Philadelphia Phillies. Since 2004 the Philadelphia Phillies have played in Citizens Bank Park, a beautiful stadium that makes for a great day or night outing in spring, summer, or fall. The season runs from April to October. Tickets range from $17 to $65. 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA.

Citizens Bank Park (1 Citizens Bank Way, South Philadelphia, 19148. 215/463–1000.

Camden River Sharks. The minor-league Camden River Sharks, a member of the independent Atlantic League, play late April through September at Campbell's Field. Tickets are $5 to $13.

Campbell's Field. Campbell's Field in New Jersey, across the Delaware River from Penn's Landing, is where the minor-league Camden River Sharks play. 401 N. Delaware Ave., Camden, Philadelphia, PA, 08102. 856/963–2600 or 866/742–7579.


Philadelphia consistently produces first-rate basketball prospects, and vigorous, competitive pickup games can be found at hundreds of courts around the city.

Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers play at the Wells Fargo Center from November to April. Tickets start at $10.

Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St., South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 19148. 215/339–7676.

Collegiate Big Five basketball. Collegiate Big Five basketball features teams from LaSalle, St. Joseph's, Temple, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova. The season runs from December to March. Big Five Office, the Palestra, 235 S. 33rd St., University City, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. 215/898–4747.


One popular treat for cyclists is to ride the paved path along the east side of the Schuylkill River; cross East Falls Bridge, and return on the west side of the river. The path begins behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is parallel to Kelly Drive. This 8-mi loop is about an hour of casually paced biking. Forbidden Drive, a 5½-mi dirt-and-gravel bridle path along a stream in the Wissahickon, in the northwestern section of Fairmount Park, is a great ride.

Bicycle Club of Philadelphia. The Bicycle Club of Philadelphia organizes rides on weekday evenings and weeknds in Philadelphia and some surrounding suburbs.


Asylum Arena. The Asylum Arena hosts boxing matches, wrestling matches, martial-arts events, and other special events 7 W. Ritner St., Philadelphia, PA, 19148. 267/687–7560.


Fairmount Park. On the banks of Wissahickon Creek and Pennypack Creek you can find good trout fishing; call the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for information. Both creeks are stocked for the mid-April–December season. You'll need a license ($22.70 for Pennsylvania residents, up to $26.70 for a one-day tourist), available at local sporting-goods stores as well as big retailers like Kmart and Walmart. 877/707–4085.


Philadelphia Eagles. The Philadelphia Eagles can be seen in action at their state-of-the-art facility, from September through January. The stadium has a grass playing field and holds up to 68,000 fans. Many of the best seats go to season-ticket holders; individual tickets are $70 or $95.

Lincoln Financial Field (11th St. and Pattison Ave., South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 19148. 267/570–4000.

Philadelphia Soul. Philadelphia Soul, one of arena football's top franchises, plays at the Wells Fargo Center from late January through May. 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 19148. 215/253–4900.


Philadelphia has six 18-hole courses that are open to the public. Cobb's Creek is the most challenging; Roosevelt is the easiest. Call ahead, as most courses have different fees for weekdays and weekends as well as day and afternoon.

Cobb's Creek Golf Club. For golfers who love lots of action, Cobbs Creek offers two adjacent courses: the Karakung and the Olde Course. Cobb's Creek plays in and around the creek itself, making for lovely vistas and challenging shots. Karakung has hilly fairways and smaller greens. Reservations are recommended, but not essential. 7400 Lansdowne Ave., University City, Philadelphia, PA, 19151. 215/877–8707. 18 holes. 6,202 yds at Olde Course, 5,762 yds at Karakung. Par 71. Greens fee: $43/$48 at Olde course, $33 at Karakung. Facilities: driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, snack shop, bar.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Club. A relatively flat course with wide fairways, the natural wetlands and a canal pose unique challenges. Reservations are recommended, but not essential. Greens fees fluctuate depending on whether you tee off in the morning or afternoon. 1954 Pattison Ave., South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 19145. 215/462–8997. 18 holes. 6,004 yds. Par 69. Greens fee: $28–$38/$33–$43. Facilities: driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, bar.

