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What’s Out There Weekend Philadelphia

Logan Square, Philadelphia

May 18-19, 2013

TCLF invites you to explore and discover What’s Out There Weekend Philadelphia, featuring a series of FREE expert guided tours highlighting the city’s remarkable landscape legacy. During the weekend, members of the public can visit more than two-dozen different sites around the city.

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Registration is suggested for all tours.
Follow the site links below to learn more about the property, its designers, and its history.

Saturday, May 18

Center City West/Fairmount

Benjamin Franklin Parkway
(10am to Noon)

John F. Collins Park/Fitler Square/Rittenhouse Square
(11am to 12:30pm)

Museum Without Walls - Public Art tour on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
(1 to 2:30pm)

Logan Square/Barnes Museum/Rodin Museum (1:30 to 3pm)

Philadelphia Museum of Art/Azalea Garden
(3:30 to 5pm)

Fairmount Park

Museum Without Walls (bicycle tour, 8 mile loop) - Public Art tour in Fairmount Park (9:30am to Noon - meet at 9:00)

Laurel Hill Cemetery (2 to 3:30pm)

West Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania

- College Green (10 to 11:30am)
- New Open Spaces (12:15 to 1:45pm)

The Woodlands (2:30 to 3:30pm)

Huntingdon Valley

Bryn Athyn Historic District - Cairnwood, Glen Cairn, and Bryn Athyn Cathedral
(10am to Noon)

PHS Meadowbrook Farm (1 to 3pm)

Ambler Arboretum - Temple University
(3:30 to 5pm)

Germantown/Wissahickon Valley

Awbury Arboretum
(8:30 to 10am; and 3 to 4:30pm)

Morris Arboretum 
(10:30am to Noon, and 1 to 2:30pm)

Northeast Philadelphia

Glen Foerd on the Delaware (10 to 11:30am)

Andalusia (1 to 2pm)


Sunday, May 19

Center City East

Christ Church Burial Ground (10:30 to 11am)

Independence Mall (11:30am to 12:30pm)

Independence National Historical Park - including Independence Square, Washington Square, and Welcome Park (1:15 to 2:15pm)

Society Hill - including Rose Garden, Magnolia GardenDelancey Park, St. Peters Cemetery and Old Pine Street Churchyard
(2:30 to 4:30pm)

West Philadelphia

Bartram's Garden (11am to Noon)

Delaware County

Eden Cemetery - Collingdale (12 to 1pm)

Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College
(2 to 3:30pm)

Germantown/Wissahickon Valley

CANCELLED Forbidden Drive (bicycle tour, 8 mile ride)
(12:30 to 2:30pm)

North Philadelphia

Temple University (Main Campus) (3 to 4:30pm)

Civic Space in the 'Cradle of Liberty'

Philadelphia’s history is written in its public spaces. Explore national treasures, innovative urban thinking, and hidden gems across the city including art and design in Fairmount Park, the Beaux Arts grounds of the Ben Franklin Parkway, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Colonial heritage and Colonial Revival design in Independence Park, the groundbreaking Modernist expressions of Society Hill, and the Postmodernist plazas of Venturi Scott Brown. The tours reveal the back story about city shaping, landscape architecture and the design history of significant landscapes all over the city. Many are places people pass daily, but do we know their background stories?

What’s Out There Weekend dovetails with the Web-based What’s Out There, the nation’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed landscapes. The database offers a broad and interconnected way to discover the breadth of America’s historic designed landscapes, while What’s Out There Weekend gives people the opportunity to experience the landscapes they might see every day in a new way.