text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Smith Playground


Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse opened in 1899 through the wills of Richard and Sarah Smith. This Philadelphia landmark has hosted over nine million children since its opening.

Today, children up to 10 years old can enjoy a trip down the famous Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide, which is 12 feet wide, 40 feet long and 10 feet high. For children ages 5-10, the Play Pod offers a giant see-saw and spinning "jungle gyms." And there's so much more fun in this recently reopened children's paradise.

Tue-Sun, 10am-4pm, Ages 0-10 years old, Free

Call 215-765-4325 or visit their website

Head back to Kelly drive and proceed southeast, past the statues of Grant and the playing angels. Continue for close to a quarter mile where, situated high against the rock is Frederic Remington's Cowboy.

Fairmount Park