John F. Byrne. This is a short but challenging course with small greens, highlighted by Torresdale Creek, which comes into play on 10 holes. 9550 Leon St., Northeast Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 19114. 215/632–8666. 18 holes. 5,189 yds. Par 67. Greens fee: $23–$38/$33–$43. Facilities: putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons.

Juniata. With Frankford Creek running through it, Juniata is an impressive par 66. The course doesn't have a driving range, but there is an unaffiliated range nearby. 1391 East Cayuga St., Northeast Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 19124. 215/743–4060. 18 holes. 5,300 yds. Par 66. Greens fee: $34/$38. Facilities: putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons.

Walnut Lane Golf Club. Tree-lined fairways make Walnut Lane, a short (4,500 yards) course, into a fairly challenging par 62. Reservations are essential on weekends. 800 Walnut Lane, Roxborough, Philadelphia, PA, 19128. 215/482–3370. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 4,500 yds. Par 62. Greens fee: $19–$34/$20–$40. Facilities: putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons.

Health Clubs

Just because your hotel doesn't have a fitness center doesn't mean you have to forego your workout. Some downtown gyms and health clubs allow nonmembers to purchase day passes or weeklong memberships.

Rittenhouse Square Fitness Club. Rittenhouse Square Fitness Club features Nautilus and Kaiser circuit equipment and is within walking distance of the heart of the financial district. Day passes cost $15; a weekly pass is $30. 2002 Rittenhouse Sq., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. 215/985–4095.

12th Street Gym. 12th Street Gym offers more than 50 of the most challenging fitness classes in the city, as well as a full-size basketball court and a sundeck, for $12 daily. 204 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19107. 215/985–4092.


Fairmount Park. There are 25 mi of fine solo walks or hikes in Fairmount Park and 54 mi in the unspoiled Wissahickon, a northern section of the park. Despite the bucolic quality of these areas, it's important to remember that you're in an urban setting and should take appropriate precautions. If you're alone, keep to the main paths along Kelly Drive and West River Drive, or consider joining a hiking group. 215/683–3600.

Batona Hiking Club. You can meet hikers at the Batona Hiking Club on Sunday morning in the Philadelphia area and carpool to hiking areas within a two-hour drive of the city, including the Appalachian Trail, the Delaware Water Gap, and the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Batona is short for back to nature, and hikes range from 7 to 15 mi. Visit the club's Web site for schedules, e-mail addresses, meeting places, and other announcements. 215/233–0916.

Wanderlust Hiking Club. The Department of Recreation sponsors the Wanderlust Hiking Club. Relatively easy hikes of 4 to 5 mi, many through Fairmount Park and Pennypack Park, begin every Saturday afternoon at 1:15. Check the club's Web site for schedules.


Philadelphia Flyers. The Philadelphia Flyers hit the ice at the Wells Fargo Center from October to April. Tickets start at $46.

Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St., South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 19148. 215/952–7300.

Horseback Riding

Ashford Farm. Of the numerous bridle paths coursing through Philadelphia, the most popular are the trails of the Wissahickon in the northwest, Pennypack Park in the northeast, and Cobb's Creek Park in the southwest. Ashford Farm, just over the northwestern border of the city, has lessons for $55–$80 per hour. 700 River Rd., Conshohocken, PA, 19444. 610/825–9838.


Blue Cross RiverRink. You can skate outdoors—with the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge as a backdrop—daily from November to March at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Admission is $9, skate rentals are $3. Columbus Blvd. and Market St., Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, 19106. 215/925–7465.

University of Pennsylvania Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena. Skate indoors at the University of Pennsylvania Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena, which is open to the public from September through the first week of April. Admission is $5 weekdays, $7 weekends. Skate rentals are $3. 3130 Walnut St., University City, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. 215/898–1923.

In-Line Skating

Landskaters Inline Skate Club. In-line skating enthusiasts can take to the narrow city streets for high-flying, but safe—helmets are mandatory—10- to 12-mi treks. You can meet skaters of the Landskaters Inline Skate Club April through October on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday at 10 am and Tuesday at 7 pm.


