It’s almost time for peak foliage season in Philly. Indeed, soon trees will be bursting into spectacular hues of gold and auburn and you know what that means–It’s time to start planning those leaf-peeping trips!
If you’re like us and you can’t get enough of the fall foliage or just want to jump into a big ol’ pile of crackling leaves, read on to discover some of our favorite places to watch the changing of the seasons in and around Philadelphia.
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1. Independence Hall & Old Historic District
Philly’s historic district gets especially gorgeous this time of year as the trees turn into beautiful hues of auburn and gold. Take in the city’s rich history as you explore the old Philadelphia in all its autumnal glory, and don’t forget to snap a pic of Independence Hall!
While leaf-peeping, it’s also the perfect time to schedule a tour to learn more about the Historic District. Walking adult-only ghost tours are also available for nighttime adventure.
2. Fairmount Park
Talk about breathtaking views! The beautiful Fairmount Park has over 2,000 acres of natural beauty to explore and bask in the colors of the season. Plus, you can’t forget to pay a visit to the Belmont Plateau. This stunning hill overlooking the city is the perfect spot for taking in the picture-perfect views of the city skyline framed by hues of auburn and gold.
3. Schuykill Banks
We’re all about Autumn walks through the Schuykill Banks. This beautiful boardwalk along the Schuykill River turns into a spectacular display of gold and orange in October when Philadelphia’s fall foliage begins to reach its peak. Whether you choose to walk or bike along the banks, indeed you’ll be blown away by how aesthetically pleasing the area is in the peak of Autumn. You’ll surely fall in love with Philly once again!
4. University City
Head over to the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia for some major preppy fall vibes. Locust Walk, the main pedestrian walk across campus, is lined with oaks, white ash, London plains and elms that look particularly beautiful this time of year. The beautiful architecture of the campus buildings paired with the beautiful autumn leaves, make for a truly picturesque and simple retreat.
5. Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Catch a glimpse of Philadelphia’s beautiful fall colors while strolling down Benjamin Franklin Parkway–The Philadelphian Champs Elysées. Plus it’s right next to some awesome Philly museums including the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art so you can enjoy Philadelphia’s natural and man-made beauty!
6. Morris Arboretum
A 92-acre natural gem, UPenn’s Morris Arboretum is filled with tens of thousands of plants to discover. Its gorgeous maples, dogwoods and oaks usually burst into beautiful colors of red, gold and orange, which makes the Arboretum one of the best places to enjoy the vibrant changing leaves during the fall. Relax, unwind, and take in the stunning views of nature.
7. Wissahickon Valley Park
Explore the 1,800 wooded acres of the Wissahickon Creek for a totally awesome leaf-peeping adventure. It’s home to more than 50 miles of hiking and walking trails and Forbidden Drive, a no-cars-allowed road beside the creek, which intersects with a number of other gorgeous trails. Perfect for a Sunday morning hike while basking in the autumn beauty, Wissahickon Valley Park offers so much for nature enthusiasts.
8. Bartram’s Garden
The country’s first garden is home to a beautiful trail perfect for taking in the changing autumn leaves. Stroll along the Bartram’s Mile Trail and discover Ann Bartram Carr’s house and the dozens of turkeys roaming the grounds this time of year!
9. Bowman’s Hill Tower
Located in Washington Crossing Historic Park, the Bowman’s Hill Tower was completed in 1931. This 125-feet tower perched over the Delaware River offers a magnificent view of the surrounding valley. Furthermore, the area is usually bursting with autumnal colors this time of year.
10. Evansburg State Park
This beautiful park located in Montgomery county offers hundreds of trail through farmland, forests, fields and meadows. These are perfect for exploring Pennsylvania’s nature on foot, bike or even horseback during the fall.