Getting outside during the winter months, when many of us are stuck indoors more than we would like, lowers stress, improves physical health, and helps you beat cabin fever. Being outside has a positive impact on your overall well being through exercise and relaxation, and parks like John Heinz Wildlife Refuge and Cramer Hill Waterfront Park will get you all the positive health benefits.
The bare winter trees create a different perspective of the natural landscape, revealing unique views of the Philly skyline and giving easy viewing access to the birds that stick around the Philly region for the winter. Winter is a great time to be outside, and these parks, and many others are accessible by walking, biking, and public transportation, so you don’t need a car to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits from relaxing in nature.
There are so many reasons to enjoy parks and trails this month, and we want to make it easy for you to get there sustainably. Download the GoPhillyGo Android app or save the GoPhillyGo Mobile site to your home screen to get easy walking, biking, and transit directions to parks, trails, and more. Every time you plan a sustainable trip with GoPhillyGo, you help reduce carbon emissions in the Philly region, which helps everyone breathe easier. Take the time to relax in nature, and let GoPhillyGo help you get there.
This diverse habitat is the nation's first urban wildlife refuge and home to many species of native birds and other wildlife. Hike or ride on miles of trails through forests, meadows, along the Darby Creek, and through tidal marshland. Stand on top of the observation platform and look out over the lake for water birds and birds hunting from the trees above.
This brand new park has 3 miles of paved trails and a skyline view from 55 feet above the Delaware River. Relax on benches, and there’s even a selfie stone where you can set your phone up to take that epic profile pic of yourself with the Ben Franklin Bridge and the rest of the Philly skyline as your backdrop. Relax along the winding paved trails that lead you along the hillside above the river.
Explore this historic estate, and enjoy unique views of the Philly Skyline. Hike along the meadow, and relax at the wooden boat platform, then hike down to the water’s edge for another view of the tidal Schuylkill River and Center City. The Bartram’s Mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail was recently extended so walk, roll, or ride along the brand new waterfront trail.
Schuylkill River Trail
The Schuylkill River Trail is the longest trail in Philadelphia, and it extends another 18 miles in Montgomery County. Getting to the trail is easy, and GoPhillyGo has several ways for you to explore this amazing regional trail. Use GoPhillyGo Tours to find trail entrances and points of interest along the way. You can even connect to other regional trails including the Perkiomen Trail, so there is plenty of space for you to spread out and relax along the historic Schuylkill River.
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