For The Active
Philadelphia is a
great place for the active mom and dad! Not only does the city
have Fairmont Park and the Schuylkill River Trail, but also has a
wide variety of gyms, classes, and other activities.
Opened in 2004,
the paved trail extends from Center City (25th and Locust) to Valley
Forge! The trail is very well maintained and a variety of
runners, strollers, cyclists, roller bladers, and walkers enjoy the
outdoors throughout the year. The trail runs along the
Schuylkill River and is truly beautiful in the fall. A great
option for those who enjoy exercising outside.
25th/Locust in Center City
The site of the
camp of George Washington's Continental Army over the winter of
1777-1778, Valley Forge National Park is a great place for the
entire family! About 30 minutes drive from Center City in
Philadelphia, the park is filled with wonderful walking/running
trails in and around several historical exhibits. The park is
a great place to get hills in your workout as well as some
historical knowledge in your brain.
Valley Forge, PA
A convenient gym
for many moms, Sweat Fitness has clubs near Fitler/Rittenhouse
Square as well as other parts of the city. The gym has the
basics - lots of free weights and machines, plenty of assorted
cardio equipment, and classes are available.
to Rittenhouse Square/Fitler Square
child care; pricey
Outside of the
city on City Avenue, LA Fitness has opened a large gym with almost
everything you need - weights, classes, pool. In addition,
child care is $10 for unlimited use per month.
care; size; least expensive membership
Distance from Center City
Philadelphia Sports Club
Pros: Same club family as NYSC, BSC,
and WSC; huge number of classes; child care available
Cons: Child care expensive; more
expensive membership; farther from Rittenhouse/Fitler than Sweat