What are the Advantages of Buying a New Construction Home

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Are you looking to buy a home but you are unsure of what you want? Do you feel like you can’t find your dream home? Well, maybe you should consider buying a new construction home! When you buy a new construction home, you’ll have choices and options to make your dream home a reality. On top of that there are so many advantages when you buy a new construction home that you will enjoy in the long run. Here are five of the many advantages of buying a new construction home!

1. Less Maintenance
Today’s homes are built specifically to minimize home maintenance. All that extra time you would have spent on a pre-owned home is now freed up and you can do whatever you want with that time. Spend time with your family or take up a hobby that you are passionate about. Whatever it is, you can easily spend your free time however you see fit when you buy a new construction house! Seriously, who wouldn’t love having more time on their hands to do what they love? It’s a win-win situation!

2. Best Locations with Amazing Amenities
Most new construction homes are built in planned communities, which are developed in up and coming, sought-after areas. This is particularly true when it comes to Judd Builders’ communities. All of our communities are all located in fantastic areas that are highly desired and include amazing amenities. From Brookshire’s spectacular views to Siena Place’s rich culture and entertainment, you can’t go wrong with a new construction home in these desirable areas!

3. Less Stress and More Family Time
When you work with Judd Builders, you get to see the home building process all the way through. There is no reason for you to feel stress while we build your dream home. Not only is the new construction process with Judd Builders less stressful, but you will also have more time on your hands because we will be doing all the work for you. Forget putting all that work into remodeling a pre-owned home, let Judd build a home for you and you can spend your time doing whatever you please!

4. Quality Workmanship
Here at Judd Builders we take pride in our building process and quality workmanship. So when you buy a new construction home with us we ensure that you get the quality you expect and the home you deserve. We use the best materials while we’re building and provide an extremely high level of fit and finish. We are committed to delivering the quality that makes a house a home so that every home buyer is satisfied with their choice.

5. Fewer Repairs
When you buy a new construction home, you won’t have to worry about making repairs any time soon. New construction means that everything is new. Unlike pre-owned homes, a new construction home hasn’t seen years of wear and tear. You won’t be replacing flooring, or re-painting walls, or fixing up home exteriors. Instead, enjoy all the perks of a new construction home and spend time with your family or enjoy activities you love to do.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you and answer all of your questions about our communities! Or if you would like to discover what our communities have to offer check out Judd Builders website!

4 Benefits of Townhouse Living

There are many components to consider when you are buying a house. How much can you afford? How many square feet are you looking for? What type of house is right for you? Do you want a single-family home or a townhome? Many people opt to buy single-family homes over townhomes, but there are so many benefits of townhome living. Here are four benefits of townhouse living that will make you think differently about townhomes.

1. Low Maintenance
Like many of our Judd Builders’ communities, Siena Place, our townhome community, is virtually maintenance free! Because everything is built new, you won’t have to worry about major upkeep with your new townhome. Siena Place also has a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) that takes care of some of the maintenance for you, like lawn care and snow removal, so you’ll have more time to yourself rather than doing house chores.

2. Community
When you live in a townhome, you are part of a tight-knit community environment. Townhouse communities are always welcoming and there are plenty of neighbors to make friends with as well. On top of that, Siena Place, Judd’s townhome community, is located in Packer Park, South Philadelphia, where there are always events, museums, and more to enjoy with your friends, neighbors, and family.

3. Safety
Townhome communities are shared by many people, which makes it an extremely safe and secure environment. Everyone that lives in the community wants to keep it safe. Knowing that your neighbors are looking after you will make it easy to live comfortably without any fear of intrusion.

4. Nearby a Great City
At Siena Place, not only will you live in a safe, close-knit community, but you will also live near the great city of Philadelphia. Siena Place is located in the heart of Packer Park, which is one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods. Enjoy the benefits of living close to the city by indulging in the exciting fusion of style, culture, and entertainment that Philadelphia has to offer. Browse popular boutiques on South Street or dine at many of the family restaurants. You can visit the nearby stadiums to cheer on your favorite sports team! Siena Place offers sophisticated townhouse living in a convenient location with so much to do nearby, taking city living to an exciting new level!

