101 Things to Do in Chester County (and surrounding areas)
1. NORTH BROOK CANOE CO:
Canoeing, kayaking and tubing along the Brandywine River. Open seven days a week May through September. 610-793-2279 or 1-800898-2279. www.northbrookcanoe.com
2. VISIT THE CHESTER COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION:
A non-profit, cultural organization that promotes participation in the arts through quality instruction, exhibitions and community outreach. CCAA believes that art does make a difference and has enhanced the community by involving people of all ages and aspirations in the arts since 1931. http://chestercountyarts.org/ccaa
3. TOUR THE HERR'S POTATO CHIP FACTORY:
Located in Nottingham, Chester County the factory that makes the potato chips is open for tours. Tours available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon (cannot guarantee production running on Friday.) All tours take about an hour. Summer tour hours change in July. For more information call 1-800-63-Snack or got www.herrs.com.
4. SUPER SUNDAY IN DOWNTOWN WEST CHESTER:
On a Sunday in June each year, over 75 craft and information booths and over 20 different food vendors, live music. www.westchesterevents.com
5. IRON HILL TWILIGHT CRITERIUM:
This is professional cycling in downtown West Chester. Each July the streets of West Chester host a series of street circuit races. Details will be available at www.greaterwestchester.com.
6. WEST CHESTER ANNUAL MAY FESTIVAL:
Rides, games, foods, music, used book sale and more. Festival is held each year in May on the grounds of the Chester County Hospital in West Chester. Go to www.cchosp.com for more information.
7. TURKS HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Annual festival in July with live music all day long from noon to 8 p.m. in West Chester's Everhart Park 100 S. Brandywine St. West Chester. Food, craft vendors, games, rides. FREE. www.turksheadfestival.com
8. CHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL:
Sixty of the best restaurants in the area serve up great food. Live music, beer and wine court, end of September in downtown West Chester. www.chestercountyweb.com
9. BRANDYWINE HOSPITAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL:
Games, rides, music, food and more, on the grounds of The Brandywine Health Foundation in Coatesville during the first weekend in June. Go to www.brandywinestrawberryfestival.com.
10. 76TH RADNOR HUNT RACES:
During the month of May since 1985, see the third leg of the Triple Crown of Steeplechasing held at the Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern. Tickets must be purchased in advance by May 14. Go to www.radnorraces.org or call 610-388-8383.
11. PAUL GREEN SCHOOL OF ROCK:
Concerts at the school: Roots of Rock. The School of Rock is located at 478 Acorn Lane Downingtown. For more info. go to www.schoolofrock.com or call 610-518-ROCK
12. CONCERT SERIES AT THE CHESTER COUNTY ART ASSOC.
Free summer concert series. CCAA is located at 100 North Bradford Avenue in West Chester PA. http://chestercountyarts.org/ccaa
13. THE PHOENIXVILLE FARMER'S MARKET:
The Phoenixville Farmers' Market opens for the season in May! Now that the historic Foundry building has been purchased and utilized, the market has found a new home, located in the municipal parking lot along French Creek at Bridge Street & Taylor Alley in downtown Phoenixville. The market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through November, providing the local, farm fresh food that our customers have come to value and enjoy. www.phoenixvillefarmersmarket.org/wp
14. HIGHLAND ORCHARDS:
Picnic tables, animals, pick your own every day from mid May to October. Evening hayrides for groups can be scheduled all year. Highland Orchards is located at 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Road, West Chester, Pa. 19380. Call 610269-3494 or go to www.highlandorchards.net for more information.
15. LONGWOOD GARDENS:
Route 1, Kennett Square; Outdoor gardens and conservatory; many special events, musical, dramatic, etc.; Festival of Fountains; Gardenfest; Autumn's Colors . Admission is $14 for adults, $6 ages 16-20, $2 ages 6-15, children under 6 are free; 610-388-1000; www.longwoodgardens.org.
