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Get the Most Bang for Your Buck: Disney World 1-Day Ticket Prices
Are you planning a trip to Disney World? If so, you’re probably wondering how to get the most out of your experience without breaking the bank. One way to do this is to purchase a one-day ticket. Here’s what you need to know about Disney World 1-day ticket prices.
Understand Ticket Prices
Disney World offers a variety of ticket options, ranging from single-day tickets to multi-day passes. The price of your ticket will depend on which park you’re visiting and when you plan to go. Generally speaking, tickets are more expensive during peak season (summer and holidays) and less expensive during off-season (fall and winter). Additionally, some parks offer discounts for Florida residents or members of the military.
Choose Your Park Wisely
When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, it pays to choose your park wisely. For example, Magic Kingdom is usually the most expensive park due to its popularity with families. However, if you’re looking for thrills and adventure, Animal Kingdom may be a better choice as it offers more rides and attractions than Magic Kingdom.
Maximize Your Time
Once you’ve chosen your park, it’s important to maximize your time there. Make sure to check out all the attractions that interest you and take advantage of any special events or shows that may be happening during your visit. Additionally, if you plan ahead and purchase FastPass+ tickets in advance, you can skip long lines at popular rides and attractions.
By understanding Disney World 1-day ticket prices and choosing your park wisely, you can get the most bang for your buck when planning a trip to Disney World. With careful planning and some savvy budgeting tips, you can have an unforgettable experience without breaking the bank.
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The Best Day Trips for Bucks County Families
Discover the best that the East Coast has to offer with these day trip destinations for Bucks County Families.
For lots of families, the word summer means one thing…vacation! For some, that may look like jet-setting across the globe to exotic places, while for others a simple day trip to the beach will suffice. There’s certainly no right or wrong way to do summer break. Whatever you do, a day spent connecting with your family is always a win in our book.
So, whether you’re looking to save on gas with a 30 minute drive or less (which we totally get, by the way), or you want to get out and explore a little further, we have some incredible day trip ideas that range in travel time from 30 minutes , 60 minutes , and 90 minutes plus! Check them out!
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Quick trips for those days where you need to get everyone out of the house ASAP but definitely need to be back by nap time.
Upper Black Eddy, PA
Ringing Rocks Park is a 128 acre park nestled in the woods in Upper Black Eddy. Located within the park is a field of boulders, about 7-8 acres in size, that have an unusual property–when the rocks are struck (pack a hammer) they ring as if hollow. A short hike further down takes you to High Falls, Bucks County’s largest waterfall (although to be honest, it’s not that large and it only flows after heavy rain… a lovely hike nonetheless). Pair all that with a nice picnic lunch and you’re good to go. An important note for families with little ones though–anyone under 6 will certainly need a hand to hold while scrambling over the rocks so if going with more than one child, consider bringing an extra pair of hands.
Howell Living History Farm
Take a trip back in time to the 1900s when horse-drawn buggies populated the roads. At Howell Living History Farm you’ll find engaging, educational programs for students and families that reflect the real-life, seasonal activities of a working farm. Help around the farm, enjoy the gorgeous views, and shop their homemade delights for a fun-filled day with kids of all ages.
- Have a little extra time? The town of Lambertville , has a walkable downtown with lots of interesting shops and great places to eat. We especially love More Than Q for their low-key, family-friendly vibe and their incredible brisket and mac and cheese.
The Bucks County Children’s Museum
New Hope, PA
This 10,000 square-foot facility is home to several, hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through pretend-play for children 12 months through approximately 7 years old. While food is not allowed in the galleries, a packed lunch can be enjoyed in their multi-purpose room or their outdoor picnic area. While certainly a fun trip for any day of the week, it should be noted that reservations are required on weekends as it is their busiest time.
- For some extra fun, consider strolling through New Hope to check out their unique shops and family-friendly attractions. Check out our Guide to New Hope here , for all the best insider tips.
Nockamixon State Park
This 5,286 acre state park in the rolling hills of Bucks County offers popular activities such as picnicking, swimming, hiking, biking, disc golfing, boating, and more. A lovely place to spend an afternoon or early summer morning with the family. The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
As the nation’s one-and-only living museum specifically devoted to native plants, the Preserve has something to offer everyone regardless of age. In one trip you can take an “I-Spy” hike, meander the spiral-shaped labyrinth nestled among the trees, or look for turtles at Founder’s Pond. A beautiful place to visit no matter the season.
- Be sure to check out our Best Places to Cool Off Guide and our Indoor Activities post for even more hyper-local, kid-friendly destinations.
For when you’re willing to drive…but maybe not too far.
Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience! Learn how crayons are made, star in your own coloring page, and more within their four floors of hands-on, colorful fun. There’s bound to be something for every member of your family to enjoy.
Featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s largest model railroad, Northlandz has been recently updated for even more family-friendly, railroad fun. With over 100 trains running on approximately 8 miles of track and a full-sized, outdoor train ride (weekends only), this place is an absolute must for any railway enthusiasts.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
Riverbend’s 30-acre preserve is an island of green surrounded by a bustling, suburban community not far from Philadelphia. Open and free to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the year, Riverbend invites visitors to walk the trails and explore the grounds. In addition to the trails, the preserve boasts meadow, woodland, stream and pond habitats.
