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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

#89 of 451 things to do in Philadelphia Features Animals
86th Street, Lindberg Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143
+1 215-365-3118
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So much to see and do!

Very clean nature refuge just outside of Philadelphia. They had no electric while we were there... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2017
Blandon, Pennsylvania, United States
Beauty, Birdsong, Birdwatching and Critters galore!

Visited the Tinicum NWR on a sunny Saturday morning after we had had lots of rain the previous day... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Visit John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum! Come enjoy 10 miles of walking trails through wooded forests, an impoundment pond, and 300 acres of the largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh in PA. Visitors can also experience the marsh on the water through 4.5 mile of Darby Creek by canoe or kayak. Stop by the front desk to borrow binoculars or fishing rods. Refuge trails are open every day from sunrise to sunset, free of charge. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The visitor center building is closed for all Federal holidays however the trails remain open. Darby Creek is tidal and navigable only within 2 hours before and after high tide. Boat Launch is located at the trailhead of Dike Trail. Visitors must provide their own canoe/kayak and life vests. John Heinz NWR offers year-round free recreational and educational programs. Check out the latest schedule at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/visit/upcomingevents.html FB @HeinzRefuge
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86th Street, Lindberg Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143
+1 215-365-3118
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Very clean nature refuge just outside of Philadelphia. They had no electric while we were there, but it didn't matter. Clean restrooms. Nice flat walking areas (some shady) and viewing areas with many spots to sit and rest. We saw many small turtles, and one...More

Thank leetl319
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Visited the Tinicum NWR on a sunny Saturday morning after we had had lots of rain the previous day. Happily, the trails are mostly gravel and pavement, so it was possible to avoid mud puddles most of the time. There is a three mile trail...More

Thank teachme2read
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Great for hiking or biking. Beautiful outdoors outside Philly. Great for families! Bird watching on point. Must visit.

Thank Rajbir G
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I can't think of anywhere in Delaware County where you can be more away from suburbia than across the highway from PHL Airport and back on the paths at JHNW Refuge. Bicycling is best to see more of the pathways that surround the park. Park...More

Thank Ridley-Park-PA
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Loved that the bulk of the trails gave views of the ponds. This reminded me a tad of the Cape May Point Park in that it had ponds and meadow grass, etc. My only disappointment was the sounds of backhoes and traffic, which took away...More

Thank DeeDee0111
Reviewed 2 January 2017

A wonderful National wildlife refuge just 11 minutes drive from a major Metropolitan area and minutes from the airport, this sanctuary basically abuts the Philadelphia International Airport. It is part of a series of major flyways along the Northeast corridor (flyways for birds etc,, not...More

5  Thank TommyBoy94
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Tucked away next to the Philadelphia airport this is a hidden gem. Peaceful, beautiful and accessible. Great staff in the visitor's center. Real toilets! Visit any time of year and you will see wildlife. Bring a bicycle and ride the refuge. Observation tower and boardwalks...More

1  Thank MitziMagic
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Refuge has all sorts of wildlife...turtles, fish, red wing blackbirds, stick bugs. There's a building with educational displays about John Heinz and the wildlife residing. Also they show about ecology. There's a gift shop. But the best part is the walk! Very family friendly....More

Thank rose762016
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Stopped here for a short walk in the woods. Easy access and plentiful parking. Beautiful fauna, trails are mostly well marked - but did some trail blazing in the higher grassy areas. Wear long pants to protect legs. The highway noise unfortunately reminds you that...More

Thank jendespain
Reviewed 19 September 2016

I went on a nice rainy Monday and had the whole place to myself. It's flat, and mostly made-made surfaces on the trails, no no hiking shoes are required. One section is only 50 yards from I-95. So glad area residents saved this gem for...More

Thank Kate S
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25 June 2015|
Response from joetruax |
Is the parking lot safe and secure ? I heard about vehicle break ins.