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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Brandywine River Museum of Art

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

Explore the Brandywine Valley

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 are waiting just a little west of Philly.

Official Chester County Tourism Website

Visit BrandywineValley.com for official trip planning information for Chester County and the Brandywine Valley.



Towns of Chester County

From public gardens, arboreta and miles of open space to acres of grape vines and specialty shops, explore 15 Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside in our new interactive guide. Discover a selection of charming towns in Chester County, below.

Click here to explore more Towns of the Countryside.

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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

    Now owning the distinction as the biggest winery in Pennsylvania, the Chaddsford Winery is nestled in the heart of the scenery that painter Andrew Wyeth made famous. International awards, such as the Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Gold Medal, keep piling in for the husband-and-wife owner team, who boast about their premium varieties, with special emphasis on their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and spiced apple 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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  • Marsh Creek State Park

    A 1,700-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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  • Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

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

    September 12-November 22, 2015
    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.

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  • Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens

    An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation

    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark with the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape.

    Through October 31, 2015
    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2015 with the launch of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.

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  • United States Hot Air Balloon Team

    Take to the sky with a scenic balloon ride

    Ride high above the Philadelphia countryside in a hot air balloon.

    Soar over the Philadelphia countryside in the basket of a balloon with the skilled-professionals of the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team.

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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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  • Horace Pippin: The Way I See It at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

    The first major Pippin exhibition in the U.S. in two decades

    The Brandywine River Museum of Art will feature more than 60 works that capture Pippin’s bold, colorful and candid paintings reflecting life in the African- American community and commenting on race, religion, war and history.

    April 25-July 19
    Horace Pippin: The Way I See It at the Brandywine River Museum of Art will be the first major exhibition of the artist’s works in the country in more than 20 years. It will feature more than 60 works reflecting life in the African-American community.

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  • Iron Hill Twilight Criterium

    Sunset bike race through streets of downtown West Chester

    Hundreds of cyclists will take to the streets of West Chester for the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium

    August 8
    Hundreds of cyclists, including national professionals and locals, will challenge themselves on the streets of downtown West Chester during the 10th annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium.

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  • Kennett Run

    A spring run through Chester County

    Serious runners, biathletes and weekend warriors will find the right kind of challenge at the Kennett Run, a family-friendly event held each year in the charming and historic borough of Kennett Square.

    May 16
    Serious runners, biathletes and weekend warriors will find the right kind of challenge at the Kennett Run, a family-friendly event held each year in the charming and historic borough of Kennett Square.

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  • Blobfest

    Celebrate the 50’s horror/sci-fi classic where it was filmed

    Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.

    July 10-12
    Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    April 4 – May 31
    At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display, on view through May 31. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.

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  • Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

    Explore the wineries of the Brandywine Valley

    Paradocx Winery is one of five wineries on the trail.

    Take a tour of incredible wineries located in the beautiful, historic Brandywine Valley.

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  • Longwood Gardens Christmas

    Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration

    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.

    Open through January 11
    No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 500,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.

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  • Sly Fox Brewery

    Some of Philly’s most well known and widely accessible craft beers

    Sly Fox’s brewpub in Phoenixville has become both a local and destination favorite and has been named the best in the region by several publications.

    Opened in 1995, Sly Fox beers has become renowned for their diverse styles, and Sly Fox brewers have garnered numerous medals at The Great American Beer Festival. The brewpub has become both a local and destination favorite and has been named the best in the region by several publications.

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  • Victory Brewing Company

    The Philadelphia region’s largest craft brewery

    Victory Brewery Company formally began operations in February 1996 in an old Pepperidge Farm factory in Downingtown, Chester County and hasn’t looked back.

    Founded in 1996 by childhood friends, Victory has seen awesome growth thanks to its superb line of brews and the industry rise of craft beer sales. From its humble beginnings brewing barrels of HopDevil Ale, Victory Festbier and Brandywine Valley Lager, Victory is now one of the largest craft breweries in the country.

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  • Downingtown Fall Fest

    Seasonal celebration of food, craft beer, shopping and live music

    The fifth-annual Downingtown Fall Fest welcomes more than 5,000 guests for a day of live music, great food, shopping and craft beer from Victory Brewing Company.

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  • Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival

    Celebrate the 2015 vintage along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

    Paradocx Vineyard is one of six wineries and vineyards taking part in this year’s Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival.

    October 4 to 5
    As summer turns to fall, it’s harvest time at the region’s wineries. Last year’s crop is already turning into wine and, once again, it’s time to celebrate the harvest in the Brandywine Valley.

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