Greater Philadelphia Area Day Trip Ideas

Apr May 2014 339

Do you live in or are you visiting the Greater Philadelphia or surrounding area?  Are you looking for some fun family day trips? Check out this comprehensive list that is sure to bring you some inspiration! Play, explore, learn and have a great time with family or friends! Click links for more information about each location.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia PA
Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ
African American Museum Philadelphia, PA
Aimee and Daria’s Doll Outlet Ronks, PA
AMC Painters Crossing 9 Dine In Movie Theater West Chester, PA
American Girl Doll Store (Washington, DC or New York City)
American Helicopter Museum, West Chester, PA
Amish Experience, Bird-In-Hand, PA
Arnold’s Family Fun Center, Oaks, PA
Asher’s Chocolate Factory Souderton, PA
Atlantic City Aquarium Atlantic City, NJ
Bartram’s Garden Philadelphia, PA
Battleship NJ, Philadelphia, PA
Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary Jim Thorpe, PA
Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, PA
Bette’s Family Fun Center, Aston, PA
Bounce U (multiple locations)
Briar Bush Nature Center Abington, PA
Brandywine River Museum Chadds Ford, PA
Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington, DE
Bucks County Children’s Museum New Hope PA
Bushkill Falls, Bushkill, PA
Cabela’s (Hamburg, PA or Christiana, DE)
Camelback Mountain Resort Tannersville, PA
Cape Henlopen State Park Lewes, DE
Cape May Whale and Dolphin Watcher Cruises Cape May, NJ
Cape May Zoo, Cape May, NJ
Chanticleer Garden Wayne, PA
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Lancaster PA
Choo Choo Barn, Strasburg PA
Citizens Bank Park Tour, Philadelphia, PA
Clementon Park Splash World, Clementon, NJ
CoCo Key Water Resort, Mt Laurel, NJ
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation Media, PA
Crayola Experience, Easton, PA
Crystal Cave, Kutztown, PA
Dark Star Pirate Cruises Wildwood, NJ
DaVinci Science Center Allentown, PA
Delaware Art Museum Wilmington, DE
Delaware Children’s Museum, Wilmington, DE
Delaware Museum of Natural History Wilmington, DE
Delaware River Tubing Frenchtown, NJ
Delsea Drive In Theater Vineland, NJ
Diggerland USA Construction Theme Park,  West Berlin, NJ
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown PA
Dover International Speedway Dover, DE
DuPont Environmental Education Center Wilmington, DE
Dutch Springs Bethlehem, PA
Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster PA
Elmwood Park Zoo Norristown, PA
Fairmount Water Works Philadelphia, PA
Field Station: Dinosaurs Leonia, NJ
Fountain of Youth Sprinkler Park Pottstown, PA
Franklin Institute Philadelphia, PA
Freedom Playground Haverford, PA
Funland Rehoboth Beach, DE
Garden State Discovery Museum Cherry Hill, PA
Gettysburg Gettysburg, PA
Gigglebery Fair Bucks County, Lahaska, PA
Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Ocean City, NJ
Governor Printz Park & Splash Pad Essington PA
Hagley Museum and Library Wilmington, DE
Hands On House Children’s Museum Lancaster, PA
Hawk Mountain Kempton, PA
Herron Park Playground & Spray Park Philadelphia, PA (Hours vary)
Herrs Factory Nottingham, PA
Hershey Park Hershey, PA
Historic Cold Spring Village Cape May, NJ
Historic Kennett Square Kennett Square, PA
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Elverson, PA
iFly Indoor Skydiving King of Prussia, PA
Independence Seaport Museum Philadelphia, PA
Independence Museum’s Urban EcoTour Philadelphia, PA
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Point Pleasant, NJ
John Heinz Wildlife Preserve at Tinicum PA
Jolly Rodger Amusement Park Ocean City, MD
Kalahari Resorts (Indoor Water Park) Pocono Mountains, PA
Kid Fit New Jersey Cherry Hill, NJ
Kids Castle  – Central Park, Doylestown, PA
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, PA
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park Halifax, Pa (Thanks for sharing Debra V.!)
Lancaster Science Factory Lancaster, PA
Land of Make Believe Hope, NJ
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Plymouth Meeting, PA
Lehigh Valley Zoo Schnecksville, PA
Liberty Bell Philadelphia, PA
Liberty Science Center Jersey City, NJ (You can also take a ferry from outside the Science Center to see Statue of Liberty)
Linvilla Orchards Media, PA
Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, PA
