West Fairmount Park

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Centennial Arboretum

Centennial Arboretum, Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Centennial Arboretum contains specimen trees and shrubs from Asia, Europe, and North America. Many were planted in 1876 for the American Centennial Exposition. Nearby is the traditional-style Shofuso Japanese House and Garden brought to Philadelphia in 1957.

Carousel House

4300 Avenue of the RepublicPhiladelphia, PA 19131

Carousel House is dedicated to providing socialization, recreational and educational services to persons with disabilities who reside throughout the Philadelphia area. The 6.4 acre indoor and outdoor complex includes a picnic area, garden, playground, and fitness track.

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Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

100 North Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Horticulture Center, a modern exhibition hall and greenhouse, is located in beautiful Fairmount Park. The Center was built in 1979 and sits on the site of the former Horticultural Hall, and the 1876 Centennial Exposition building. The grounds and greenhouses are open daily and the venue can host private parties from 100 to 1,200 guests. The Horticulture Center can be reached at 215.685.0096.

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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. This was the first zoo in the United States and opened in 1874.

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Parkside Evans Playground

5300 Parkside Ave Philadelphia, PA 19131

Colorful playspace for younger children with nearby grass, shade, and picnic tables.

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Memorial Hall – Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum, Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA, United States

In 1876, the Centennial Exhibition, the first major World’s Fair held in the United States, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

A museum that focuses on teaching children through interactive exhibits and special events. In 2005, the museum moved to Memorial Hall (in Fairmount Park), the last major building left from the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

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Chamounix Equestrian Center

98 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Chamounix Equestrian Center was built in 1973 to house the mounted police force that patrolled the parks and streets of Philadelphia. In 1994 Work to Ride moved in to provide affordable equine related programming to the community at large.

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