Exciting April Events in the Philadelphia Area

Celebrate April and welcome spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s best events. With a great lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the spectacular Philadelphia Science Festival to the performing arts, check out these must-do events this April!

Noises Off
March 13th – April 29th
Get ready for the comedic chaos within the smash hit play, Noises Off! This play follows a cast of performers getting ready for their Opening Night performance, which is just hours away. Stumbling through the dress rehearsal, it seems like things couldn’t get worse! With love triangles unraveling and lines being forgotten, can this cast pull their act together? This smash hit comedy is a must see! It’s full of surprises and fantastic humor that the New York Post says, “[it’s] the funniest farce ever written!” Make sure to buy your tickets to this hit play, which is performed at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
April 7th – April 15th
2018 marks the 20th anniversary for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. You can enjoy citywide cultural celebrations, film screenings, kimono dressing, a 10k race, and demonstrations of traditional Japanese dance and martial arts!

Ur Mom Is Funny
April 14th
If you’re looking for a good laugh, look no further! Make sure to get your tickets to the monthly competition where local comedians team up with their moms to see who can get the most laughs. This event takes place at the Good Good Comedy Theatre on 215 N 11th St Philadelphia. If you want a fun, quirky, comedy event to keep you entertained, check out Ur Mom Is Funny.

Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950
April 18th – September 3rd
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is opening a major exhibition of works of the leading artists in the Jazz Age. Witness the way art was altered during an era where there was great technological and social change. Make sure to look for the stunning works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence and more! For more information, click here. 

Philadelphia Science Festival
April 21st – April 28th
Returning this spring to educate, inspire, and engage the Philadelphia region is the Philadelphia Science Festival! This event is organized and led by The Franklin Institute, which has collaborated with 200 of the region’s premier science establishments. This festival offers hands-on events for kids and activities for adults to demonstrate the role science plays in everyday life! For more information, click here.

Penn Relays Carnival
April 26th – April 28th
Get pumped for the Penn Relays Carnival. Your weekend will be action-packed while you watch high school, college, and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field. This is the oldest and largest collegiate meet in the nation, with an average of one race every five minutes!

Philly Tech Week
April 27th – May 5th
Bringing together the best and brightest minds in the city, Philly Tech Week brings more than 25,000 business leaders and tech geeks together to participate in over 100 events. There are a variety of programs and workshops to choose from, which highlight and celebrate emerging trends and innovations. With a vast array of activities, there is bound to be something for everyone! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this April. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders’ luxury new home communities!

Why Living in Philly is the Best

Location can be a deciding factor for many individuals when buying a home. Most families overlook cities while they are searching for their future forever home. However, Philadelphia is a city that has a lot to offer families looking to move. Over the last couple of years Philadelphia’s economy has been steadily improving, specifically in the education and healthcare sectors. There has also been revitalization in many different neighborhoods that makes Philly a great place to live. However, these aren’t the only reasons why living in Philly is the best. There are a multitude of attractions that make Philly amazing!

The History
When it comes to history, Philadelphia has a lot to brag about. Several firsts have taken place in Philly and its citizens take great pride in the history of the city. From being the birthplace of the nation to having the first American University to offer undergrad and graduate degrees, there is much more to Philly than cheesesteaks. The city shines a light on the historical importance that it played throughout American history. You can step back in time by visiting a multitude of historical buildings or landmarks found within the city. The Betsy Ross house, the Liberty Bell, and the Botanical Gardens are only a few of the attractions Philly has to offer.

Foodie Paradise
Yes, Philadelphians love their share of cheesesteaks, pretzels, and hoagies, but Philly is a foodie paradise that offers a vast array of good eats. From the Italian Market to top-notch 5-star restaurants, there is always a place to eat in Philly. If you are an exotic eater, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the array of flavors that the city has to offer.

