on one of the more challenging mountain-biking trails in our region. Visit traillink.com
With over 1,000 acres to explore, plus the conservatory and assorted eating and drinking options, Kennett Square’s world-renowned Longwood Gardens is a great place to experience summer in all its glory. While you’re there, you’ll likely see evidence of its $250 million 17-acre expansion, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2024. Festival of Fountains season runs through Sept. 26. Visit longwoodgardens.org
This year’s Chester County Balloon Festival will be held Sept. 10–12 at the Willowdale Steeplechase grounds in Kennett Square. If you prefer something with a motor, West Chester’s American Helicopter Museum should be bringing back weekend helicopter rides this summer. Visit ccballoonfest.com and americanhelicopter.museum.
or explore Chester County’s expansive 1,705-acre state park in other ways. Ride a horse at Hope Springs Farm, hike forest trails, rent a sailboat, go fishing, or picnic with family and friends at one of the many grills. Visit dcnr.pa.gov.
You know life is getting back to normal when the theme parks reopen. After it’s 2020 season was cut short by COVID, Dorney Park opened to the general public on time this year. Wildwater Kingdom debuted the multi-level, beach-themed Seaside Splashworks, with more than 75 play elements fit for the entire family. Dorney Park’s Grand Carnivale also returns in July. Visit dorneypark.com.
Be one of the first to scale the heights at Philadelphia Rock Gym’s new 10,000-square-foot facility in Malvern, which features bouldering and top rope and lead climbing. Visit philarockgym.com.
The newly renovated Brandywine River Museum of Art reopens June 20 with the ’40s-era wartime exhibition Ralston Crawford: Air & Space & War. Also in Chadds Ford, the Sanderson Museum is open by appointment only for a glimpse into the life of Christian C. Sanderson and an American memorabilia collection that spans 200 years. Visit brandywine.org/museum and sandersonmuseum.org.
Aside from the numerous attractions devoted to the sweet stuff, Hersheypark boasts multiple coasters and waterpark slides. And its ZOOAmerica is home to over 200 animals. Visit hersheypark.com.
They said it was a fad, but it looks like indoor skydiving is here to stay. At iFly in King of Prussia, you’ll be trained in “bodyflight” before testing out your skills with a pro. Visit iflyworld.com.
Kick off your tour at Grace Winery in Glen Mills, which offers tastings on most days (reservations required). In nearby Chadds Ford, Penns Woods Winery features an outdoor wine bar in the summer, and just up the road, Chaddsford Winery offers tastings and flights. Finish the day in rustic style in nearby Kennett Square at Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery. Visit gracewinery.com, pennswoodswinery.com, chaddsford.com and galeresate.com.
Let the little ones burn off some steam at Jumpers Family Fun Zone in Newtown Square, with its multitude of moon bounces and frequent open-play hours. Or plan a daytrip to the Please Touch Museum, which offers a river adventure, a maze and tons of other interactive experiences, plus a century-old carousel. And LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting never fails to impress avid builders with its Miniland miniature city, 4D Cinema and more. Visit funatjumpers.com, pleasetouchmuseum.org and legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Do your part for America’s favorite pastime by brushing up on your swing at On Deck Baseball & Softball Training Center in Newtown Square. The 8,000-square-foot facility provides everything from batting cages to pitching machines. Visit ondecktrainingcenter.com.
to one of several summer options, including Highland Orchards, Levante Stables, Longwood Gardens, Linvilla Orchards and the Creamery. Visit highlandorchards.net, levantebrewing.com, longwoodgardens.org, linvilla.com and kennettcreamery.com.
It’s a scenic 26-mile ride on the Schuylkill River Trail. Visit schuylkillriver.org.
Spend an afternoon exploring the endless shelves at Baldwin’s Book Barn in West Chester. The 18th-century structure houses over 300,000 rare and second-hand books, maps, prints, and more. Visit bookbarn.com.
at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Visit elmwoodparkzoo.org.
It couldn’t be a better time to cheer on Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola and the rest of the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. At press time, the COVID capacity limit was 11,000 fans—plenty to make some noise. Visit phillies.com.
at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Visit nps.gov.
Explore the Brandywine Valley on horseback with a trail ride at Cloverleaf Stables in Chadds Ford. Unpack a picnic in the designated dining area after your adventure. Visit cloverleafstablestn.com.
on select Saturdays this summer. June 5, July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4, Wayne’s iconic “Pleasure Garden” opens bright and early at 8 a.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org.
at Chester Springs Creamery, where you’ll find over 48 sublime flavors, including Melody’s Mocha Chip, Belle’s Blueberry Cheesecake and Beau’s Brownie Bliss—all named in honor of the dairy’s cows. Visit milkywayfarm.com.
at one of the region’s many farmers’ markets.
Accessible from Route 3 in Willistown Township, Okehocking Preserve’s 155 rolling acres were part of the first Native American land grant in the American colonies, made by William Penn to the Okehocking band of the Lenni Lenape Indians. Its seven miles of trails cover varying terrain, from meadows to uplands to wetlands. Just across the road in Delaware County, Ridley Creek State Park boasts 21 miles of trails winding through its rugged 2,600 acres. Visit willistown.pa.us and dcnr.pa.gov.
at a Philadelphia Union game. Pro soccer season is in full swing at Subaru Park on the Delaware River waterfront in Chester. Among the top five teams in the power rankings early this season, this talented bunch has a legit shot at a title this year. Visit philadelphiaunion.com.
Port Providence Paddle will make sure you’re well-equipped for a day on the river, taking in the scenery as you guide your choice of canoe, kayak or paddleboat through the water. Keep your eyes out for deer, egrets, herons, beavers and eagles along the way. This is Phoenixville’s version of the Schuylkill, after all. Visit canoeandkayak.biz.
Popular culture museum? More like a popular culture explosion. The American Treasure Tour in Oaks is a head-spinning sensory overload of circus props, classic cars, old nickelodeons, model airplanes, record collections, dolls and tons more. Visit americantreasuretour.com.
Get your fill of Philly specialties and the sights and sounds of commerce at the historic Reading Terminal Market. The options are limitless, whether it’s cheesesteaks and Italian pork sandwiches, locally roasted coffee, endless sweets, or meats, cheeses and other Amish specialties from Lancaster County. Visit readingterminalmarket.org.
After a complete renovation, Old City Philadelphia’s beloved Bourse theater is now the domain of the Philadelphia Film society, which will be holding in-person screenings there starting in June. Here on the Main Line, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute is also open to moviegoers. Visit filmadelphia.org and brynmawrfilm.org.
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