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Brandywine River Museum

Brandywine River Museum

Experience artwork from the Wyeth family at the Brandywine River Museum. Credit: B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The South of France Just West of Philly

Escape to the rolling hills and charming villages of Chester County’s Brandywine Valley. Stroll through the beautiful chateaus and the extraordinary landscapes of Longwood Gardens. Browse timeless art, shop with panache and celebrate the avant-garde at museums and attractions throughout the region.

Locally made wines and fresh farm-to-table cuisine of the Brandywine Valley let you experience pleasures of the South of France, just a little west of Philly.

Official Chester County Tourism Website

Check out brandwinevalley.com for official trip planning information for Chester County and the Brandywine Valley.

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  • The Wharton Esherick Studio and Museum

    A master woodworker’s creations, housed in his unique studio

    Exterior of the Wharton Esherick Studio.

    Nestled in the woods near Valley Forge, the Wharton Esherick Museum is truly a hidden treasure. Esherick, called “the Dean of American Craftsmen,” built his studio/home himself in an organic, flowing style–even the roofline is curved–over a span of forty years.

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  • Longwood Gardens

    One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at a giant, royal garden in Europe. Stroll along the many paths through acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants.

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  • Herr’s Snack Factory Tour

    Go behind the scenes of the region’s favorite snack foods

    See how the chips are made on the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour.

    See how some of the region’s favorite snack foods are made at the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour in Chester County.

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  • Jenkins Arboretum

    A hardwood forest abloom with rhododendrons and azaleas

    A hardwood forest abloom with rhododendrons and azaleas.

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  • Chaddsford Winery

    Enjoy a fine wine in gorgeous Chester County

    Chaddsford Winery

    Explore the wonderful world of Brandywine Valley wine.

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  • French Creek State Park

    Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester County

    French Creek State Park

    Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester County

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  • Northbrook Canoe Company

    Kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River

    Northbrook Canoe Company

    Northbrook Canoe Company offers kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about an hour southwest of Philadelphia.

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  • Sadsbury Woods Preserve

    One of the largest unfragmented woodlands in Chester County

    Sadsbury Woods Preserve

    A 500-acre nature preserve ideal for walking and hiking, Sadsbury Woods is also an important habitat for interior nesting birds and small mammals.

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  • Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack

    Great gaming is just a few minutes south of Philadelphia off I-95

    An exterior view of Harrah’s Chester Casino

    Located just south of the Philadelphia International Airport, Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Along with horseracing, Harrah’s Chester features 100,000-square-feet of gaming, including more than 2,900 slot machines and live table games.

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  • Marsh Creek State Park

    A 1700-acre park in the rolling hills of northern Chester County

    Marsh Creek State Park

    A 1700-acre park in the rolling hills of northern Chester County

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    March 29 – May 19: Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    Explore hundreds of acres abloom with the beauty of spring at Longwood Gardens.

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  • Herr’s Snack Factory Tour

    Go behind the scenes of the region’s favorite snack foods

    See how the chips are made on the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour.

    See how some of the region’s favorite snack foods are made at the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour in Chester County.

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  • Longwood Gardens Christmas

    Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration

    The Christmas tree at Longwood Gardens

    No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.

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  • Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate summer with plenty of “Oohs” and “Aahs”

    The entire family will enjoy Longwood Gardens’ light and sound spectacular, a summer tradition at the internationally celebrated gardens.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    September 7 – 8: All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    Expect to taste your way through a competitive line-up of soups and other mushroom dishes prepared by local restaurateurs on Sunday, and you won’t want to miss what the group of celebrity chefs and culinary arts students will be serving up throughout the festival.

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  • Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

    Longwood Gardens’ treehouse in the fall.

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors.

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  • Trails of the Brandywine Valley

    Are you a Brandywine Valley Trail Blazer?

    Brandywine Valley Art Trail

    Nestled in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania is the magnificent Brandywine Valley, overflowing with trails and treasures waiting to be discovered.

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  • Longwood Gardens

    One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at a giant, royal garden in Europe. Stroll along the many paths through acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants.

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  • Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack

    Great gaming is just a few minutes south of Philadelphia off I-95

    An exterior view of Harrah’s Chester Casino

    Located just south of the Philadelphia International Airport, Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Along with horseracing, Harrah’s Chester features 100,000-square-feet of gaming, including more than 2,900 slot machines and live table games.

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  • Sheraton Great Valley Hotel

    Comfortable and charming accommodations close to the King of Prussia Mall

    The Sheraton Great Valley Hotel

    Experience the comfort and charm of the Sheraton Great Valley Hotel. Located in Chester County, the hotel is conveniently close to Exton Square and the King of Prussia Mall.

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