Not to Miss: More Things to Do in and near the Brandywine Valley and Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast

Going into Philadelphia?  We suggest you stay at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and take the train into Philadelphia.  Parking is difficult and expensive in the city.  Once there you can jump on the Big Bus which drives around to all the major attractions in the city and allows you to jump on and off as often as you choose.  Once in Philadelphia, purchase the Philadelphia City Pass (or you can purchase online ahead of time) which will give you a discount of up to 45% at many of the attractions.  You can choose 3, 4, or 5 attractions and visit in the order you choose over a 9 day period.  Attractions include the Academy of Natural Sciences, Adventure Aquarium, the Barnes Foundation, Battleship New Jersey, the Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Franklin Institute, the Museum of the American Revolution, National Constitution Center, One Liberty Observation Deck, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Please Touch Museum.

Freedmen, Fugitives, and Friends – The Kennett Underground Railroad Center –The Center hosts bus tours during the late spring and summer season where you will visit private homes and Quaker Meetinghouses as you learn about the activity of abolitionists in the area.  You can also visit the Brandywine Valley Visitors Center located at 300 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square (just outside the gates to Longwood Gardens)  and pick up a packet for a self guided tour.  Private tours are also available.

The Road to Freedom – Chester County was an important part of the Underground Railroad in helping escaped slaves flee north to Canada.  The Longwood Progressive Meeting House, currently the site of the Chester County Visitor’s Bureau, was an important stop for many speakers such as Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and many more.  Tours for the #UndergroundRailroad leave from this site which is located just outside the entrance to Longwood Gardens.  For more information and to schedule a tour, click here.  In addition, there are dozens of important sites in the Philadelphia area.  When you stay at Hamanassett, be sure to ask for one of the Underground Railroad brochures with sites marked on a map.  See our blog for more information about historical sites in Chester County as well as Philadelphia. For more information call 484-544-5070.

Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

An amazing museum dedicated to the lives of people spanning the history of humankind.  They have exhibits for Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, Africa and Native North America.   Their newest galery that opened April 21 is the Middle East Gallery where you will see relics dating back 6500 hundred years.  Objects include the Ram in the Thicket and the burial attire of Queen Puabi of Ur. 

Over 6500 years ago relics are on view at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Middle East Gallery

Grim Tours Philly –  Not your granny’s Philadelphia tours and not suitable for children or the prudish, these tours take you to the underbelly of Philadelphia’s history.  Included are ghost tours, graveyards, and serial killers.  To read more about the tours and H. H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer, who has been featured on the History Channel as they try to determine if he is also Jack the Ripper.  To read more about Holmes and Grim Philly Tours, read our blog.  Or contact 856-829-3100.

Baldwin’s Book Barn – If you love books you don’t want to miss this incredible store.  Located in a historic 5 story barn that was built by Quakers, it has over 200,000 books, both used and rare, and manuscripts.  In addition you will find art, antiques, letters, photographs and ephemera.  The Barn is about a 20 minute drive from Hamanassett.  

Hiking in Delaware County

Hike one of the many trails you'll find in Delaware County near Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.

Hiking Trails in Delaware County

Hamanassett is located within walking distance to the Darlington Walking Trail which includes parts of Chester Creek and a short 10 minute drive to Ridley Creek State Park.

Colebrookdale Railroad – Boyertown, Pa. (1 hour north of Hamanassett)

The Colebrookdalerailroad offers excursions on vintage trains.

Ride the Rails

Love vintage trains?  This railroad takes you through the “Secret Valley” in Edwardian era cars and is worth the drive.  Throughout the year they offer various excursions including dining, wine tasting, fall foliage rides, and special Christmas excursions.  Check their web site for information.

Taste Kennett Food Tours – Here is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon if you aren’t into museums and gardens.  Visit several of the restaurants, markets and winery tasting rooms.  You’ll be able to sample sweets and savories as well as local wines on your guided tour.  Tours are approximately 3 hours.  Advance registration is required.  

Historic Philadelphia Offers Story Tellers and Reenactors throughout the historic district.  There will be story tellers throughout the summer in the historic district. 

