Parks and Recreation


Open 7 days a week, Bala is the closest private golf club to Center City Philadelphia, with a challenging course spread over a secluded rolling countryside accentuated by towering pines, meandering creeks and stunning wildlife. Offering easy access and the area’s best pace of play, Bala allows you to fit golf into your busy lifestyle in an idyllic setting just minutes from the bustling city life that sits outside our gates. With easy access to Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia and the Main Line, Bala Golf Club offers the area’s most convenient private golf experience.


 Two (2) mile recreational multi-use trail and open space running from Cynwyd Station to the Manayunk Viaduct and on to Belmont Avenue along an unused portion of Septa’s R-6 tracks. Trail corridor is comprised of separated paved and soft surface trails.  Dogs permitted, but must be kept on a leash, no longer than 8 feet, at all times.

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The Merion Botanical Park is a city park and botanical garden located at 100 Merion Road, Merion, Pennsylvania. It is open daily without charge.

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The Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation is an arboretum and site of the Barnes Foundation art gallery, located at 300 North Latch’s Lane, Merion, Pennsylvania. The arboretum and gallery are open to visitors several days a week.


Incorporated in 1869, West Laurel Hill Cemetery is a non-profit and non-denominational cemetery. It is also an arboretum, an outdoor sculpture garden, and a historical and cultural text that tells the stories of 19th, 20th and 21st century Philadelphia and the people who lived there.

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