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“Nice indoor visit for kids”

Rancocas Nature Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Rancocas Nature Center is situated on a 210 acre piece of the Rancocas State Park, and features 3 miles of hiking trails through varied habitats including meadows, forest, and wetlands. Picnic tables are available near our building, but please carry in/carry out only. The Nature Center has been operating since 1977 and has been providing environmental education for the surrounding community during that time, presenting programs both on and off-site for groups including schools, scouts, libraries, senior citizens, as well as the general public.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 24, 2018

Took my 4 -year- old granddaughter here as a trip out in this cold winter weather. What a great little treasure. Small but wow she loved it. We had just missed a story time (wished we hadn't) but there was plenty for her to investigate. Very natural setting, great historic house (just check out the floor to ceiling windows and the shutters!) and free. Bathrooms are a great treat as they each have murals of nature painted on the walls. Several turtles that come up to the face of the tank and "interact" with the viewer. Granddaughter LOVED this. Couple of snakes one that also took a liking to her attention. Bones, skins, and more to see and touch. Nice display on birds, nest and their eggs. Small display on local fossils. Please touch area and her favorite a full wall mural of meadow, trees and creek with magnetic critters to move and pose. There is also a small display on Timbuktu, a small, early, African American town just down the creek. The volunteers we meet were so nice to my granddaughter. Lots of upcoming events, literature and a gift shop. Donations are always appreciated. We look forward to investigating some of the nature trails when the weather improves. Nice treasure to find.

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Reviewed December 11, 2017

They have covered picnic tables and swings. The restrooms are clean and there is usually a Park Ranger on site to answer any questions you might have.

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Mary B, Public Relations Manager at Rancocas Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2018

This review may be in error. We do have picnic tables, but they are not covered. We do not have swings. I get the feeling you meant to review Longbridge Park, a County Park around the corner?

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Reviewed June 14, 2017

Awesome spot to enjoy nature and explore. Great for walks and pet friendly. I enjoyed my visit and would go again.

Thank Larry V
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Mary B, Educator at Rancocas Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2017

Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoyed our trails. Just to clarify, dogs are not allowed on the Rancocas Nature center trails, but can access the other side of the state park. As much as we love dogs, they can disturb wildlife, so if you are in the State Park and cross the stream, please respect the "no dogs", "no bikes" signs on the nature center trails. Dogs are expected to remain on-leash and be cleaned up after where they are allowed in the park.

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Reviewed May 4, 2017 via mobile

We grew up on the property so this was a reminiscent day for sisters to hike our home 50 years later. But the center is wonderful with programs for all ages. Staffed with caring and knowlegable folks. A great opportunity to learn about local flora and fauna. This place is all about the joy of the outdoors.

Thank Queeniereads
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Mary B, Guest Relations Manager at Rancocas Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2017

Thank you for sharing your stories...it is so wonderful learning more about the history of our site. We love sharing this beautiful natural area with all ages. Please come see us again sometime!

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Reviewed November 29, 2016

I hadn't been to the Rancocas Nature Center since my 26 year old daughter was a Brownie Girl Scout.

This past Sunday, my husband and I were looking for some place relatively nearby to go walking in the woods, and we wound up at the Rancocas Nature Center, which has about three miles of trails, including some boardwalk areas that would be wheelchair accessible. I took 82 pictures, so obviously there were some great views, especially on the orange trail that goes along the water.

About a half mile from the parking near the building the trail joins the trails in Rancocas State Forest. Because we got a late start, we only went about a half mile into Rancocas State Park, but we definitely will come back again.

The center itself has some interesting displays as well as enthusiastic volunteers. I saw online a variety of programs offered, including for pre-schoolers.

Some picnic tables are available outside the center. Bathrooms are available inside the center, when it is open.

The center closes at 4, the trails close at 5, and the gate is locked a half hour after dusk. Not sure exactly when that would be!!

There are places to leave donations, but there is no entry fee for the Rancocas Nature Center. It would be a nice family trip. Definitely recommended!

Thank GreenUnicorn
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