Elmwood Park Zoo
Get up close and personal with dozens of wild and endangered species at this 16-acre zoo. With tons of family-friendly activities scheduled throughout the week and a bar for guests over 21, this local zoo has plenty to offer families of all ages and stages.
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Another great option for the thrill seekers in your life is Dorney Park. Nestled in the center of the Lehigh Valley, it features more than 60 rides, shows, attractions, an area just for kids, and a waterpark, making it a great choice for families with children of varying ages.
The City of Philadelphia
In all honesty, there’s just no way we could ever summarize Philadelphia. There’s SO MUCH TO DO! From its historical venues to its bustling art scene (and everything in between), Philadelphia is just jam-packed with fun and entertainment for families of all kinds. So do yourself a favor and check out our sister-sites Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent for all the Philly-based day trip ideas and special events you’ll ever need.
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Or should we say, Bucks County. These day trips are not too far, but they’re not that close either, so plan accordingly (especially if your group is made up of the tiny-tyrant variety).
The Land of Make Believe
This New Jersey amusement park boasts having short lines, affordable prices, a wholesome atmosphere, and the best french fries and fudge NJ has to offer and we’re inclined to agree. So gather the family, swimsuits, and sunscreen for a full day of family-fun at this awesome NJ attraction.
Known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State’s most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest. For extra family-fun, be sure to check out their maze and mining for gemstones attractions.
Lehigh Valley Zoo
Located in the heart of the Trexler Nature Preserve, the Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to more than 325 animal ambassadors representing over 125 species. You can learn about the Zoo’s conservation efforts by visiting the Zoo’s Reptile & Amphibian Discover Center, watching a daily African Penguin feeding, and observing a real life wolf feed throughout the year.
Wild West City
Based on 1880s Dodge City, Kansas, Wild West City is an interactive experience bringing tales of the wild west to life through historical characters, live action dramatizations and demonstrations by period craftsmen. Learn how to pan for gold at Egan’s Gold Mine, defend an authentic stagecoach from the local bandits, or mosey on over to the barnyard and meet real live animals found on a typical frontier farm. When you’re done, be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Golden Nugget Saloon. You won’t be sorry!
Historic Crystal Cave
This incredible underground cave, located near Kutztown, PA, is known for its abundance of milky white formations that give it its name. During your visit, courteous guides will lead you 125 feet underground on a one hour tour and features a movie in the Crystal Cave Theater, presenting the history of Pennsylvania’s First Show Cave. While the cave temperature is a comfortable 54 degrees, a light sweater or jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Cherry Crest Farms
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a unique place where fun, family, and farming come together. This family-owned farm has more than 300 acres of different crops and 50+ farm fun activities, including the Hay Chute Slide and Straw Bale Racer, Jump Pillow, Farm Tour Wagon Ride, Petting Zoo and Farm Experience Center, Corny’s Ball-cade, and more!
Voted one of the top Aquariums in the U.S., Adventure Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks in the Northeast and the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos. Located just minutes from Center City Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront, it’s super easy to get to and definitely worth the trip.
West Berlin, NJ
A construction themed amusement park! What’s not to love? Watch your kids as they drive a real tractor and scoop up dirt with a mini-digger. Heck, try it yourself! These big machines really do offer BIG fun. Have a little extra time? Check out The Water Main, their new construction themed water park.
90 Minutes +
Ok, now we’re headed into some serious road trip territory. These out-of-town destinations provide just enough escape-from-the-norm feels without being so far that you have to stay the night. For the full road trip experience (and to make the drive bearable), be sure to prep that playlist and pack all the snacks before heading out!
Turkey Hill Experience
The Turkey Hill Experience is an educational celebration of the famous Lancaster County ice cream and iced-tea company. Learn how their famous ice cream is made, sit in a milk truck, create your own virtual ice cream flavor, milk a mechanical cow and so much more. This is one “experience” you don’t want to miss!
- If you’re heading to the Lancaster neighborhood, be sure to check out our Main Line Parent Guide here for even more fun things to do and some wonderful places to eat.
America’s largest free-admission amusement park offering free parking, free daily entertainment and free picnic facilities. The park has more than 60 rides including three wooden roller coasters, three steel roller coasters, a 1913 carousel, and a haunted house dark ride . Simply pay per ride or game. While you’re there, be sure to take a dip in their 900,000 gallon Crystal Pool filled with refreshing mountain stream water. The pool area also includes watersides, diving boards and a play area for young children.
East Rutherford, NJ
If you’re traveling with little ones, this trip may require a little planning ahead. With SO MANY OPTIONS under one roof, it’s an easy day out…until it isn’t, because there are SO MANY OPTIONS and your kids will want to do it ALL. With a water park, theme park, ferris wheel, Legoland Discovery Center, 3D museum, indoor wave pool, ice skating rink, shopping, dining, and just about everything else you can think of, you’ll be hard-pressed to fit it all in (let alone afford it). So maybe just have a chat ahead of time about what you are going to do and what you aren’t . It might make things a little bit easier for you when it’s time to leave. Having said all that, definitely check it out if you can…it’s really quite impressive.
