Sitting between Philadelphia in the north and the Delaware River to the southeast is a beautiful county of endless possibilities – Bucks County. This is a glorious place blessed with eye-catching scenery, lovely historical sites, and a wonderful culture. The county offers plenty of adventure and family fun. From the quaint natural parks to the exciting Peddler’s Village, there are so many enthralling sites to see. Apart from that, attractions such as the breathtaking Sesame Place, Kids Castle, among others, will always keep the family entertained. So, in case you’re planning to visit Pennsylvania for a vacation, here are some of the best things to do in Bucks County.
1. Explore Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
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A peaceful and charming botanical garden, this is a wonderful place to enjoy a tranquil retreat. Sitting on a 134-acre (54.23 ha) piece of land, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve features a charming botanical garden and an accredited museum. Learn about the different native species of plants as you explore this wonderful nature. Apart from the different plant species, there are also many trails in the woods. It’s for that reason that many hiking and biking enthusiasts come here to experience thrilling moments.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Address: 1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 18938, United States
Website: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 5pm (closed on Mon)
2. Let the kids have fun at Kids Castle
Situated in Doylestown in Pennsylvania, Kids Castle is a spacious, wonderful playground for kids with many possibilities. If you had made a promise to take the kids out, then this would be the perfect destination for your trip. Take a short trip back through centuries to medieval times as you enjoy a glamorous experience with your family. Kids will definitely enjoy sliding on the castle- and dungeon-themed slides. The fun does not stop there; you’ll also find ramps, mazes, and swings.
Address: 425 Wells Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901, United States
Website: Kids Castle
Opening hours: Mon: 3am - 4am (closed from Tue - Sun)
3. Admire nature at Core Creek Park
Located in the township of Middletown, Pennsylvania, there is a romantic and beautiful park: Core Creek Park. This park occupies a 1,200-acre (485.62 ha) piece of land that encompasses Lake Luxembourg. The park offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a family retreat. It features a variety of activities for all age groups. There are sports fields and courts for those who like sporting activities. Kids can have fun at the playground and around the water fountains. If you’re more into water activities, then you can try out boating or fishing. Other notable features in the park are a dog park, beautiful lawns, and of course, a wonderful atmosphere.
Core Creek Park
Address: 901 Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne, PA 19047, United States
Website: Core Creek Park
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 4:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
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4. Explore Mercer Museum
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Found in Doylestown is a 20th-century structure and one of Pennsylvania’s historical sites – Mercer Museum. The museum structure comprises a six-story concrete castle, which is one of the major attractions of tourists in the area. It places a major emphasis on collecting ancient American artifacts such as tools, engines, and household equipment. As you may suspect, the museum gets its name from its former occupant, Henry C. Mercer, a respected archeologist. Unlike many other museums, here, you get to enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience through self-guided tours. You will find a gift shop where you can buy presents and souvenirs for your loved ones.
Address: 84 S Pine St, Doylestown, PA 18901, United States
Website: Mercer Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm
5. Take a tour of the Fonthill Castle
Situated in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Fonthill Castle is a unique architectural structure designed by its previous occupant, Henry Chapman Mercer. Mercer designed this concrete structure following architectural styles: Gothic architecture, Byzantine architecture, and medieval style. The castle features 44 rooms, more than 200 windows, and as many as 18 fireplaces throughout the building. The interior design features original works of art and ceramic tiles designed by Mercer himself. Several community events are organized and hosted at Fonthill as a means of promoting local culture and history. The castle features a collection of artifacts, souvenirs, and over 6,000 books written by Mercer.
Address: 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901, United States
Website: Fonthill Castle
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm; Sat: 10am - 1:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm
6. Admire nature at Nockamixon State Park
Lying on a 5,283-acre (2,137.95 ha) landmass in Bedminster and Haycock Townships is this relaxing and peaceful park – Nockamixon State Park. This is one of the most popular places among locals as they often visit the park to enjoy wonderful moments. If you had plans to go for a picnic with your family, then a visit would be an intriguing idea. If you’re not into picnics, there are other options for you such as horseback riding and camping. Even those who love water sports and activities will be happy to enjoy swimming or kayaking. Don’t forget to take some pictures of the eye-catching nature and wildlife.
