8 Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Chester County with Kids

July 7, 2020

Enjoy the outdoors with your family in the Chester County and surrounding areas at these local spots. Be sure to check for changes in hours and openings due to COVID-19 restrictions in Chester County. Enjoy the great outdoors and remember to keep a safe distance from others and wear your mask when required. 

Marsh Creek State Park
Located in Downingtown, PA this state park offers lots for families to enjoy. You can hike, picnic, boat, fish and swim (in the pool, swimming int he lake is prohibited). Boat rentals are available from Marsh Creek Water Sports. The park hours are sunrise to sunset.

Longwood Gardens
Located in Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens is once again open for visitors. Reserve your tickets online and plan your visit at

Miniature Golf
Enjoy some miniature golf as a family. Use our Guide to Top Miniature Golf to plan your game:

Playground Hop
Use our playground guide as a summer to-do list and visit as many spots as you can throughout the summer. Check each park's website for updates on rules or regulations due to COVID-19.
Guide to parks and playgrounds in Chester County:

Take a Hike 
We are surrounded by great family-friendly hiking trails. Lace up your shoes, grab a water bottle and take a hike. Find some nearby options in our list of Great Family Hiking Spots or 10 Family-Friendly Hikes

Pick Your Own
Visit Highland Orchards in West Chester to pick your own fruit. Check their website or Facebook page for updates on what may be available to pick and for any COVID-19 related updates.

Can You Canoe?
You can along the Brandywine River and Northbrook Canoe can help get you set up with a rental. (You can also go kayaking or tubing, too!)

Tyler Arboretum
Located in Media, PA, Tyler Arboretum is now open to the general public. Read more about what to expect during your visit at