Jersey Shore Pirates
Bring your young pirates aboard the Sea Gypsy II for a swashbuckling Pirate Adventure on the Metedeconk River in Brick NJ. Mini mates will have the opportunity to dress-up like pirates, get face painted with pirate “tattoos”, and learn some pirate lingo before setting sail on an hour and fifteen minute long action packed adventure. Once on board, the mates will participate in an interactive treasure hunt on the high seas, learn the rules of the Sea Gypsy II pirate ship, read a treasure map, discover a secret message in a bottle, and work as a team to defeat the enemy pirate who has stolen the keys to their treasure. A perfect adventure for families of all sizes!
The Jersey Shore
Ok, this is an obvious one, but we couldn’t do a list of day trips without including “the shore.” New Jersey may not be the most popular state, but there’s no denying that their shore’s got charm. They have something for everyone in the quiet beaches of Sandy Hook, the always popular Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, The Casino Pier attractions of Seaside Heights, Wildwood , and beyond! Whichever beach you choose, your trip will not be complete unless you stop for boardwalk pizza (3 Brothers is the best) and an ice cream or funnel cake after.
New York City
Last, but certainly not least, is the Big Apple–New York City. With five boroughs covering over 300 square miles, there’s no limit to the amount of fun you can have. Spot a snow leopard at the Bronx Zoo , catch a foul ball at Citi Field or take a ride on the wooden tracks of the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island, and so much more. A day trip to NY is an absolute must for anyone living within 100 miles.
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We are fortunate to live in the midst of one of the most interesting areas of our country. Many of us have fond experiences of day trips (or maybe slightly longer trips) within Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
We invite you to send us your information about places you've visited and would like to share with your neighbors. Please send us your photos and a writeup of your trip, and we'll make you instantly famous as a travel writer. After all, Mark Twain started that way.
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Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
1155 Easton Rd., Willow Grove, PA
The museum's mission is to preserve aviation history in the greater Delaware Valley, including the contributions of Harold F. Pitcairn, as well as the men and women who served at NASJRB Willow Grove, for the education and benefit of future generations. MORE >
Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mount Pleasant Road, Columbia, NJ 07832
Explore and learn about some of the world's most amazing animals through educational Wolf Watch tours. You will be surrounded by 4 different packs of wolves. MORE >
Malcolm Gross Rose Garden
2700 Pkwy. Blvd., Allentown, PA 18104
The Malcolm Gross Rose Garden in Allentown features a beautiful array of rose and other flower varieties, in peak bloom typically in June - July. The Rose Garden is a popular park for walking, bicycling, and photography opportunities. Many couples choose to host their wedding in the Rose Garden, or take engagement or prom pictures. MORE >
Goat Hill Overlook
Combining history and an array of scenic views, the Goat Hill Overlook represents one of the more unique places to visit in the area. This extraordinary vantage point gives a birdâ€™s eye view of the Delaware River extending for miles in both directions including the magnificent riverfront properties along the way.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
1635 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938
Located in Bucks County's historic Pidcock Creek Valley, the Preserve is recognized for its ecologically diverse landscapes and features over 700 native plant species. Explore 4.5 miles of trails that wind through forest and meadows and along streams and ponds. The Preserve offers a variety of educational and interpretive experiences geared towards everyone from preschoolers to professionals: guided walks; classes about native plants, bees, butterflies and birds.
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Bored kids? 16 affordable places within an hour of Bucks County to check out this summer
We’re halfway through July with plenty of summer days left to enjoy.
All around Bucks County, there are a lot of great activities geared especially towards kids and families, including the Bucks County Children’s Museum in New Hope, Sesame Place in Langhorne, and TreeTrails Adventures in Trevose.
But the cost of keeping your kids entertained all summer long can start to add up, and perhaps you’re craving a change of scenery. Well, we’ve got you covered with a list of budget-friendly day trip ideas around Montgomery County, Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and just across the river in New Jersey.
So, load up your car and head to one of these 16 fun places within an hour’s drive of Bucks County:
Elmwood park zoo, norristown.
Owned and operated by the Norristown Zoological Society, Elmwood Park Zoo currently maintains a collection of over 100 species from all over the globe, including giraffes, zebras, bald and golden eagles, jaguars and red pandas.
Cost: Starts at $16.95 for children, $21.95 for adults. Kids 2 and under are free.
Go: 1661 Harding Blvd. in Norristown; 800-652-4143; elmwoodparkzoo.org
Montgomery Township Spray Park, Montgomeryville
Located outside the Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center, the Spray Park consists of a shade sail area with small sprinklers for young children and a second section with larger sprinklers for older, more active children. While there, be sure to check out the accessible playground designed for children of all abilities.
Go: 1030 Horsham Road in Montgomeryville; 267-649-7200; montcrc.myrec.com
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The Shop @ Crazy Aaron’s, Norristown
If your kids love Thinking Putty, then head over to The Shop @ Crazy Aaron’s for one-of-a-kind Thinking Putty and Land of Dough items exclusively available at their flagship store. And don’t miss the shop’s “Mixed by Me” experience, where customers can make their very own mini tin of Thinking Putty for free.
