From family yoga in the morning to Shakespeare during lunch and a rush hour serenade, one of Philadelphia’s newest parks has something for all ages. Sister Cities Park, located at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is maintained by the Center City District and features a children’s discovery garden, a boat pond with toy boat rentals, a visitor’s center, and a plaza with fountains set in a bluestone map of all ten of Philadelphia’s sister cities.
Also located in the park is the Milk & Honey Café, which offers many of Philadelphia’s own signature brands—from La Colombe coffee to Bassets ice cream, South Street Philly bagels and BT brownies. The Café is open everyday: Monday-Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm.
Some of the regularly scheduled, free activities in the park include: Nature in the Park (Tuesdays at 11 am), when staff from the Academy of Natural Sciences lead interactive discovery programs for ages 8 and younger; Fun, Fitness, and Friends (Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 pm) for kids age 5 to 10 and their families to become physically active in a friendly environment; and Trees in the City (Fridays at 10 am), where kids 4 to 10 join staff from Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s Tree Philly program to learn about trees through fun games and crafts.
Whether you need a break from the museums, a comfortable spot for an al fresco lunch, or a fun activity for the kids, Sister Cities Park is a welcome addition to Philadelphia’s recreational spaces. For more information about the park and its complete calendar of activities, click here.