Washington Crossing State  Park Sightseeing on the Delaware River, PA

How to Reach Washington Crossing PA

Auto:  From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Stay on route 95 as it turns into 295  past Philadelphia.  Find the turn off near the New Jersey State line, the last exit on I-95 before crossing the Delaware River.  Head north on Route 32, River Road.
From the north, Route I-95 to the Delaware River, the first exit in Pa on I-95.  Head north on River Road.
By Air: Philadelphia Airport
(PHL)  and rental car

When to Go To Washington Crossing

April is a good month to visit because you might combine your visit to Washington Crossing with a visit to Longwood Gardens where on the second or third week in April the tulip gardens are in full bloom.  Otherwise May until October are good months to visit and enjoy outdoor activities and the costumed re-enactments. Fourth of July is sure to bring costumed re-enactors for interesting sightseeing at Washington Crossing State Park
Christmas Day commemorates the crossing with a costumed reenactment.

Washington Crossing Sightseeing

Sightseeing at Washington Crossing State Park will bring you to the McConkey Tavern,  a place where the plans were finalized in preparation for the crossing.  Park guides conduct tours of the building that served as an inn on the stagecoach line between New York and Philadelphia.  It also served as a post office, as a meetinghouse for the early settlers and as a newsstand for Ben Franklin's Philadelphia newspaper,

  • Cross the Delaware River
The walkway over the steel bridge beside the tavern leads to a bike and walking trail beside the river on the Titusville, New Jersey side.
  • Bike Trails
On the New Jersey side of the delaware River loop trails range from seven to seventy miles along the Delaware and Raritan Canal.

  • December Reenactments
In December and on special holidays at Washington's Crossing, costumed guides cook meals over open-hearth colonial-style ovens while soldiers drill and demonstrate the techniques of battle.
Replica boats load up for the crossing near McConkey Tavern at Washington Crossing State Park.
McConkey Tavern, Washington Crossing Sightseeing
A soldier stands near replica boats at Washington Crossing State Park.
  • Washington Crossing State Park
Re-enactors at Washington Crossing State Park provide lots of sightseeing when the guides live the daily life during colonial times.
  • The Tavern
The tavern is the centerpiece of a cluster of thirteen buildings constructed in the 18th and 19th century where a ferry once transported cargo and passengers across the Delaware River. The building was used as a headquarters during the planning of the attack.
  • Paved Trails, Washington Crossing State Park
The paved walking and biking trail runs between the antique buildings and makes for good sightseeing and  handicap access.
Reenactors take the part of Hessian troops at Washington Crossing State Park.
Re-enactors take the part of Hessian soldiers
Demonstrations of Colonial cooking at Washington Crossing State Park
Washington Crossing State Park  Sightseeing on the Delaware River tours antique buildings and the headquarters of George Washington for his Crossing of the Delaware River to fight the Battle of Trenton.
Washington Crossing State Park Sightseeing includes reenactments on the Delaware River, PA

Washington Crossing costumed re-enactors

Costumed soldiers commemorate the Christmas day when Washington loaded his 2,400 troops aboard 40 open boats normally used to carry pig iron and, with the help of New England fishermen, moved them across the icy Delaware River in the middle of a blizzard.

  • Battle Of Trenton
You can still see where they landed on the New Jersey side at Johnson's Ferry in Titusville NJ  and the trail through the woods were they started an eight-mile march to fight the Battle of Trenton.
Replica boats that crossed near McConkey Tavern during Washington's Crossing
A costumed reenactor demonstrates cooking and daily life at Washington Crossing State Park.
Reenactors march to replica boats for the crossing of the Delaware at Washington Crossing State Park.
Costumed reenactors portray daily life along the  Delaware at Washington Crossing State Park.
A costumed reenactor demonstrates daily life along the  Delaware at Washington Crossing State Park.
  • Trail Of History
George Washington fought battles along the old post road that runs through Philadelphia.  You can visit and sightsee at those sites on what Pennsylvania calls its "Trail of History."  
  • Brandywine River Valley
You will never need to stray too far from Route One and its high-speed replacement, Route 95 to visit battle sites in the Brandwine Valley..
Each Christmas, a hardy bunch of re-enactors launches replica boats to live again that wintry crossing during the War of Independence.
Washington Crossing State Park has a museum and several building with period furniture and historic displays.
Photos Courtesy Bucks County
Photos Courtesy Bucks County Tourism
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Washington Crossing State Park sightseeing includes December reenactments of the crossing of the Delaware River
A soldier stands guard near replica boats used in the crossing at Washington Crossing State Park.
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