Invested in the Arts
Rocky didn’t have to run up the steps to put the Philadelphia Art Museum on the map. Known for being one of the biggest museums in the country, it houses a wide range of paintings and artifacts that draw in thousands. The Art Museum plays a huge part in Philly culture as well as the smaller, but super unique Barnes Foundation. However, the city goes above and beyond when it comes to celebrating the arts. Many artists flock to the city and create a unique atmosphere that can’t be rivaled. In fact there are six top art schools in the area, making Philly perfect for any artsy type or those who appreciate the arts.

Families Embracing the City
Recently a lot of families have been embracing the city due to the numerous family-friendly activities it offers. The city offers great park systems, the perfect outdoor space for kids to run around and play. There is also a long list of museums including the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute to explore with the whole family, making it the ideal for young families to explore and have fun.

Philly Loves Their Sports Teams
Everyone knows that Philadelphia absolutely LOVES their sports teams. Philadelphians are always cheering on our home teams throughout the year! From the Philadelphia Flyers to the Phillies, Sixers, and the NFL Super Bowl 52 champs Philadelphia Eagles (Fly Eagles Fly!), the city is always buzzing with Philly Sports Pride, which is always an electrifying feeling!

Considered the Best Place to Visit in U.S.
Recently, Philadelphia has been considered one of the best places to visit in the U.S. It’s no wonder! Philly has a long list of activities to participate in and places to tour. From historical landmarks to fantastic shopping and food you will never be bored in Philly. Whether you’re just visiting or if you’re considering moving to Philly, you won’t be disappointed.

Spectacular Philly Events Happening this March

Celebrate March and welcome Spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s amazing events. With a robust lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the always popular Philadelphia Flower Show to home openers and performing arts, check out these must-do events this March!

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
March 3rd – 11th
This annual celebration is back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, showcasing the largest indoor show of its kind. The theme of the show this year is Wonders of Water, which features and amazing entryway with a rope bridge, 25-foot waterfall and great entertainment. Don’t miss this year’s Flower Show and view the vibrant and colorful landscapes that have been created!

Philly Wine Week
March 22nd – 29th
Get ready for vino-filled opportunities this March by attending the ever-expanding Philly Wine Week. Enjoy tastings, dinner parties, and educational sessions. Philly’s Wine Week features hundreds of events in 50-plus restaurants and bars across the city over eight days!

The Best of Broadway at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
March 9th – 11th
This March, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will host three unforgettable nights of performances you don’t want to miss! Showcasing popular tunes from Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more, you’ll want to reserve your tickets now. Performances from Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan, and Christopher Seiber, who have performed a total of two dozen Broadway shows collectively, will light up the stage this month.

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11th
Grab your green clothes and spend the day celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which marches down Broad Street all the way to Penn’s Landing. There will be marching bands, decorated floats, music, and dance groups to get the festivities going!

Philadelphia Union Home Opener
March 3rd
If you’re a big soccer fan, get ready to cheer on our home team, The Philadelphia Union, at their home opener game this March! Facing off against the New England Revolutions at Talen Energy Stadium, this opener will be an exciting and challenging game! For more information, click here.

Winter Blues Festival at Longwood Gardens
March 2nd – 29th (select dates)
The always beautiful Longwood Gardens is hosting a Winter Blues Festival this March. Enjoy a beautiful backdrop of hydrangeas and poppies, while talented blues artists play soulful music. Click here for more information!

Swan Lake at the Academy of Music
March 8th – 18th
Get your tickets and watch the legendary ballet, Swan Lake, at the Academy of Music. This timeless ballet features the traditional Tchaikovsky score and is a must-see for anyone who is a performing arts lover! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this March. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders luxury new home communities!

Fun February Events around Philly

February in Philly has a lot more to offer than just Valentine’s Day celebrations. Make room in your schedule and plan on going to some of these fun February events in the Philadelphia area! From theatre and history to the always popular Philadelphia Auto show, there’s plenty to do during the month of February!

Philadelphia Auto Show
Jan. 27 – Feb. 4
Get up close and personal with the newest vehicle models that dealerships will have around the region at the Philadelphia Auto Show! Check out the automotive industry’s latest creations, innovations and designs. You may even have a chance to test drive select models! For more information, click here.

