The Andorra Natural Area is open daily from dawn til dusk. The visitor educational center is open Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 4 pm. Admission is free, although some educational programs have fees.
Tree House Tots: A fun, interactive program for pre-schoolers. The Wissahickon Environmental Center offers a program designed for young children to discover the wonders of nature.
Andorra Natural Area is a wonderful park in the city. When you're here, it is hard to believe you are still within the city limits of Philadelphia. It is quiet, beautiful and perfect for a day in the great outdoors for all ages.
What can you do here? Hiking, biking, walking, jogging, looking for animals and birds, fishing, exploring, leaf-collecting, and just about any other outdoor activity. The path along the Forbidden Trail is where most people stay, and it is not blacktop, but is well-maintained and easy to navigate, wide, bike and foot-friendly, and jogging stroller friendly. I would not go here with a regular stroller. There are also hiking and horseback trails along the upper parts of the area, as well as across the water from the main trail. I have hiked and biked these solo, but not with kids, I would say it'd be best with older kiddos, and younger tykes would be best served on the Forbidden Trail.
This natural area is positively lovely. You can hike to Valley Green and grab a bite to eat or see the ducks and geese that like to gather out front of here. There are benches to sit down and enjoy the view, as well. It is a wonderful way to spend some time outside with the family and see the "other" side of a great city like Philadelphia. It really shows the beauty that can be found here, and compliments busy areas like the historic district nicely. Make visiting this natural area a priority when in the vicinity, as it's worth the time.
Andorra Natural Area offers many wonderful programs for children including nature trails, exhibits, and special events. Most activities begin at Treehouse Visitor Center, a one-hundred-year-old home where you can explore a touch table and other exhibits. Even when the visitor center is closed, there are maps, activity sheets, program calendars, and other information available.
Two annual festivals emphasize hands-on participation. In October you can pick apples and make them into apple butter at the Harvest Festival, and in February you can tap a tree at the Maple Sugar Festival.