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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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An oasis near the airport

Hard to believe I know.....we went oe afternoon and walked 2-3 hours around the huge lake. It was... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
rajd68
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Marlow, United Kingdom
National Wildlife

We really enjoyed this place, just moved to PA & I tell anyone this is a good place for family... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tennesseegirl365
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Jackson, Tennessee
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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 6 days ago

Hard to believe I know.....we went oe afternoon and walked 2-3 hours around the huge lake. It was beautiful and teeming with wildlife. We saw: Bald Eagle; Deer (very close up; Turtle, Snake! loads of different birds. A lovely way to find the country in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this place, just moved to PA & I tell anyone this is a good place for family walks, or bikes, site seeing, runs, jogging 🏃,

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

The education and visitor center is a big building, but scarce on exhibits, which barely line the room. If you're not walking the trails you can get done in less than half an hour. Bathrooms are clean. Blue Goose passport stamp available here.

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

We go occasionally to ride bicycles and look at the scenery,wildlife.The bike trail is a little rough,too many stones in spots,and the trail gets narrow,too much so sometimes.A new restaurant,Stingers,has opened overlooking the preserve which has good food and drinks,and provides a good view.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

A wonderful place to be out in nature there are very interesting walking trails, some paved some not. They have bird walks on Saturday that are very informative.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

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

1  Thank Francis R
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

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.

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

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
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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

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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
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