Black History Month in Philly
February 2018
Taking place throughout the whole month of February, many major attractions around the city will be celebrating Black History Month with special programming. Stay up to date with all the Black History Month events taking place with this guide!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at Forrest Theatre
Feb 13-18, 2018
Quick! Get your tickets to this uplifting musical and don’t miss out on Waitress! This women and pie powered musical is a must see at The Forrest Theatre. Combining music by Sara Bareilles and screenwriting by Jessie Nelson, you don’t want to miss your chance to see this musical!

Valentine’s Day
February 14
From romantic dinners to swoon-worthy events, enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special someone in the city! If you’re struggling to find an idea for great activities check out Visit Philly’s guide to The 35 Most Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia!

President’s Day Weekend
Feb 17-19, 2018
Enjoy a weekend of special programming and events for President’s Day this year. There will be plenty to do to celebrate our nation’s past presidents, which will make for a very fun weekend!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week
Feb 26 – March 9, 2018
Foodies get ready! Easy Passyunk Restaurant Week is back February 26th to March 9th for its 5th year. Make your reservations now and get ready to chow down on some delicious food at more than 24 different restaurants in the East Passyunk area!

Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday
Feb 22 & 24, 2018
The Reading Terminal Market turns 125 years old this year and they are gearing up to host a 19th century gala to celebrate. Enjoy Victorian period costumes, Victorian décor, and more on February 22nd, the Market’s official birthday. Also, make sure to keep your eyes and ears open about any further celebration. The market plans to have a year-long celebration, which will easily extend the fun throughout 2018!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music
Feb 27 – March 4, 2018
This comedy musical has 10 Tony® nominations and is a huge hit among audiences and critics alike. Set in the 1590s, this musical tells the story of two brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play in competition against the widely famous play-writer Shakespeare. After hearing that the future of plays involve singing, dancing, and acting, Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to make the world’s first ever musical. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderfully fun musical and get your tickets now!

Best Ways to Ring in the New Year in South Philly

Siena Place residents: where should you go and what should you do to kick off 2018 in and around South Philly? We have a few suggestions for you. So, say goodbye to 2017 and hello to the new year in style!

SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront: Head to 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia in the Historic District and enjoy FREE fireworks shows that start at 6 p.m. with another show at midnight. Just a short walk to Old City, Society Hill, and South Street, this event attracts thousands every year, making it the perfect event to bring the whole family along or celebrate with your friends!

NYE at Xfinity Live!
Ring in the New Year in style at one of the biggest parties in Philly at Xfinity Live. With an all-inclusive pass, you’ll have access to great live music, five bars, food, dancing, and of course a ball drop! Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 at Xfinity Live – general admission tickets currently cost $95, but price may vary as the date approaches.  Learn more here.

Tattooed Mom
Looking for a more low-key way to ring in the New Year but still have a great time? Check out the New Year’s Celebration at the Tattooed Mom. With no cover, half-priced draft beers from 10 p.m.-11p.m., festive cocktails, and plenty of New Year’s swag – you’ll have a great time.

Aquarium “After Dark” New Year’s Eve: If you’re willing to take the quick trip over to Camden, head to the Adventure Aquarium on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Countdown to midnight with friends while enjoying cocktails, dinner, and a live DJ while witnessing the breathtaking skyline of Philadelphia, your top spot for seeing the midnight fireworks show. There’s a five-hour open bar, champagne toast at midnight, cocktail hour, cheese and crudité station, tapas station, dinner buffet and dessert all for one bundled price. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest: This winterized riverfront park has an Olympic-size skating rink with spectacular views of the Delaware River, complete with lodge, winter garden, and Christmas tree. Relax with friends in the outdoor seating area in front of a cozy fire or warm up in one of the warming cabins. There’s also a kids’ lodge with arcade games to keep the little ones and teens busy.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show: Located at 6th and Race Streets, this is the place to be for festive lights, winter delights, and holiday cheer all throughout the historic Franklin Square. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show with 50,000 twinkling lights and holiday music to accompany your holiday shopping, dining, and more. Best part is, it’s free! Enjoy the LED lights that dance to the music, a treat everyone will enjoy young or old.

