There are so many things to do in Philadelphia, but sometimes you want to escape the city and take a day trip. In those times, you’ll be grateful to have this list of best day trips near Philadelphia handy! We looked all over Philly and compiled some of our favorite picks for fantastic adventures you can have within a short drive of the city, and a few that you can reach from PATCO or SEPTA, if you don’t feel like driving at all. so the next time someone asks, “Do you know of any unique day trips near Philly?” you’ll know what to say!

Did any of these places pop up when you did a search for “best day trips near me?” If so, which ones? Where is your favorite place to spend a day when you’re running away from the city? Share your picks for the best day trips near Philadelphia with us in the comments below!

If you’re still in the mood for more Pennsylvania adventures, take a look at this video about the Philadelphia Magic Garden:

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Out and About in Pennsylvania

Where can we find hiking trails in and around Philadelphia?

  • Wissahickon Valley Park features over 2,000 acres of beautiful woodlands surrounding the Wissahickon Creek in urban Philly.
  • Valley Forge in King of Prussia offers miles of beautiful trails that meander near the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River.
  • The Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough Township extends 6,300 acres and is peppered with stunning hiking trail options.

Read on to learn about some of the many other wonderful hiking trails in and around Philadelphia.

Where can we find state parks in Pennsylvania?

  • Allegheny Islands State Park in Cheswick is a 43-acre state park only accessible by boat.
  • Erie Bluffs State Park in Lake City features soaring bluffs and fishing and boating opportunities.
  • Ravensburg State Park along the Jersey Shore features a hiking trail, picnic spots, and campsites.

Read on to learn about some of the many other amazing state parks in Pennsylvania.

Where can we find small towns in Pennsylvania?

  • Lititz features a wealth of history and has been recognized as “The Coolest Small Town in Pennsylvania.”
  • Bedford is a big draw for its great museums, boutique shops, and delicious restaurants.
  • Bloomsburg is known for its fun annual events throughout the year, including the Renaissance Jamboree, and its charming downtown area.

Read on to learn about some of the many other charming small towns in Pennsylvania.