50 Great Places to Take the Kids Within 50 Miles

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Montgomery County Bucks County Chester County / West Chester Delaware CountyLehigh County Northampton County Philadelphia • New Jersey

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Briar Bush Nature Center

12 acre park with bird observatory & preschoolers’ discovery den.

1212 Edge Hill Rd, Abington;

215-887-6603;

www.briarbush.org

 

Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association

Aircraft museum and historic aircraft.

1155 Easton Road, Horsham

215-672-2277

www.dvhaa.org

 

Elmwood Park Zoo

Small zoo. Ideal for young children.

1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown

610-277-3825

www.elmwoodparkzoo.org

 

Four Mills Nature Preserve

Trails on 51 acres, museum with child-oriented nature displays.

12 Morris Rd, Ambler

215-646-8866

http://www.wvwa.org/preserves/four-mills-nature-reserve/91/

 

Freddy Hill Farms

Featuring miniature golf, a driving range, batting cages, a farm zoo, homemade ice cream and fresh milk.

1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale

215-855-1205

http://www.freddyhill.com/

 

Glencairn Museum

Educates visitors about the history of religion using art & artifacts from a variety of cultures & time periods.

1001 Cathedral Rd, Bryn Athyn

267-502-2993

www.glencairnmuseum.org

 

Graeme Park

A colonial governor’s residence.

859 County Line Rd, Horsham

215-343-0965

www.graemepark.org/

 

Green Lane Park & Nature Center

Workshops, nature studies, hiking.

Rte 63 & Rte 29, Green Lane

215-234-4528

http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?nid=871

 

Hope Lodge & Mather Mill

In 1777 Washington’s troops camped here after battle of Germantown. House was Surgeon-General’s Headquarters. Mather Mill is a 200 year-old grist mill.

553 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington

215-646-1595

www.ushistory.org/hope

 

Pennypack Farm

Learn about sustainable local food systems.

685 Mann Road, Horsham

215-646-3943

www.pennypackfarm.org

 

Upper Moreland Free Public Library

Providing access to diverse information, life-long learning, and cultural enrichment.

109 Park Ave, Willow Grove

215-659-0741

www.uppermorelandlibrary.org   

 

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Visit the historic Revolutionary War site. More than 3,600 acres of rolling hills and well-worn trails.

1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia

610-783-1077

www.nps.gov/vafo

 

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BUCKS COUNTY

Bowman’s Hill Wildlife Preserve

Showcases native plants, offers a variety of family-friendly events, including a summer camp, children’s reading program, craft “make-and-take” workshops, and is a lovely place for woodland and meadow hikes.

1635 River Road, New Hope

http://www.bhwp.org/

Bucks County River Country

(Please check website or call for directions.)

Rafting, canoeing, kayaking & tubing outings on the Delaware River.

2 Walters Lane, Point Pleasant

215-297-5000

www.rivercountry.net

 

Carousel Village at Indian Walk

Enjoy a ride on antique 1890 carousel or 1/3 scale locomotive.

591 Rte 413, Wrightstown

215-598-0707

www.carouselvillage.com

 

Fonthill Museum

Henry Mercer’s home – laden with treasures from his travels plus his world famous tiles.

E. Court St & Rte 313, Doylestown

215-348-9461

www.mercermuseum.org

 

Giggleberry Fair

Giggleberry Mountain, Discovery Land, and lots more at Peddler’s Village.

Rte 202 & Rte 263, New Hope

215-794-4000

http://www.peddlersvillage.com/kids/

 

Historic Fallsington

300 year-old village recreating early Quaker community.

4 Yardley Ave, Fallsington

215-295-6567

www.historicfallsington.org

 

James A. Michener Art Museum

Home to a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism.

138 South Pine Street, Doylestown

215-340.9800

www.michenermuseum.org

 

Mercer Museum

Displays of furnishings, folk art & implements of Early America.

84 S. Pine St, Doylestown

215-345-0210

www.mercermuseum.org

 

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Authentic operating museum.

32 W. Bridge St, New Hope

215-862-2332

www.newhoperailroad.com

 

Peace Valley Park

Walk the beautiful shores of Lake Galena or visit the Nature Center.

230 Creek Rd, New Britain

215-822-8608

www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org

 

Ralph Stover State Park

45-acre park offering rock climbing, picnicking and fishing.

Stover Park Rd & State Park Rd, Pipersville

610-982-5560

http://www.stateparks.com/ralph_stover.html

 

Sesame Place

Experience Sesame Street together through whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows & furry friends.

