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Greater Philadelphia: Five parks, extended summer play

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Summer Solstice equals dusk delight at these region parks. Open from dawn until dusk, these parks provide you the longest play time during June.

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Dawn ‘till dusk

June 21st, the first day of summer, has a day length a bit longer than 15 hours, with sunset occurring in our region at 8:33 p.m. Remember, that the days begin to reduce, starting on June 22nd, with a lost full minute of daylight by the 26th. Okay, we agree, a minute lost, is no reason to panic. But, you might as well enjoy all of the fresh summer air, cool breezes and nature at one of its most enjoyable, for the longest time allowed. Dusk, the darkest of evening twilight, is closing time, so arrive early if you can. There is so much summer play time to squeeze in. Summer picnics, hiking, biking, playing, and exploring are available to you, often free, and until dusk at these naturally beautiful six parks.

Golf, then picnic, Clayton Park can let you have plenty of play time for both. Golf the hilly nine-hole course, and then chill under the grand shade trees of the picnic grove or a spot along the creek or woodlands. If playing sports is your kind of fun, plan to play a while, and relax a while, too. Smedley Park offers baseball and soccer fields to burn some energy as you play with your friends and competitors. Be sure to bring your coolers to relax with a bite under the fading light. Explore the rolling acres, then some music, at Rosetree Park. A full calendar of music is scheduled under the summer sky on most evenings well past dusk. The extra daylight hours may also be just what you need to play and explore the vast acreage of Ridley Creek and Valley Forge parks. Whether horseback or bike riding, hiking or leisurely strolling, the extra daylight hours give you a chance to see more at Ridley Creek State Park. And there are a variety of tour options and museums, in addition to trails and sights, to explore at Valley Forge National Historic Park. Here, the delay of dusk might let you take a road tour and more, with an early start. We have waited a few long seasons for all of the sun time and play time of summer. Now that it is here, enjoy it to the fullest at one of these fine parks.

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