Cost: Purchases vary; Mixed by Me mini tin is free
Go: 700 East Main St. in Norristown; 610-784-0607; crazyaarons.com/pages/flagship-store
Freddy’s Family Fun Center, Lansdale
Located on Freddy Hill Farms, known for its milk and homemade ice cream, is Freddy’s Family Fun Center, which includes two miniature golf courses, batting cages, a driving range and a pro shop. While you’re there grab some cool treats from their ice cream parlor to enjoy in their nearby picnic area.
Cost: Mini golf starts at $3 for kids, $6 for adults; driving range starts at $6; and $1.50 per batting cage token
Go: 1440 Sumneytown Pike in Lansdale; 215-855-1205; freddyhill.com
Da vinci science center, allentown.
Designed for families with children ages 12 and under, the Da Vinci Science Center is full of engaging hands-on exhibits and programs centered around science, technology, engineering and mathematics to help kids learn through interactive play.
Cost: Tickets are $15.95
Go: 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass in Allentown; 484-664-1002; davincisciencecenter.org
Imagi Nation, Allentown
Through realistic, interactive role play, children can experience over 40 different careers all while developing critical social skills throughout various play areas, including a market, salon, health center, diner, pit lane, police and fire station, post office and construction zone.
Cost: Tickets range from $9.95 to $15.95. Free admission for one adult with purchase of child’s ticket.
Go: 3313 Hamilton Blvd. in Allentown; 610-841-5919; imaginationexp.com
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Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Bethlehem
Catch a play or musical by the Pennsylvania Youth Theater, a nonprofit performing arts organization that puts on performances showcasing the work of its students, as well as mainstage productions featuring professional adult actors, as well as children and young people, who perform for school and family audiences throughout the year.
Cost: Tickets start at $10
Go: Charles A. Brown Historic Ice House, 56 River St. in Bethlehem; 610-332-1400; 123pyt.org
Lehigh Valley IronPigs Baseball, Allentown
Take the kids out for a day of baseball, rooting for The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies since 2008. “The greatest family-fun experience in the Lehigh Valley and best way to watch the future stars of the Phillies today,” said Sam Jellinek, manager of broadcasting & media relations.
Cost: Tickets start at $9
Go: Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way in Allentown; 610-841-PIGS; milb.com/lehigh-valley
Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville
Located in the heart of the Trexler Nature Preserve, Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to more than 325 animal ambassadors representing over 125 species. The zoo hosts family-friendly events and activities year-round.
Cost: Tickets range from $14 to $16. Kids 2 and under are free.
Go: 5150 Game Preserve Road in Schnecksville; 610-799-4171; lvzoo.org
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Lost River Caverns, Hellertown
Go on an adventure at Lost River Caverns with a guided walking tour covering approximately 1,200 feet of paved walkways underground taking you through chambers and passageways full of natural rock formations and through which the Lost River flows.
Cost: Starts at $9.50 for children, $14.50 for adults. Kids 2 and under are free.
Go: 726 Durham St. in Hellertown; 610-838-8767; lostcave .com
Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theater, Orefield
Get a dose of nostalgia and catch a movie under the stars at Shankweiler’s, the oldest drive-in theater still in operation. And hit up the snack bar for an assortment of drinks and food, including hot dogs, French fries, soft pretzels, ice cream, water ice, funnel cake and popcorn.
Cost: Tickets start at $8 for children, $12 for adults
Go: 4540 Shankweiler Road in Orefield; 610-481-0800; shankweilers.com
Philadelphia’s magic gardens, philadelphia.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is an immersive mixed media art environment covered with mosaics created by artist Isaiah Zagar using handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirrors and international folk art to chronicle his life and influences. The exploratory space is made up of two indoor galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden and celebrates art in its many forms through community outreach, public programs, hands-on activities, exhibitions and tours.
Cost: Tickets start at $8 for children, $15 for adults. Children 5 and under are free.
Go: 1020 South St. in Philadelphia, 215-733-0390; phillymagicgardens.org
More: Bucks County summer theater takes stage in Doylestown, Newtown and more. 6 shows to check out
Sister Cities Park, Philadelphia
Sister Cities Park includes the Children’s Discovery Garden where kids can explore nature in an urban setting. Features include winding pathways, scalable rocks, a meandering stream, a playnet and platform, a stream dam, tunnel log and a sensory-friendly twig nest. There is also a wading pond and fountain splash pad with 10 spray jets for kids to cool off in.
Go: 18th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia; centercityphila.org/parks/sister-cities-park
Morris Arboretum & Gardens, Philadelphia
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a public 92-acre horticultural display garden, featuring a rotation of exhibits, historic structures and a swan pond. There are plenty of things for kids and families to see and do, including the Garden Railway, Tree Canopy Walk and Whimsical Woods, as well as kids activities and events.
Cost: Tickets start at $10 for children, $20 for adults. Kids 2 and under are free.
Go: 100 E. Northwestern Ave. in Philadelphia; 215-247-5777; morrisarboretum.org
Music Mountain Theater, Lambertville
Check out the Young Audience schedule at Music Mountain Theater for family-friendly shows perfect for introducing children to live theater. Shows are approximately 1 hour in length and recommended for audiences 5 and up.
Cost: Tickets for Young Audience performances are $10
Go: 1483 Route 179 in Lambertville; 609-397-3337; musicmountaintheatre.org
Frenchtown Roller Rink, Frenchtown
Roll your way over to this indoor rink open where they offer public skate sessions five days a week with music, lights and décor that transport you back to your own childhood.
