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Parks on Tap Takes Over The Horticulture Center in West Fairmount Park

Parks on Tap is back again this year on the grounds of the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. The traveling nature of Parks on Tap is one of our favorite aspects of the event because it highlights parks in all corners of Philadelphia. COVID19 is changing how everyone conducts their lives, and holding this event at one place instead of many makes it easier for everyone to safely enjoy local food and drink in the comfort of our incredible Fairmount Park. Click here for directions to Parks on Tap

Our team is sad that we won’t be helping you travel to Parks on Tap each week, but we are glad that the organizers chose this incredible section of Fairmount Park to be at all summer. Take the time to explore this historic greenspace in West Philadelphia.  We made a list of our favorite places to visit in West Fairmount Park. You can even use the Strawberry Mansion Bridge to connect to East Fairmount Park, West River Drive, and the Schuylkill River Trail.

Save the GoPhillyGo mobile site to your home screen, or download the GoPhillyGo Android app to see a list of nearby destinations while you are at the Horticulture Center or anywhere in the region! Practice social distancing, cover your face, and follow the most up to date CDC guidelines any time you are outside. Leave the car behind and plan a sustainable trip to Parks on Tap. Cheers from GoPhillyGo!

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso is now open, and you can also view the gorgeous Japanese style architecture and landscaping from nearby trails. Shofuso is only a few minutes walk from the Horticulture Center and Parkside Ave. Click here for directions.

Strawberry Mansion Bridge

Cross the Schuylkill River and enjoy an incredible view above the water. The wide pedestrian walkway has been the site of Parks on Tap in the past, and gets you safely into East Fairmount Park where you can explore other great destinations such as the Discovery Center and Laurel Hill Cemetery. Click here for directions.

Concourse Lake

This small tranquil lake and curated garden are easy to miss, but you will find a bounty of native plants and a loop trail around the lake. Watch for birds of prey above and in the water. Click here for directions.

Walkshed and Bikeshed 

The GoPhillyGo walkshed feature lets you see how far you can travel by walking and biking in a certain amount of time. You can set it to show you a highlighted area based on 15, 30, 45, and 60 minute travel times. Click here to view the walkshed and bikeshed from the Horticulture Center.

Belmont Plateau

Belmont Plateau is arguably the best view of the Philly skyline in the entire city. The grassy hill is perfect for laying out on a blanket or picnicking with friends, and it’s only a few minutes from Parks on Tap. Click here for directions.