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Sister Cities Park is open, and it’s a destination you need to visit

It isn’t exactly in our neighborhood, but within a short walking distance is an oasis that

expresses everything we love about the spring and the forthcoming warm weather with a safe, healthy and festive environment to boot. And once you’ve been there, you will know that Sister Cities Park, located at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is a destination location to treat yourself to a lovely morning or afternoon and, in some parts, a romantic evening.

It’s official: Sister Cities Park is ready for spring. The fountain is running, the café has opened, and the flowers are blooming.

The Sister Cities Café, a convenient stop for coffee, snacks, and takeaway fare, has reopened for the season. Outdoor seating with a great view of play areas and a variety of menu offerings make it the perfect place for parents and kids to fuel up. Hours are 9 am-6 pm seven days per week. Limited indoor dining is also available, in accordance with the City’s health regulations.

The park’s Earth Fountain now operates from 9 am-9 pm. Children can splash and play in the area while parents relax under umbrellas. Park guests over the age of 2 are required to wear masks at all times, unless they are actively eating or playing in the fountain. The Children’s Discovery Garden remains open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley, the space inspires young visitors to explore nature in an urban setting. Center City District made additions to this area of the park in 2020, including a hiding nest and a climbing net.

The big log is still in place for a few more weeks. The Boat Pond will reopen later this month.

For more information on Sister Cities Park, visit

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