16. HAVERFORD COLLEGE ARBORETUM:
Open daily from dawn to dusk; free self-guided tree tours; occasional lectures and campus garden walks; memberships available. Located at Lancaster Avenue and College Lane in Haverford; 610-896-1101. www.haverford.edu/Arboretum
17. JENKINS ARBORETUM:
631 Berwyn-Baptist Road, Devon; Open daily from dawn to dusk; free; 16 acres with paved walkways through woods; pond, stream, naturalized plantings; June 21 Celebrating The Summer Solstice - The Longest Day, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, bring a picnic dinner, no children please; 610-647-8870; www.jenkinsarboretum.org
Located at 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne; Foot and horse trails through 30 acres of woods, open fields. Open dawn to dusk; groups by reservation; free. 610-5275234; www.riverbendeec.org.
19. SCOTT ARBORETUM:
Located at Swarthmore Campus, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; Garden covering more than 300 acres and exhibiting more than 3,000 different kinds of plants, trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Open daily year-round from dawn to dusk; free; The Arboretum offices, which houses a library of garden-related books, are open to the public Monday Friday 8:30 a.m. - noon and then 1 p.m - 4:30 p.m. Many events during summer, go the Web site for additional information or call 610-328-8025; www.scottarboretum.org.
20. AMERICAN COLLEGE:
Located at 270 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr. Self-guided walk through collection of specimen trees and shrubs covering 35 acres. Open dusk to dawn, free; handicapped accessible; 610-526-1100. www.theamericancollege.edu
21. TYLER ARBORETUM:
650-acre preserve for study of plants and native animals; 20 miles of hiking trails. Events include summer camps for kids and gardening workshops. Weekend gardening workshops all summer long. Tickets for non-member adults are $5 and $3 for nonmember children 3 to 15, children under 3 admitted free as are Tyler members. Located at 515 Painter Road, Media; 610-566-9134; www.tylerarboretum.org.
22. RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK:
2, 606 acres, 14 picnic areas, 12 miles of hiking trails, fishing, Colonial Plantation, horseback riding lessons; paved bike trail; bikes to left, joggers to the right. Open 7 a.m. everyday all year, closes at dusk. Located off of Route 352 and Route 3, Edgemont; 610-8923900. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/ridleycreek.aspx
23. CHESTER COUNTY PARKS:
Fishing, hiking, canoeing, biking, picnicking, at Springton Manor Farm, located off Route 322 in Glenmoore, Pa. 610-942-2450. Hibernia Park, RD 6, Coatesville 610-383-3812 ; Nottingham Park, 150 Park Road, Nottingham 610-9322589; Struble Lake, 3 miles northeast of Honey Brook; Warwick Park, RD 4, Pottstown 610-469-1916. Open daily dawn to dusk. Go to www.chesco.org/ccparks for directions and events at each park. Events include Hibernia Outdoor Adventures, June 11 12-5 p.m., in honor of National Trails Day and Fish for Free Day, at Hibernia Park. Freedom Fest at Notingham County Park, July 1, will feature entertainment, fireworks and food vendors.
24. BRANDYWINE VALLEY ASSOCIATION:
Self-guided nature trails through 300 acres. Open dawn to dusk; summer camp programs and school educational programs. Located at Rt. 842, six miles west of West Chester; 610793-1090. Thursdays in July and August, summer music series at 7:30 p.m. More information at www.brandywinewatershed.org.
25. GREAT VALLEY NATURE CENTER:
Self-guided nature trails through 10 acres of stream valley with spring-fed ponds, fields and wetlands programs. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at Rt. 29 and Hollow Road, Devault; 610-935-9777. Go to www.gvnc.org for schedule of events.
26. NEWLIN GRIST MILL:
Located at intersection of Route 1 and Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, Colonial grist mill, fishing pond, nature trails; picnic areas and tennis courts. Open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. Visitor's Center open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tour of mill - Tickets are $5 person. 610-459-2359. Go to www.newlingristmill.org for directions and information on special events and educational programs for kids.
