National Parks / Natural World in PHILADELPHIA with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia 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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  • Fox Point State Park

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    (21 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 ...

  • Parvin State Park

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    (31 miles) Pittsgrove

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

  • Wharton State Forest

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    (31 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!

  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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    (35 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 ...

  • White Clay Creek State Park

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    (36 miles) Newark

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

  • Lums Pond State Park

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    (39 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 ...

  • Bass River State Forest

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    (45 miles) Tuckerton

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

  • Round Valley Recreation Area

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    (49 miles) Lebanon

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

  • Borderland State Park

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    (51 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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    (52 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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    (53 miles) Glen Gardner

    Facilities here include 7 multi use trails to explore by bike, hike or sled, plus an impressive observatory offering skywatching programs. Adventure playground also available.

  • Corsons Inlet State Park

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    (57 miles) Ocean City

    Extremely popular with families for for hiking, fishing, crabbing, boating and sunbathing, this New Jersey state park offers outdoor adventure and lots of family fun!

  • Silver Lake Park

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    (57 miles) Dover

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

  • Schutte Park

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    (59 miles) Dover

    One of Dover's newest parks, with sporting fields, playgrounds and picnic pavilions! Great outdoor fun for kids in Delaware.

  • Hacklebarney State Park

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    (60 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!

  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    (63 miles) Basking Ridge

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

  • Cape May County Park

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    (63 miles) Cape May

    The County Park area has picnic tables, kids playgrounds, biking paths and fishing areas. The Zoo has about 550 different types of birds, reptiles and mammals.

  • Branch Brook Park

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    (77 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!

  • Riverside Park

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    (87 miles) Manhattan

    Riverside Park Fund nurtures Riverside Park’s well-being, helps preserve its historic nature and leads the community in developing active stewardship. Founded in 1986 by a small group of community ...

  • Fort McHenry National Monument

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    (89 miles) Baltimore

    An important part of Maryland and USA history at Fort McHenry! Kids can see the place that inspired the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner - great family fun out in Baltimore for the day!

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore

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    (90 miles) Baltimore

    The Aquarium is home to approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals. The Aquarium features hundreds of exhibits featuring more than 16,500 animals.

  • Valley Falls State Park

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    (90 miles) Fairmont

    Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, the scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is located only a short drive from Fairmont and Grafton. This 1,145 acre day use park hosts a ...

  • Irvine Nature Center

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    (92 miles) Owings Mills

    Enjoy Irvine Nature Center's resident animals, 116 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows, and an interactive exhibit hall free of charge! There are great trails for easy family nature hikes, ...

  • Wildwood Park

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    (94 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 ...

  • Bear Branch Nature Center

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    (99 miles) Westminster

    A nature center set among 320 acres of trails, orchards, mews and lakes, with educational exhibits and a planetarium.

  • Sprain Ridge Park

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    (100 miles) Yonkers

    The Park’s 278-acres include a swimming pool complex, arboretum and 2 picnic areas. The remainder of the park is heavily wooded with a variety of hiking and mountain bike trails fairly well spread ...

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  • Please Touch Museum

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    (1 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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    (1 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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    (1 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.

  • Philadelphia Museum

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    (2 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 ...

  • Garden State Discovery Museum

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    (11 miles) Cherry Hill

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

  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

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    (22 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 ...

  • Delaware Art Museum

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    (25 miles) Wilmington

    Regularly presents major traveling exhibitions, offering the community an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of artists and artistic movements. The Museum also displays smaller ...

  • Delaware History Museum

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    (25 miles) Wilmington

    The Delaware History Museum, located in a renovated art-deco Woolworth store, features three galleries of changing interactive exhibits on Delaware history, including displays of rare items of ...

  • Delaware Children's Museum

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    (26 miles) Wilmington

    Includes exploration activities for every level of ability. A genuine full day's worth of delightful, entertaining and every so subtly educational play! With scientific, environmental, social and ...