Cost: Admission starts at $6, rentals start at $1
Go: 2998 Daniel Bray Highway in Frenchtown; 908-996-6313; frenchtownrollerrink.com
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A DAY IN NEW HOPE
Home to eclectic shopping, riverside dining, impressive theater and cultural attractions, New Hope is a small town with a big city feel. In fact, New Hope was even named one of "America's Favorite Towns" by Travel + Leisure ! Browse through the specialty stores along Main Street, take in a show at the Bucks County Playhouse or hear the stories of those who haunt the streets of this quiet town with a Ghost Tour. A day in New Hope is a day you won't forget!
Start the morning with a walk or bike ride along the Delaware Canal. The 60-mile canal towpath has become a haven for hikers and cyclists. Part of the Delaware Canal State Park , the trail runs through the town, paralleling the Delaware River from Easton to Bristol. Grab some coffee at The Ferry Market beforehand to take with you as you stroll.
Refuel with a hearty brunch at the Logan Inn. The popular downtown dining spot serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy brunch classics like French toast and omelets al fresco on the outdoor deck, while sipping on one of the Inn's signature cocktails.
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- New Hope main street
Treat yourself to some retail therapy while you browse the shops along Main Street. Find the perfect home accent piece at Heart of the Home, an independent store offering furniture, home and garden accessories and more. The town's artistic heritage is on display at the New Hope Arts Center ; the gallery for this non-profit organization showcases the work of many local artists with rotating exhibits.
Catch a matinee at Bucks County Playhouse , called "America's Most Famous Summer Theatre." Many theater legends, including Grace Kelly and Robert Redford, have taken to the Playhouse stage in its 70-year history. The Playhouse's production season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day with special events and performances throughout the year.
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All aboard the New Hope Railroad ! The Railroad's 1925 steam locomotive pulls passengers from New Hope to Lahaska on a nine-mile, 45-minute narrated ride through the Bucks County countryside. Hourly excursions run year-round and in the warmer months, enjoy a delightful breeze on the train's open-air car.
Indulge in a fine New Orleans-inspired meal at Marsha Brown. Located in a renovated church, Marsha Brown serves Creole specialties like breaded catfish, gumbo and jambalaya. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
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Spend a haunted evening on a Ghost Tours of New Hope . Every Saturday night from June through November, visitors are led on a journey through New Hope's haunted past. See the ghost of Aaron Burr, catch a glimpse of the phantom hitchhiker and hear tales and legends of one of Pennsylvania's most haunted small towns.
New Hope really comes alive when the sun goes down. Stick around for live music and entertainment at its many bars and restaurants, including Havana , Dubliner on the Delaware and more! Plan ahead and spend the night at one of the town's historic bed and breakfast inns .
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21 of the Best Things to Do in Bucks County, PA
If you’re looking for things to do in Bucks County, PA, you’ve come to the right place. Having spent many days traveling through its cities, small towns , and countryside, I’ve uncovered many great things to do in this eastern PA county. In fact, of the 67 counties in Pennsylvani a, Bucks County is one of my favorites to visit.
Located north of Philadelphia, Bucks County is one of the original counties of Pennsylvania, and it has a history that can be seen around every corner. However, the county isn’t just for history lovers. There are so many fantastic state parks, odd natural attractions, and cultural sites to keep the whole family busy.
Here a few of my favorite things to do in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Fonthill is a concrete castle built in the early 20th century on the outskirts of Doylestown by artist Henry Chapman Mercer. Fonthill was Chapman’s home, and he incorporated many of his famous Moravian tiles into when during construction.
The home is open for tours for those that want to see inside this amazing Pennsylvania castle.
Fonthill, along with the next two places on this list, make up what is known as the Mercer Mile. While there are many great things to do in Doylestown, the Mercer Mile is undoubtedly at the top of the list.
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Located steps from Fonthill, Mercer built his workshop: the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works . The architecture of this workshop was inspired by a Spanish monastery, but the design also had practical benefits for producing tiles.
The business continued producing tiles here until the early 1960s. Since then, it’s been open for tours with artisans continuing to craft these famous Moravian tiles in much the same way that Mercer did over 100 years ago.
The Mercer Museum is the last of the three structures within the Mercer Mile in Doylestown. The Mercer Museum is another castle-like structure built by Mercer. This building was designed to house his collection of hand-powered tools from the 19th and 20th centuries.
This amazing collection is housed in an equally amazing setting, and you might feel like you are standing on the set of a Harry Potter film while exploring the museum.
Ringing Rocks County Park
Throughout all my travels in Pennsylvania, I don’t think I’ve come across a stranger natural attraction than Ringing Rocks County Park . Located in northern Bucks County, the rocks in the park’s boulder field ring like a bell when they are struck with a hammer. While it’s not the only ringing rock field in the county (there’s another in State Game Lands 157 ), it’s the most accessible.
The park is also home to High Falls, the tallest waterfall in Bucks County.
Washington Crossing Historic Park
One of the most famous scenes from the Revolutionary War is George Washington and his army crossing the Delaware River on Christmas day. Washington Crossing Historic Park preserves this historic site and the village that popped up afterward.
