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Where to Get the Ultimate Outdoor Workout in Philadelphia

By June 18, 2019May 25th, 2022Events/Sponsorships Well-being

There are a million reasons to love the summer, but one of them is the chance to break out of the gym and get your sweat on in the fresh air.

Whether you’re a runner, a rider, a skater, a mover, or a shaker, there is no shortage of ways to get #FearlessFit outdoors in Philadelphia — and to save money while you’re doing it!

Two hot spots for healthy activities are the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Both locations offer panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline that beat the ones at the gym any day, and they are easily accessible when you ride Indego bike share.

#FearlessFit discount: Independence Blue Cross (Independence) members can use discount code IndeFIT to save 20 percent on Indego day and annual passes.

Take Your Outdoor Workout in Philadelphia to the Waterfront

There are only 92 days in June, July, and August, so let’s dive in to the top ways to take your #FearlessFit workout to the waterfront:

Delaware River Waterfront

Running for six miles along Columbus Boulevard, the Delaware River Waterfront has multiple entry points with nearby Indego stations.

#FearlessFit Activities and Discounts:

  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest: Roller skate, play mini-golf, and cool off with a ride on the Ferris Wheel at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. #FearlessFit discount: Independence members skate for free; skate rental not included. Indego passholders also get $2 off skating admission.
  • Free Yoga on Race Street Pier: Bring your mat to participate in free morning and evening yoga sessions on Race Street Pier in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (weather permitting), presented by Independence.
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park: Work up a sweat by traversing the length of Penn’s Landing and playing classic arcade games like skeeball and air hockey at Spruce Street Harbor Park. After your workout, relax on the lawn or sit on terraced benches at Race Street Pier and just watch the world go by on the water.

Schuylkill River Waterfront

The eight-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River known as the Schuylkill Banks runs from the Fairmount Waterworks to Locust Street, with multiple entry points and nearby Indego stations.

#FearlessFit Activities and Discounts:

  • The Philadelphia Zoo: Located on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, get your steps in as you explore the Philadelphia Zoo, home to nearly 1,300 animals. Challenge your strength and balance on the new aerial WildWorks ropes course, presented by Independence. #FearelssFit discount: Independence members can use discount code IBX19 to save 15 percent on a seasonal zoo membership.
  • Schuylkill River Trail: Cover the two-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail that winds through Center City Philadelphia, or tackle the full ten-mile trail within the city limits by foot or on wheels. Use the mile markers to measure your distance covered and find local points of interest.
  • Yoga on the Banks: Bring your mat and towel to join in Yoga on the Banks along the water’s edge at 25th and Locust Streets. Take a guided river kayak tour, or launch your own kayak or canoe into the Schuylkill from the designated docks.

Stay #FearlessFit While Staying Cool at Independence LIVE

Like the sound of mixing up your #FearlessFit routine, but want a way to beat the heat? Do something good for your body in air-conditioned comfort at Independence LIVE, our community health and wellness experience center in Center City Philadelphia.

Check out the calendar of monthly fitness, wellness, and healthy cooking classes, which includes yoga, Zumba®, and interval training. #FearlessFit discount: Independence LIVE classes are free for Independence members with a valid Independence member ID card.

No matter how you choose to get in your outdoor workout in Philadelphia this summer, apply sunscreen early and often to protect your skin and drink plenty of H2O to stay hydrated. And inspire others to stay active by sharing your photos on social media and tagging them #FearlessFit!


Mary Eileen O'Connor

My personal philosophy about health and well-being is to have simple goals and stick to them — whether it’s drinking more water, working in a few extra steps each day, or just making time to unplug. When I’m not busy writing creative content for a variety of audiences, my favorite ways to unwind include enjoying local arts and culture, reading a good book, and watching TV cooking shows.