Betsy Ross House – Until November Friday, Saturday, Sunday Noon – 5 PM

1696 Thomas Massey House – Broomall, Pa.
The Thomas Massey House is a monument to the American dream – the home of an indentured servant who became a landowner, and like the American dream the house has endured over 300 years. The Thomas Massey House is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is on the National Register of Historical Places, and the Historical American Building Survey. 
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Va La Winery
Located in Landenberg, a short 30-minute drive from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and only 15 minutes south of Longwood Gardens, VaLa is our favorite winery with spectacular reds and whites.  Mahogany is your innkeeper’s favorite red.  For more information click here.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Life-sized 3D characters greet visitors at The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s permanent exhibition, Audacious Freedom – African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876. As they speak fervently about their lives, beliefs and aspirations in 18th-century Philadelphia, listeners are immersed in their world. The Museum is located in the City’s Historic District, one block from Independence National Historic Park and an easy five-block walk from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.Audacious Freedom: African Americans In Philadelphia 1776-1876 From 6/19/2009 – 12/31/2015 Philadelphia & the Countryside Exhibition This permanent exhibition details the freedom journey of African Americans in Philadelphia during the nation’s first century. Stories of individuals and groups highlight the Underground Railroad, the free black community in Philadelphia, African American soldiers in the Civil War, and early struggles for civil rights.  Exhibits frequently change.
Location: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106
Organizer: African American Museum in Philadelphia
Admission: $10 adults; $8 student
No Planes, But Plenty of Trains and Automobiles!
Take a step back in time to a simpler age! Experience the turn of the twentieth century through the magic of steam locomotion at the beautiful Auburn Heights Preserve!Enjoy a stroll, or sit under the spreading limbs of the mighty oaks and poplars that surround the estate grounds.   Hop aboard the “First Bus” in Delaware — A Stanley Mountain Wagon — for a spin around the property in their fully restored 1915 Model 820 Mountain Wagon.  Or if you’d rather ride the train than the bus….Step over to the station and board the 1/8 size live steam railway for a round trip on The Auburn Valley Railroad!   The Auburn Valley boasts two mighty 4-8-4 ‘Northern’ coal fired, live steam locomotives to speed you on your journey.And when you get back to the station you won’t want to miss seeing the largest collection of Stanley Steamers you’re ever likely to see! Over a dozen Steamers — All fully restored and in roadworthy condition.  Don’t miss them!  Pssssst! Don’t tell anybody else but….there’s free popcorn courtesy of their steam powered popper!
Bates Motel Escape Rooms – opening June 26, 2020.  Great fun for you and your family and friends.  Located in Glen Mills, a short 10 minute drive from Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast, they also offer Laser Tag experiences.  Click here to learn more.
Bates Motel Escape Rooms

Bates Motel Escape Rooms

Indoor Sky Diving – iFly King of Prussia – year round
Ever wish you could experience the excitement of sky diving but don’t want to go up in an airplane much less jump out of one?  iFly in King of Prussia offers you that experience in their wind tunnel while keeping your feet on the ground (sort of).  

Students enjoy the thrill of sky diving at iFly in King of Prussia


Rattlebox Pony and Nature Center -220 Wawa Road  Wawa, PA. 19063  610-358-4813
Appointments are absolutely required. Parents, you can drop your child off for a special day camp while visiting Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. 

Rattlebox Nature Center was conceived and created in response to an awareness that in our increasingly urban and technological society many children exist with little experience or appreciation of the animals with whom we share this planet and the natural world that surrounds us. The goal of Rattlebox Nature Center is to provide individuals of all ages and capabilities with hands-on experience that will better their understanding of the critical role that animals play in the health and welfare of our world and to dispel false stereotypes and myths regarding their behavior and characteristics.

Philadelphia Zoo – America’s First Zoo!!! Conveniently located in Philadelphia’s historic Fairmount Park and only 17 miles from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals.  In addition to visiting the animals, you can soar 400 feet in the air on the Zooballoon, explore African Plains from a camel’s back, and enjoy Bird Lake in a Swan Boat. Beat the heat with the zoo’s misting stations.  Call the zoo at 215-243-5235 and tell them which animals interest you and they will design a personal tour.