Philadelphia

W
e like to think of Philadelphia as Fall-adelphia in October and November. Before the winter sets in and sends everyone inside, it’s the perfect time to explore the city!

Few things say fall better than the beautiful colors of the leaves and foliage, and Philadelphia offers some great locations to see this change of season.

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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

Rich with museums and the epicenter for festivals and marathons, this spot offers a great view of fall when looking straight down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The trees form a canopy of red, orange and yellow over your head in the autumn months and it’s a lovely walk from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Franklin Square Park in Philadelphia

This park in Old City is a great place to take in some fresh fall foliage. The 7.5-acre green is one of five original squares that William Penn laid out in his original plan of the city in 1682. It offers a chance to take in the season and a great playground for the kids too!

Philly Gets an A at U Penn!

For fall from a college view, the University of Pennsylvania Campus is framed and subdivided by canopy trees, lawns and meadows. This campus is beautiful in all seasons, with its fabulous old buildings and great spots to have a picnic — especially with the abundance of food trucks in the area.

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Hit The Road!

Hiking and biking are great in the fall so exploring the city by pedal or as a pedestrian is a wonderful opportunity to see some awe-worthy scenes. A Philly favorite is the Kelly Drive Loop, a 8.5-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail that loops around from center city, across Falls Bridge in East Falls and back up along the opposite, parallel side of the Schuylkill so you can see views of the skyline, Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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To Market To Market!

And, of course all these fall sites are certain to create a craving for some fresh apple cider or a seasonal treat. Fortunately Philadelphia has some great farmers markets. The Rittenhouse Square Market  is a year-round market at 18th and Walnut Streets, open Saturdays from 9 AM–3 PM and features seasonal produce, fresh baked goods and more!

Headhouse Farmers’ Market takes place Sunday May through December, beneath the historic Headhouse Shambles at Headhouse Square. The Food Trust’s largest weekly farmers market also happens to be its most popular and well-attended. The market boasts more than 25 farmers and producers, all displaying their fresh produce, baked goods and local meats, cheeses and wines. Also look out for a rotating roster of food trucks selling delicious ready to eat items like tacos and artisan sausages.

Last but not least is our favorite, Reading Terminal Market, a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and Amish pickles to cheeses, seafood and meals to go. While the market is open seven days a week, the Amish vendors, a huge draw for visitors and locals, sell their goods Wednesday through Saturday.

Jaimi