day trips from Philadelphia

7 Of The Best Day Trips From Philadelphia

While Philadelphia is a fun destination in and of itself, consider an adventure outside of the city limits. Try these day trips from Philadelphia for a change of pace and to see a different side of the region.

If you need a break from the busy metropolis then the good news is there’s plenty of half-day, overnight and day trips to discover.

Best Day Trips From Philadelphia

1. New Hope

Situated on the shores of the Delaware River and about 35 miles north of Philadelphia. A breeding ground for artists and performers, who come to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, ambiance, and progressive vibe.

The town’s annual PrideFest each spring continues to be one of the region’s biggest parties. Whether you’re looking for the arts, culture, outdoor adventure or some interesting history, you’ll be sure to find all of the above.

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2. Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) Country

Step back in time and experience the slow-paced, simple lifestyle of Amish country, complete with horse and buggy transport.

The area is full of gently rolling farmland, where can easily spot Amish farms by their tall windmills. At the Amish Village in Strasburg, you can experience the Amish way of life, by touring an 1840 farmhouse and a one-room schoolhouse.

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3. Wilmington

Located in the idyllic Brandywine Valley, its rich history can be linked to the legacy of the du Pont family, whose wealth helped establish the city. For wine lovers, this picturesque countryside region is home to six sprawling, family-owned wineries.

Many museums and gardens found here were once part of the du Pont estate. Just a short trip from Philadelphia (roughly 40 miles southwest) makes this the perfect destination for a day trip.

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4. Washington, D.C.

The quickest way to visit DC is by train, which drops you off at the 1908 Union Station, just a short stroll from the Capitol Building.

The number of things to do in the nation’s capital is endless, however, visiting the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives and touring any of the other Smithsonian Museums are a must.

5. Long Beach Island

The never-ending stretch of sand and sea makes Long Beach Island a prime hotspot for afternoon picnics, sunsets, waterfront strolls, and of course water activities.

For an adventure-packed family day out don’t miss Thundering Surf Water Park in Beach Haven. The reconstructed ship at Schooner’s Wharf also offers a wide choice of shopping including some unique stores.

6. Cape May

This sleepy coastal town is the perfect escape from the big city and only two hours from Philly, so you’ll be there before you know it.

It boasts some beautiful beaches, fresh and local cuisine (try the seafood), and a laid back atmosphere. And if you’re not a fan of the sand, the region offers birdwatching tours and state park hiking trails. Enjoy the stunning view from the Cape May Lighthouse but first, you have to climb it!

day trips from Philadelphia


7. Morey’s Piers and Waterparks

Morey’s Piers and Waterparks won’t disappoint, from top-quality rides for all ages and your typical amusement park snacks (cotton candy & mini donuts), its truly a summer hotspot.

For those that want something more substantial, there are plenty of beachside grilles and seafood shacks. Offering some delicious and fresh local seafood! This is a great day out for kids of all ages.

day trips from Philadelphia

Siobhan McKenny