A Vacation from the Treadmill: Our 5 Favorite Running Spots for the Summer

There is no shortage of exciting activities to get you motivated to spend time outside during the summer in Philadelphia, but between the BBQ’s and beer gardens, it can be hard to get to gym without missing out on the fun. The solution? Running. This cardio activity keeps you burning calories while still getting to enjoy all of the sights of the city. Whether you are a seasoned runner or a rookie, we bet you’ll fall in love with one of our favorite spots!


  1. Boxer’s Trail

This 5K trail earned its name by being a favorite training spot for boxing legend, Joe Frazier. Back then, it was no more than a narrow, dirt path, but now, thanks to a partnership between Fairmount Park and the Fairmount Park Conservancy, it is a beautiful trail. The route begins at 33rd Street and Oxford Avenue in Fairmount Park and continues towards the Schuylkill, eventually looping you back to the start. We love this spot because it offers spectacular views of the Schuylkill but does not get overcrowded.


  1. FDR Park

If you are someone who bores easily, this is the trail for you! This South Philadelphia gem includes a golf course, lake, and skate park among other things. No headphones required for this quick and exciting run! The partially-paved 1.5-mile trail begins at 1500 Pattison Avenue and loops back to start. The shorter distance makes it accessible to new runners while also making it easy for seasoned runners to challenge themselves by adding laps.


  1. The Ben Franklin Bridge

If you are eager to get a bird’s eye view of the city, try the Ben Franklin Bridge! This route is 3 miles round trip. Don’t be fooled by the distance – this run is tough. The steady incline will keep your legs working! We recommend getting out there early to beat the heat. Although it can be tough, nothing beats looking out at our beautiful city. Be sure to snap a picture along the way!


  1. Schuylkill River Trail

Spanning from Philadelphia to Phoenixville, this 26.5-mile trail is no joke. This popular route is perfect for training for a larger race. However, don’t feel the need to do the entire trail – we are particularly partial to the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk portion of the route. This 2,000 foot long section extends from Locust Street to South Street and takes you literally over the river. The solar-powered lights allow runners to enjoy this path at any time of day, so we recommend going in the evening so you can enjoy the dazzling skyline lighting up the night sky. Don’t forget to bring a runner partner with you!


  1. Kelly Drive

This nearly 9-mile loop has risen to popularity for a reason. This path curves along both sides of the Schuylkill River and takes you past beautiful Philly sightseeing staples such as Boat House Row, the Art Museum, and more! Between the foliage and the rowers, there is plenty of activity to keep you going on this run. Many seasoned runners will warn against The Kelly Drive loop because of the crowds. Although dodging strollers and bikers can be hard, this unique run is not something you want to miss. We love the feeling of city community that you receive while on this run, so don’t be surprised if you receive an encouraging thumbs up or high five from a fellow runner.


Now that you know our favorite spots, we hope you’ll fit one of these trails into your summer plans. See you out there!

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