Local Area Attractions Near Philadelphia / West Chester KOA
We are nestled in the Brandywine River Valley, in the middle of Lancaster and Philadelphia, which makes our location a great base camp for two awesome and very different Pennsylvania cities. Winding roads, rolling hills, and woods set the scene for awesome mansions, gardens, and historic attractions. Our local area hosts many fun, educational, and relaxing day trips, like the Herrs Potato Chip Factory, the American Helicopter Museum, zoos, nature land preserves, and our growing number of local wineries. Make sure you plan enough days to venture out in all directions!
Referred to as the birthplace of our nation and home to the first national capitol, Philadelphia is abundant in history and culture. With so many attractions it's worth a few days of exploring. Spend your first day on our campground's Philadelphia & Valley Forge Tour to visit all the main historic attractions including Independence National Historic Park, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell & Pavilion, Carpenter's Hall, Franklin Court, Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church and the Betsy Ross House. Head back into the city on your following days to continue your venture through history at the National Constitution Center, U.S. Mint or Museum of the American Revolution. In addition to history, take in some art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, find something delicious to eat at Reading Terminal Market, see Al Capone's cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary, or head to the Franklin Institute or Please Touch Museum for some kid-friendly fun.
Valley Forge National Park
Site of George Washington's famed encampment. A place that is symbolic of the perseverance and sacrifice of the American War of Independence. This site is included in our campground's guided tour of Philadelphia and Valley Forge. For more information visit Valley Forge online.
Lancaster / Amish Country
Home to a large settlement of "plain" people (Amish, Mennonite & Brethren). Go for a buggy ride, shop the outlet malls, visit the farmer's market and Dutch Wonderland and enjoy the delicious food, baked goods and produce stands.
Winterthur Museum & Gardens
Winterthur was once the home of Henry Francis duPont and today a nine-story, 200-room estate filled with 71,000 American decorative art objects. Outside, stroll through 60 acres of gardens, woodlands and rolling meadows.
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
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Treehouse World is a place to explore the newest and coolest treehouses around. Adventure awaits you at our unique activities including Buccaneer Zipline, Walk the Plank, Tree Climbing, and Archery Tag. And most of all, a place to have a ton of fun. Treehouse World is not just for kids – challenge yourself on our Valley Creek Aerial Zipline Tour – connect with nature! Look no further for fun things to do outside in West Chester!
1442 Phoenixville Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
Stroud Preserve is a mosaic of once-pastured grasslands, working farmlands, and woodlands that serves as a unique site for recreation, education, and scientific research. Here, you can see the needs of people and nature in blance as careful stewardship of both cultivated and "wild" areas restores vital wildlife habitat while also protecting watersheds that provide drinking water for tens-of-thousands of people.
Photograph: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture, Geoff Creary
454 North Creek Road
West Chester, PA 19382
The 1,263-acre ChesLen Preserve is one of the largest private nature preserves in southeastern Pennsylvania! This breathtaking land features sweeping agricultural fields, densely wooded stream corridors, and rare serpentine barrens.
Photograph Simone Collins Landscape Architecture, Geoff Creary
1199 Cannery Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
Nemours Mansion and Gardens
Nemours , the estate of Alfred I. du Pont, offers the opportunity to enjoy European arts in a magnificent setting. Surrounded by 300 acres of gardens and natural woodlands, the Louis XVI-style chateau, built in 1909-1910, contains fine examples of antique furniture, oriental rugs, tapestries and paintings dating back to the 15th century. The French gardens, extending almost one-third of a mile along the main vista from the mansion, are classed with the finest found in America.
Explore nearly 200,000 square feet of sharks, hippos, free flying birds and sea life from around the world. The aquarium is located at the Camden waterfront, accessible by the ferry at Penns Landing on the Philadelphia waterfront.
1 Riverside Dr
Camden, NJ 08103
The Brandywine Zoo is located in beautiful Brandywine Park in Wilmington, Delaware. Visit with awesome animals over 12 landscaped acres on high ground above the Brandywine River.
1001 N Park Drive
Wilmington, DE 19802