National Parks / Natural World in ALLENTOWN with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Allentown has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Allentown, Pennsylvania offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Allentown itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Borderland State Park

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    (16 miles) North Easton

    Fishing, canoeing, trails...even ice-skating are waiting for kids to enjoy at this historically significant park in beautiful Massachusetts.

  • Blue Falls Grove

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    (26 miles) Reading

    Blue Falls Grove is outdoor fun, with an olympic size swimming pool, a kiddie pool, waterslides, camping, and seasonal activities!

  • Voorhees State Park

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    (31 miles) Glen Gardner

    Outdoor fun in New Jersey with multi use trails, adventure playground and even an observatory!

  • Round Valley Recreation Area

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    (33 miles) Lebanon

    Outdoor adventure in New Jersey for swimmers, boaters, campers and picnickers! One of the few parks for wilderness camping too!

  • Hacklebarney State Park

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    (41 miles) Long Valley

    Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park, with hiking, fishing, and great New Jersey nature fun!

  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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    (42 miles) Pennington

    Enjoy the more than 10 miles of hiking trails, the wonder of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, and the exhibits and animals of the Buttinger Nature Center - plus get on mission with the science of ...

  • Kittatinny Valley State Park

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    (47 miles) Andover

    Lots of outdoor adventure in New Jersey for the family at this state park! Hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and horseback riding are popular activities, with winter sports too!

  • Swartswood State Park

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    (47 miles) Stillwater Township

    Explore New Jersey's FIRST state park filled with history, outdoor adventure and family fun! Camping available too!

  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    (51 miles) Basking Ridge

    Nearly 8,000 acres of varied habitats where you can explore the beautiful scenery, and amazing wildlife.

  • Fox Point State Park

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    (57 miles) Wilmington

    Although each of the parks in the Delaware State Park system has its own unique features, Fox Point State Park deserves something more than "unique" in its description. Perhaps the best word is ...

  • White Clay Creek State Park

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    (64 miles) Newark

    Summer AND winter activities galore in this beautiful Delaware State Park. Fishing, hiking, biking...even sledding!

  • Ricketts Glen State Park

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    (66 miles) Benton

    Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens, with wild, free-flowing waterfalls in the ancient hillside. A classic family hike with a fairytale edge in Pennsylvania!

  • Wawayanda State Park

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    (68 miles) Hewitt

    A wonderland in winter and a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman year round in this New Jersey state park!

  • Branch Brook Park

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    (70 miles) Newark

    Explore the nation's FIRST county park, with historic guided tours, a roller rink, bike races, family days and festivals! It's so much more than a park in New Jersey!

  • Lums Pond State Park

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    (72 miles) Bear

    Lums Pond State Park is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. The park features excellent fishing, sports facilities, hiking trails and more on its 1790 acres on the north side of the ...

  • Ringwood State Park

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    (74 miles) Ringwood

    Stunning gardens with multi use trails in New Jersey, plus swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing! Outdoor fun for the whole family

  • Wharton State Forest

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    (76 miles) Hammonton

    A beautiful New Jersey State Forest with rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, numerous lakes, and wildlife - great for family exploration!

  • Wildwood Park

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    (76 miles) Harrisburg

    Outdoor adventure, wildlife, nature, trails, and picnics all tucked away in the hills of Central Pennsylvania! On the edge of Harrisburg, Wildwood park is fresh air, great times and lots of family ...

  • Parvin State Park

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    (78 miles) Pittsgrove

    A New Jersey state park with outdoor adventure, swimming, fishing, and a fascinating history!

  • Worlds End State Park

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    (83 miles) Forksville

    Incredible nature in Pennsylvania, with amazing views, swimming dam, and fishing!

  • Bass River State Forest

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    (88 miles) Tuckerton

    Trails, wildlife, and a beautiful man-made lake perfect for swimming, boating and that summer New Jersey fun!

  • Silver Lake Park

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    (100 miles) Dover

    182 amazing acres of park in Dover, with paths, fishing and playgrounds!

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  • America On Wheels

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    (2 miles) Allentown

    23,000 sq ft of cars, racing vehicles, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles in a series of changing exhibits and events - great for motor loving kids!

  • Hunterdon Museum of Art

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    (30 miles) Clinton

    Fascinating and captivating art exhibits at this New Jersey Museum of Art, with classes and workshops for kids too!

  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

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    (43 miles) West Chester

    The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nations premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the ...

  • Philadelphia Museum

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    (47 miles) Philadelphia

    Overlooking one of the nation's most culturally vibrant cities, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes nearly a million visitors each year, encouraging them to embark upon a walk through time that ...

  • Please Touch Museum

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    (48 miles) Philadelphia

    Fun play experiences for those under 7 years in this interactive museum, with a number of exhibit zones, and a special toddler area too!

  • National Museum of American Jewish History

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    (49 miles) Philadelphia

    Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History will join Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the ...

  • Independence Seaport Museum

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    (49 miles) Philadelphia

    Take a seat for your choice of seafaring lesson and join us on an exciting voyage through our region's rich maritime history.

  • Americana Museum of Bird-in-Hand

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    (53 miles) Bird in Hand

    Take a nostalgic walk through small town America at the dawn of the 20th century. Museum exhibits include a barber shop, woodworking shop, tea parlor, print shop, millinery, toy store, blacksmith ...

  • Hands-on House Childrens Museum

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    (55 miles) Lancaster

    A children's museum dedicated to helping kids ages 2 to 10 learn and making sure they have lots of fun in the process! Discover, play, and have fun on the interactive exhibits!

  • National Toy Train Museum

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    (55 miles) Strasburg

    Hundreds of toy trains in a modern museum built like a historic train station! Toy trains are for kids of all ages! While real trains go back to the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the early ...

  • Everhart Museum

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    (55 miles) Scranton

    Kids can learn about natural history, science and art in this fascinating and educational museum.

  • Garden State Discovery Museum

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    (55 miles) Cherry Hill

    Touch, explore and create in the museums many interactive exhibit areas - loads of things to do all under one roof

  • Morris Museum

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    (56 miles) Morristown

    The museum offers a full calendar of special events, festivals, classes, and activities for the entire family - with an ever changing hands on exhibitions varying from arts and science to historical ...