scp discovergarden

Young visitors can explore nature in an urban setting in the Children’s Discovery Garden in Sister Cities Park. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley, the garden’s winding pathways, scalable rocks and meandering stream provide a setting for discovery and imaginative play. Children can hike the trail, summit the “mountain” and enjoy the view, while connecting with the natural and man-made environments surrounding them.

Boat Pond

Enjoy the pleasures of sailing in our boat pond. Bring your own model boat or buy one at the park to navigate our shallow waters for hours of fun. Small boats are $5 and large boats are $7 (two large boats are $12.) Save your receipts for five purchases and you get the sixth free.

Library in the Park Book Cart

Courtesy of corporate partner TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank® with support from the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Lindback Foundation, the Library in the Park program has been refreshed with a larger, brighter cart, and it now includes more books for children to read. It is ongoing and available during park hours for children to select books to read while they are in the park. The program is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers with books specially selected for their age group. 

Imagination Playground

During the cool-weather months, Imagination Playground™ is installed in the boat pond area in the Children's Discovery Garden. This fun equipment encourages children to participate in unstructured play.

During inclement weather, the Imagination Playground™ will be closed.

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Sister Cities Park
18th St & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Operates year-round, weather permitting  

Imagination Playground™ Hours
Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Operates seasonally, late October - March

Library Book Cart Hours
Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Operates year-round, weather permitting

Boat Pond Hours
Operates seasonally, April – October

Imagination Playground Sponsor

Library in the Park Book Cart Sponsors