27. SPRINGTON MANOR FARM:
300 acre farm with livestock, farming equipment, petting area, antique farm museum, nature trail. Open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk; free. Located off Route 322, six miles west of Downingtown; 610-942-2450. Family Day, Sept. 30, farm related activities, exhibits and demonstrations, for the whole family, $5 parking fee. http://dsf.chesco.org/ccparks/cwp/view.asp?A=1550&Q=616437
28. GREEN VALLEYS ASSOCIATION AT WELKINWEIR:
An old estate of 197 acres is home to conser vancy organization. Hiking trails and seven ponds. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Suggested donation at barn $5 for adults; $3 ages 4-16, younger. Members of Green Valleys are also free. Located at 1368 Prizer Rd., East Nantmeal; 610-469-4900. Web site http://greenvalleys.org/welkinweir.asp.
29. ADVENTURE SPORTS:
Features include Go-Karts, a Miniature Golf Course, Batting Cages, a Golf Driving Range, a Video of Arcade and a snack bar. Located on Route 743 south of Hershey, Pa. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Labor Day; 717-5337479; www.adventurehershey.com.
30. DORNEY PARK:
One of the East's largest, it is a 200 acre amusement and water park featuring more than 100 rides and attractions, including seven super roller coasters and 18 water slides in Wildwater Kingdom. The newest attraction is a thrill ride "Hydra: The Revenge," a f loorless roller coaster that features seven inversions and several drops below sea level. Camp Snoopy is a great kid's play area featuring the Peanuts' characters. The park opens in May and Wildwater Kingdom opens May 27. Located at 3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown. For hours of operation and prices go to www.dorneypark.com or call 610-3953724.
31. DUTCH WONDERLAND:
Features Monorail Train, Castle, a wooden roller coaster, parachute ride, log f lume, bumper cars, and other attractions including a sternwheel river boat and botanical garden, plus the Discover Lancaster County History Museum and Wonderland Mini-golf. National Kids' Day34. WATER WORLD:
Water World features a number of slides, a log f lume, a children's play area, picnic areas. There are even volleyball courts, a deck hockey rink and video games -- something for the whole family. Reopens for regular hours June 3. Day camps start June 12. Rates: range from $6 to $19 depending on time of day and number of slides. Located at 655 Schuylkill Rd. (Route 7224) in Phoenixville: 610-935-1290; www.waterworldrec.com.
35. THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO:
America's first zoo, 42 acres with almost 1600 different animals. Of special interest are the Primate Reser ve, Rare Animal Conser vation Center, Reptile and Amphibian House, Carnivore Kingdom, Channel 6 Zooballoon ($10 with zoo admission), educational programs, children's zoo, swan boat rides, zookeeper talks and a magical treehouse.Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10.95 per person. Swan boat rides are $5 per person. Located at 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia; 215-243-1100; www.philadelphiazoo.org.
36. ADVENTURE AQUARIUM:
Open daily 9:30-5 p.m. all year. Admission: $13.95 for children 2-12, $16.95 for adults, $13.95 for people 60 and over, children under two are free. Located at One Aquarium Drive on the Camden waterfront; 856-365-3300. Check their website for schedules of special events and updates on new exhibits, aquarium hours and rates: www.adventureaquarium.com
37. ELMWOOD PARK ZOO:
Over 120 animals in a naturalistic setting. Attractions include Monkey world, waterfowl exhibit, North American wildlife trail, children's zoo, barn, children's educational programs. Open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Independence Day to Labor Day; Closed some holidays Admission is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and children 1-12 and free for children 1 or younger. Located in Norristown; 610-2773825; www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.
38. AMISH VILLAGE:
Discover the Amish way of life, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission (prices subject to change): $6.75 adults, $2.75 children 12-5, children 5 and under are free. Located in 2 miles north of Strasburg, Pa.; 717687-8511. www.padutch.com/avillage.html.
39. HERSEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD:
Chocolate making tour; 3D show; Hershey's Trolley Works sightseeing tour of town; and Hershey's Factory Works Experience. Hours vary, call ahead. Located at 800 Park Blvd., Hershey; 1-800-Hershey; www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld.
