The city of Philadelphia is home to 1.5 million people, including many diehard sports fans, and is a historically important city as well. As a large city on the East Coast, it's also super accessible to other awesome happenings on the coast. From Delaware to New York to Maryland, Philadelphians have their choice when it comes to picking a day trip or weekend getaway.
Now, depending on your mood and the season, we have 10 perfect trips to take that are anywhere from an hour to three hours away. Philadelphia is a fantastic city that's proud of its pastime but there are times where it's necessary to take a breather from the daily grind. Whether it's the beach or a brand new city you've never been before, here are 10 perfect day trips to take around Philadelphia.
10 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
Driving to New Jersey is no big deal if you live around the Philadelphia area, as it's just over one-hour driving distance. There are plenty of ways to get to Jersey and Atlantic City is one of the easiest cities to get to.
While AC has taken a hit in the past couple of years, the showy strip on a beach in New Jersey tried to compete with Las Vegas in terms of shows and casinos. As many Philadelphians know, though, Atlantic City has had better days. Nevertheless, it's a great place to head to for the night to gamble, see a show, or even do a meet and greet with some celebs.
9 GETTYSBURG, PA
Gettysburg is the small town that's most known for the Gettysburg National Battlefield and it's two hours and 22 minutes to drive from Philidelphia. The Battle of Gettysburg took place in the 1800s and was a monumental part of the Civil War.
Today, Gettysburg has preserved most of the landmarks and fields fought during the Civil War and is open for educational purposes and tours. You'll find many of the people in Gettysburg playing the part, dressed in traditional 1800s garb. It's the perfect day trip for anyone with kids or extended family in town.
8 WASHINGTON DC
Washington, DC is a hotspot for many Philadelphia-area schools as its the perfect area for a field trip and it's about two and a half hours away. However, high school has been far gone for many of us so it's about time for another trip to our nation's capital as an adult.
In DC, you can have a look at the White House, the Capitol building, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and more.
7 NEW YORK CITY, NY
Did you know that New York City is not even two hours away from the City of Brotherly Love? You can totally drive to New York City but it's recommended to just take the train. Philly—and suburbs around Philly—have plenty of train stations that all go through New York's Penn Station.
Hopping on the train will get you to NYC in a similar time frame and you won't have to worry about parking or all that New York City Traffic. As we know, though, NYC has a ton to see and do so catch the earliest train you can so you have the whole day to roam.
6 HERSHEY PARK, PA
If you love theme parks, skip the craziness at Six Flags and head to Hershey Park! Hershey Park can literally be found in the city of Hershey and has everything from roller coasters to a water park to a whole lot of chocolate. It's about one hour and 51 minutes to drive there.
The Hershey Company does have plants in Hershey after all, so it makes sense you can have your fill of Reeses and more. And don't count Hershey Park out in the winter because the park turns into a winter wonderland with Christmas lights, reindeer, and Santa!
5 THE POCONOS, PA
The Poconos is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts, and thankfully, it takes one hour and 47 minutes to drive there from Philidelphia. There are plenty of hiking paths to walk, you can go tubing, kayaking, and rafting in the warmer months.
When it gets colder, the Poconos becomes a great day spot for some outdoor winter fun. You can easily find a few different places to ski, snowboard, or go tubing. The town is also home to over 150,000 people, so there's plenty of quaint shops and cafes to warm up at.
4 WILDWOOD, NJ
The Jersey Shore is a prime place for Philadelphians to turn to in the warmer months, and it's only going to take you an hour and a half to drive there. And while there are plenty of Jersey beaches to turn to on your way down the coast, Wildwood is a fun option thanks to their boardwalk.
Their famous boardwalk has an adventure pier, a mini theme park, an aquarium, games, and food! Not to mention the Atlantic Ocean is right there, so you can roam the boardwalk and take a dip all in the same day.
3 NEW HOPE, PA
New Hope is the quaint town in Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia. How long does it take to drive there? 53 minutes only. The town is filled with local eats, eclectic goods, and one-of-a-kind shops. You can also catch a show at the Bucks County Playhouse that sits beside the Delaware River.
One cool thing about New Hope is that you can walk across the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge so you can have one foot in Pennsylvania while the other foot is in New Jersey!
2 DEWEY BEACH, DE
In case the Jersey Beaches aren't on your list and you're looking for some tax-free shopping, Dewey Beach is the place to be. With a slew of bars and restaurants, Dewey is small but mighty. Best of all, it's just over two hours away.
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You can spend all day on the beach, you can ride a bike to check out the boardwalk over at Rehoboth Beach, or you can go boating on the bay. Dewey is in a great location not far from the famous outlets and other beaches like Bethenny.
1 LONGWOOD GARDENS, PA
Not even an hour outside of Philadelphia is Longwood Gardens. These botanical gardens spread out over 1,077 acres filled with exotic flowers, bamboo shoots, beautiful reflecting ponds, and more.
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There are plenty of cafes and points of interest at the Longwood Gardens so you can spend an entire day wandering about and learning new things.