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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

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

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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  • 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 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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  • Old City Restaurant Week

    July 20-27: First ever restaurant week for the historic neighborhood

    Dine at 28 participating restaurants during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

    Discover the fantastic restaurants in one of Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

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  • Making A Classic Modern:
    Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Learn more about the major renovation and expansion the for city’s iconic structure

    Explore the scope of architect Frank Gehry’s ambitious, multi-phase project that will see both major and minor enhancements to the interior and exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next decade.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • BlackStar Film Festival

    Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

    The BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

    Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

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  • Night Out Restaurant Week

    10 days of three-course, prix-fixe lunches and dinners

    Fourteen restaurants will offer exciting lunch and dinner specials as part of the brand-new “Night Out Restaurant Week.”

    From Friday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 10, 14 restaurants in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Penn’s Landing will offer exciting lunch and dinner specials as part of the brand-new “Night Out Restaurant Week.”

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  • Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

    An evening of craft beer, food and fun at the zoo

    Sample more than 40 local beers at the Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival.

    Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.

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  • Franklin Flea

    A Philadelphia-centric market offering vintage and antique wares

    Franklin Flea recently returned for its 2014 season.

    The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea market supplies Philadelphia shoppers with its curated selection of vintage and antique wares every week for months to come.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • East Passyunk Car Show
    & Street Festival

    South Philly, start your engines

    The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festivalbrings together revelers, food, music and classic American muscle cars.

    A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.

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  • Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

    A hot summer festival focusing on a summer classic

    The Shambles at Headhouse Square house a hot summer festival focused on the summer classic — hot dogs — on Saturday, July 19.

    Twenty of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks compete for the title of Top Grill Master during the Third Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off. And the medium of choice: hot dogs.

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