Mill Grove also appeals to
non-bird-watching members of
the family. Unlike some birding
destinations, it is not in a remote
location, hours distant from civilization. Birding hotspots can be
dull if you are not a bird watcher.
Mill Grove, however, is located in
suburban Philadelphia, less than
25 miles from the historic district.
Non-birding visitors will appreciate nearby attractions. For history buffs, Valley Forge National
Historic Park, George Washington’s winter encampment, is less
than 3 miles away. Shoppers love
knowing the King of Prussia
regional shopping center, with
more than 400 stores, is less than
5 miles away. Several amusement
parks are within a 1-hour drive.
A casino is less than 4 miles away.
And for birders, Mill Grove is
only 60 miles from Hawk Moun-
tain, and 1 mile from the Greater
Philadelphia Expo Center, where
the American Birding Expo will
be held September 29–October 1,
Something is always happening at the Mill Grove. In
addition to numerous nature-related activities and rotating art
exhibits, weddings and parties
are frequent. Audubon’s house
recently reopened after a major
renovation. A new Art and Conservation Center, an interactive
museum featuring Audubon’s art,
will open in early 2018.
Plan a visit, and try to be there
when the page is turned. a
Hank Weber is a retired business executive who has nothing
to do all day except relax, watch
birds, and enjoy life in the Hudson
River Valley, just 20 miles north of
New York City. A U D U
John James Audubon’s
painting of surf scoters.