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Exciting News!

Have an adventure in Fairmount Park this summer!

by Melissa Romero on June 10, 2021

This summer we are excited to offer fun and family-friendly ways to have an adventure in Fairmount Park, from a scavenger hunt to weekly volunteer events to art in the park! 

“Philly parks have always been there for us, offering space to seek solace or enjoy each other’s company,” says Maura McCarthy, Ph.D., Executive Director of Fairmount Park Conservancy. “This summer, we encourage Philadelphians to choose their own adventure in their park, whether it’s by exploring Fairmount Park with the family on a scavenger hunt, helping clean up or pull weeds or by appreciating art at the Hatfield House.”

Read on for all of the ways to discover what Fairmount Park has to offer!

1. Explore with the Fairmount Park Digital Guide

Our handy digital guide highlights trails, historic landmarks, and natural areas in Fairmount Park. Pull up the guide when you’re in the park and need to consult a trail route, learn some history, and find less-traveled gems on your own. Click here to view the Fairmount Park Digital Guide. 

2. Start your journey at Park Hubs

Our Park Hubs are back to help you navigate Fairmount Park this summer. Park Hubs offer portable restrooms, hand-sanitizing stations, and maps, making them great jumping off points for park exploration:

  • Lemon Hill Mansion: 1 Lemon Hill Drive (Directions)
  • Mount Pleasant Mansion: 3800 Mount Pleasant Drive (Directions)
  • Woodford Mansion: 2300 North 33rd Street (Directions)
  • Concourse Lake: South Concourse Drive and Belmont Avenue (Directions)
  • Centennial District: 41st and S. Concourse Drive (Directions)
  • Chamounix Drive: Chamounix Drive and South Chamounix Drive (Directions)

3. Join the Fairmount Park Summer Scavenger Hunt-GREATEST HITS edition!

Discover the fascinating facts and stories behind the historic houses, natural areas, and public art of Fairmount Park by participating in a free Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt – Greatest Hits Edition! That’s right – the latest Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt features the “greatest hits” from the summer, OcTOURber, and WinTOUR, with all of your favorite missions now in one hunt.

Find out how to play along here.

4. Join us for new and exciting park events – morning ’til night!

We’re offering a new lineup of in-person events this summer, in addition to our popular guided hikes and yoga classes. New events include Stargazing, Moonlit Walks, Bodyrock Bootcamp, Birdwatching, Boxers’ Trail Bootcamp, Sound Meditation, Kayak Tours, and more! If you want to be the first to know about these events and support our non-profit, become a member today! 

View (and bookmark!) our calendar here.

5. Weekly Volunteer Events

Join other amazing volunteers for weekly cleanups in Fairmount Park. The weekly events include cleanups on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm-7pm, Wednesday Weeding mornings from 9:30am-11:30am in various locations throughout Fairmount Park, including Belmont Plateau, the Trolley Trail, and Concourse Lake, to name a few. There will also be occasional Saturday volunteer opportunities, as well. Learn more here.

6. Take a SOUNDWALK in Fairmount Park

Experience the magic of Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK: a free sound art installation debuting in Fairmount Park this summer. Hosted by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and recorded by musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the SOUNDWALK Ensemble, Ellen Reid’s compositions were meticulously programmed for Fairmount Park and the Mann’s campus, and can be experienced via a GPS-enabled mobile app. Learn more at MannCenter.org/SOUNDWALK

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