It's not every day you stumble upon a playground that sprawls across six acres of land, but that's precisely how much acreage Smith Memorial Playground and Playground claims in East Fairmount Park. It's been there for more than a century (since 1899, to be exact), delighting the children of Philadelphia lucky enough to zoom down its massive wooden slide.
It's clear that the park has undergone a few makeovers since its earliest days, however, with an underfoot surface composed of colorful, cushy rubber and more contemporary pieces of playground equipment. Let your little one play the role of conductor on an electric blue, multi-car locomotive or keep a close eye while he climbs to the peak of a rope-y web. If it's raining out, your kids can still play in the equally impressive playhouse. At a whopping 16,000 square feet, the completely enclosed playhouse features a slew of toys and even a smaller version of the train outside. Make the quick trip from Meetinghouse to Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse for some active fun with your family.
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
3500 Reservoir Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19121