Washington Crossing Historic Park

Washington Crossing Historic Park

Washington Crossing Historic Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The 500-acre Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) hosts thousands of visitors every year, from local schoolchildren to visitors from around the world, who come to see the point from which a battered and dispirited American army launched a counterattack that reversed its long losing streak, preserving its will to fight and maintaining the revolutionary spirit that would lead to independence for the United States. But Washington Crossing Historic Park represents much more than a single event. Restored Colonial buildings in the park, such as the Thompson-Neely House and McConkey Ferry Inn, give many clues about living conditions during the Revolutionary era. Later, homes and shops reveal how 19th-century rural Pennsylvanians lived and worked. Among them are the home of a prosperous merchant, a village general store, and homes for skilled artisans. The park also contains Bowman's Hill Tower, Revolutionary War soldiers' graves, stone memorials, picnic pavilions and historic collections.
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  • BillD5853338
    Newtown, Pennsylvania120 contributions
    A fun Must See in Bucks County
    This is a great experience for friends, family, kids, school children, historians, and everybody. With a group of friends, we took the complete tour which lasts about an hour. You first see a short film inside the museum. Tis is followed by a tour guide taking you inside the large white barn to view a Durham boat, similar to what George and his men used during the crossing than onto a walk where we see a large map outside to explain the battle of Trenton and the aftermath. The knowledgable tour guide was terrific answering all our questions. This is a must see if you are in the part of Bucks County.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 13, 2023
  • SueN0613
    The Villages, Florida18 contributions
    Washington Crossing Historically Interesting
    We took the one hour tour, which was very informative . The short film prior to the tour was very well done and really set the stage for the additional information we learned during the your. The park grounds and trails are well maintained snd very peaceful. Would love to come back during the re-enactment!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Michael S
    1 contribution
    Cool views needs upkeep
    Bowmans tower was fun to visit. Elevator was out of order which I believe it's been that way for a long time. This should be fixed. I'm sure the park has enough funds to complete this. We visited on a bright sunny day and even so the spiral staircase was poorly lit. An accident just waiting to happen. Just rope lights would be an improvement. Views for the top where cool. The park commission needs to keep it updated and safer.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Donna E
    Westbury, New York7 contributions
    What a beautiful park
    Washington crossing park was a beautiful space to walk in. The weather was gorgeous oct 28,2023. The Docent we had was fantastic and gave us information that we had no idea. It took Washington 8 to 11 hours to cross the delaware because some of the boats were pulled across and some were rowed. Remember he had horses and artillery too. It is a wonderful park to roam around. The Docents were very well knowledgeable and I would highly recommend this park.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Previa1994
    Chicago, Illinois6,368 contributions
    Well maintained Historic Park
    When we visited friends in Newton, they took us to Washington Crossing as a part of a driving tour of the area.  The weather was nice for walking around the park.  There is so much to explore and learn the history that took place here.  But, we enjoyed the short walk to the Washington Crossing Monument and strolling across the bridge over the Delaware River (except for the traffic).  Washington Crossing Historic Park is a great place to learn about Washington's historical crossing on Christmas day.  It would be wonderful to visit this place when they have reenactments of the river crossing.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 25, 2023
  • Hale F
    Oxford, Mississippi431 contributions
    small beautiful park, interesting for History buffs, particularly
    We went there within a week of the cross. The current in the river was 3-5 mph so it gave us an impression of how difficult the crossing would have been. The museum was informative with a good description of the battle in Trenton and its effect on the Revolutionary War. It also helped dispel a few myths. The Park is Managed by the State of Pennsylvania and is a short drive from Philadelphia, which gives you a good view of how close Washington came to being overwhelmed when spring came.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2023
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Aug 2020 • Family
Meh! Bought the combo ticket for all 3 & what a waste. Save yourself the money & time. The guide was very informative, too informative. She took us on a 1 hour & half tour to go 3 places-the rock, boathouse & one village house (basically 1 1/2 hours to go 2000 feet, she talked so much we barely moved. She pointed across the street to all the other village houses & then abruptly ended it & left us to fend for ourselves & told us the tower was 31/2 miles away..back to the car we went to find 2 people at the tower who barely looked up at us & said just go in. They did not speak about the tower or inform us that you can take the elevator up to the top. We walked half way up & turned backed around, didn’t even make it to the top due to being so annoyed w the service. The third attraction we didn’t even bother, went to lunch instead which was the best part of our trip!
Written August 16, 2020
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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA766 contributions
Nov 2022
We are American history buffs and decided to visit here to learn more about the historic event that occurred in 1776. I also wanted to see the buildings that make up this historic park, as promoted at their website.