Nockamixon State Park
Address: 1542 Mountain View Dr, Quakertown, PA 18951, United States
Website: Nockamixon State Park
7. Watch a live performance at Bucks County Playhouse
Being a place of endless possibilities, Pennsylvania also boasts one of the most popular theaters in the region – Bucks County Playhouse. Sitting on the banks of Delaware River in New Hope, Bucks County Playhouse welcomes visitors, both local and international, to enjoy thrilling performances. It sits on what used to be a grist mill. In case you had plans to go out for a romantic dinner, then you should make reservations here. The playhouse boasts an excellent range of delectable and wonderful drinks. The catering service is top class and guests are mesmerized by fireworks after a performance. They also organize special events and have special rooms for corporate meetings.
Bucks County Playhouse
Address: 70 S Main St, New Hope, PA 18938, United States
Website: Bucks County Playhouse
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)
8. Enjoy a retreat at Tyler State Park
A tranquil and beautiful park, this place offers a serene and natural atmosphere to enjoy a retreat. Tyler State Park is a gorgeous park occupying 985.5 acres (398.83 ha) and it is filled with an attractive pine forest. For those who love to interact with nature, this is an ideal place to go camping, hiking, and biking. The park features a large lake that makes it even more appealing for water activity lovers. As you walk in the park, you will be able to see different animals in their natural habitat. If you’re visiting Pennsylvania for a vacation, this is one place you must pay a visit.
Tyler State Park
Address: 789 Park Rd 16, Tyler, TX 75706, United States
Website: Tyler State Park
Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)
9. Visit New Hope Railroad
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Are you someone who is enthusiastic about engines? Situated in a quaint little town, New Hope, this is a good place to bring the kids to learn a thing or two about trains. The kids will definitely enjoy riding through nature on the gorgeous rolling hills and valleys. Get to learn about how the coaches were designed and the history of the 150-year-old line. Find out why the train station was named the Witch’s Hat. You can take some photos to remind yourself of these breathtaking moments. Before you finish your adventure, you can stop at the Freight House and buy some gifts for your loved ones.
New Hope Railroad
Address: 32 W Bridge St, New Hope, PA 18938, United States
Website: New Hope Railroad
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
10. Enjoy a picnic at Sesame Place
Nestled on the outskirts of Philadelphia in Middletown, Sesame Place is an amusement park with many fun activities for kids. The park is equipped with facilities such as water slides, rides, an interactive parade, and Elmo’s World to keep the kids engaged. One of the most exciting features is Oscar’s Wacky Taxi – the most thrilling and breathtaking roller coaster. There will be many opportunities for the kids to take photos with furry friends. If you pack some snacks, there are many spots under the trees where you can sit and enjoy a bite. Or you can also get in one of the on-site restaurants and grab a bite.
Address: 100 Sesame Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047, United States
Website: Sesame Place
Opening hours: Fri: 4am - 8pm; Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 10am - 6pm (closed from Mon - Thu)
11. Pick fruits at Solebury Orchards
Found in the quaint, scenic town of New Hope in Bucks County, Solebury Orchards is a lovely farm renowned for producing the best quality berries. If you were looking for an outdoor family adventure, then you can try out picking berries or apples at Solebury Orchards. The vineyards are beautiful and blossoming with a variety of berries. You will have a chance to taste and learn about different fruits such as apples, blueberries, and peaches, just to name a few. If you visit during the season for blueberry and apples, you will get a chance to pick your own berries while exploring the scenic orchards.
Address:3325 Creamery Rd, New Hope, PA 18938, United States
Website: Solebury Orchards
Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 9am - 6pm (closed from Mon - Wed)
12. Watch a live performance at Penn Community Bank Amphitheater
Discover one of the hidden gems in Bucks County found in a scenic, charming neighborhood in Bensalem Township: Penn Community Bank Amphitheater. This magnificent amphitheater is the ideal option for anyone looking to enjoy outdoor entertainment. Watch a live performance as you relax on the beautifully manicured lawns. The place is usually a beehive of activity, especially during the summer season. Different artists both local and traveling are always moving the crowd with their electrifying performances. To ensure a wonderful time for guests, the facility is equipped with restrooms, concessions, and ample parking space.
Penn Community Bank Amphitheater
Address: 2400 Byberry Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020, United States
Website: Penn Community Bank Amphitheater
13. Go shopping at Oxford Valley Mall
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Are you looking for a nice place in Bucks County to take your family out for shopping? Located along Lincoln Highway in Middeltown, Pennsylvania, Oxford Valley Mall is the place you’re looking for. This shopping mall is in a two-story building, which is just a walking distance from the famous Sesame Place. It guarantees you fun, fulfillment, and endless possibilities. Featuring fashion boutiques, galleries, gift shops, and restaurants, the shopping mall offers a one-stop shopping experience. You can even drop by the Disney store for your favorite movies. Treat yourself to an incredible selection of mouthwatering meals and wonderful drinks at the on-site restaurant.
