Philadelphia has a cool running scene, immortalized of course by the famous “Rocky Run” from the 1976 movie. This run, through the city and up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is on any runner’s ‘bucket list’. We’ve included this route in our guide to the best places to run in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia was laid out with some grand city planning. There is wonderful architecture and some historic sites and institutions. Many of the best places to run are centrally located and near downtown hotels. Our guide to the iconic runs of Philadelphia includes a ‘Philadelphia History’ run, a ‘Museum’ run, a gorgeous route along the Schuylkill River, and the beautiful Fairmont Park. The Philadephia city core is fairly compact so it’s easy to access the iconic runs from nearly anywhere downtown. In the southern part of the city you are closer to some routes along the Schuylkill river, the University of Pennsylvania, and also over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to New Jersey. There’s quite a bit of development along the waterfront improving things for runners, including a new boardwalk and refurbished bridges. Other favorites include the Delaware river trail, the nine-mile trail in Pennypack Park, and the Cobbs Creek Trail
For more routes just outside the city, see our guide to the Philadelphia suburbs, which includes coverage of Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, and Bucks Counties.Philadelphia Suburbs Running Routes