SISTER cities Park
About the Park
"The transformation of this tiny shard of land amounts to a small miracle... Every Philadelphia neighborhood should have a park as good as Sister Cities."
-- Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer
At the midpoint on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sister Cities Park adds a picturesque swath of green to the heart of Philadelphia’s notable arts and cultural district. From here, panoramic views bring skyscrapers, historic cathedrals and museums into harmony, while the Sister Cities fountain, a unique representation of the world with Philadelphia at its center, is close enough for adults to touch and children to run through. The fountain’s 10 geyser-like spouts mark our 10 sister cities, each positioned according to its global relationship to Philadelphia.
Sister Cities Park is managed and maintained by the Center City District.
Starting May 1, enjoy Rita's Water Ice in Sister Cities Park!
Learn more about Sister Cities Park's history and sustainability initiatives.
Logan Square Café
This casual family-friendly café offers a quick-stop breakfast for the weekday morning commute, lunch for families exploring the park, or an afternoon pick-me-up for tourists visiting area museums.More Info
Children's Discovery Garden
Explore nature in an urban setting in the Children’s Discovery Garden. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley, the garden’s winding pathways and meandering stream provide a setting for discovery and imaginative play. Children can hike the trail, summit the “mountain” and enjoy the view, while connecting with the natural and man-made environments surrounding them.More Info
Harness the wind and enjoy the pleasures of sailing in our boat pond. Bring your own model boat or buy one at the park to navigate our shallow waters for hours of fun. Small boats are $5 and large boats are $7 (two large boats are $12). Save your receipts for five purchases and you get the sixth free.More Info
Plaza & Fountain
Sit, relax and enjoy the picturesque views at Sister Cities Plaza. Here, embedded in bluestone, is Sister Cities fountain, a unique representation of the world with Philadelphia at its center. Jets of water playfully leap from 10 spouts, representing our 10 sister cities, globally positioned in relation to their distance from Philadelphia.More Info
Looking to get more acclimated with Philadelphia’s vibrant arts and culture scene in the Parkway District and beyond? Speak to an expert Visitor Service Representative at the Sister Cities Park Visitor Center.More Info
The charm of Sister Cities Park lends itself to everything from children’s birthday parties to wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, from uncommon celebrations to corporate teambuilding exercises. Whatever the occasion, consider this the quintessential spot for an event on the Parkway.
The many events and programs produced in Sister Cities Park throughout the year couldn't happen without the generous support from public and private partners who recognize the importance of activating the city's public spaces and providing fun and educational events and programming for children and adults alike. We thank the following SCP sponsors and partners for their support!