John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia

(4.5/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located in Philadelphia. Plan your visit to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Philadelphia holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • 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 par...  more »
  • 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 wildli...  more »
  • The Refuge has all sorts of wildlife...turtles, fish, red wing blackbirds, stick bugs. There's a building with educational displays about John Heinz and the wildlife residing. Also they show about eco...  more »
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  • This is a secreted gem nestled in the middle of a busy suburbia / airport. The area is quite large, and it is snugly pressed against I95. But it is so lush and rich, that you could easily escape the hustle of life. The only time reality crashes in is when the nearby business engages their mechanical hammering - but even this is muffled. Still, there are long trails of various types. You'll find a well maintained handicap (wheelchair) accessible trail that leads you to well built boardwalks. There are magnifying lenses installed to view the vast wildlife in this area, including handicapped/wheelchair friendly viewing stations. There are hard-pressed trails that will take you to several nature blinds and outlook stations. There is a major, double-decker bird watching station which will give any birder a perfect view of migratory birds. There are biking trails, and hiking trails. People come here for various reasons: nature walking, trail hiking, bike riding, bird-watching, butterfly watching, migratory bird observation, and fishing. Recently they've enhanced their kayaking services and dock. Now they are offering kayaking tours. I strongly recommend everyone stop by here to escape the world. There are no food services on sight, but there is a small visitor's center, providing restroom and information. You'll also find a small shop where you can support this naturally important estuary. Enhancements are always underway, with plans to connect this large nature reserve to a nearby trail.
  • A wildlife preserve outside Philadelphia. There is a lot of marshy ground attracting waterbirds. The trails are flat and well maintained.
  • Its beautiful here. Just don't waste your time trying to fish off the "pier" its nothing but brush. The hiking trails are pretty awesome though.
  • An easy place to ride bikes and see the change of seasons. Sometimes see a bald eagle or even rarer birds.
  • Spent a lovely afternoon here. So peaceful and tranquil. Saw lots of wildlife. Highly recommended