Nearly half of the households in Philadelphia are made up of families with children under the age of 18, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts, and families with young kids have made up around 28 percent of new arrivals to the city in recent years. With many schools to choose from and plenty of outdoor space and easy-to-access transit options, families in Philadelphia enjoy living in an area full of activities and convenience.
Philly is home to several of the top schools in the area — and in the country. For example, Julia R. Masterman High School was ranked among the top 100 schools in the U.S. in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report. Niche also ranked Julia R. Masterman the second best public high school in Pennsylvania in its 2018 rankings. Central High School and Science Leadership Academy also made the list, with Central coming in at No. 13 and Science Leadership clinching the No. 16 spot.
Several of Philly’s private schools also made Niche’s list of the best Pennsylvania private schools. Germantown Friends School took the top spot, William Penn Charter School ranked No. 13 and Friends Select School nabbed No. 22.
Plenty of Parks and Recreation
Families in Philadelphia can take advantage of the city’s many parks and recreational offerings. Fairmount Park is made up of more than 9,200 acres, with green space located throughout the city. Recently, several projects have transformed previously underused areas of the park into family-friendly activity zones. For example, the Fairmount Park Conservancy has transformed Eakins Oval, a formerly disused patch of land in front of the Philidelphia Museum of Art, into a summertime destination complete with a beer garden, outdoor family-friendly movie screenings, fitness activities and games for kids.
Franklin Square, one of the original squares included by William Penn in his design of Philly, has also undergone a renovation in the 21st century. The park is now very kid-friendly, with a carousel, playground area and mini-golf course.
Philly also has plenty of convenient options for families who are looking to become more active. During the summer, 70 public pools are open seven days a week throughout the city. The pools are completely free to use; all you need to do is wear your swimsuit and bring along a towel.
The city boasts its own bike share program, Indego, with bike stations located across the city and new ones added on a regular basis. The program also offers free bike skills education and training classes to help new cyclists learn the basics of bike safety and the rules of the road.
Philly has plenty of convenient transit options for families. SEPTA, the city’s public transit system, is the fifth largest in the country, according to Visit Philly. It has two subway/light rail lines, several trolley and bus routes and a regional rail system for easy access to the outer neighborhoods of the city and the surrounding suburbs.
Car and taxi services are also easy to come by in Philly, for those times when you want door-to-door transportation or have kids and luggage in tow. In addition to traditional car services, Philly has both Lyft and Uber.
Whether you need new school clothes for the kids, groceries for your pantry or a new kitchen gadget for yourself, Philly is home to plenty of places to shop. In Center City, the Shops at Liberty Place has a variety of stores, including clothing stores for adults and kids. Reading Terminal Market is home to produce stalls, bakeries and delis while the Italian Market along 9th Street in South Philly offers fresh produce, butchers, cheese shops and more.
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