Joggers can be seen on streets all over the city, but probably no area is favored more than Kelly and West River drives, a scenic 8-mi route along the Schuylkill River. Then there are the steps of the art museum itself, host to Rocky-like runners who raise their arms in salute during early-morning jaunts.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge. From dawn to dusk, the south walkway of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge provides a tough but rewarding 3½-mi round-trip run with a terrific view of the Delaware River waterfront.

Fairmount Park. Fairmount Park —especially along the river drives and Wissahickon Creek—is a natural for joggers and runners. Forbidden Drive along the Wissahickon offers more than 5 mi of soft-surface trail along a creek in a secluded valley. Only runners, walkers, bikers, and horses can use the trail—motor vehicles aren't allowed. 215/683–3600.

Valley Forge National Historical Park. If you're interested in the ultimate in running—through wide-open spaces on bike trails, horse trails, and grassy hills and dales—head outside Philadelphia to Valley Forge National Historical Park.


The placid Schuylkill River, the elegant Boathouse Row, the annual regattas, and a climate that allows an average of 360 rowing days a year all make Philadelphia the rowing capital of the world. From February to October you can watch single and team races out on the river, usually from 5 am to dusk.

Dad Vail Regatta. Dozens of major meets are held here, including the largest college rowing event in the country, the Dad Vail Regatta.This May event includes up to 500 sculls from more than 100 colleges from the U.S. and Canada. Free shuttle buses provide transportation for spectators from remote parking areas. For information, call the press office. 215/542–1443.

Independence Day Regatta. More than 1,500 rowers compete in the Independence Day Regatta, held around July 4. 302/479–9294.

Stotesbury Cup Regatta. The May Stotesbury Cup Regatta includes more than 5,000 students from 180 schools. 302/479–9294.


Broad Street Run. The Broad Street Run, a 10-miler down Broad Street, is a May event. 215/683–3594.

Penn Relays. Penn Relays, held in April, is one of the world's oldest and largest amateur track meets, with more than 350 races and events. Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA, 19104. 215/898–6145.

Rock & Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. The Rock & Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, formerly known as the Philadelphia Distance Run, is the country's premier half-marathon, with more than 7,000 runners completing a 13-mi course through downtown and along the Schuylkill River. The event includes live music from rock & roll bands.

Philadelphia Marathon. The Philadelphia Marathon runs through Center City and along the Schuylkill River and is held the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 215/683–2122.


Philadelphia Kixx. Philadelphia KiXX, the city's first national professional soccer team, draws crowds of exuberant fans to The Liacouras Center, on Temple University's campus. You can catch the team in action from November through April; tickets, which go on sale in late September, are $10–$25. 1776 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 19121.

The Liacouras Center (1776 N. Broad St, South Philadelphia, 19121. 888/888–5499.


12th Street Gym. After doing laps in the 25-meter indoor pool at the 12th Street Gym, you can relax on a poolside lounge chair. The staffers pride themselves on keeping the pool spotless. Day passes are $20. 204 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19107. 215/985–4092.

Philadelphia Sports Club. From Memorial Day weekend through September, Philadelphia Sports Club opens a large outdoor pool for swimming laps or just cooling off. An extensive sundeck furnished with lounge chairs surrounds the L-shaped pool. Lifeguards are usually on duty. Day passes are $15 if you're with a member, $30 without a member. 220–250 S. 5th St., Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA, 19106. 215/592–8900.


Fairmount Park has more than 100 free public courts; courts are usually first-come, first-served.

Department of Recreation. Call the Department of Recreation or visit for more information on tennis in Philadelphia. 215/683–3600.

Seger Park. Seger Park has two tennis courts. 1000 Lombard St., near S. 10th St., Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA, 19147.

FDR Park. FDR Park, near the Wells Fargo Center, has 12 tennis courts. S. Broad St. and Pattison Ave., South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 19145.

Mawkward Playground. Mawkward Playground has two tennis courts. 26th St. and Pine St., Philadelphia, PA, 19146.