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  • Jack S
    Charleston, SC131 contributions
    Whenever visiting PA, or the Old Country as members of our family call it, it's customary to visit one of the many little museums that dot the landscape throughout the Keystone State.
    Grandpa chose the American Helicopter Museum because of its proximity to the QVC HQ and Studio (as if he were planning to sell a Wonder Mop or X-ray Sunglasses on TV)???
    The ride was pretty uneventful, passing by brand new strip malls and condo converted rust belt factory buildings and old Trump 2020 signs.
    The museum itself is definitely one of those volunteer supported passion projects.
    Manned by veterans and "copter" enthusiasts, who didn't have a lot to work with in terms of space, but still managed to cram the converted airport hanger inside and out with interesting and imaginative exhibits, videos and of course, very very cool helicopters, several of which one can enter.
    A terrific and friendly staff, all willing to share their vast knowledge with visitors.
    A solid little gift shop, and enough stuff to keep everyone in the family engaged during their visit.
    Absolutely a must see for anyone that wants to learn a lot or a little about "rotary-wing' history!
    Written December 25, 2021
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  • michelebarry2
    Illinois97 contributions
    Never having visited West Chester prior to this month, I really didn’t know what to expect. Pleasantly surprised at how busy downtown was during the day and in the evening. Lots of shops and restaurants to enjoy.
    Written June 8, 2022
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  • LaurenEA91
    Chadds Ford, PA355 contributions
    It was the husband's turn to find a trail for us and he found this nice one 12 miles from our place. We did the moderate trail which was 4.2 miles and a bit hilly but not too much. Good weather, good exercise, good trail.
    Written August 8, 2021
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  • Minkey13
    Philadelphia99 contributions
    Went to see Dueling Pianos on 1/30 and had a great time. Show was sold out but we weren't packed in like sardines. Acoustics are great. There is a bar downstairs that lets you bring your drink into the show upstairs. Very fun show with a lot of audience participation.
    Written January 31, 2020
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  • Robert D
    Quincy, PA70 contributions
    We found metered -- but free until 5 p.m. Saturdays -- directly in front of the history center. We arrived early and chatted with volunteers sprucing up the plantings out front and got a tip about the growers' market half a block up the alley. Exhibits were very informative and child-friendly, although we elders did more reading than the average 21-and-under. Access to the different areas and a huge library (we didn't take time to go there) was easy. Also, we were an easy two blocks up High Street to the heart of West Chester's restaurant row, Gay Street. After touring the history center, we drove to the nearby Brandywine Battle National Historic Site, open on weekends.
    Written June 8, 2022
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  • John379
    West Chester, PA629 contributions
    The Restaurant Festival is a great event in downtown West Chester. Lots of good food of all styles. It can get a little crowded as the day moves on, but if you get there early in the day it's not to bad. We go almost every year and it's a great event and a nice time strolling around West Chester.
    Written September 20, 2017
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  • BobM
    West Chester, PA123 contributions
    A beautiful park, nice paved trail and history all over. Wide open spaces, My dog and I love it there.
    Written February 10, 2019
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  • Qtfish
    Annapolis MD133 contributions
    Looking at this beautiful scenery now, it's hard to imagine the bloody battle that was waged here during the Revolutionary War. There are informative signs about the troops positions. Be sure to also visit the Birmingham Meeting House just up the road where there is a mass grave of American and British troops. Very moving and a reminder of the cost of war.
    Written August 27, 2018
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  • Ayman R
    1 contribution
    it was an old house I liked the tour guys they gave tons of info and were very nice I wish I had a house that good looking
    Written May 3, 2019
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  • Meg B
    West Chester11 contributions
    The Chester County Art Association offers something for everyone - art classes for youth and adults, gallery exhibits, events, etc. My kids and grandkids have taken classes at the CCAA, and I have seen numerous gallery exhibits there. Off-street parking makes it easy to stop by for a quick look around!
    Written January 21, 2018
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  • Stephen M
    West Chester, PA286 contributions
    We have been purchasing fresh corn (and other fruits and vegetables) at Pete’s for many years. Their corn is the best we ever had, and we never tire of it. They have tables
    so you can husk it there and dispose of the waste - very convenient. Highly recommended.
    Written November 3, 2017
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  • Brandywine1777
    West Chester, PA241 contributions
    St. Agnes has been a spiritual anchor in West Chester since 1793 when it was founded. And although other churches have sprung from her roots as greater West Chester grew, over 225 years later, St Agnes is still the only Catholic Church in the borough.
    The present church, the third on this site, was constructed of stone in 1927, and is beautifully and classically built in the cruciform style.
    Two noteworthy items about the church:
    The magnificent stained glass windows were created by "The First Lady of Stained Glass", German, Paula Himmelsbach Balano (1877- 1967).
    In addition, the massive wood beams soaring over the nave are a wonder of architecture.
    Whether you are a visitor to the historic borough of West Chester, a guest at the nearby Warner Hotel in town or new to the parish, Saint Agnes should be part of your experience.
    Written April 16, 2019
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  • stacy1680
    Philadelphia, PA51 contributions
    You have to purchase tickets in advance (they go on sale about 2 weeks prior to the show) and are about $6 per person online and your name is added to a list for that show (no printed tickets). If you have a child 5 or under who can sit on your lap they are free. The planetarium is small, but keep in mind that it is run by the school. They have shows only during the semester on Fridays with the doors opening at 6:30 and the show starts at 7. No food in the theater. The first half of the show is the current night sky and the second half is a pre-recorded movie which rotates from week to week. The session we attended was about astronauts, prepping for launch and all the dangers they face once they are in orbit. Great for something different to do especially if you/your kids like space and star watching!
    Written April 19, 2019
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  • llblaze
    5 contributions
    Small quaint store sells dairy products, lots of plants and some veggies. Kids are able to walk around the gated area to check out the animals. We bought ice cream and chocolate milk; both were creamy and delicious! I like to support local farms and would like to see them thrive. We will go back again!
    Written May 24, 2020
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  • Harriet L
    West Chester, PA56 contributions
    Pros about this dog park:
    1. It's set inside a larger park, so kids can go skateboarding while you are with your dog(s).
    2. There is some seating available in case you want to sit.
    3. There are two entrances areas, and both are double-gated to prevent any dog from accidentally escaping.
    4. It's open and flat, so you can always see where your dog is.
    5. There are a couple of dog agility items to help make it more interesting.

