Bucks County Travel: Bucks on the Cheap

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time in Bucks County.

Byers’ ChoiceSine’s 5 & 10 Cent Store

Celebrating its 100th year, this old-fashioned soda fountain serves up no-fuss breakfasts, sandwiches and homestyle dinners (Mom’s meatloaf, anyone?), along with ice cream specialties. Kids will also love the more than 200 model airplanes and operating train. $5 for breakfast; meatloaf meal $6.50.
236-240 W. Broad St., Quakertown; (215) 536-6102, sines5and10.com.

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works

This part-museum, part-working production site is where Henry Mercer’s artistic tiles and mosaics have been crafted by hand for 100 years. $4.50; kids $2.50.
130 Swamp Road, Doylestown; (215) 348-6098, buckscounty.org.

Parry Mansion

Ten period-decorated rooms span the years 1775-1900, when entrepreneur Benjamin Parry and four generations of his family lived here. Free.
45 S. Main St., New Hope; (215) 862-5652, newhopehistoricalsociety.org.

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Steven Snyder Cedar Maze

Make an appointment for a tour of Snyder’s studio and sculpture garden to view (and possibly purchase) the mostly one-of-a-kind pieces he creates from indigenous rocks. On Oct. 13 and 14, Snyder and other artists open their gardens and studios for the Sweet Edge Sculpture Tour. Free.
252 Cafferty Road, Point Pleasant; (610) 294-9106, stonesculpture.net.

Freddy Hill Farms

The Seipt family crafts more than 30 flavors of ice cream using dairy products straight from their farm. Two mini-golf courses feature different geographies and challenges. Mini-golf $6; kids $4.
1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale; (215) 855-1205, freddyhill.com.

Central Park/Kids’ Castle

A 35-foot, eight-story castle with a drawbridge, twisty slide and friendly dragon is the centerpiece of this elaborate outdoor playground, which also includes a barnyard and a rocket ship. Free.
425 Wells Road, Doylestown; (215) 348-9915, doylestownpa.org.

Byers’ Choice

Whether or not you’re a collector of the company’s famous caroler figurines, you must visit its headquarters. Stroll a London Street, its shop windows filled with a Christmas-themed tableau and collection of nativities from around the world. Also, observe the artists at work. Don’t miss the amazing one-man performances of Charles Dickens’ classic works by his great- great-grandson, Gerald, Sept. 15-16 and Dec. 15-16. Free; check website for Dickens ticket prices.
4355 County Line Road, Chalfont; (215) 822-6700, byerschoice.com.

Love Saves the Day

A life-size Elvis cutout, a Dolly Parton doll, a Barney Miller board game, a Leif Garrett cassette tape—all the retro stuff you never thought you’d see again.
One S. Main St., New Hope, (215) 862-1399.

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