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15 Awesome National Park Sites in Greater Philadelphia

Check out some the area’s coolest national parks

All over Philadelphia, national parks and historic sites connect the past, present and future.

In addition to plenty of fresh air and green space that places like Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area provide, Philly’s packed with national park sites that offer incredible sightseeing and learning opportunities right in the heart of the city. From The Liberty Bell Center, housing the nation’s most famous bell, to Independence Hall, birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the national park offerings in the region make it obvious why Philadelphia was declared America’s first World Heritage city.

Below, find a guide to some of the coolest national park sites to check out within the area to help you get started on planning your next adventure. For a complete list of all of the national parks in Pennsylvania and beyond, click here.

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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Far from the traditional national park, this historic site is dedicated to honoring the work of Edgar Allan Poe. The author’s former home includes exhibits, guided tours, artwork and audio recordings of Poe’s stories read by some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities.
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Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer

The fascinating story of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-born soldier who helped in the American Revolution, still captivates visitors centuries later. In his former home where Thomas Jefferson would visit him, guests can take self-guided tours of rooms furnished as they were in the Revolutionary era and learn more about the notable history-maker.
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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

An early American “Iron Plantation” — a forerunner of today’s iron and steel industries

Hopewell Furnace, a former steel “plantation” in Chester County, helped propel America into the Industrial Age and produced both cannon and cannon balls for the American Revolution. In addition to exhibits and original colonial-era buildings, the park offers a host of fun activities like bird-watching, hiking, apple picking and more.
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