    Cons:
    1. there's no water fountain, so you have to remember to bring water and a large bowl.
    2. The fence is only about 4 feet tall. I've seen dogs go over fences that height.
    3. The ground tends to be either dry and dusty, or wet and muddy. Grass has a hard time surviving here.
    4. There's only one area for the dogs to romp in, so you can have a Great Dane trying to romp with a Chihuahua. There's no option for choosing to be in a section based on dog size.

    Patronage:
    As is typical with dog parks, the ability of owners to control their dogs in the park varies, as does how closely owners watch their dogs. Dog parks are meant to be fun, but any dog can take offense and get into a snarly mood. Owners frequently don't watch their dogs closely enough, so if a dog-dog altercation begins, it's not always clear how it started - whether one dog was overwhelming another dog and didn't back off, or if two dogs decided to claim a single tennis ball or toy, or whatever.

    Another issue is that food shouldn't ever be brought into a dog park - there are many dogs who are wonderful playing with other dogs, until food or treats are put into the mix. Yet people do this all too often. If you want to picnic, do it somewhere outside of an off-leash dog park, please.

    My child attends a camp that sometimes takes camp dogs to the dog park as a field trip. During a visit last week there, the kids were having snacks back in the parking area, basically tailgating. An owner exiting the dog park had put their dog on a retractable lead, gave the dog too much line, and they came around the SUV my daughter was sitting at the back of. The dog saw my daughter having her food, jumped up and snatched it from her - but closed down on one of her fingers, bruising the bone.and scraping the skin. The owner of the dog never even noticed what his dog had done! While technically it wasn't "in" the dog park - it was in the parking lot - it is symptomatic that some of the dog owners aren't paying attention to their dogs. I didn't find out about this until I picked my daughter up from camp.

    Now, I know most people might figure that "oh, the kid was probably teasing the dog for that to happen". And for a typical kid, I'd probably think that was a possibility too. However, my girl has spent hundreds of hours working with dogs in shelters, is well aware of what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate behavior around dogs, and knows that dogs who bite are required to be quarantined for ten days in our state. Since the skin wasn't broken (just scraped), she chose not to report it.

    On the whole, people are friendly, and share water and usually pretty good about following the park rules.

    As for the review saying there is a stream there - I think they are confused with another park.
    Written August 10, 2016
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