Frequently Asked Questions
History and the Crossing Reenactment
How can I learn more about Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776?
The Crossing the Delaware Tour is a great way to explore the crossing! We also have numerous educational resources:
When can I register to participate in this year’s crossing reenactment?
Registration is done on our website and typically opens in the late summer to early fall. If you’d like to receive an alert when registration opens, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have another question about the crossing reenactment.
Please review our crossing reenactment page for more details. That page is usually updated several months before the reenactment each year. If you have questions that aren’t answered there, please email email@example.com.
Facilities and Maintenance
What is happening to the buildings?
The park is undergoing a large-scale renovation project to rehabilitate numerous historic and modern facilities.
Is the elevator open at Bowman’s Hill Tower?
The elevator is not available, but visitors may climb the stairs to the top.
Why is the grass long?
The park has been short-staffed and some mowers have broken. Highly visited areas are mowed to the best of our ability.
I have another question about facilities and maintenance.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets and Tours
Which sites are currently available for tours?
Sites that have tickets available on our ticket page can be visited or toured. If there is no link or ability to purchase tickets, that site is being renovated or is otherwise closed for tours. Thank you for your patience while we undergo renovations.
Do I need a ticket to take a self-guided tour through the Historic Village?
No, self-guided tours are available free of charge. A guided tour of the Historic Village (called the Crossing the Delaware Tour) is available daily during the regular season, and tickets can be purchased on our website.
Do I need a ticket to visit Bowman’s Hill Tower?
Yes, timed tickets are required to climb Bowman’s Hill Tower. You can learn more or purchase tickets on our website.
Swimming, Tubing and Boating
Can I swim at Washington Crossing Historic Park?
No. There is no swimming at Washington Crossing Historic Park or in the Delaware River from the park.
Can I launch a tube from Washington Crossing Historic Park?
No. There is nowhere you can tube at Washington Crossing Historic Park, and tubes cannot be launched into the Delaware River from the park.
Can I launch my canoe, kayak or paddleboard?
Yes. Only unmotorized watercraft can be launched from the boat ramp located off River Road near the park Visitor Center. All non-powered boats must display a boat registration or launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission or a launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks.
I have another question about swimming, tubing or boating.
Please contact email@example.com.
The Friends of Washington Crossing Park
What is the Friends of Washington Crossing Park?
In partnership with Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park offer guided interpretive tours and educational programming in the park. The group also organizes the Crossing reenactments, General Washington’s birthday celebration, sheep shearing at the Thompson-Neely House, Memorial Day and Independence Day commemorations, a fall harvest day, several fundraisers and more. This website is also maintained by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park.
How do I join the Friends of Washington Crossing Park?
You can become a member on our website. Memberships are valid from April 1 through March 31 each year and must be renewed annually.
How can I stay up-to-date on Friends news, special events and fundraisers?
You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, which are managed by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. Or add your name and email address to the form at the bottom of this page to receive monthly e-newsletters from the Friends. You can unsubscribe from e-newsletters by clicking “unsubscribe” in the footer of any email from the Friends.
How can I host a special event at Washington Crossing Historic Park?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I take portraits and other commercial photography at Washington Crossing Historic Park?
Yes, commercial photography is permitted.
Can I launch a drone at Washington Crossing Historic Park?
Drones and unmanned aerial systems are not permitted at Washington Crossing Historic Park in order to balance public safety, privacy concerns, view-shed and sound-shed protection, and FAA rules and regulations.
Is the Pennsylvania park affiliated with the New Jersey park?
Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania is managed by Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Washington Crossing State Park in New Jersey is managed by the New Jersey State Park Service. Though both sites commemorate Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 and offer recreation and historical information, they are separate state parks.
Is the Pennsylvania park affiliated with Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve?
Washington Crossing Historic Park is a close neighbor to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, but they are separate institutions. Tickets/tours for one site are not valid for the other.