25 miles west of Philadelphia, West Chester is a small town in Chester County with around 20,000 residents. With over 70 restaurants and 65 boutiques in town, it’s not surprising that residents are never starved of fun and exciting activities to fill their days.
There is a variety of things to do in West Chester, PA. Discover the breadth of attractions in store for you and your family on a visit or move to West Chester.
American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
1220 American Boulevard
The American Helicopter Museum is one of the main family-friendly attractions in West Chester. As the only museum of its kind in the country, it exhibits over 30 rare and unique rotary-wing aircraft in order to educate the public about these interesting flying machines. The museum furthers this goal with permanent exhibits detailing the history and technological advancement of rotary-wing aircraft.
The museum has plenty of programs and hands-on activities that young children can enjoy. Bring them there for a visit so they can discover these unique machines and learn about a wide range of science topics, from engineering to astronomy.
Baldwin’s Book Barn
865 Lenape Road
Enter the five-story stone building that houses Baldwin’s Book Barn to experience something akin to a time and space warp. This West Chester institution has been around for almost two centuries, and it continues to be a venue for spending a companionable silence with your family while surrounded by a dizzying number of books, maps, and reading nooks.
“The Barn” holds more than 300,000 books (some rare), manuscripts, artwork, prints, and antiques for sale. Should you tire of this extensive collection, you can take a break, step outside, and find yourself right “in the heart of the enchanting and historical Brandywine Valley.”
1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square
Just nine miles away from West Chester, but with a reputation that crosses seas and borders, the Longwood Gardens is a collection of conservatories bursting with lush greenery and vibrant flowers. An ode to public horticulture, it’s a colorful haven that you can enjoy regardless of season and occasion.
Take a trip this season to witness winter blooms of witch-hazel, Tatarian dogwood, and Foster hybrid holly peeking out from the snow. Step into the balmier weather of a conservatory and snap pictures of large Dendrobium orchids, bronze-leaved glorybowers, and Japanese camellias.
Pete’s Produce Farm
1225 East Street Road
Pete’s Produce Farm is a local fixture in West Chester. It’s a must-visit store if you want some of the best fresh produce, local meats and cheeses, baked goods, and (most importantly) sweet corn. Pete Flynn, the store’s owner, has been sustainably tending and selling his crop to West Chester and the surrounding area for over 30 years.
Plan a drive to the 200-acre farm to browse through different varieties of seasonally grown fruits and vegetables and take them home to your kitchen.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia
Roughly 15 miles northeast of West Chester, Valley Forge National Historical Park is a place tied closely with the historic events of the American Revolution. The 3,500-acre park was once the site of the Continental Army’s base during the winter of 1777-78. Today, the park is an enormous expanse of woodland and meadow, dotted with monuments, brigade huts, and an artillery park dedicated to commemorating the site’s significant history.
To make history come alive, take a Revolutionary War tour through the sites at Valley Forge during your first visit. The park contains 21 miles of biking trails and 28 miles of hiking and running trails that make periodic revisits worthwhile.
West Chester Railroad
230 E. Market Street
One of the oldest railroad tracks in the country, the West Chester Railroad is a worthwhile attraction in Chester County, even if just for its history alone. (The railroad has survived for more than 150 years.)
Book train tickets for your family and enjoy a scenic ride that meanders along Chester Creek and through the county’s historic railroad stations and rolling hills. The railroad covers a 90-minute journey from Downtown West Chester to Glen Mills, Pennsylvania in Delaware County, and back.
Culture and history at your fingertips
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