We arrived at the Visitor Center on a Saturday afternoon in time to catch the final scheduled “tour” of the day. After viewing a short video that set the scene for the Delaware River crossing, we heard a talk by tour guide Tom about the event and its important role in the Continental Army’s military efforts. Our “tour”—consisting of the movie and Tom’s talk in the theater and the nearby exhibit gallery—lasted about 50 minutes, after which we perused the small exhibit gallery there on our own and walked down to the river’s edge to view a few of the Durham boats docked there. We were disappointed that the buildings in the Historic Village were all closed for renovations. Although we enjoyed the movie, the exhibits, and Tom’s remarks, having the historic buildings reopened for touring would definitely help flesh out a visit here.

All in all, we spent about 90 minutes here. Admission is reasonable (and helps fund the renovations, I assume). There is plentiful free onsite parking.
Written November 21, 2022
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Regan H
5 contributions
Sep 2021
We signed up for a tour to guide us through the park. Our tour guide - Katherine (sp?) - was a wealth of information. She gave us so many facts about the crossing, the events surrounding the crossing, and the events after the crossing that we were entranced for the entire tour. There was some flooding in the area before we arrived and the buildings are undergoing restoration, so some areas were closed. We completely understand the reasons we couldn't have access to some areas. We now view the crossing in a different way. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Guy at the gift shop was also very helpful.
Written September 17, 2021
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Hale F
Oxford, MS431 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We went there within a week of the cross. The current in the river was 3-5 mph so it gave us an impression of how difficult the crossing would have been. The museum was informative with a good description of the battle in Trenton and its effect on the Revolutionary War. It also helped dispel a few myths. The Park is Managed by the State of Pennsylvania and is a short drive from Philadelphia, which gives you a good view of how close Washington came to being overwhelmed when spring came.
Written December 29, 2023
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David S
West Chester, PA1,326 contributions
Dec 2021
December 2021
Wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and tour the grounds of this historic landmark. The visitor's center features numerous artifacts from those harrowing days endured by the Continental army. A historic village is right next to the park where you can walk around at your leisure, and just over the bridge is another park and museum with even more artifacts.
Written July 3, 2022
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Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr.
Monroe, NJ1,399 contributions
Nov 2020
We were driving through the rural roads of NJ and easter PA when we discovered this place. It was so open and historic. Parking was easy and the grounds were astonishing. Just looking at the architecture and history of yesteryear made me feel nostalgic. So many people visited during our time there, History seemed so relevant and it made me proud to be an American.
Written November 9, 2020
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Mont510
Bordentown, NJ13 contributions
Dec 2021
I have read numerous books about Washington crossing the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton; however, The Ten Crucial Days tour really gave me an in depth look at the exact route that Washington and his troops took and the terrible conditions that they endured. It is a full day narrated bus tour with stops and getting out to view places both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This informative tour was probably the best historical tour that I've ever taken. Be sure to wear warm clothing and comfortable footwear. Some of the areas visited are open fields and the wind just blows through. Lunch was included and was very good.
Written December 24, 2021
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Michael S
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
Bowmans tower was fun to visit. Elevator was out of order which I believe it's been that way for a long time. This should be fixed. I'm sure the park has enough funds to complete this. We visited on a bright sunny day and even so the spiral staircase was poorly lit. An accident just waiting to happen. Just rope lights would be an improvement. Views for the top where cool. The park commission needs to keep it updated and safer.
Written October 26, 2023
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BillD5853338
Newtown, PA120 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
This is a great experience for friends, family, kids, school children, historians, and everybody. With a group of friends, we took the complete tour which lasts about an hour. You first see a short film inside the museum. Tis is followed by a tour guide taking you inside the large white barn to view a Durham boat, similar to what George and his men used during the crossing than onto a walk where we see a large map outside to explain the battle of Trenton and the aftermath. The knowledgable tour guide was terrific answering all our questions. This is a must see if you are in the part of Bucks County.
Written May 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,368 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
When we visited friends in Newton, they took us to Washington Crossing as a part of a driving tour of the area.  The weather was nice for walking around the park.  There is so much to explore and learn the history that took place here.  But, we enjoyed the short walk to the Washington Crossing Monument and strolling across the bridge over the Delaware River (except for the traffic).  Washington Crossing Historic Park is a great place to learn about Washington's historical crossing on Christmas day.  It would be wonderful to visit this place when they have reenactments of the river crossing.
Written December 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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