40. BRANDYWINE ZOO:
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer events include Discovery Days on Saturdays and Sundays, and Story Time every Thursday. Ticket prices from June-August are: Free for children under 3, $3 for children, $4 seniors, $5 for age 12 and up. Located at 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Del.; 302-571-7747; www.brandywinezoo.org.
41. THE WHARTON ESHERICK MUSEUM:
Guided tours through the unique studio/home with art and furnishings by Wharton Esherick. Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Group tours are held weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $9 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Located at Horseshoe Trail, near Valley Forge Park, Valley Forge, Pa.; 610-644-5822. Reservations required for all visitors. www.gophila.com
42. HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY:
Hagley is where the du Pont story begins in the Brandywine Valley and features the original du Pont mills estate and gardens, comprising 235 acres. Summer events include Hagley Creek Kids every Tuesday in July, and a Bike and Hike around Hagley's grounds every Wednesday evening in July and August. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for students and senior citizens, $4 for children 6-14, free for children under 6. Located just off Route 141 in Wilmington, Del. Call 302658-2400 or go to www.hagley.lib.de.us. for complete schedules and times.
43. THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES:
The oldest natural sciences institution, in the western Hemisphere featuring a library, environmental research laboratories, field research group, exhibits, educational programs and special events. The academy is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends and holidays (excluding thanksgiving and New Year's day) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 3-12, and $8.25 for seniors. Located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; 215-299-1000; www.acnatsci.org.
44. PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS:
Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is America's oldest art museum and school of fines arts offering a range of public programs, including general and guided tours. Special programs highlight the collection and exhibitions and most programs are free with Museum admission. The Gallery is located at 1301 Cherry Street, Philadelphia. The Museum located at 118 North Broad St. and is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $5 children 5-18, free for children under 5. Closed Mondays. Located at Broadand Cherry streets, Philadelphia. Call 215-972-7600 for more information; www.pafa.org.
45. AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM:
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $4 for children. June - Fatherfest noon to 4 p.m., toys for dad, antique cars and motorcycles, helicopter rides. June-August: Aero Camp, six two-day sessions for kids 8-14, campers learn the fundamentals of f light and build their own glider. Located at 1220 American Boulevard at Brandywine Airport, West Goshen Township, Chester County; 610-436-9600. Helicopter rides daily; contact museum for information regarding rates and times. Go to www.helicoptermuseum.org for more info.
46. FRANKLIN INSTITUTE:
Permanent exhibit, "Franklin---He's Electric," which explores Ben Franklin's inventive mind. Science Center, three f loors of hands-on exhibits. The Giant Heart: reopened, walkthrough heart. Fels Planetarium. Tuttleman IMAX Theater. Admission is $12.75 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. 22 N. 20th St., Philadelphia; 215-448-1200; http://sln.fi.edu.
47. INDEPENDENCE SEAPORT MUSEUM:
Offers hands-on, interactive exhibits, historic ship tours, a working boat shop and world class maritime library. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 3-12. Located at Penn's Landing at 21 Columbus Blvd., and Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 215-9255439; www.phillyseaport.org.
48. BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM:
The Brandywine River Museum has ongoing exhibits include paintings and drawings by Howard Pyle, members of the Wyeth family, Jasper Cropsey, William Trost Richards, Maxfield Parrish, Harvey Dunn and Jessie Wilcox Smith. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12, students with I.D. and seniors. Children under 6 are admitted free. Located at Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org.
49. CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Exhibit - Library is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Library is open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Museum is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is $2.50 kids, $5 adults, $4 seniors, free for children under five. Located at 225 N. High St., West Chester; 610-692-4800, www.chestercohistorical.org.
50. DELAWARE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY:
Has lots of new attractions, a state-of-the-art exhibition gallery, the Coral Reef Canteen, a dining area that provides up-scale vending for visitors; an expanded Museum Store, and more. Exhibition - Predators, exploring the most dangerous animals on land, sea and in the air. Open Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $5 for children and children three and under are free. Located at 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del.; 302-658-9111, www.delmnh.org.