100 Sesame Rd, Langhorne

215-752-7070

www.sesameplace.com

 

Tyler State Park

1,711 acres of park roads, trails, and facilities along Neshaminy Creek.

101 Swamp Rd, Newtown

215-968-2021

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/tyler/index.htm

 

Washington Crossing Historic Park

Picturesque setting with 13 historic buildings.

1112 River Road, Washington’s Crossing

215-493-4076

http://tinyurl.com/dm5cwl

 

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CHESTER COUNTY / WEST CHESTER

American Helicopter Museum/Education Center

Currently displays over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.

1220 American Blvd, West Chester

610-436-9600

www.americanhelicopter.museum

 

Brandywine River Museum

American art in a 19th century gristmill, including paintings by 3 generations of Wyeths.

Rte 1 & 100, Chadds Ford

610-388-2700

www.brandywinemuseum.org

 

Springton Manor Farm

300 acre demonstration farm, animals and nature trail.

860 Springton Rd, Glenmoore

610-942-2450

http://www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=1746

 

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DELAWARE COUNTY

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site

Encompasses 650 acres of horticultural collections, rare plant specimens, ancient trees, historic buildings, and extensive hiking trails.

1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

610-459-3342

www.ushistory.org/brandywine/index.htm

 

Longwood Gardens

1,050 acres of woodlands, gardens, conservatories, and fountains open year-round.

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square

610-388-1000

www.longwoodgardens.com

 

Tyler Arboretum

A place where history, horticulture, and natural habitats come together.

515 Painter Rd, Media

610-566-9134

www.tylerarboretum.org

 

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LEHIGH COUNTY

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Features world-class roller coasters and 22 twisting water slides.

3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown

610-395-3724

www.dorneypark.com

 

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NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

Crayola Factory

Color, draw, paint and create with the latest Crayola products.

30 Centre Square, Easton

610-515-8000

www.crayola.com/Factory

 

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PHILADELPHIA

Academy of Natural Sciences

Dinosaurs, animal dioramas & children’s hands-on museum.

19th St & Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

215-299-1000

www.ansp.org

 

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Houses and interprets the life and work of African Americans.

701 Arch Street, Philadelphia

215-574-0380

www.aampmuseum.org

 

Elfreth’s Alley Museum

Considered oldest continuously occupied street in America.

126 Elfreth’s Alley (on 2nd St between Race and Arch), Philadelphia

215-574-0560

www.elfrethsalley.org

 

Fireman’s Hall

Firefighting equipment from 1730 to present.

147 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

215-923-1438

www.firemanshallstore.com

 

Fort Mifflin

Historic site of 1777 Battle. Tour features weapons and uniforms.

Fort Mifflin Rd & Hog Island Rd, Philadelphia

215-685-4167

www.fortmifflin.com

 

Franklin Institute Science Museum and Fels Planetarium

Multi-faceted hands-on Science Museum & Tuttleman IMAX Theater.

222 North 20th St, Philadelphia

215-448-1200

www2.fi.edu

 

Franklin Square

History comes alive with mini-golf, a carousel, storytelling and more!

200 N 6th Street, Philadelphia

215-629-4026

http://tinyurl.com/ajbflt

 

Independence Seaport Museum

Interactive exhibits demonstrate early times. Also visit Naval Flagships.

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

215-413-8655

www.phillyseaport.org

 

Mummers Museum

History of the parades, from costumes to instruments.

1100 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia

215-336-3050

www.mummersmuseum.com

 

National Museum of American Jewish History

Exhibits featuring artifacts, documents and photographs.

55 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia

215-923-3811

www.nmajh.org

 

Philadelphia Zoo

Special features include children’s zoo, Big Cat Falls, and Primate Reserve.

3400 W. Girard Ave, Philadelphia

215-243-1100

www.philadelphiazoo.org

 

Please Touch Museum

Unique, fun-filled environment for young children.

4231 Avenue of the Republic; Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park

215-581-3181

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

 

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NEW JERSEY

Adventure Aquarium

See sharks, seals, stingrays & other sea creatures. Ferry from Penn’s Landing.

1 Aquarium Dr, Camden

856-365-3300

www.adventureaquarium.com

 

Battleship New Jersey

Learn what life was like for a battleship sailor.

100 Clinton Street, Camden

866-877-6262

www.battleshipnewjersey.org

 

Cowtown Rodeo

Cowtown is the oldest weekly running rodeo in the U.S.

780 Route #40, Pilesgrove

856-769-3200

www.cowtownrodeo.com

 

Howell Living History Farm

Workhorse rides, etc.

70 Wooden’s Lane, Lambertville

609-737-3299

www.howellfarm.com

 

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