The park does an annual Christmas day reenactment, but it’s a great spot to visit throughout the year to learn more about this famous event.
While visiting the park, take a drive over to the nearby Bowman’s Hill Tower, which is part of the park, for fantastic views of the Delaware River Valley.
Throughout Bucks County, there are beautiful covered bridges . Visiting these dozen bridges offer the chance to not only see some of the county’s most historic structures but also to take in the rural settings that surround them.
The county’s covered bridges are almost all located in the northern half of the county and are great spots for a quick detour while you are out exploring the many things to do in Bucks County.
Pennsbury Manor is the rebuilt home of Pennsylvania’s founder: William Penn. Penn lived in the original home at the end of the 17th century, but by the start of the 19th century, the home was no more. However, in the 1930s, a project was undertaken to recreate Penn’s home along the Delaware River.
Today, visitors can still tour this stately manor and learn about Penn’s life and what it was like in the colony’s earliest days.
New Hope and Ivyland Railroad
The New Hope and Ivyland Railroad is an excursion train that takes riders on a trip through the countryside of Bucks County. The train departs from a train station on the edge of New Hope before taking visitors along track that was once part of the Reading Railroad.
Along the way, narration is provided to help riders better appreciate this part of eastern Pennsylvania.
Nockamixon State Park
Nockamixon State Park is a large park located in northern Bucks County. The park is home to the largest lake in southeastern PA, mountain biking trails, and a disc golf course. There are also many miles of hiking trails that are perfect for short loops or all day hikes.
One highlight of the park is the large dam overflow that creates one of the most impressive man-made waterfalls in all of Pennsylvania. A viewing area for this waterfall can be found on the southern edge of the park.
The Michener Museum is an art museum in Doylestown. One of my favorite things to do in Bucks County, this museum highlights the work of artists from the county. However, don’t like the local nature of this museum fool you. The quality of art at the Michener Museum is one par with some of the larger art museums in the region.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company is one of the best breweries in the Philadelphia region and is one of my favorite Bucks County Breweries . Opened in 2010, Neshaminy Creek takes its name from the nearby creek that it draws its water from to make beer.
Neshaminy has won several awards at the Great American Beer Festival and visitors can sample their flagship beers and many harder-to-find varieties in their tasting room in Croydon.
Ralph Stover State Park
Ralph Stover State Park is a small park located in northeastern Bucks County. The park is best known for its 150 foot high cliffs that offer panoramic views of Tohickon Creek far below.
Visitors can hike along these cliffs and enjoy the spectacular views from here. Those that are a bit more adventure-oriented can try the 60 climbing routes that have been created along the cliffs or go white-water kayaking on the creek.
The park is also home to the only uncovered covered bridge in Pennsylvania.
Shopping in downtown New Hope
Without a doubt, New Hope is one of the most charming small towns in Pennsylvania. The community’s main streets are filled with great restaurants and many fantastic shops.
One of the most popular things to do in Bucks County is simply to walk the streets of New Hope and take time to go shopping in the town’s locally-owned stores .
If you have kids that love Sesame Street, a visit to Sesame Place is a must. The only theme park in the world dedicated to Sesame Street, this park is perfect for the youngest members of the family. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of the family will be bored. In addition to many great attractions for young kids, the park also features a rollercoaster and a water park.
Sesame Place also has the distinction of being the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center.
Bucks County Civil War Museum
The Bucks County Civil War Museum is one of the most overlooked things to do in Doylestown, PA. Located in a residential building on the outskirts of downtown, this museum showcases the story of those that lived in Bucks County and fought in the Civil War.
The museum features a great collection of uniforms, weapons, and other pieces of interest from the Civil War. There’s even a music box that was once owned by Mary Todd Lincoln.
Neshaminy State Park
Located in the southeastern corner of Bucks County is Neshaminy State Park . While this park is more urban than the other parks in the county, Neshaminy State Park is still a great place to visit.
The park is home to several miles of trails, and the River Walk Trail along the Delaware River is quite beautiful. From the start of the trail, there are even fantastic views of Philadelphia’s skyline on clear days.
The park is also home to a popular swimming pool and marina.
During my five years writing about Pennsylvania, I’ve driven tens of thousands of miles all throughout the state, and I don’t think there is a most beautiful road than Route 32 between New Hope and Kintnersville .
This 24-mile roadway features many twists and turns with centuries-old barns and farmhouse clinging to the edge of the roadway. Combine this with fantastic views of the Delaware River and, when water levels are high, many seasonal waterfalls along the roadway, and you have one of the best drives in PA.
Bucks County Playhouse
The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope dubs itself “America’s Most Famous Playhouse.” Since 1939, this playhouse, which is located inside an 18th-century grist mill, has been playing host to great shows and some of the greatest actors of past decades.
Famous stars to have graced its stage include Grace Kelly, Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minelli, and Robert Redford.
Today, the playhouse still showcases fantastic shows that are sure to delight, and you never know what future stars you might find performing there.
Delaware Canal State Park
Delaware Canal State Park is a 60-mile long state park that is primarily in Bucks County. The park follows the remains of the Delaware Canal that once ran along the Delaware River. Today, the park extends from Easton in the north to Bristol in the south.