51. ROCKWOOD MUSEUM:
Tour the estate of merchant banker Joseph Shipley; includes the Rockwood Gardens and conservatory. Summer events include the popular Victorian Ice Cream Festival on the second weekend in July. Open seven days a week. Guided tours are offered on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Located at 610 Shipley Road, Wilmington, Del.; 302761-4340; www.rockwood.org.
52. DELAWARE HISTORY MUSEUM:
Housed in a renovated 1941 Woolworth building, exhibits include "Then and N.O.W.: The Story of Helen Thomas, A Modern Women's Rights Activist," and "Distinctly Delaware." Open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission - $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 youth, free for children under 2. Located at 504 Market St., Wilmington Del.; 302-656-0637; www.hsd.org/dhm.htm.
53. WINTERTHUR MUSEUM & GARDEN:
An American country estate, former home of Henry Francis du Pont, Route 52 in Winterthur, Del. Includes unparalleled collection of American antiques, period rooms, the Touch-it Room for kids, research library and premier naturalistic 60-acre garden, plus award-winning fairy tale children's Enchanted Garden. Seasonal tours available. Museum and garden are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, $5 for kids 2-11. Library is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 800-448-3883 or go to www.winterthur.org for more information.
54. JOHN CHADS HOUSE:
Stone dwelling and springhouse from 1725 includes baking demonstrations in beehive oven; $5 for tour of both John Chads house and Barns-Brinton house (both open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday only). Check in at the Chadds Ford Historical Society Barn Visitors Center which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; tour of barn only is free. Admission for houses is free on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends (closed on the holidays). John Chads house and Barn Visitors Center are on Creek Road (Old Route 100) ? mile north of Route 1; Barns-Brinton House is at 630 Baltimore Pike; call 610-388-7376. www.thebrandywine.com/go/john_chads_house.html
55. BETSY ROSS HOUSE:
House in which original U.S. f lag was made and the home of a colonial urban middle class person; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all seven days; admission is $3 for adults and $2 children and students, $4 audio tour available. 239 Arch St., Philadelphia; 215686-1252. www.betsyrosshouse.org
56. EDGAR ALLAN POE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE:
Author's Philadelphia residence with reading room, slide show and museum. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday; admission is free; 532 N. Seventh St., Philadelphia; 215-597-8780. www.nps.gov/edal
57. BRANDYWINE BATTLEFIELD PARK:
Tours of George Washington's headquarters and General Lafayette's quarters. On June 18 "Meet a Hero from History." Sept. 9-10 is the annual reenactment of The Battle of Brandywine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays, open Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day; Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610-459-3342. www.thebrandywine.com/attractions/battle.html
58. VALLEY FORGE PARK:
The winter encampment of the Continental army under the command of General George Washington in 1777-78; features historical museum with over 7,000 artifacts; memorial chapel, hiking trails, and revolutionary war reenactments; plus ongoing events; $3 admission to Washington's Headquarters, all other facilities are free. An 18 minute film is shown at the Welcome Center/museum which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Guided mini-bus are available June through Aug. or you can take a 10 mile self-guided auto tour. Park closes at dusk; Route 23, Valley Forge, 610-783-1077. www.nps.gov/vafo
59. WACHOVIA CENTER COMPLEX:
Consists of Wachovia Center and new Wachovia Spectrum. Home of the Flyers and Sixers. Upclose look at the arena floor, locker rooms; visit the Arena Vision studio control center, press boxes and private luxury seating. Exhibits throughout Center. Tours available by calling 215-389-9543. Located at 1 Pattison Avenue and Broad Street, Philadelphia; reser vations recommended, 215-389-9561; www.comcastspectacor.com.
60. QVC STUDIO:
QVC's state-of-the-art broadcast center Studio Park holds one hour walking tours seven days a week; starting at 10 a.m. and then every hour on the hour until 4 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12. Reservations not required for parties of nine or less. Located at Studio Park, West Chester. For tour reservations, directions, information call 1-800-600-9900; www.qvctours.com.
