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Kid Friendly

Visitors to the Heritage Area who are traveling with children will take heart in knowing that many of the region’s attractions offer programs and facilities especially for kids. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area boasts several world-class zoos, gardens, parks, and museums that will excite both kids and adults.

Be a part of history

Historic sites and history museums offer kids great opportunities to learn about our nation’s past by talking to them on their level.

  • Independence National Historical Park offers kids the opportunity to muster into the Continental Army and watch a working archaeology laboratory during the summer months
  • Many history museums offer special programs, exhibits, and activities for kids throughout the year on a variety of topics.

Family fun in the outdoors

For kids and adults who enjoy the fresh air and are looking for a great place to spend a weekend afternoon, check out some of these sites and organizations:

  • Environmental Education centers offer great programs where kids can learn about native plants and animals, get their hands dirty, and learn a bit about the larger world around them. Many also offer day camps during the summer.
  • Zoos and Nature Preserves are great fun for the whole family and can help to get kids interested in science and nature.
  • Farms and agricultural museums are a great way to teach kids about where their food comes from and get them outside at the same time.

Rainy Day activities

Unfortunately, the weather in the Heritage Area is not always sunny and warm. For those days when you need to stay inside, check out these ideas:

  • Science and technology museums like the Franklin Institute and Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia are great indoor activities
  • Teach your kids about where rain comes from and how it ends up in your kitchen faucet at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
  • Art museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Reading Public Museum are places to visit on a rainy day
  • The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park is a wildly popular attraction for kids and adults, particularly on those cloudy days.


Finding a place to take your class on a field trip is not always easy. Teachers can use the search features on this page to find places that are open and welcoming of school groups in their area or by searching for a specific theme or topic. Some places also offer lesson plans and other pre-visit materials.

Kid Friendly Sites on the Trail

Lower Merion Conservancy

The Lower Merion Conservancy was formed in September 1995, when the Lower Merion-Narberth Watershed Association merged into the Lower Merion Preservation Trust, and organizations joined forces as the new...

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Rosenbach Museum & Library

In the beautifully restored 1865 townhouse, experience an age where great collectors lived among their treasures. The Rosenbach is a major cultural destination—a research center that is home to...

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Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum is the children’s museum of Philadelphia. Please Touch is designed for families with young children and since 1976, has dedicated itself to enriching the lives...

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Philadelphia Zoo

he Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and...

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National Museum of American Jewish History

The Museum is located on the sacred ground of Independence Mall in the heart of the most historic square mile in America. Covering 25,000 square feet and three and...

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located near the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers about 1 mile from the Philadelphia International Airport. Over the...

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Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park, located in Old City Philadelphia is among the most historically significant places in the United States and the World. The Park is home to the...

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Academy of Natural Sciences

For 200 years, the Academy has connected people to nature. As Philadelphia’s natural history museum, the Academy educates visitors of all ages. Their scientists study evolution, biodiversity and ecology,...

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Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Dedicated to the principle of inspiring people to care for the Earth, Riverbend’s mission is to stimulate awareness, appreciation and understanding of our total environment, and to preserve a...

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Fort Washington State Park

Rich in modern recreational facilities and historical significance, Fort Washington blossoms with flowering dogwood in the spring. Birders enjoy the seasonal migration of raptors along Militia Hill from the...

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Evansburg State Park

Evansburg State Park is in southcentral Montgomery County between Norristown and Collegeville. Evansburg offers a significant area of green space and relative solitude in an urbanized area. Its main...

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Upper Schuylkill Valley Park

The Schuylkill River in Upper Providence Township forms a natural backdrop to this 15-acre display of wild animals and raptors indigenous to Pennsylvania. Picnicking and fishing are popular along...

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Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

Experience Pennsylvania German Culture through exhibits of folk art and history, at the only institution preserving and interpreting the story of the Schwenkfelders. The center features a history gallery...

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Peter Wentz Farmstead

The Peter Wentz Farmstead was established by Peter and Rosanna Wentz, who began farming here in 1744. By 1758, they had completed the large, Georgian style stone house that...

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Pennypacker Mills

Pennypacker Mills offers a unique opportunity to experience the pleasures of country life in the 1900’s when the Governor of Pennsylvania lived across the Perkiomen Creek from the Borough...

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Central Perkiomen Valley Park

Central Perkiomen Valley Park is an 800 acre park that extends over 10 municipalities, offering a wide variety of family activities. Visitors can enjoy a children’s playground as well...

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Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

Discover rare and handsome vehicles you have never seen before and won’t find anywhere else. Trace the history-making evolution of road transportation into tomorrow’s high tech solutions; investigate engines,...

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ArtFusion 19464

ArtFusion 19464 is a non-profit community art center offering art classes for all ages and skill levels. The gallery hosts rotating exhibits of local and national artists. ArtFusion aims...

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Warwick County Park

Warwick County Park includes numerous trails and meadows that offer bountiful opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and bird watching. The day use area offers picnic pavilions and numerous...

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Spring-Ford Area Historical Society Museum

The Spring-Ford Area Historical Society Museum complex houses local industrial and commercial displays. It includes a historic 1861 house with seven rooms of domestic exhibits and a research library....

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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is one of the finest examples of a rural American 19th century iron plantation. The buildings include a blast furnace, the ironmaster’s mansion, and...

