Description - The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. From the longest continuously intact canal built in the 1800's (the Delaware Canal) to the beautiful scenery of White Clay Creek Preserve, this beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.
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Marsh Creek State Park
- The mostly highly populated area of the state, the Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. It is the home of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. The area was the capital of the American Colonies from 1775 - 1783 at the time of the Revolutionary War. Millions of visitors are attracted to this location where Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Adams, John Hancock and others laid the foundation for the new nation.
The Delaware Canal, built in the late 1800's offers a recreation haven for boating, hiking, picnicking and fishing. The water runs into the Atlantic Ocean making it one of the nation's busiest freshwater ports. The city has a colorful metropolitan area featuring arts, theaters, museums, finance and trade centers.
Recreation - Thirteen state parks call this region home. Each offers diverse opportunities during all four seasons of the year. Historic sites such as Independence Hall, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Steamtown National Historic Site and Valley Forge offer education and entertainment. This region boasts of having some of the best state park environmental education programs while offering a look at efficient use of urban recreation. There are also areas such as White Clay Creek Preserve and Nockamixon that allow for a quiet retreat from the busy metropolitan area.
Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Philadelphia Area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius). But don't be surprised by days in the 80's and 90's.
The Philadelphia Area rests in Pennsylvania's southeastern corner. On the east and south, it is bordered by the state lines of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The northern section is treated to the beautiful Pocono Mountain Area, famous for its honeymoon and family vacation getaways.