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Exploration, entertainment, and excitement for all ages is around every corner in Chester County! From hands-on demonstrations to interactive exhibits and tours, even the youngest visitors will find themselves enthralled and engaged in all the Brandywine Valley has to offer.

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Strasburg Scooters

Enjoy a guided covered bridge tour through beautiful Pennsylvania Amish Country on your own 50cc scooter.  With an experienced guide riding along, your are treated to exceptional views of Lancaster County’s countryside, including Amish homesteads and one-room schoolhouses as well as authentic 19th century covered bridges. 

Struble Trail

Struble Trail, with 2.6 miles currently open, follows the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek as it flows towards Downingtown. Sitting on the original rail bed of the Waynesburg Rail Line, the trail is generally flat, and although some undulations occur, the terrain is considered low in user difficulty. The trail has a ‘hike-bike-jog’ appeal, with a winter element of cross-country skiing when conditions allow. Its surface is great for riding bicycles, running, hiking and walking. Picnic areas and rest stops are found at various locations, allowing visitors to stop and chat. 

The Barnes Foundation

Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modigli­anis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture.

The Franklin Institute

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned leader in the field of science & technology learning through interactive exhibits, theater-based programs, edu. programs, outreach & awards recognition.

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County has four nature preserves open to the public, dawn to dusk, seven days a week;  We are dedicated to research, ornithological studies and environmental education.  We are committed to preservation and stewardship of open spaces, natural resources, historic sites and working agricultural lands in southern Chester County.

The Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust

Nestled along the Pickering Creek in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, The Mill at Anselma is an extraordinary artifact of 260 years of Chester County’s industrial heritage. The Mill stands as the most intact, authentic example of a custom water-powered grain mill in the United States and has been so honored by the U.S. Department of Interior as a National Historic Landmark.

The Schuylkill River Trail

Welcome to the Schuylkill River Trail, a multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a projected length of almost 130 miles. There are currently over 60 miles complete in sections, including a 30-plus mile stretch from Philadelphia to Parkerford. The trail breaks off in Parkerford and picks up again in Pottstown where it continues for about 20 miles to Reading. From there, cyclists can follow a 20-mile signed on-road route to Hamburg. In Hamburg, trail users can access a scenic seven-mile stretch to Auburn in Schuylkill County.

Tilted Axes

Our mission is to bring the fun and excitement of competitive axe throwing, while incorporating the look and feel of a modern bar to West Chester. We have music, a dance floor, televisions, pool tables, dart boards, video games and much more.

Treehouse World

Treehouse World is a place to explore the newest and coolest treehouses around.  A place to challenge yourself with our unique high adventure programs.  And most of all, a place to have a ton of fun. 

Treetops Kitty Cafe

Stop by and visit the only Kitty Cafe in Chester County.  Enjoy a cup of coffee, and watch, play and enjoy our kitties that are all looking for forever homes.  Treetops Kitty Cafe is run by the non-profit Tree Tops Animal Rescue.  What better way to get to know your next new pet!

Tyler Arboretum

The Arboretum features beautiful exhibits of heritage magnolias, cherries, crabapples, hollies, lilacs, as well as 11 acres of rhododendrons and azaleas. Herbs are featured in the Fragrance Garden and the Vegetable Demonstration Garden promotes healthy and delicious eating.

Urban Air Trampoline Park

Our indoor trampoline park is the perfect place for family fun, birthday parties, and group or corporate events.  Our wall-to-wall trampolines offer several activity areas including trampoline basketball, trampoline dodgeball, foam pit, fitness classes and many more!

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park is nationally significant as the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Few places evoke the spirit of patriotism and independence, represent individual and collective sacrifice, or demonstrate the resolve, tenacity and determination of the people of the United States to be free as does Valley Forge. The historic landscapes, structures, objects, and archeological and natural resources at Valley Forge are tangible links to one of the most defining events in our nation’s history.

Warwick County Park

Warwick County Park offers numerous trails and meadows that offer bountiful opportunities for hiking, biking, bird watching or bring your horse to ride.  The day use area offers pavilions and playground areas. The Horse-Shoe Trail is 3.06 miles and passes east to west from Coventryville Road to Hill Road. It meanders along the scenic French Creek, through a historic forest, and into the day use area.

Welkinweir

At the heart of a 55 acre arboretum of mature specimens of rare and unusual trees and shrubs and formal gardens is an historic estate house that spans three centuries, designed to compliment the natural beauty of the secluded valley. Listed on the National Register, the 200-acre permanently protected property features forested, riparian, and meadow hiking trails.

West Chester Cycling

Organizational host of the Iron Hill Twilight Citerium, professional cycling race in West Chester, PA.

West Chester Downtown

Nestled in the heart of the Brandywine Valley just 2.5 hours from Washington DC, downtown West Chester Pennsylvania reflects the small-town charm and cosmopolitan tastes that prompted The Philadelphia Inquirer to call West Chester “. . . one of the world’s most perfect small towns.”

West Chester Railroad

A tourist railroad along the beautiful Chester Creek Valley in Southeastern Pennsylvania; we offer a variety of nostalgic 90 minute train trips. Throughout the year, West Chester Railroad offers many different special events for our riders. Join in the fun!

Wharton Esherick Museum

The Wharton Esherick Museum provides guided tours through the National Historic Landmark studio/home of the late Wharton Esherick; displaying his paintings, woodcuts, sculpture, sculptural furniture and furnishings.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

The premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands.

Chester County

Time travel at the Chester County Historical Society Museum

The best way to help history come alive for young and old is to get face-to-face with relics of an era gone by. Housed in two historic buildings -- one dating as far back as 1840s -- the Chester County Historical Society Museum is the perfect place to discover timeworn treasures from the region and a kid-friendly, hands-on history lab.

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