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Historic Yellow Springs

The history of Yellow Springs Village spans nearly 300 years. The Native Lenape first attributed the name, “Yellow Springs” because of the natural mineral springs that flow through the...

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French Creek State Park

French Creek State Park is one of 6 State Parks in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, and one of the best places for outdoor recreation, rest, and relaxation in...

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Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center offers environmental education programs. The center covers more than 665 acres of beautiful deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations. Operated by the Pennsylvania Department...

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Gring’s Mill Recreation Area

The historic buildings at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area house the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department’s administration and maintenance offices. An information center, group meeting facilities, snack bar, and...

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Antietam Lake Park and Angora Fruit Farm

Antietam Lake Park is Berks County’s newest parkland acquisition. At 643 acres, Antietam Lake Park doubled the acreage of the park system and expanded opportunities for enjoyment of the...

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Railway Restoration Project 113

Railway Restoration Project 113 is a non-profit organization dedicated to the history of railroading in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. At the heart of the project is the restoration of Central...

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Fairview Union Sunday School

The Amity Heritage Society provides library services to the general public. This library includes many reference materials and volumes of historical information dating from the colonial period. Hundreds of...

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Daniel Boone Homestead

Daniel Boone is an American legend, and he developed his love of nature, and inquisitive nature on his family’s farm in the Oley Valley. After Daniel’s father, Squire Boone,...

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Conrad Weiser Homestead

The Conrad Weiser Homestead is a Pennsylvania state historic site located in Womelsdorf, which interprets the life of Conrad Weiser. The historic site preserves a portion of the original...

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Wissahickon Valley Park

One of the most heavily industrialized creeks in America, the Wissahickon Creek and its impressive valley were home to dozens of mills and factories throughout the 18th and 19th...

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Franklin Institute

On February 5, 1824, Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. Located in...

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Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park was officially founded in 1855 when the Lemon Hill estate was dedicated as a public park and renamed Fairmount Park. Support came from 2,400 citizens who signed...

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Berks County Heritage Center

The Heritage Center is located along the Tulpehocken Creek west of Reading and is home to the Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, the C. Howard Hiester Canal...

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, located along the Appalachian Flyway in east-central Pennsylvania, offers an outstanding, year-round nature experience with educational displays, 8 miles of hiking trails and mountaintop vistas where...

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Black Rock Sanctuary

The Black Rock Sanctuary is located along a bend in the Schuylkill and was used by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a basin for settling coal silt out of...

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Norristown Farm Park

The Norristown Farm Park is a 690 acre Park owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is operated and maintained by Montgomery County. The area that encompasses Norristown Farm...

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Elmwood Park Zoo

This popular family destination features North and South American wild animals in naturalistic settings with a focus on educating young children. Elmwood Park Zoo was founded in 1924, when...

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Reading Railroad Heritage Museum

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is located at 500 South Street in Hamburg. Railroad artifacts and photographs interpret the influence of the Reading Railroad on culture, business, railroad technology,...

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Goggleworks Center for the Arts

The GoggleWorks offers 145,000 square feet of dynamic space, including: galleries; classrooms; dance and music studios; a darkroom; a glass blowing facility, plus a warm and cold glass studio/classroom;...

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Morlatton Village

Morlatton Village is Berks County’s first settlement site along the Schuylkill River at Douglassville. The site includes the Mouns Jones House, built by Swedish settlers in 1716, is the...

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River of Revolutions Interpretive Center

Learn about the role the Schuylkill River region played in three revolutions: the American, Industrial and Environmental. The center features fun, interactive exhibits, as well as maps, video monitors,...

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Pottstown Riverwalk

The Pottstown RiverWalk is a trail located in Riverfront Park that connects to the park’s existing Schuylkill River Trail, creating a one-mile loop trail through a wooded area and...

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Colebrookdale Railroad: The Secret Valley Line

Stretching between Berks and Montgomery Counties, traversing geological formations unique to Pennsylvania and rich with Native American lore, the Colebrookdale Railroad connects the sites of the earliest iron-making industries...

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Schuylkill Canal Lock 60

Lock 60 of the Schuylkill Canal is one of only two sections of the Schuylkill Navigation System that are still watered, and the only operating lock remaining on the...

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Lower Perkiomen Valley Park

Lower Perkiomen Valley Park is a sylvan setting of 107 acres at the confluence of the Perkiomen Creek and Schuylkill River. The Perkiomen Trail and Schuylkill River Trails intersect...

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John James Audubon at Mill Grove

Today, 175 acres of Mill Grove’s original estate remains largely as Audubon found it – a haven for birds and wildlife. The property boasts more than seven miles of...

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Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the...

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Montgomery Cemetery

This first public, non-sectarian cemetery in Montgomery County was founded in 1847. It contains the remains of some of the most notable families of the area and boasts over...

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Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

The Schuylkill Center is the largest tract of privately owned land in the City of Philadelphia. Located on the border of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, SCEE is a wonderful...

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Bartram’s Garden

On this site more than 250 years ago, John Bartram, a Quaker farmer, was stopped in his tracks by a daisy while plowing his fields. The plant’s simplicity and...

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Laurel Hill Cemetery

Established in 1836, Laurel Hill is one of Philadelphia’s premier historic landmarks and one of the only cemeteries in the United States to be honored as a National Historic...

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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

The Fairmount Water Works was constructed in 1812 to pump water out of the Schuylkill River to serve the bustling City of Philadelphia. As Philadelphia rose into an industrial...

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