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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge – Free Family Fun

Nearly 1000 acres, miles and miles of trails, beautiful landscape and lots of wildlife, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is close to Philadelphia and a wonderful day trip for the whole family, friends or just a solo trip. I like to go there as often as I can, especially now with the warmer weather.

Stop by the front desk of the Visitor Center and find helpful information, including maps, brochures, birding checklists and restrooms. Binoculars and fishing rods are available for loan, free of charge. Food is not available for purchase. Explore the Center’s exhibits to learn more about the wildlife and habitats of the refuge and the communities that support the refuge’s work. In addition, please check the public event calendar for free guided nature walks and special events all year round, both on the refuge and in Southwest Philadelphia community centers!

I like to take the more woodsy paths so i can see wildlife, but there are gravel paths you can take as well.

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A much needed visit to nature!

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There’s a boardwalk with benches for you to enjoy nature

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Remember to wear your mask as the trails can be crowded

You can ride your bike on the trails

You can go fishing, make sure you have a license

Or you can just observe nature. Don’t disturb them, or try and pet them.

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Enjoy your visit. We’re so lucky to have a wildlife preserve so close to Philadelphia. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.

8601 Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19153 (215) 365-3118

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is A Nearby Treat

At least three times a month I like to walk the trails at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge which is close by, basically near the PHL airport and perfect for my new hobby – bird watching ie photographing. They have a visitor center where you can see exhibits to introduce yourself and kids to nature, and what you might expect to see in the wildlife refuge, and it’s free.

America’s First Urban Refuge was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh and promoting environmental education. They have a calendar of events for activities, talks and nature walks. (Website) Fishing with a permit is also permitted.

There are two parking lots, one off of Lindbergh Blvd, which is paved and plentiful, and another off of Rt. 420 which is gravel and limited. Sunday I went to Rt. 420, which has great bike riding trails as well as rustic trails, and has several fishing spots. I suggest a family, or for self discovery to go to the 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Phila entrance that is where the Visitor Center is located and is easiest to walk. There’s more people on that side.