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Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Chester County

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Bowman's Hill

New Hope, Bucks County

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Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge, Chester County

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Locust Walk

University City

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Delaware Canal State Park

Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County

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Top Spots to View Fall Foliage in Philadelphia

Our picks for the best spots to see vivid fall colors in the Philly area

Every autumn all across the Greater Philadelphia area, the leaves turn to vibrant reds, oranges and yellows in one of nature’s greatest shows.

We’ve rounded up our favorite parks, trails and museums where you can take advantage of the super-picturesque foliage all season long.

Peak Foliage: Mid- to Late October 2017

Tony Aiello, director of horticulture at the Morris Arboretum, reports that we can expect peak fall foliage in the greater Philadelphia region “in the third week of October through the end of the month.”

That’s thanks to mild summer temperatures and a relatively wet September, which means that “the plants are well hydrated and not losing their leaves because of drought,” according to Aiello.

To see the brightest and best reds and oranges on this year’s trees, “hope for nice bright sunny days going from late September into October,” said Aiello. “We still need those sunny days.”

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Fairmount Park

Soak in the season at Fairmount Park, a 2,050-acre gem scattered throughout the city that offers more than 50 miles of designated trails, 43 sculptures, two performing arts centers, the Philadelphia Zoo, Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens, historic mansions, the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, renowned museums and amazing foliage. Tip: Take in a spectacular view of the Philadelphia skyline over treetops of a mosaic of colors from Belmont Plateau (above).
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University City

One of the prettiest college campuses to be seen

The University of Pennsylvania campus in University City is framed and subdivided by canopy trees, lawns and meadows. Locust Walk, the main thoroughfare across the campus, is particularly beautiful in the fall. The stately architecture throughout the property adds to the visual display.
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Bowman's Hill

New Hope, Bucks County

Stunning views from the top of a tower

The drive along Route 32 from Washington Crossing to New Hope is an excellent day trip, especially when you navigate to Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve and Bowman’s Hill Tower, where you can score a magnificent vista of stunning fall foliage in every direction. And don’t miss the gazebo nestled among the tall trees of Penn’s Woods arboretum.
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Bartram's Garden

Take a stroll in the garden or along the river trail and see the colorful autumn blooms and bright leaves as they change overhead in this historical botanical garden and outdoor attraction.
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Delaware Canal State Park

Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County

A 60-mile, treelined towpath

Revel in the brilliant fall colors while strolling the historic towpath that runs from Easton to Bristol, PA. Once trod by mule teams pulling cargo-laden boats along the canal, the 60-mile towpath is used today by people looking to engage in exercise and other recreational pursuits.
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Ridley Creek State Park

Media, Delaware County

For the fisherman and fall foliage seeker alike

Ridley Creek State Park has a creek stocked for trout fishing and trails perfect for fall foraging. Look forward to gorgeous views, waterfalls and a slew of vibrant fall colors.
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Tyler State Park

Newtown, Bucks County

Capture fall beauty from out on a canoe

Why not rent a canoe and experience fall out on the water? You can do that and more at Tyler State Park, located off the Newtown Bypass. If you prefer to stay on two feet, go for a stroll and find the old covered bridge on a maintained walking path.
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Tyler Arboretum

Media, Delaware County

650 acres blazing with color

Tyler Arboretum has been a refuge for tree lovers in the Philadelphia region since the days of William Penn. During autumn, its 650 acres are ablaze with seasonal color.
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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

A favorite locale among birder’s in the know, this wetland is a refuge for a variety of birds and other wildlife, and the perfect pastoral place to see the changing of the seasons. Bring your binoculars or take it all in with the naked eye.
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Washington Crossing Historic Park

Washington Crossing, Bucks County

A park with rich history and equally rich fall foliage

George Washington and his troops turned the tide of the American Revolution by crossing the Delaware River in the Washington Crossing Historic Park area back in 1776. In addition to the park's extensive historic significance, Washington Crossing is also known for its wonderful outdoor trails and wildlife habitat.
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Northbrook Canoe Company

Chester, Chester County

Meander down the river and enjoy the countryside

Northbrook Canoe Company's season runs through the end of October, which is perfect for those wanting to check out the fall foliage from the vantage point of a kayak, canoe or tube. Located along the scenic Brandywine River in Chester County (about an hour southwest of Philadelphia), Northbrook offers an amazing way to tour the Brandywine Valley and Wyeth Country, offering folks the chance to coast downstream along the calm, meandering river and take in the beautiful, colorful countryside.
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Evansburg State Park

Collegeville, Montgomery County

Where golfing meets farmland

Take your pick of meadows, forests, farmland or fields for your fall foliage adventure at Evansburg State Park. Heads up to golf enthusiasts: The 18-hole Skippack Golf Club is located within the park.
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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Chadds Ford, Delaware County

Home to the scenery of Andrew Wyeth's majestic paintings

The artistic talents of the Wyeth family are on full display at this picturesque Brandywine River Museum of Art, seated along the Brandywine River. Venture outside and see the beautiful countryside that inspired Andrew Wyeth to paint his signature landscapes.
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