Events

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Family Fishing Program

MAY 27

Family Fishing Programs are designed for families who are new to fishing. Join us on Saturday, May 27, from 9 AM to noon for this unique program sponsored by the state’s Fish and Boat Commission.

This Family Fishing Program will begin with hands-on instruction. After, you and your family can spend time fishing on your own, with park staff available to assist. No fishing licenses required!

Please bring your own bait, including earthworms, mealworms, artificial bait, cheese or corn. All other equipment will be provided.

Space is limited. Please register online before the program. Further information will be provided after registration.

Just for Kids: Reptiles & Amphibians

MAY 27

Bring the kids to learn about our local “herps” (the reptiles and amphibians who call Washington Crossing home) on Saturday, May 27, from 2 to 3 PM. We’ll read a story, play a game, and take a walk to the pond to try to spot some of these special creatures in their natural habitat.

Please meet at the picnic area across from the General Greene Pavilion in the Lower Park.

Towpath Bike Ride

MAY 28

Bring your bikes to the park on Sunday, May 28, at 11:30 AM for an easy ride on the canal towpath. We’ll bike from the Lower Park to the Soldier’s Graves, a little over 4 miles each way.

Along the way, learn the history of the canal and how it affected the history of the area.

Once we arrive at the graves, bikers may choose to ride back to the Lower Park, tour the Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead ($6 per person), or attend the Memorial Day ceremony at the graves beginning at 1 PM.

After the ceremony, park staff will lead a guided ride back to the Lower Park.

Please meet at the parking lot off Route 532. Online registration is required.

Memorial Day Observance

MAY 28

The park’s annual Memorial Day observance will be held Sunday, May 28 starting at 1 PM at the gravesite of Continental soldiers. The event is free and open to the public.

The observation will include Revolutionary War reenactors, veterans, and other honored guests. During the event, American flags will be placed on the graves.

The gravesite marks the resting place of soldiers who died during the Continental army’s December 1776 encampment in Bucks County. Although no Americans were killed during the Delaware River crossing and the First Battle of Trenton, some soldiers succumbed to exposure, disease or previous injuries.

The gravesite is located near the park’s Thompson-Neely House, about two miles south of New Hope at the intersection of Route 32 and Aquetong Rd.

Intro to Kayaking

MAY 29

Learn beginner paddling skills while kayaking on the lagoon at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Monday, May 29, from 10 AM to noon.

Kayaks, paddles, and flotation devices will be provided. This program is intended for ages 10 and older. Meet at the parking lot off Route 532 in the Lower Park.

There is a $5 per person fee for this program. Please click here to register.

Daniel Tiger Visits the Park

JUNE 3

MEET-AND-GREETS ARE SOLD OUT
(Other free family activities still available!)

Greater Philadelphia public media provider WHYY is bringing a day of family fun and a new episode of the hit PBS Kids show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to the park on June 3.

During this free public event, Daniel Tiger and George Washington will team up to read a story and be available for meet-and-greet photo opportunities at 11 AM and 1 PM (registration required). The new episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be screened at 11:20 AM and 1:40 pm in the Visitor Center auditorium. The never-before-seen episode follows the Tiger family on their first road trip to visit Grandpere as they experience the beauty of nature, a boat ride and time spent in nature as a family.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a gently used children’s book to the “WHYY I Like This Book” community book swap table.

In addition to Daniel Tiger’s appearance, the day will also feature free hands-on games, crafts and other colonial-era activities for children from 11 AM to 3 PM in the Colonial Village section of the park, near the intersection of Routes 532 and 32 (River Road). These activities are available for everyone, including those not registered for one of the meet-and-greets. 


This event is made possible by a partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and The Fred Rogers Company, which is screening the new episode at four Pennsylvania state parks.

Birding By The River

JUNE 10

The Delaware River is a wonderful spot to watch waterfowl, raptors, and other birds. Join park environmental educator Katie Scott for morning bird-watching at the river’s edge on Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Please meet in front of the Visitor Center (1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA).

Storytime at the Park

JUNE 10

The Yardley branch of the Bucks County Library will be at Washington Crossing Historic Park for storytime in the park on Saturday, June 10, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM.

Open to kids of all ages, this storytime event will include lots of interaction and movement and will wrap up with a fun nature activity.

The program will be held in the picnic area across from the Visitor Center (1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA). Look for signs as you enter the park.

Kayak The Canal

JUNE 11

Enjoy a leisurely paddle along the Delaware Canal on Sunday, June 11, from 10 AM to noon. Kayaks, paddles, and flotation devices will be provided. This program is intended for ages 10 and older. No kayaking experience required.

There is a $5 per person fee for this program. Please click here to register.

