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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

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86th Street, Lindberg Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143
+1 215-365-3118
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Always an adventure when you visit this wildlife refuge!

My wife and I enjoyed a special event (Summer Solstice/June) and in August too. My wife visits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Francis R
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Philadelphia
Fun and interesting place to walk our dogs

We love to visit here regularly to walk our dogs. Walking beside the water is always so peaceful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Trudy P
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Stratford, New Jersey
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I enjoyed a special event (Summer Solstice/June) and in August too. My wife visits (and volunteers frequently) much more often since this is a wonderful place where folks are friendly and a great assortment of wildlife is easy to access and see...More

Thank Francis R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to visit here regularly to walk our dogs. Walking beside the water is always so peaceful and refreshing and we usually see an interesting variety of bird life.

Thank Trudy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love going to Wildlife Refuges and travel South to visit a few favorites. Had no idea this was so close to home. We didn't see much and were disappointed by that however, the time of day we visited and the extreme heat could have...More

Thank Beth M
Reviewed 18 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 11 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 1 May 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 19 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 21 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 29 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
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Is the parking lot safe and secure ? I heard about vehicle break ins.
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