The streets of Philadelphia are steeped in history dating back to America’s earliest days. Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag in this city. Chimes from the Liberty Bell echoed among buildings to summon citizens to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors to the city can learn about the birth of our nation while enjoying delectable eateries and independent art galleries.
Philadelphia’s 152 neighborhoods, in addition to offering a plethora of memorable events and activities, also support vibrant tennis communities. Discover America’s roots and brush up on your serve in the “City of Brotherly Love.”
Bartram’s Garden and a Round of Tennis
Situated along the Schuylkill River, the 45-acre Bartram’s Gardens is America’s oldest botanical gardens. George Washington strolled among the plants; the garden provided America’s forefathers with seeds. Visitors can wander the grounds like Washington and tour the National Historic Landmark Bartram House.
After reconnecting with nature and the forefathers, take a short 10-minute drive to Schuylkill River Park and connect your newly strung racquet against a fresh tennis ball. Two tennis courts are located in the scenic park and are free to use.
Situated in southern Philadelphia, FDR Park is a true gem tucked into the city. Forested areas, fields, and lakes intertwine with a golf course, rugby field, eight ball fields, and 20 tennis courts. After spending days trapped in a conference room on a business trip or traversing all over the city in search of historical sites, head down to FDR Park and bask in its tranquility. After waking from a nap on a grassy hillside or fishing in one of the lakes, grab your racquet and hit one of the park’s well-maintained tennis courts.
Perhaps you couldn’t talk any of your basketball-obsessed work colleagues to try their hand at tennis. Or maybe you’re in the midst of a solo vacation, or your fellow vacationers aren’t enthusiastic about the sport of tennis. Whatever the reason, in the end the fact of the matter is that you’re in the City of Brotherly Love without being able to express your passion for tennis.
Don’t panic. Penn Tennis Center offers both private lessons and clinics for nonmembers. Private tennis lessons range from $70 – $80 per hour while clinics charge a $20 drop-in fee. The center has eight indoor courts and 12 outdoor courts set against the backdrop of the scenic Philadelphia skyline.