A variety of tours and historical sites are available in the West Chester area, including independent walking tours, colonial heritage sites, and museums. We recommend the following excursions:
Longwood Gardens; Kennett Square, PA | The sprawling former estate of Pierre S. du Pont, featuring 1077 acres of botanical gardens, fountains, and greenhouses. | Cost: Adults, $23; Seniors 62 +, $20; College students with ID, $20; Children ages 5-18, $12; Children 4 and under, free (discounts available for groups of 15+ purchasing tickets in advance)
Valley Forge National Historic Site; Valley Forge, PA | The historical site of the third winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, taking place from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. The National Historical Park preserves the site and interprets the history of the Valley Forge encampment and includes 30 miles of paved and dirt trails. | Possible trolley tour ($17.50 – adults; $14.50 – students / seniors (62+) / military; $9.00 – children 11 & under; https://encampmentstore.org/trolley-tours/ ); bicycle rentals (either private group tours or individual rentals; https://encampmentstore.org/bike-tours/) or fee-free explorations of the park, the Welcome Center, trails, and the monuments.
Antique Ice Tool Museum; West Chester, PA | This local gem has the largest collection of antique tools from the natural ice trade industry in the US. Housed in a completely renovated 1834 stone bank barn, the museum offers free audio tours on Saturdays.
The greater West Chester area also boasts a number of breweries and wineries, outdoor hiking and biking, shopping, and other amenities. Those interested in longer excursions may be interested in visiting museums, neighborhoods, and sites in the greater Philadelphia region: Mütter Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, Museum of the American Revolution, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Reading Terminal Market, King of Prussia Mall, Brandywine Museum of Art, Lancaster’s Amish country, and more.