Siena Place is not far from any of these events. Make your plans now so you don’t miss out! And if you want to be part of Siena Place, contact Judd Builders to learn more.

Wonderful Philly Events Coming to Town this Holiday!

All located in South Philly or Downtown Philly, all these amazing events are guaranteed to entertain and spread holiday cheer! Perfect for any Siena place residents, the events below range from classic holiday celebrations to interesting exhibits and fantastic plays. There’s something for everyone! Even Judd’s other communities can get in on the fun! If you live near The Reserve at Creekside or Lehigh Valley take a day or weekend trip to enjoy the wonderful festivities that Philadelphia has to offer.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show
November 9 – December 31, 2017
Great for the family, The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show exhibits 50,000 flickering lights set to music every thirty minutes between 4-8pm on weeknights and 4-9pm Friday and Saturday. Other festivities going on during the show are: Saturday with Santa, holiday train rides, food and drink, and mini-golf.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
November 18,19; November 23 – December 24, 2017
For the 10th year the German-style Christmas Village returns to JFK Plaza with 80 booths that offer some of the best finds ever. Enjoy edible and drinkable treats and entertainment while you browse booths for a handful of trinkets you’ll fall in love with.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Taking place every two hours, experience the whimsical light show during store hours. You could also take a walkthrough tour of the second floor’s Dickens Village that ends with a chance to meet Santa and get a picture, making it the perfect family holiday outing!

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
November 24 – March 4, 2018
This popular attraction returns for the fifth year guaranteeing a wonderful time for anyone who goes. Dust off those skates and get ready to have some fun! Enjoy the amazing view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and cozy up beside the fire pits! Or grab a bite at Lodge Restaurant and Bar, Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin, Chickie’s & Pete’s, and more!

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute
Now through March 4, 2018
Explore the story, craft, and science behind the Terracotta Army at The Franklin Institute. With Philadelphia being one of the only two cities hosting this exhibition you’ll want to visit the thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that guarded a tomb of China’s first emperor while it’s in town. Also don’t forget to check out the 170 related artifacts like weapons, ceremonial vessels, and gold ornaments that will also be on display until March 4th.

Coffee and Tea Festival
December 2-3, 2017
Get on that coffee grind and enjoy the Coffee and Tea Festival December 2-3! This annual festival is held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and there is a lot to check out. With more than 50 exhibitors, tastings, gift bags and more, you don’t want to miss out on this festival!

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
December 8-31, 2017 (Select Dates)
Enjoy one of the most iconic scores and dance tradition this holiday and purchase tickets to see The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet. This unforgettable holiday experience is elegant and enchanting and there is a sensory-friendly performance on December 27th, perfect for the kids!

The Color Purple at The Forrest Theatre
December 12-17, 2017
The Color Purple hits The Forrest Theatre for a six-day stint from December 12-17th. As a part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series, this novel turned musical is a must see!

Find Your Perfect Home in Packer Park

Check out Siena Place, our beautiful, luxurious townhomes in South Philly, located in the Packer Park in South Philly.

You get the best of both worlds when you live in Siena Place. Being in such close proximity to the city, you can take advantage of everything South Philly has to offer. Be an integral part of the eclectic community here, boasting a true sense of style, history, charm and personality. Browse the boutiques on South Street or enjoy a romantic dinner cruise along the Delaware River, there is so much to do here at Siena Place. Here’s what our homes and the area have to offer new residents!

Features of Siena Place

Choose from a variety of floor plans at Siena Place, including the BRAND NEW Gianna, The Elena and The Bella! Each home design features spacious bedrooms, luxurious baths, state-of-the-art kitchens and private balconies. At Siena Place, you’ll be a part of a Homeowners Association, which is desirable for many people because it means you can enjoy a virtually maintenance-free lifestyle.

