Home to some of the most beautiful horticultural displays around, the City of Brotherly Love hosts a wide range of public parks to roam around during autumn. As the leaves start changing color and the temperatures cool down, take a stroll through these five beautiful gardens around Philly.
Nestled along Schuylkill River is America's oldest botanical garden, a 45-acre plot of known as Bartram’s Garden. Spend a few hours to leave the hustle and bustle of the city, and explore its scenic river trail, wildflower meadows, and plots of plants native to eastern North America, and much more. The best part? Bartram's Garden is free and open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., 215-729-5281
Amid the greenery of Chestnut Hill is the official state arboretum of Pennsylvania. At Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, visitors can wander through exhibits, rose gardens, and the Doris H. Hamilton Fernery, which are scattered throughout the historic park. Take a moment to experience the thousands of plants that grow among the arboretum's living collection—it's no wonder this outdoor oasis is considered one of the most beautiful university gardens around. 100 E. Northwestern Ave., 215-247-5777
Kennett Square's illustrous and stunning Longwood Gardens comprises of various meadows, woodlands, and indoor and outdoor gardens, which are so vast it's hard to commit and see everything in one day. Things really come alive at Longwood Gardens when guests can experience Autumn's Colors—a showcase of fall foliage and vibrant landscapes around the gardens. Plus, visitiors can also check out the Chrysanthemum Festival, where trained mums are grown into fascinating displays, including the Thousand Bloom Mum. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Sq., 610-388-1000
A municipal park that measures over 9,000 acres, Fairmount Park is host to a multitude of natural landscapes. Walk through trails, woodlands, alongside Schuylkill River, and the East Park Reservoir. End up at the park's horticultural center, which houses the picturesque Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, where visitors can experience its breathtaking butterfly garden and reflecting pool for a truly peaceful getaway. Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr., 215-878-5097
One of the five squares historically laid out by William Penn, Washington Square is a true treasure in the middle of the city. Within walking distance from Independence Hall, the square comprises six acres of open space, tree-shaded benches, and preserved plantlife. Wander to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier—honoring soldiers who fought during the American Revolution—also located on the park grounds. 210 W. Washington Sq., 215-597-8787