The main highlight of the park is the bike path that runs adjacent to the canal. Those looking for a great walk or bike ride in PA are sure to enjoy this great trail.
Pearl S. Buck House
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck spent many years living in an early 18th-century farmhouse in Bucks County. Today, her home, known as Green Hills Farm or the Pearl S. Buck House , in Perkasie is open for tours for those that want to learn more about her life, career, and legacy.
Many of Buck’s personal belongings can be seen in the home, including the typewriter on which some of her books were written.
Fans of the author can also visit her nearby gravesite on the grounds.
Tyler State Park
Located south of Doylestown, Tyler State Park is another great park in Bucks County. This state park is centered around Neshaminy Creek and features 25 miles of hiking trails and a disc golf course.
Another highlight of the park is its covered bridge. Schofield Ford Covered Bridge crosses the creek in the middle of the park and was rebuilt after being destroyed by arson in the early 1990s. It is the longest covered bridge in Bucks County.
Planning a trip to Bucks County? Check out our suggestions for the best places to stay and eat while visiting the area.
Did we miss one of your favorite things to do in Bucks County? Let us know in the comments below.
Looking for more to do in Philadelphia and its suburbs ? Check out our weekend guide to Philly , the Byers’ Choice Christmas Museum , the nearby Glencairn Museum , and Valley Forge National Historical Park .
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Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in Carlisle near Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited, written about, and photographed all 67 counties in the state. He has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.
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I am a Bucks County native and have known, visited and loved all but 2 of your “21” places to visit in Bucks all my life. (Sesame Place and Neshaminy Brewing Co. being those 2).
But you need to make a correction: Your “tallest waterfall in Bucks County” In Stover Park is misleading, for 2 reasons: 1) It seldom runs w/ water anymore; and 2) even when there is a trickle of water coming over, the little cliff is not very tall at all – maybe 15 feet or so. I wouldn’t want people to come to the park to see this “waterfall” and be disappointed!
Thanks for your great website! Sincerely, Marilyn Arbor
The waterfall isn’t in Stover Park. It’s in Ringing Rocks County Park. The article that is linked from the piece notes that it’s seasonal, as many waterfalls are, but it does flow after a nice rain and isn’t that hard to catch flowing. It does completely dry up when water levels are low, though.
As for the height, many people will hike miles just to see a waterfall that high. This is only about 5-10 minutes. Even if the waterfall were dry, Ringing Rocks is a worthwhile destination, so it’s not a wasted trip at all.
HI Jim Great article about Bucks County. I was born and raised in Bristol Borough!!! And still living here, right on the Delaware River! Have been to most of the places, that were mentioned in your article. Bristol was founded in 1681, one of the oldest towns in Pa. We have a **HISTORIC BRISTOL DAY** every October!!! You may enjoy it Jim!!! Thank You Dave
We lived in Newtown for 11 years and loved it. The Brick Hotel is where my daughter’s Rehearsal dinner was held and she was married in the old St. Andrews Catholic Church on Main Street in Newtown. Two of my sons worked at the Brick Hotel as waiters also. Newtown is a jewel in the heart of Bucks County.
What about Bowman’s Tower?
That’s on the list as part of the Washington Crossing Historic Park since it’s apart of that site.
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A Road Trip Through Bucks County, Pennsylvania
A two-day adventure just an hour outside of philadelphia....
Tucked within Philadelphia’s countryside amid both rolling hills and picturesque towns, Bucks County, Pennsylvania — located just 25 miles outside of Philadelphia — offers a particularly inviting landscape for a road trip.
On this two-day exploration, you’ll explore Bucks’ deep cultural offerings ( Fonthill Castle ), peruse shops and galleries ( Peddler’s Village , New Hope ), immerse yourself in the county’s outdoor spaces ( Peace Valley Park , Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve ), and treat yourself to comfort food ( Sputino’s and Yardley Inn ), hazy IPAs ( Vault Brewing Company ) and more, all at eateries and attractions that have implemented new precautions to keep guests comfortable and safe.
Note, too, that Bucks County is massive — 622 square miles in total. Additional days could easily be added for stops at Sesame Place, Parx Casino, Neshaminy State Park and more.
Day 1: Doylestown
Fuel up with sit-down or to-go breakfast in doylestown.
Fuel up for your first day of adventure-ing at one of two spots in the very center of Doylestown , a charming town located about an hour north of Philadelphia. Ease into your day with sit-down brunch (indoors or out!) at The Hattery Stove & Still , located in a former hat factory that now doubles as the Doylestown Inn. Or take your breakfast on the go with bites from Native Cafe , with dishes broken down into two categories: east (Thai) and west (American).
Where: Various locations, including The Hattery Stove and Still, 18 W. State Street, Doylestown
Hike or rent a boat at nearby Peace Valley Park
Walk off breakfast on 14 miles of trails — most around pretty Lake Galena — in nearby Peace Valley Park , just a 10-minute drive outside Doylestown. More adventurous visitors can rent a boat and paddle out onto the lake, while others should seek out the bird blind at the Peace Valley Nature Center, which offers a quiet observation of cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, titmice, sparrows and more.
