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Philly's Six Most Underrated Parks

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Philadelphia is home to the largest public, landscaped park in the world, and the center of the city is dotted with well known urban squares. But there are some hidden gems around the city that don't receive nearly enough attention or acclaim. Here are Curbed's picks for Philly's six most underrated parks.

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1. Bartram's Gardens

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54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
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Bartram's Gardens is a botanical park, nature trail, and farm in Southwest Philadelphia. Though the park is only a short trolley ride away from Center City, it gets very little foot traffic.

2. Norris Square Park

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Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA

Far from the well known public squares in Center City lies Norris Square, a charming green space right by the El. Mosaics adorn pillars, there's a basketball court, a pavilion, and the square is bordered on all sides by venerable old houses.

3. Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

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Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 878-5097
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This gorgeous recreation of a 17th century Japanese house has a Koi pond and tons of beautiful landscaping. It's a part of Fairmount Park that ought to see far more visitors than it does.

4. Race Street Pier

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N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Though much fanfare was made about the creation of the Race Street Pier, it's cut off from the rest of the city by I-95. That shouldn't stop visitors, though, as the park offers great river views and free wifi.

5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park

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1800 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Otherwise known as "The Lakes", FDR Park is a South Philly oasis complete with a skatepark, tennis courts, several lakes, a lagoon, and the Swedish American History Museum.

6. Awbury Arboretum

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1 Awbury Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19138
(215) 849-2855
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The Awbury Arboretum in Germantown is perhaps a ways away from Center City, but the historic mansion, secret garden, and wetlands on the grounds make it worth a visit.

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1. Bartram's Gardens

54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143

Bartram's Gardens is a botanical park, nature trail, and farm in Southwest Philadelphia. Though the park is only a short trolley ride away from Center City, it gets very little foot traffic.

54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

2. Norris Square Park

Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA

Far from the well known public squares in Center City lies Norris Square, a charming green space right by the El. Mosaics adorn pillars, there's a basketball court, a pavilion, and the square is bordered on all sides by venerable old houses.

Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA

3. Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs, Philadelphia, PA 19131

This gorgeous recreation of a 17th century Japanese house has a Koi pond and tons of beautiful landscaping. It's a part of Fairmount Park that ought to see far more visitors than it does.

Horticultural and Lansdowne Drs
Philadelphia, PA 19131

4. Race Street Pier

N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Though much fanfare was made about the creation of the Race Street Pier, it's cut off from the rest of the city by I-95. That shouldn't stop visitors, though, as the park offers great river views and free wifi.

N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park

1800 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19145

Otherwise known as "The Lakes", FDR Park is a South Philly oasis complete with a skatepark, tennis courts, several lakes, a lagoon, and the Swedish American History Museum.

1800 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

6. Awbury Arboretum

1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138

The Awbury Arboretum in Germantown is perhaps a ways away from Center City, but the historic mansion, secret garden, and wetlands on the grounds make it worth a visit.

1 Awbury Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19138