61. BUCKS COUNTY RIVER COUNTRY/POINT PLEASANT CANOE:
Tubing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking and group outings open in May. Located at 2 Walters Lane, Point Pleasant, P.A. For tickets information of hours of operation call 215-297-5000; www.rivercountry.net.
62. DELAWARE RIVER CANAL BOAT COMPANY:
Boat trips on the historic Delaware Canal. Tours start at noon. Open 7 days a week from May to October. Groups larger than 10 call ahead for reservations. Located at 149 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-0758; www.onthecanal.net.
63. GATEWAY STABLES AND RIDING CENTER:
Trail rides, lessons, summer camp programs and more. Open year round. Visit www.gatewaystables.com for complete list of activities or call 610-444-1255. Located at 949 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, Pa. www.gatewaystables.com
64. BALLOON FLIGHTS DAILY BY THE U.S. HOT AIR BALLOON TEAM:
Flights starting at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Call ahead for reservations and pricing; 800-763-5987. Located at 490 Hopewell Rd., St. Peter's, just west of Valley Forge; www.ushotairballons.com.
65. NEW HOPE AND IVYLAND RAILROAD:
Regularly scheduled trips through Bucks County plus special holiday and special events trains. 32 W. Bridge St., New Hope; 215-862-2332 or visit www.newhoperailroad.com. Private parties can be arranged.
66. STRASBURG RAILROAD:
Excursion trains, four steam locomotives and 1915 era cars. Basic Coach Car fair is $10.00, $5.00 for children, children under three are free. Located in Strasburg, Lancaster County, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. 717-687-7522; www.strasburgrailroad.com.
67. WILMINGTON & WESTERN RAILROAD:
Scenic train excursions through Red Clay Valley in Delaware, May through December. Mostly weekends. Dinner trains, other special events throughout the year. Call 302-998-1930 or visit www.wwrr.com.
68. WEST CHESTER RAILROAD:
Special events tourist railroad departs Market St. station in West Chester at noon and 2 p.m., and passengers may also board in Glen Mills where noted. Includes special Memorial Day, Father's Day, Summer Picnic specials and more. Prices range from $8 to $14. Visit Web site www.westchesterrr.net or call 610-430-2233 for more complete schedule and information.
69. CHADDSFORD WINERY:
Located in a renovated 17th century barn, 632 Baltimore Pike, (Route 1 South) Chadds Ford between Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum; Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Open Sunday noon-6 p.m. Wine tastings and seminars. Special events begin with the Brandywine River Blues Festival on Memorial Day and end with the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival. On Friday nights "Summer Nights Under the Stars" outdoor concerts feature lively music. Call 610-388-6221; or visit www.chaddsford.com.
70. FRENCH CREEK RIDGE VINEYARDS:
200 Grove Road, Elverson, Pa., elegant, charming tasting room, open by appointment and Friday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Special festivals. French International competition Gold Medal Champagne; Call 610-286-7754 or Web site www.frenchcreekridge.com.
71. STARGAZERS VINEYARD:
Open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Customized group events, special events throughout season. 1024 Wheatland Drive, Coatesville; 610-486-0422, www.stargazersvineyard.com.
72. TWIN BROOK WINERY:
Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; tours, picnic areas, outdoor concerts, indoor artshows; 5697 Strasburg Road, Gap; 717-442-4915. E-mail email@example.com, www.twinbrookwinery.com.
73. NEW HOPE WINERY:
6123 Lower York Road, New Hope; 215-794-2331, www.newhopewinery.com.
74. MT. HOPE ESTATE WINERY:
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. After Memorial Day open until 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Celtic Fling Festival in June. Rt. 72, Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 266, 83 Mansion House Road, Manheim. Home of Renaissance Faire in season; 717-665-7021. www.catchwine.com/wineries/pennsylvania/mount_hope_estate_and_winery
75. ANNUAL WEST CHESTER POETRY CONFERENCE:
In June on the campus of West Chester University, workshops and faculty readings. Keynote address James Fenton. Admission is free and open to the public. For more info. call 610-436-3235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas/poetry/Poetry_Conference
76. LINVILLA ORCHARDS:
137 W. Knowlton Road, Media; 610-876-7116. Farm market and pick-your-own season starting with strawberry festival, continues with peach festival, blueberries, raspberries and more, and ending with apples in October. Also animals all year round and an arts and crafts show in September. www.linvilla.com
77. ARDMORE FARMERS MARKET:
120 Coulter Ave., between Lancaster and Montgomery avenues, Ardmore; 610-896-7560. Part of Suburban Square mall. Farmer's Market hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Other parts of mall have different hours. Web site: www.suburbansquare.com/market.html.