Wildlife Spotlight: Bats

JUNE 16

Bats are one of our most-needed and least understood animal residents—and they’re struggling to survive. During this nighttime program at the Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead on Friday, June 16, learn what’s so special about our local bats and what you can do to help them. We’ll look and listen for bats as they emerge for the evening.

Please bring a flashlight and a blanket or chair to the Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead (1638 River Road, New Hope, PA) at 8 PM.

Family Fishing Program

JUNE 17

Family Fishing Programs are designed for families who are new to fishing. Join us on Saturday, June 17, from 6 to 9 PM for this unique program sponsored by the state’s Fish and Boat Commission.

This Family Fishing Program will begin with hands-on instruction. After, you and your family can spend time fishing on your own, with park staff available to assist. No fishing licenses required!

Please bring your own bait, including earthworms, mealworms, artificial bait, cheese or corn. All other equipment will be provided.

Space is limited. Please register online before the program. Further information will be provided after registration.

Nature Walk on the Towpath

JUNE 18

Join the park’s environmental educator for an easy 2-mile hike along the Delaware Canal towpath on Sunday, June 18. Along the way, we’ll identify native and invasive plants and discuss how planting natives can help the environment.

Please meet at the Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead (1638 River Road, New Hope, PA) at 9 AM.

Intro to Kayaking

JUNE 24

Learn beginner paddling skills while kayaking on the lagoon at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturday, June 24, from 10 AM to noon. Kayaks, paddles, and flotation devices will be provided. This program is intended for ages 10 and older. Please meet at the parking lot off Route 532 in the Lower Park.

There is a $5 per person fee for this program. Please click here to register.

Nature Storytime

JUNE 30

The PA “One Book, Every Young Child” program promotes early literacy by reading and engaging in activities related to books. A different book is featured each year; this year’s selection is Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer.

At this free nature story program on Friday, June 30, kids will discover the beauty and poetry of the outdoors along with Daniel. Games and activities will follow a reading of the story. Please meet at the General Greene pavilion at 1 PM.

Independence Day Weekend

JULY 2-4

Spend the extended July 4 weekend at Washington Crossing Historic Park, where we have three days of outdoor fun and historic activities planned:

July 2

A full day of activities starts with a free Classic Car Show from noon to 4 PM (award announcements at 3:30 PM). That will be followed by an Old-Fashioned Community Picnic starting at 6 PM. Attendees are invited to bring their own dinner, picnic supplies and lawn games. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative Picnic Display, Most Delectable Menu, and Best in Show.

At 8 PM, Broad Street Brass will hold a free concert featuring patriotic music and other selections. The day will end with a spectacular firework’s show at 9 PM. All activities will be held in the large field across River Road and diagonal to the park’s Visitor Center.

July 3

Enjoy a full day of outdoor recreational activities sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. More information to follow.

July 4

See living historians demonstrate their crafts, tour historic buildings and see a military encampment from noon to 4 PM. A highlight of the day will be readings of the Declaration of Independence at 12:30, 1:20, 2:30 and 3:30 PM. Admission is $8 for adults (age 12 and over), $4 for children (ages 5-11) and free for those under age five. All proceeds support programming in the park. Parking is free and this event is held rain or shine. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Wine on the Waterfront

JULY 29

The first-ever Wine on the Waterfront, presented by Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) and the Bucks County Wine Trail with support from Visit Bucks County, will be held along the banks of the Delaware River at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

The event will feature live jazz music and tasting of more than 40 varieties of wine from seven local wineries. Food and wine (bottles and cases) will be available for purchase.

A portion of the event proceeds will help the Friends of Washington Crossing Park continue to provide educational and historical programming at the park.

DiscoverE Programs

JULY 12 - AUGUST 18

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will bring its summer DiscoverE kids programs to Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA).

The DiscoverE series offers games, crafts and exploration geared toward children ages 4-12. Younger learners will enjoy structured play, stories and crafts, while older learners will participate in special projects and learn recreational skills.

DiscoverE programs are divided by age group and are scheduled for the following dates:

Hide-‘n-Seekers (ages 4-5)

Outdoor Explorers (ages 6-8)

Penn’s Adventurers (ages 9-12)

Meeting locations will vary depending on the day; additional details will be sent after registration. Parents are encouraged to send children with sneakers, sunscreen, bug spray and a water bottle; no special equipment is required.

There is a fee of $5 per child per day, or $12 per child for all three days. Payment is due when children arrive at the park. Parents are welcome but not required to stay for the programs.

Registration is required on DCNR’s website or by emailing the park’s environmental educator, Katie Scott, at katscott@pa.gov.

Please direct questions to Katie via email or by calling 215-493-4076.