Lucky Penny Alpaca Farm on Wawa Hill Media, PA (Visitors by Appointment)
Maple Acres Farm Plymouth Meeting, PA
Marsh Creek State Park Downingtown, PA
Masons Mill Park Willow Grove, PA
Mercer Museum Doylestown, PA
Merrymead Farm Lansdale, PA
Milky Way Farm Chester Springs, PA
Montage Mountain Waterpark Scranton, PA
Morey’s Pier & Beachfront Waterparks Wildwood, NJ
Morris Arboretum Philadelphia, PA
Movie Tavern Collegevile, PA
Mummers Museum Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Indian Culture Allentown, PA
Mutter Museum Philadelphia, PA
National Constitution Center Philadelphia, PA
New Hope/Ivyland Railroad New Hope, PA
New Jersey State Museum & Planetarium Trenton, NJ
Nockamixon State Park Quakertown PA  (Thanks, Kat for sharing!)
Oasis Family Fun Center Glen Mills, PA
Paws Discovery Farm Mt Laurel Rd, Mt Laurel NJ
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Mainheim, PA
Pennypack Farm n& Education Center Horsham, PA
Peter Wentz Farm Lansdale, PA
Philadelphia Eagles Game Philadelphia PA
Philadelphia Flyers Game Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Insectarium Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Phillies Game Philadelphia PA
Philadelphia Rock Gyms (Philadelphia, PA or Oaks, PA)
Philadelphia Soul Game Philadelphia PA
Philadelphia Sixers Game Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Union Game Chester, PA
Philadelphia Zoo Philadelphia, PA
Pirate Voyages Ocean City NJ
Playland’s Castaway Cove Ocean City, NJ
Please Touch Museum Philadelphia, PA
Plumpton Park Zoo Rising Sun, MD
Port Discovery Children’s Museum Baltimore, MD
Putt Putt Mini Golf Clifton Heights, PA
QVC Studios Tour West Chester, PA
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Strasburg, PA
Ridley Creek Park Media, PA
Ringing Rocks Park Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, PA
Safety Town Warminster, PA
Sahara Sam’s Indoor & Outdoor Water Park West Berlin, NJ
Sesame Place Langhorne, PA
Shankweiler’s Drive-in Movie Theatre Orefield, PA –  (Thanks to Philip M. for sharing!)
Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, NJ
SkyZone Trampoline Park Glen Mills, PA
Smith Playground Philadelphia, PA
Snyders Factory Hanover, PA
Splash Zone Water Park Wildwood, NJ
Steel Pier Atlantic City, NJ
Storybook Land Egg Harbor Township, NJ
St Peter’s Village St. Peters, PA
Strasburg Railroad PA
Sweet & Sassy (various locations)
The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia, PA
The Franklin Institute Philadelphia, PA
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Croc Corps Center Camden, NJ
The Works at Wyomissing Wyomissing, PA
Tiny Town Lancaster, PA
Treehouse World West Chester, PA
Tuckerton Independence Seaport Museum Tuckerton, NJ
Turkey Hill Experience Columbia, PA
Tyler Arboretum Media, PA
Urban Air Adventure Park Springfield, PA
US Mint Tour Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (aka The Penn Museum) Philadelphia, PA (Thanks Maureen G. for sharing!)
Valley Forge Park PA
Valley View Putt Putt Newtown Square, PA
West Chester Railroad West Chester, PA
Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ
Wild West City Stanhope, NJ
Wilmington Blue Rocks Game Wilmington, DE
Winterthur Museum Winterthur, DE
Wissahickon Trail (Hike/walk) PA
Wolf Sanctuary of PA Lilitz, PA


  1. Please add the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – also known as the Penn Museum. It\’s located in West Philadelphia just over the South Street Bridge, across from Franklin Field. We have an excellent new exhibit called Native American Voices, along with our other exhibits featuring Egypt, Africa, Rome, Greece, etc..

  2. Great list! I would add Nockamixon state park. 1542 mountain view drive Quakertown PA 18951

    Tons of picnic areas with grills, boat/kayak rentals, hiking, fishing! A wonderful place!

  3. Debra Villano says:

    Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, Halifax, Pa. Great safari, petting zoo and animal show. Covered picnic area available. Super affordable snd free parking! Small, but just big enough for the little ones. We go every year!

  4. This is an awesome list! Things I have thought of and things I have not thought of. I’m definitely keeping this as a reference!
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  5. Another one to possibly add:
    The Works at Wyomissing/Slick Willy’s go carts

  6. An awesome share! Thank you!

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