In 2016, Philadelphia became the first major city to partner with Google to catalog many of the city’s trails and cultural attractions. From May through October, two Parks and Recreation employees walked more than 400 miles on Philadelphia’s trails — all while carrying around the 50-pound Google Trekker backpack to document our city’s urban oases. Everything from A to Z: Aviator Park to the Zoo, is now included in the street view images. To celebrate the launch of this great feature, here are a few of our favorite spots in Google Street View! Take a virtual walk through a graveyard, a historic garden, and some of our scenic trails and parks!
Boxers’ Trail, East Fairmount Park
The scenic Boxers’ Trail is an East Fairmount Park destination. The trail was once heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier’s training route and is still a go-to for boxers and runners today. Take a virtual tour of Boxers’ Trail – and join us on Saturday, September 9 for the 5K!
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Not just a cemetery: This Philadelphia historic gem also functions as a sculptural garden and horticultural destination. Founded in 1836, the cemetery is a sight to be seen. Virtually navigate your way through every nook and cranny of the cemetery’s gravestones and lush greenery.
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Located in West Philadelphia along the bank of the Schuylkill River, Bartram’s Garden is North America’s oldest surviving botanic garden. The beautiful destination functions as everything from a farm to a kayaking spot. Take a virtual tour, then take in all of its beauty with a real-life trip!
Lardner’s Point Park, 5202 Levick Street
With a great view of the Delaware River and the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge in Northeast Philadelphia, this park should be your next waterfront park destination. The beautiful bridge view and accessibility to the newly-completed K&T Trail should inspire you to plan a visit.
Fisher Park, 571 W Spencer Street
This North Philadelphia community green space has everything you want in a park. Basketball courts, a playground, tennis courts, picnic tables, trails, and a community garden are among its features. Explore Fisher Park’s amenities here, then visit it for yourself!