Townhomes at Siena Place start in the upper $400s, with luxury features including:

  • Private attached garages with driveways
  • Professional landscaping with shrubbery
  • Brick front exterior (varies per individual building elevations)
  • Virtually maintenance-free exterior
  • 9-foot first floor ceilings
  • Hardwood floor in foyer, kitchen, breakfast nook & powder room
  • Wall-to-wall decorator style carpeting
  • Easily-accessible laundry rooms
  • Spacious eat-in kitchens
  • Stainless steel sinks
  • Granite kitchen countertops
  • Luxurious owner’s bath with double bowl marble vanity tops (most models)
  • Natural gas heat and central AC
  • Low maintenance Andersen® double pane insulated white vinyl windows with screens & grills

Area Attractions

Just three miles from Philadelphia International Airport, Packer Park puts you in close proximity to many entertainment venues, such as Adventure Aquarium, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Walnut Street Theatre, and the Kimmel Center. If you’re a sports fan, then you’re never very far from catching a great live game or hanging with friends to cheer on your favorite Philly teams. Historical and natural features include Independence National Historical Park, JFK Plaza (Love Park), Pennsylvania Convention Center, Washington Square, and Schuylkill River Park. There’s plenty to do in the area with families and friends when they come to visit, from museum to parks – you have everything within a short distance away.

Got a college student living with you? You’re not far from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. And if you’re looking for a bite to eat, you don’t have to go far to hit up Geno’s Steaks or Pat’s King of Steaks, Butcher & Singer, and Dante & Luigi’s to name a few.

Does living in Siena Place sound good to you? Learn more about Siena Place and how you can become a homeowner by calling sales manager Denise Homich from Judd Builders at 215-339-5390.

Tired of City Life? 5 Trails to Visit For a Change of Scenery

Living in the city can get pretty tiring from time to time. All the hustle and bustle can be a lot to handle. If you’re getting tired of city life there are easy ways to escape for a day or two. All you need to do is put on your hiking shoes and find a willing participant to join you on your endeavors. Here are five trails to visit to help you escape from city life by changing your scenery.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1972, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is America’s first urban refuge. The main purpose of the refuge is to preserve the Tinicum Marsh and promote environmental education. However, there are multiple trails to walk and bike on and because the refuge protects a variety of habitats you’re bound to see wildlife all around. This trail is perfect for those who don’t want to travel too far from their home but still want to experience wonderful wildlife.

Wissahickon Valley Park
With over 50 miles of trails for walkers and bikers alike, Wissahickon Valley Park is a perfect place to visit to escape from city life for a couple of hours. With four different trails you won’t be able to fit everything in in one day! So spread it across a couple of weekends and keep exploring all that Wissahickon Valley Park has to offer! Also, if you aren’t into hiking don’t worry; there are other activities you can do! Enjoy a picnic or go fishing or biking, you can even bird watch!

Ridley Creek State Park
Encompassing more than 2,606 acres, Ridley Creek State Park has a lot to offer individuals who are trying to escape from city life for a couple of hours. It offers a lot more than hiking as well. Fishing, camping, horseback riding, biking, picnicking, and wildlife watching are some of the activities that you can enjoy at Ridley Creek State Park. Visit before it gets too cold to enjoy and take in the beautiful fall foliage!

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Discover all that Valley Forge National Park has to offer by walking their trails. However, you can also explore Valley Forge by going on a tour of the encampment. They even have activities and ranger programs for children, which is perfect for a fun-filled family weekend! Or you can visit Valley Forge when they have one of the many events they host! Check out their events calendar to see what’s happening!

Fort Washington State Park
On the smaller side, Fort Washington State Park is only 493 acres, but don’t ignore this awesome getaway. Like Ridley Creek State Park, Fort Washington State Park has a lot of activities to offer their visitors and they take good care of the park. Don’t feel like hiking or fishing? Then go disc golfing on their 9-hole course or get a ball game going with a group of friends and play 9 innings on the ball field!

Bonus: Glen Onoko Falls
Most of the trails on this list were fairly close to Philadelphia. However, this amazing trail is located further out in Jim Thorpe in the foot hills of the Poconos, about a 2 hour drive from the city. Glen Onoko Falls is only about three miles long, but it’s a challenging hiking trail for experience outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to wear hiking boots rather than sneakers to keep you from slipping. Even though the trail might be harder to hike, it’s totally worth it. There are multiple waterfalls that will take your breath away.