78. CHESTNUT HILL FARMERS' MARKET:
Sixteen vendors and free parking, 8229 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 215-242-5905. www.chestnuthillpa.com/MemberProfile.aspx?ID=44
79. READING TERMINAL MARKET:
Over 80 merchants; 12th & Arch streets, Philadelphia; open Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 215-922-2317; www.readingterminalmarket.org.
80. ITALIAN MARKET:
9TH Street between Wharton and Christian streets, Philadelphia; 215-923-5637, www.phillyitalianmarket.com. Historic and traditional market open year round. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 .m. on Sunday. Closed Monday. Outdoor stands, also stores line the street. More than 100 year in operation.
81. CITIZENS BANK PARK:
Home of the Philadelphia Phillies, North side of Pattison Ave @ 11th and Darien Sts, Philadelphia. Park tours all year through October, $8 adults and $5 kids 3-14, 215-218-5360. For tickets and information for the Phillies, 215-463-1000. www.citizensbank.com/ballpark
82. WILMINGTON BLUE ROCKS:
Carolina League Class A baseball, Fawley Stadium, Wilmington, Del., for tickets 302-888-BLUE (2583). Web site: www.bluerocks.com.
83. THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA:
Perform at the Kimmel Center, 260 South Broad St., Philadelphia. 215-893-1955 for tickets. www.philorch.org
84. PENNSYLVANIA BALLET:
Exciting ballet performances throughout the year. Web site: www.paballet.org.
85. PETER NERO AND THE PHILLY POPS:
252 S. 16th St., Philadelphia (offices); For more information call 215-893-1900, or visit www.phillypops.com.
86. PEOPLE'S LIGHT AND THEATRE COMPANY:
"The Man from Nebraska" May 24June 25; "The Foreigner" June 28 - July 23; 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern; 610-647-1900, 610-644-3500 (tickets). Web site: www.peopleslight.org.
87. THE ANNUAL DEVON HORSE SHOW AND COUNTRY FAIR:
Annual international competition among top show jumpers including Olympic and World Champion veterans. The Country Fair features a Midway with games and rides, over 40 boutiques featuring clothing, souvenirs, antiques and more. General admission: Adults $7, $3 for children under 12 and $5 for seniors. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the ticket office on the show grounds or by calling 610-688-2554 or by going to www.thedevonhorseshow.com . Event is held at the Devon Horse Show fairgrounds on Route 30 in Devon, Pa.
88. PENNSYLVANIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE:
Weekends throughout the summer. Adults $26.95, Kids 5-11 $9.95; season passes and group discounts are available; parking is free; Victorian Mount Hope Estate and Winery, Route 72, ? mile south of Pa. Turnpike exit 266, Cornwall; 717-665-7021 or www.parenfaire.com.
89. THIRD ANNUAL LAND ROVER MAIN LINE JAZZ & FOOD FESTIVAL:
Land Rover Main Line, the Wayne Business Association and Main Street Festival Management are proud to present the third annual Main Line Jazz and Food Festival. Kids of all ages will enjoy a host of fun activities including face painting, moon bounce, magic, crafts and more. Admission is free and so is parking. The festival is also accessible via SEPTA's R5 to the Wayne Station at the heart of the festival. For more information go to www.mainlinejazz.com.
