An outdoor tour with something for everyone - that's the best way to describe the tour of the Fairmount Park East neighborhood. This... more » is just a short trek of the area outside the famous Philadelphia Art Museum, down Kelly Drive and ending at an impressive playground area ideal for a lunch stop.
Those interested in history will find the various statues - including a gilded Joan of Arc and Philly's own Washington Monument - each with its own tie to the city's past. The Water Works mixes history (it's the nation's first) with environmental interests, and allows a hands-on exploration of the city's drinking water.
Those who like their history a bit more recent and their culture distinctly pop will appreciate a run up the Rocky steps and a picture with the boxer - or a reasonable facsimile. Athletes will enjoy Boathouse Row, architectural types will drink in Lemon Hill Mansion, and the kids won't want to leave the Smith Playground. And it's all right in the same neighborhood.
Philadelphia is full of great museums and historical sites, but for a day when you want to soak up the sun and get in a good walk, try Fairmount Park. less «