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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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Cabin Run Bridge

Point Pleasant, 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

All across the Philadelphia region, the leaves turn to a vibrant palate of reds, oranges and yellows each fall. Grab the family and a picnic-packed lunch and head out to immerse yourself in the beauty of the season.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite parks, trails, off-the-beaten-path roads, wineries and museums where you can take advantage of the picturesque fall foliage in the Philadelphia region to its absolute fullest.

Peak Foliage: Around October 25, 2016

Paul Meyer, executive director at the Morris Arboretum, reports that peak fall foliage in the greater Philadelphia region typically takes place around October 25. For two to three weeks prior to that, the leaves will start to transform, reaching a crescendo during the fourth week of October before gradually starting to fade and fall to the ground.

“The decrease in daylight keeps the annual timing fairly consistent,” says Meyer. “But weather can determine the intensity of the colors.”

To see the brightest and best reds and oranges on this year’s trees, hope for a fall filled with warm sunny days (around 60 degrees) and cool, crisp nights (high 30s to low 40s).

Fall Foliage Getaway

There are many trees to see and beautiful acres to explore in the Philadelphia region, so turn your leaf-watching adventure into a fall weekend getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

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Schuylkill River Trail

Philadelphia

A 26.5-mile, multi-use path from Philadelphia to Phoenixville

The twisting, turning pathway along the Schuylkill River is a fantastic spot for a brisk fall walk. In addition to great fall foliage, the river trail features spectacular views of Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the city skyline.
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University City

Philadelphia

One of the prettiest college campuses to be seen

The University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia 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 Tower. From its top, score a magnificent vista of stunning fall foliage in every direction. Don’t miss the gazebo nestled among the tall trees of Penn’s Woods arboretum.
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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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Marsh Creek State Park

Downingtown, Chester County

Inviting fall excursions of all kinds

The 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake is a popular destination for boaters, but the surrounding forests, fields and wetlands are packed with fantastic trails perfect for a fall excursion.
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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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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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French Creek State Park

Elverson, Chester County

40 miles of trails for long, beautiful walks

Hopewell Lake at French Creek State Park is famous for fall scenery, but the 40 miles of trails make it the perfect fall getaway for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
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Nockamixon State Park

Pipersville, Bucks County

1,450 beautiful acres and a boating lake

As the leaves turn to hues of crimson and gold, Bucks County residents and visitors flock to Nockamixon State Park to take in the foliage. Offering more than 1,450 acres and four public launching areas, the area is perfect for activities of all kinds, including boating out on Lake Nockamixon.
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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, Pennsylvania (about an hour southwest of Philadelphia), Northbrook offers an amazing way to tour the Brandywine Valley and Wyeth Country. Coast downstream along the calm, meandering river and take in the beautiful, colorful countryside.
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Jenkins Arboretum

Devon, Chester County

More than a mile of paved walkways run through the woods of this majestic botanical garden, making it the perfect fall foliage spot for all ages. For those looking to get a little more exercise, Jenkins Arboretum also offers maps with free self-guided tours of the property and the nearby conservation woodlands.
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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: Check out the 18-hole Skippack Golf Club 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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Tohickon Valley Park

Pt. Pleasant, Bucks County

Enjoy fall foliage from out on the water or the land

Meaning “Deer Bone Creek” in Lenape, Tohickon Creek in Tohickon Valley Park is one of the cleanest in the state and is great for fishing, rafting and rock climbing, too. Enjoy fall foliage from out on the water or while wandering around on the land. Be sure to check out High Rock while you're there, where 200 feet of shale rises above the creek to offer a gorgeous scenic lookout.
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Chaddsford Winery

Chadds Ford, Delaware County

Fall views followed by a bottle of wine

Nestled in the Brandywine Valley, the Chaddsford Winery is a wonderful spot for a fall excursion. Explore the lush landscape and then head inside to warm up with an award-winning bottle (or two) from the winery.
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