Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, Spring Garden Bridge to Bartram’s Garden
The bike ride from the Art Museum to Bartram’s Garden in West Philadelphia is definitely for the more adventurous cyclist. You’ll enjoy such Philadelphia classics as trolley tracks and double parked cars, especially on Woodland Avenue. But wow, is the lovely Bartram’s Garden ever worth it!
Mostly flat with a few short hills. Watch out for the unrelenting maze of trolley tracks in West Philly!
This ride is a hodgepodge of bike paths, bike lanes, and side streets. Some of the streets are very urban, and though both trolleys and cars will be rolling alongside of you, there should be room for you to ride on the right side.
You’ll find a ramp to the Spring Garden bike lanes across the street from the entrance to Schuylkill Banks Park on the Ben Franklin Parkway. There is parking behind the Art Museum as well, if driving. Septa bus routes 7, 32, 38, 43 and 48 serve the museum area.
Food and Drink
You’ll find a lot of great food trucks around the Penn campus. My favorite is the Magic Carpet Truck, parked at 34th and Walnut – just look out for the one with the longest line! There are also some good spots on Sansom Row and all along Spruce Street.
The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is located at 33rd and South, just after Spruce Street. The collection has grown with each of the 400 expeditions that the museum has conducted since 1887, the year that the museum was founded.
Bartram’s Garden is America’s oldest living botanic garden, with a list of visitors including George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. The 45 acre garden includes the Bartram House, meadow, parkland and wetland. The grounds are open daily until dusk. A word to the wise – while trolley tracks, broken glass, and double parked cars are all over the city, there is a higher proportion of these obstacles on the way to Bartram’s. So if you’re not terribly comfortable riding with said conditions, this ride might not be the best for you. If you do not wish to pedal all the way to Bartram’s, there is an early turn around at 43rd Street after Woodlands Cemetery. This alternate route will pick up the ride log at mile 5.4 and send you on your way back towards the Art Museum.
The route is a mix of bike path and on-road. It takes advantage of the Spring Garden bike lanes, the lesser known West Bank Greenway, and the Woodland Avenue bike lanes. You will bike ride through a number of university campuses including Drexel, Upenn, and the University of the Sciences.
As would be expected with a small town of college students, the food trucks in this neighborhood are some of the best in the city. The loop around Woodlands Cemetery is amazingly serene for its location in the middle of West Philadelphia. A few of the famous names buried here include Thomas Eakins, Anthony Joseph Drexel, and Edward T. Stotesbury. Have a look around – it’s a cool little nook.
13.092 km / 8.135 mi
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