Featured Community: Siena Place

If you’re looking for a new home in an amazing community that offers the best amenities you should consider looking at one of Judd Builders wonderful communities. Built in up and coming areas, all of our communities offer an array of conveniences including amazing school districts, the best shopping, and a friendly atmosphere, especially Siena Place.

Located in Packer Park, PA, Siena Place is one of Judd Builders many wonderful communities with new luxury townhomes that are perfect for any family. Starting from $375,900, each home will suite the modern family’s varying needs. With three different models to choose from, you’ll be sure to find your family’s dream home. Each model home design is complete with 3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 baths, and attached garage with private driveway, a luxurious owner’s suite, and a gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. You won’t have to worry about home renovations anytime soon when you work with Judd Builders. We take pride in our building process and ensure that your home is built to the quality you expect so you get the home you deserve!

There is so much to enjoy in the tight-knit community, however, because of Siena Place’s amazing location there is much more to enjoy outside of the community as well. Just minutes away from South Philly, you’ll be able to enjoy the city where it all began. Explore the exciting fusion of style, culture, and personality that Philadelphia has to offer while enjoying the rich history and entertainment. Spend your days browsing South Street boutiques or dine at many of the restaurants in the area. Or you could take Philadelphia team spirit to a whole new level and cheer on your favorite sports team at the nearby stadiums. You’ll never miss a beat when you live in this community.

Experience the ultimate South Philadelphia lifestyle at Siena Place, which takes refined city living to an exciting new level. Offering a sophisticated lifestyle in a highly desirable and uniquely convenient location, Siena Place has it all!

So if you’re looking for a brand new home in a convenient location with a wonderful tight-knit community and the best amenities you should consider moving to Siena Place or one of our other communities. For more information feel free to contact us! We’re happy to answer all of your questions!

Splendid May Events in the Philadelphia Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the beautiful Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square to the exciting South Street Spring Festival and Maifest, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this May in the Philadelphia area!

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square
May 1st – June 30th
Returning for a third year at Franklin Square, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will light up Franklin Square with grand artistic creations. These 28 whimsical displays will come alive with 15,000 LED lights and feature the popular Chinese dragon and panda constructions from previous years with other brand new creations as well.

South Street Spring Festival and Maifest
May 12th
There is so much to do at the amazing South Street Spring Festival and Maifest! From concerts and eating contests to kids zones and 100-plus vendors to explore, you won’t be bored at this event.

Broad Street Run
May 5th
Put on your running shoes and get ready for the Broad Street Run. This event is gaining popularity every year, rightfully so! Participants will run along a flat 10-mile stretch of Philly’s main streets, while spectators can watch on the sidewalks to cheer on the runners. This is the perfect event for anyone looking to get out and get active!

Sail Philadelphia
Thursday May 24th – 28th
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend along the historic Delaware River Waterfront with Sail Philadelphia. This four-day festival will feature 12 Tall Ships that will be docked on the Waterfront. There will be public tours, day sails, and loads of riverside fun!

Spruce Street Harbor Park
May 11th
Known as one of the best warm-weather spots in Philly, Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening back up for it’s fifth season! Lounge in the colorful hammocks, feast on delicious food and drink, or play fun outdoor games. No matter what, you’ll find that Spruce Street Harbor Park has a lot to offer to its visitors.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
May 11th
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is back and ready to kick off the season right! Enjoy boardwalk-style games and rides while admiring the waterfront view. Or grab some food and drinks and throw on some rollerblades and skate on the outdoor roller rink!

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
May 19th
Witness the Rittenhouse neighborhood transform for the ever-popular Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. This come-one, come-all street fest invites residents and visitors to enjoy a day full of music, shopping, entertainment, and food. Make plans with your friends, family, and neighbors, because this event is a must-do!

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
May 19th – 20th
Enjoy live entertainment, activities, and a bounty of different Italian foods at The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. From homemade sausages to fresh pasta and cannolis, this popular event is always entertaining. Don’t forget to stick around for two must-see events: the Procession of Saints and the greased pole-climbing contest.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this May and make sure you enjoy the events that Philadelphia has to offer! Or, if you’re looking for a beautiful home in South Philadelphia/Packer Park, look no further than Siena Place! This beautiful townhome community is perfect for families! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

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!

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.