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The historic urban feel of Philadelphia continuously draws in crowds to experience the cheesesteaks, the cobblestone-lined streets, and the infamous Rocky statue. While the city is very much alive with so much to offer residents and RV rental travelers alike, sometimes a bit of nature-filled solitude is much needed. In the many towns just outside the city, a productive countryside awaits, but within city limits, a 2,000-acre oasis sits tucked along both sides of the Schuylkill River.
Consider booking a camper rental to Fairmount Park to see what all the hype is about with this famous city park. Known for its role in the 1876 Centennial Exposition, when ten million people trekked to the area, Fairmount Park is a beloved and preserved plot of the natural land of Philadelphia County. Two unrelated forces drove the forefront for the park's initial creation: bankruptcy and clean water. The property changed several hands each due to an economic downturn. Meanwhile, the river was quickly becoming contaminated due to the industrial boom. By continuing to maintain the original property and purchase additional lands nearby, the city was able to begin stabilizing the river’s quality while maintaining the green space. The park is filled with activities and other ways to entertain the body and mind.
Fairmount Park may not be mountainous, but it has plenty of ground to be covered on foot, bike, or horseback. Take advantage of the miles of both paved and unpaved trails that wind and weave through the property. Along the way, enjoy sights of the river, boathouses, and other various landmarks scattered on the property. For mountain bikers, due to the maintenance needed for the tails, a riding permit is required. Otherwise, entrance to the park and its facilities are open sunrise to sunset free of charge.
Among the many opportunities at Fairmount Park is an outdoor concert venue, which is a less strenuous way to enjoy the park’s surroundings. Sure, it’s not considered exercise by definition, but you will be dancing the evening away under the stars. Before securing your RV rental trip to Fairmount Park, take a look at the concert lineup to find the show that fits your groove. Enjoy some tunes, have a picnic, and take in the scenery.
Additional hiking and biking trails and wildlife viewing, specifically birds, can be found at the nearby Wissahickon Valley Park, which is of similar size and allure as Fairmount Park. The terrain here tends to be a little steeper and rocky, so definitely pay attention to your footing. Other regional public favorites that brought William Penn’s vision to life include Spruce Harbor Park, Race Street Pier, the Longwood Gardens, and the Valley Forge National Historical Park. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of natural wonders that can be found inside city limits.
Fairmount Park is more of a public use outdoor recreation space than a campground. So, unfortunately, Fairmount Park campers will have to look elsewhere to park their RVs for the night. There aren’t many options right near the park, but there are a few near Philadelphia. You may also be able to find a commercial parking lot that might allow you to park for free or at a small cost overnight. There won’t be any facilities or amenities, but at least you’d still be in the city.
Your best campground prospects for housing all types of RV rentals will be the KOA locations in Clarksboro, NJ, and Coatesville, PA. Typical of most KOA locations, you’ll have full hookups for the RV as well as access to the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities. At both these locations, there’s a seasonally open pool, fishing, and a dog park if you’ve brought along your four-legged companion. Most cities weren’t designed with RVs in mind, but Philadelphia does it’s best to accommodate all types of travelers.
At Fairmount Park, you can do more than just appreciate your surroundings. Public art is sprinkled throughout; each statue should have a description of the piece and the artist. Tours are available for the various historic mansions and houses that have been longstanding at the park. Notably, the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a nationally ranked garden that invites guests to learn about Japanese history and culture. Water Works, once home to the engine room of the water department before being used for a restaurant and lounge, is now a magical setting for events while offering lovely views of the Boathouse Row and the Center City skyline.
Speaking of Center City, Fairmount Park campers should check out downtown Philadelphia. With many museums spanning a variety of subjects along with the general importance of the city in America’s history, there’s plenty of knowledge to be gained. The Philadelphia Zoo is America’s oldest zoo and welcomes everyone to awe and interact with their animals, within reason, of course. Check out a local Philly cheesesteak spot, shop around, or just wander, the city of brotherly love is filled with fun.