 3 pm, join in on family fun with a full day of play, including interactive performances, live book readings, character meet-and-greets and more. Attendance is free for everyone. 

Perfect For: Families with small children
📍 18th St & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia PA 19103
🔗 Website


Center City Fit presented by Rothman Orthopaedics at Dilwoth Park

Stay active this spring and summer with the help of professional trainers from F45 Training. Every Monday and Tuesday, participants of all skill levels are invited to join free outdoor workouts in the heart of Center City with professionals from F45 Training. Just don’t forget to bring your own mat and water bottle!

Perfect For: Coworkers, Friends, Couples
📍 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia PA 19103
🔗 Website

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Cool Down in the Fountains at Sister Cities and Dilworth Parks

Stay cool this summer at Dilworth Park and Sister Cities Park, thanks to splash pads featuring three-foot high in-ground water spouts. For the little ones, the Children’s Discovery at Sister Cities Park has a sweet “pond” that’s perfect for wading. At Dilworth Park, don’t miss Pulse, a unique and interactive public art experience created by internationally renowned artist Janet Echelman.

Perfect For: Friends, Couples, Families with small children
📍 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia PA 19103
🔗 Dilworth Park
📍 18th St & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia PA 19103
🔗 Sister Cities Park


Philadelphia Marketplace at Dilworth Park

Shop until you drop at the Philadelphia Marketplace at Dilworth Park. Every Saturday and Sunday through July 16, support a revolving list of Philly-area entrepreneurs as they bring handmade artwork, home goods, skincare and more to this weekly outdoor market.

Perfect For: Coworkers, Couples, Friends
📍 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia PA 19103
🔗 Website



Spend a Day Skating at the Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink

Lace up your skates and get ready! The Roller Rink is open daily through July 16 and is fun for the whole family, or the perfect after-work happy hour! And you won’t want to miss specialty skates like Rewind at the Rink, where you’ll rock and roll back in time as live DJs spin throwback tunes every Wednesday night in May!

Perfect For: Coworkers, Couples, Friends
📍 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia PA 19103
🔗 Website


Jazz on the Parkway at Cret Park

There’s nothing better than the joy of outdoor music in the summertime.  Every Sunday, through June 26, relax to the rhythm of jazz tunes at Capriccio Café and Bar at Cret Park. Local jazz ensemble, Vibe-A-Delphia will perform from 4-6pm as you sip your favorite cocktail under the café’s shaded outdoor patio. 

Perfect For: Couples
📍 16th St & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (110 N 16th St), Philadelphia PA 19103
🔗 Website

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Looking For More This Summer?

These are just a few of the events coming to our parks! To stay in the loop, be sure to subscribe to IN Center City, our bi-weekly email newsletter filled with happenings and events across Center City. And visit our park events calendar to see everything happening across our four parks!

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