Fairmont Park in Philadelphia has many attractions

Fairmont Park is not in reality one park, it is a park system that encompasses over 9200 acres and  a series of 63 neighborhood and regional  parks. The park is divided into East Fairmont Park and West Fairmont Park by the Schuylkill River. Beginning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and heading north, it is made up of so many different areas and attractions that it could take a very long time to get to know them all.

Historic Houses

Belmont Mansion in West Fairmont Park is an 18th century Palladian mansion that is home to the Underground Railroad Museum. The museum can be visited on a tour and is open Tuesday –Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The house itself has a great history and hosted many of the important names of the Revolutionary War period, George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson amongst others.

The last private owner, Judge Richard Peters, opposed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 which makes this a perfect location for the Underground Railroad Museum. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad which helped runaway slaves escape to freedom in the north. Judge Peters also purchased a slave and her child and set them free, quite a revolutionary thing to do.

The views of Center City from the mansion are also quite stunning. Entrance is $7. 

If you would like to stay n a historic house in Fairmont Park and you are a lover of the youth hostel, there is the perfect place for you at the Chamounix Mansion. It is an award winning accommodation that has converted an early 19th century mansion into a warm and welcoming hostel. The mansion has had its share of bad luck and the hostel rescued it from the threat of demolition. Rates are an amazing $23 per person per night for adults and $8 for children. There are plenty of public amenities and free parking. The rooms are dormitory style with a few smaller family or couple rooms. Linens, blankets and pillows are included in the price.

Activities in Fairmont Park

Fairmont Park has over 215 miles of trails. Whether you want to hike, bike or walk you will find a trail that is perfect for you. Maps are available to give you some ideas of areas that are appropriate for the type of activities that you are interested in. If you don’t have your bike or rollerblades with you, they are available to rent at Lloyd Hall.

If you think the idea of horseback riding in Fairmont Park sounds great, there are several trails and stables available to provide you with the perfect experience.Trails are available for every level of rider from beginner to experienced.

More than 300 sports fields provide availability to just about any athletic activities you would like to enjoy. Included are both tennis courts and basketball courts. If you just want open spaces, there are plenty of those for a game of Frisbee or tossing a football.  Picnic areas abound, both formal and informal.

Like all of Philadelphia, Fairmont Park is a great place to enjoy outdoor art. There are over 200 pieces of outdoor sculpture and lots of great fountains. The Japanese Shofuso House and Garden is an amazing place to visit and absorb some Japanese culture.

These are just a few of the amazing things that are available for visitors to do in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park. The park is a great favorite of local so don’t be surprised to find that you are not the only one who is looking for a fun place to enjoy everything the park has to offer.