90. CHADDS FORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Open May through September, the Barn Visitors Center is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends and is free. The John Chads House is open weekends from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Barns-Briton House is open weekends May through September from 1 to 5 p.m. Historic house admission is $5. Tours of the John Chads House and Barns-Brinton House by costumed guides cover architectural features of the houses, life in 18th century Chadds Ford and demonstrations of bread baking and open hearth cooking. Special Hospitality Days with free admission on May 27 and 28, both houses will offer free admission from noon to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day weekend. The Historical Society will hold Chadds Ford Days, an open air Colonial Fair with crafts, food, rides, games and music on Sept. 9 and 10 from 10 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5, $1 for children ages 6 to 12. The Great Pumpkin event is held Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. with local artists car ving and displaying huge pumpkins on the grounds, food, music and hay rides. Admission is $3 for ages 7 and above. For more info. call 610-388-7376 or go to www.chaddsfordhistory.org. The Chadds Ford Historical Society is located at 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, Pa.
91. COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA PLANTATION:
An independent, non-profit. Living history museum dedicated to enhancing an understanding of colonial life is located in Ridley Creek State Park in Media, Pa. Open April to Nov., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends only. They offer many summer weekend workshops on aspects of life during colonial times for members and nonmembers. July 15-16 French and Indian War Weekend; June 24-25 Revolutionary War Weekend; Aug. 5 Barbecue and colonial dancing. For more info. About these events and a complete list of summer weekend workshops call 610-566-1725 or go to www.colonialplantation.org. Enrollment for workshops is limited.
92. HISTORIC COLD SPRINGS:
A 19th century open-air living history museum with 25 restored historic buildings on a 22-acre wooded site and costumed interpreters and crafts. Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Memorial Day with events every weekend through summer; $7, $6 seniors, $5 children 3 -12, 720 Route 9, Cape May, N.J.; 609-898-2300. www.hcsv.org
93. 60TH ANNUAL STATE CRAFT FAIR:
Features 240 exhibitors, demonstrators, food and musical entertainment; $7 for people over 12, kids under 12 admitted free. Franklin and Marshall College, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster; 215-579-5997. www.pacrafts.com/pacrafts/site/default.asp
94. GHOST TOURS:
Private ghost walks all year round, New Hope; 215-343-5564. www.ghosttoursofnewhope.com
95. GHOSTS OF LANCASTER WALKING TOUR:
Routes 896 and 741, candlelit tours lasting one hour and 15 minutes through historic streets of Strasburg; tours are running now, $13 per person, $7 ages 5-12, tours start at 7:30 p.m., reservations are not required it is first come first served; 717-687-6687. www.ghosttour.com/lancaster.html
96. MARSH CREEK STATE PARK:
Located about two miles west of the Village of Eagle on Route 100 (Marsh Creek State Park, 675 Park Road, Downingtown, Pa.) Boating, fishing, camping hiking, horseback riding. For more information call 610-458-5119. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/marshcreek.aspx
97. BUTTERFLY HOUSE:
At Springton Manor Farm experience nature firsthand. Opening on June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about butterflies as you get to walk through the house. Open from June 17 to Sept. 30, closed Monday. Tues. to Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 610-942-2450 or go to chesco.org/ccparks for more information.
98. THE 21ST ANNUAL MUSHROOM FESTIVAL:
On Sept. 9 and 10 in downtown Kennett Square. Go to www.mushroomfestival.org for more info.
99. HOPEWELL FURNACE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE:
Fine example of early 19th century iron plantation. Open daily from 9 to 5. 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, Pa. 19520. Call 610-582-8773. www.nps.gov/hofu
99. SPRING LECTURE SERIES AT THE LUKENS NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT:
Program includes chance to see collections and the restoration process. Lukens Executive Office Building 50 South First Avenue, Coatesville, Pa. 19320. Go to www.lukenshistoricdistrict.org for more info.
100. VICTORIAN ICE CREAM FESTIVAL:
Ice Cream festival is held on the grounds of Terracina and Graystone. www.coatesville.org/events/icecream.asp
101. HISTORIC YELLOW SPRINGS:
To arrange tour of this early American village in the heart of Chester County call 610-827-7414. Located in Chester Springs, 1685 Art School Road, P.O Box 62, Yellow Springs, Pa. 19425. www.yellowsprings.org
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