Outdoor spaces to enjoy this summer.

The temperature is rising and the days are getting longer. This can only mean one thing: it’s almost summertime in Philadelphia!

Now that Philadelphia has transitioned into the “yellow” phase, gradual re-openings have begun to occur, even though there are still limitations on public gatherings and many businesses remain closed.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of ways you can get out and enjoy your city this summer! Today, we’re sharing a few of our favorite spots to soak up the sun, learn about nature, and make new memories along the way.

Pack a park picnic.

One of the best-kept secrets about Philadelphia is that amid the skyscrapers and historic buildings, there are plenty of parks that offer a beautiful respite from the hustle and bustle.

One of the largest and well-known ones is Fairmount Park. Spanning an impressive 2000 acres, this massive urban park features gentle trails, shaded forests, and plenty of gorgeous waterfront views. In fact, it’s so big that most people refer to it by its east and west sides.

As you explore the grounds, you’ll discover plenty to see and do. This interactive map details 50 unique experiences in East Fairmount Park alone! When you need to get some fresh air, pack a picnic lunch, and find a pretty spot to spread out. Just remember to practice social distancing, avoid crowds, and wear a mask to protect those around you.

For a change of scenery, you can also check out Benjamin Rush State Park. Philadelphia County’s only state park is located on the northeast side of the city and offers excellent hiking, biking, and wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Hit the trails.

You don’t have to be a professional mountain climber to enjoy the many hiking opportunities that Philadelphia provides. Many of the city’s trails are gentle, accessible, and easy enough for beginners.

For instance, the Lincoln Drive Trail and Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail, both at Fairmount Park, are rated as “easy” and feature rewarding vistas, including waterfalls, dams and historic bridges.

Another local favorite is the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Located 20 minutes from the city in nearby Bala Cynwyd, the 1.8-mile trail runs between the Westminster Cemetery and the West Laurel Hill Cemetery. As you travel across it, you’ll find overlooks, boulder climbing walls, natural wetlands, and views of the Schuylkill River. The trail is currently still open, though the Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail request that all visitors wear a mask and practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Visit a farmer’s market.

The grocery store shelves might be a little more empty lately, but that gives you even more reason to visit your local farmer’s markets!

The Philadelphia Farm to City initiative operates 12 seasonal markets around the city.  Many of these have been open or are re-opening soon with limited hours and conditions. At all of these, you can find fresh, local fruit, produce, meats, artisanal goods, and more. You can stay up-to-date on the latest openings by following the Farm to City Facebook page.

In addition to social distancing and wearing a mask, Farm to City managers also ask all patrons to stay behind the ropes at each produce stand and refrain from approaching if someone is already in line. By following these simple regulations, you can shop local, support small businesses, and enjoy farm-fresh produce, all at the same time!

Go camping.

Looking for another way to get outdoors, enjoy nature, and spend time with your family? Overnight camping is a great way to explore more of the natural wonders that Philadelphia has to offer.

Now reopened, the Philadelphia South/Clarksboro KOA is a great way to enjoy a rural retreat right in the heart of the city. Depending on how rustic you want to go, you can take your pick from a variety of accommodations. These range from pull-through RV sites and tent sites to deluxe cabins and new glamping tents. To ensure everyone’s health and safety, there will be amended check-in procedures at the campground, and amenities will be limited.

Want to stick a little closer to home? You can always head to the backyard! Set up a tent, roast some marshmallows, and make-believe that you’re roughing it in the wilderness. All the while, you’ll be staying within feet of a hot shower, air conditioning, and your own bed.

Venture out confidently.

As we begin to slowly ease back into our regular routines, is your smile ready?

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We can also help you find relief from dental discomfort, including the pain associated with TMJ, so you can smile boldly and enjoy every day to its fullest without worrying about pain in your jaw, face, or neck.

With so much to see and do around the city, a beaming smile is the best accessory you can have as you take it all in. After a few months of hunkering down, being able to get outside and move around should give you plenty to grin about.

Stay smart, be safe and look great this summer.

These are only a few of the ways you can make sure you’re ready to embrace everything this season has to offer. Take the time to optimize your mental, physical, and oral health before revving up for a summer of activity. Along the way, remember to listen to your body and be gentle with yourself.

It’s also important to remember that although Philadelphia has transitioned from a “red” to a “yellow” code, the COVID-19 threat still exists. Anywhere you go, remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and avoid touching your face. If you’re over 50, try to limit your outings and stick to family gatherings to stay as protected as possible.

We’re here for you and your family and can’t wait to see your beautiful smiles! Book an appointment today and let’s connect.