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John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

Philadelphia truly is The City of Brotherly Love. There's more to enjoy in and around this colonial city than meets the eye. After you have eaten a cheese steak and seen every Constitution era historic sight, it is time to have some real fun. The nearby Delaware River and its tributaries offer a variety of adventurous water activities for both residents and tourists. You can enjoy these waterways without driving too far from the city.

Whitewater Rafting

Two times each year, Lake Nockamixon releases its waters from the damn that holds it back. In November and March, the water flows heavily into Tohickon Creek creating class 4 rapids. Drive out to Ralph Stover State Park. Paddle and float your raft on a four hour passage through some of most enchanting scenery Southeastern Pennsylvania has to offer.

Kayak School

For a really fun day outside the city check out the Kayak School in Jim Thorpe, Pa. on the Lehigh River. This kayaking school is only an hour and a half away from center city Philadelphia. You can also enjoy the eclectic neighborhood enclave that is Jim Thorpe. Learn to Kayak in just one day or stay the weekend; beginners are welcome. They have packages that include shared dorm rooms for budget travelers.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

If you are staying close to the airport, you are a stones throw to one of the best natural spots in Philadelphia . John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum has ten miles of trails for you to enjoy. John Heinz, the parks namesake, died in a plane crash in 1991. The plan crashed into the middle of a playground at a suburban elementary school close to my house; two first grade girls were also killed. You could take the subway to the airport and take a taxi from there. Contact SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) for bus route information.

Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is close to the Art Museum area of Philadelphia and any hotel in and around the Four Seasons. You can also conveniently take a number of SEPTA bus routes. With more than 9,200 acres and over 215 miles of trails in the middle of Philadelphia you should be able to get your nature fix in quickly and easily. If you brought your bicycle, running shoes or roller blades you can join the many locals and their dogs who utilize the park to get their daily exercise.





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