Where: Peace Valley Park, 230 Creek Road, Doylestown
Choose your own arts-and-culture adventure among Doylestown's attractions
Next, retreat indoors to one of Doylestown’s fascinating arts and culture attractions. Nineteenth-century archaeologist and industrialist Henry Chapman Mercer built the borough’s three most striking landmarks: Fonthill Castle , a sprawling 44-room concrete palace (set to reopen on August 3, 2020); the Mercer Museum , a six-story Gothic and Byzantine historical repository for pieces of early Americana that Mercer collected; and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works , where employees preserve fading methods of production with care and attention. A final option: the stellar collection of paintings by impressionist artists at the James A. Michener Museum . Note that advance tickets are recommended or required for all of these spots, so plan ahead!
Where: Various locations, including Fonthill Castle, 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown
Munch on wood-fired pizza or Peruvian food for a late lunch
Swing back through downtown Doylestown for a late lunch at one of two great spots. The Doylestown location of Spuntino serves up mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas, while Quinoa offers up an enticing fusion of Peruvian and Mexican food.
Where: Various locations, including Quinoa Peruvian & Mexican Restaurant, 54 E. State Street, Doylestown
Peruse the dozens of boutiques and shops at the charming Peddler's Village
While away the late-afternoon hours browsing the dozens of shops in the charming countryside Peddler’s Village , a 15-minute drive northeast of Doylestown. The 42 acres of landscaped grounds and winding brick walkways offer more than 70 independently owned and operated boutiques and shops, perfect for a relaxing stroll or a dose of retail therapy.
Where: Peddler's Village, 100 Peddlers Village, New Hope
After dinner, settle in for a sound sleep at the Golden Plough Inn
Cap off a busy day one with sit-down dinner at one of Peddler’s Village restaurants (don’t sleep on the burger at Buttonwood Grill), then settle in for the night at the village’s Golden Plough Inn , a 67-room boutique inn offering modern comforts (and new safety precautions) in a classic town-and-country setting.
Where: Golden Plough Inn at Peddler's Village, 5883 Lower York Road, New Hope
Day 2: New Hope
Start the day in new hope with breakfast and coffee in ferry market.
Set the GPS for New Hope to start day two. A 10-minute drive from Peddler’s Village puts you at Ferry Market , where patrons grab seats indoors or in the garden, or simply pick up takeout at this local take on Manhattan’s Chelsea Market. A baker’s dozen or so small shops offer such things as coffee, seasonal produce and more.
Where: New Hope Ferry Market, 32 S. Main Street, New Hope
Stop in the galleries and stores in New Hope
Ease into your day by strolling and perusing the galleries and shops that line New Hope ’s riverside Main Street and side streets. Keep an eye out for rainbow flags; New Hope has been a premier destination for LGBTQ travelers since the mid-20th century. Extend your stroll by hopping on the nearby Delaware Canal Towpath.
Where: New Hope, North Main and Bridge streets, New Hope
Picnic amid wildflowers at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Place an order for pick up from a spot in downtown New Hope (think vegetarian fare from Sprig and Vine ), then it’s back in the car for a quick five-minute drive south. Perfect for a hike and a picnic lunch, Bucks County ’s 134-acre Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve comprises nearly 1,000 species of native plants, a meadow, a pond and a creek. Note that reservations are required to visit the preserve. Can’t snag a reservation? You can also picnic at the next stop…
Where: Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope
Find the spot where George Washington crossed the Delaware River
Your next stop is the site of perhaps the most famous river crossing in American history. In 1776, General Washington gave the British troops a morning-after-Christmas surprise — a sneak attack that ultimately turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. Echoes of that historic event are evidenced throughout Washington Crossing Historic Park , where centuries-old historic houses and buildings recount that daring trip. The park makes a fine spot for a picnic (more info on picnic pavilions here ) or an afternoon hang. Want more? Extend your experience by making a reservation to tour the park’s historic village, a historic house that served as a field hospital for Washington’s troops, or the 125-foot-tall Bowman’s Hill Tower, offering bird’s-eye views of surrounding Bucks County and New Jersey.
Where: Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing
Make room for a tasty pre-dinner craft beer or glass of wine
The ultimate choice: wine or beer? Brew lovers should make a reservation for an outdoor table at Vault Brewing Company , where hazy IPAs and imperial stouts blend nicely with session-friendly IPAs and pilsners. Those craving wine should swing through Crossing Vineyards , where restrained, European-style wines are made on the grounds of a 200-year-old estate.
Where: Various locations, including Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Newtown
Pair dinner with views of the Delaware River
An epic two days calls for an epic dinner. If you like what you’re sipping on during happy hour, grab a couple of bottles to go and roll up at Charcoal BYOB at Yardley. (Save room for the hot chicken.) Elsewhere, the Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar offers a new perspective on the Delaware River with its romantic porch seating paired with a contemporary play on comfort food.
Where: Various locations, including Charcoal BYOB, 11 S. Delaware Avenue, Yardley
Sleep off a stellar two days at a hotel or bed-and-breakfast
End your Bucks County adventure with a good night’s sleep. Families can make the 20-minute drive to the Clarion Inn Levittown, which offers an outdoor pool, among other amenities. Two nearby bed-and-breakfast options: the cute Bucks County Cottage on the Delaware in Yardley and The Temperance House in Newtown.
Where: Various locations, including Bucks County Cottage on the Delaware, 699 River Road, Yardley
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