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,
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.
On the New Jersey side of the delaware River loop trails range from seven to seventy miles along the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
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.
Re-enactors at Washington Crossing State Park provide lots of sightseeing when the guides live the daily life during colonial times.
- Washington Crossing State Park
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.
The paved walking and biking trail runs between the antique buildings and makes for good sightseeing and handicap access.
- Paved Trails, 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 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.
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.
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."
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
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.