Oxford Valley Mall
Address:2300 Lincoln Hwy, Langhorne, PA 19047, United States
Website: Oxford Valley Mall
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm
14. Explore art at Michener Art Museum
Are you an artist or someone who loves art? Nestled in a peaceful, attractive neighborhood in Doylestown, Michener Art Museum is a place you must pay a visit. Named after James A. Michener, a local, popular writer who won the Pulitzer Prize, this museum used to serve as a prison. It is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and showcasing artifacts that tell the history of Bucks County. With special exhibitions, eye-catching paintings, and a sculpture garden, this place has become a major tourist attraction in the county. Apart from having fun, you can also book art classes and learn a trick or two about painting.
Michener Art Museum
Address: 138 S Pine St, Doylestown, PA 18901, United States
Website: Michener Art Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am - 4:30pm; Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)
15. Take your kids to Bucks County Children's Museum
New Hope might be a small town, but it definitely is a town with endless attractions and fun activities for all ages. Enjoying a vacation with family means everyone enjoys themselves, especially the kids. Bucks County Children’s Museum is a favorite destination for families looking to have an adventure. With beautiful green trees and a serene atmosphere, it just creates the perfect environment for fun and learning. It gives the kids a wonderful opportunity to interact with other kids from all over the world, through interactive play. Facilities like hot-air balloons and a race car ramp always pump up the excitement. There are also a variety of beautiful artifacts to explore.
The Bucks County Children's Museum
Address:500 Union Square Dr, New Hope, PA 18938, United States
Website: The Bucks County Children’s Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am - 4pm; Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Mon)
16. Enjoy romantic views from New Hope-Lambertville Bridge
New Hope-Lambertville Bridge is one of the iconic landmarks in Buck County. Tourists from all over the globe come to see this structure – a six-span, 1,053-foot (320.95 m) long bridge that crosses the Delaware River. From the bridge, you get to enjoy magnificent views of the golden skies as the sun hides behind the horizon. The charming, tranquil waters will make you drift away with romantic meditation. If you are enjoying the views with a loved one, it would be a good idea to take some photos to remember those gratifying memories. The bridge also acts as a link between the city of Lambertville in Hunterdon County and New Hope in Bucks County.
New Hope-Lambertville Bridge
Address: Bridge St, New Hope, PA 18938, United States
17. Learn about mosaic at Moravian Pottery & Tile Works Museum
Bucks County is a place known for its creative arts and wonderful architectural designs. While still enjoying your adventurous vacation in the county, visiting Movarian Pottery and Tile Works Museum should be on top of your to-do list. Located along Swamp Road in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, this is a museum that specializes in producing tiles and designing mosaics. As you explore these wonderful crafts, you will also learn about the local history from the staff that is very friendly. The museum has been nicknamed “working history museum” because it exhibits how the tiles are made by hand. You can purchase a gift at the on-site gift shop.
Moravian Pottery & Tile Works Museum
Address: 130 E Swamp Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901, United States
Website: Moravian Pottery & Tile Works Museum
Opening hours: 10am - 4:45pm (daily)
18. Play some poker at Parx Casino
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As the saying goes, all work without play makes Jack a dull boy. Games are a nice way to relieve some stress and fatigue after touring. In Bucks County, there’s a popular Casino in Bensalem City, which might be offering the kind of entertainment you’re looking for. From table games, slots, live horse racing, and poker, there is a variety of games you can choose from. If you’re looking for something less tiring, then you might consider poker instead of the live horse racing. You will also find a list of nice restaurants where you can dine and bars with a variety of drinks to choose from.
Address: 2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020, United States
Website: Parx Casino
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
19. Learn about local history at Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark
One of the reasons that tourists from all around the world love visiting Bucks County is because it’s a place blessed with many wonderful attractions. One of the iconic attractions is Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark. Previously referred to as Green Hills Farm, this 67-acre (27.11 ha) homestead was the home of Pearl Buck – a Nobel Prize winner. This is where she used to carry out her daily chores like writing, gardening, and hosting humanitarian events. The museum houses a collection of the author’s properties such as her typewriter and a closet full of board games.
Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark
Address: 520 Dublin Rd, Perkasie, PA 18944, United States
20. Take a tour of Parry Mansion
Make a short trip to Parry Mansion, a historical museum in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The museum was named after its builder and one of the pioneer founders of the city, Benjamin Parry, who was known by many locals as the “father of New Hope” because of his influence in the city. It features a collection of artifacts that take you through a journey of 125 years of decorative dynamism. The tour of the museum is convenient because you get to enjoy free guided tours.
Address: 45 S Main St, New Hope, PA 18938, United States
Website: Parry Mansion
21. Go hiking at Neshaminy State Park
If you are someone who loves discovering new places and exploring nature, then you should think about visiting Neshaminy State Park. Located in Bensalem Township, this is a 330-acre (133.55 ha) state park where locals and tourists come to interact with nature. With nature trails and a cool, peaceful atmosphere, this is a perfect place for a picnic or hiking. Love birds usually come to hide here as they enjoy striking views of the Philadelphia skyline from Logan Point. Visitors also get to see wildlife in their natural habitat. There’s a playground for kids and other facilities for water activities like swimming, boating, and fishing.
Neshaminy State Park
Address: 3401 State Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020, United States
Website: Neshaminy State Park
22. Tuck into a delish meal at The Pour House at The New Hope Winery
In Bucks County, you can’t find a better place than The Pour House at The New Hope Winery, the perfect lovers’ paradise. It’s nestled in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood between Peddler’s Village and New Hope. Drop by and enjoy delicious American cuisines prepared with a special touch. Meals are prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, for a perfect blend of taste and aroma. From sandwiches and share plates to entrees, there’s a wide range of options to select from. They also serve wonderful drinks like wine, beer, and seasonal cocktails.
The Pour House at New Hope Winery
Address: 6123 Lower York Rd, New Hope, PA 18938, United States
Website: The Pour House at New Hope Winery
Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed from Mon - Wed)
23. Go hiking at Ringing Rocks County Park
Enjoy a truly special time in Bucks County as you explore hiking on mysterious rocks. Pack your hiking bag and head to Ringing Rocks County Park. Although the journey to the rocks is thrilling, you will also be burning calories. As its name suggests, these rocks produce a ringing sound like a bell when hit with a hammer. Enjoy the fresh air and the engrossing sights of birds perched on the trees. You can wash your head and rest a bit by the waterfall as you cool off. Don’t forget to capture the magic moments on camera.
Ringing Rocks County Park
Address: Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972, United States
Website: Ringing Rocks County Park
Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)
24. Enjoy a night out at Maxwell's On Main
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Found in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Maxwell’s on Main is a special place you can drop by with your family and enjoy a marvelous dining experience. Famous for its unrivaled selection of craft beer and craft dishes in Bucks County, and a great atmosphere, this place is just perfect. If you prefer climbing upstairs, you get to enjoy an exceptional moment on the patio as you enjoy open-air dining. In case you want to experience a vibrant nightlife or enjoy a romantic dinner, you’ve just come to the right place. They specialize in a variety of American dishes with a southern twist. From baked eggs to grilled swordfish, their menu is just amazing.
Maxwell's On Main
Address: 37 N Main St, Doylestown, PA 18901, United States
Website: Maxwell’s On Main
Opening hours: 11am - 2pm (daily)
25. Enjoy quiet meditation at the Garden of Reflection
One of the most memorable events in American history is the 9/11 terrorist attack that claimed many lives. As a way of commemorating that fateful event, Bucks County came up with the Garden of Reflection. This is a beautiful, quiet garden, with a serene atmosphere where people come to meditate and enjoy some quiet moments. With a large open space and a playground, this is a place where kids enjoy coming to have fun. Other attractive features include water and a lovely spiraling path. The lawns are well manicured and the trees are beautiful with good spots for enjoying a picnic.
Garden of Reflection
Address: 1950 Woodside Rd, Yardley, PA 19067, United States
Website: Garden of Reflection
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
26. Explore Bucks County Civil War Library and Museum
Travel through time back to the time of the Civil War at Bucks County Civil War Library and Museum. For anyone interested in the history of the war, then this is the perfect place to begin your journey. Mainly focusing on the history of the area, this museum has rare artifacts and materials with information depicting the events that took place during the war. The museum organizes special exhibitions, group events, and school tours as part of teaching the local history of Bucks County. The library has a collection of records about guns, military operations and other crucial documents regarding the war.
Bucks County Civil War Library and Museum
Address: Garden Alley, 32 N Broad St, Doylestown, PA 18901, United States
Opening hours: Sat: 10:30am - 2pm (closed from Sun - Fri)
27. Go shopping at Quakertown Farmers Market and Flea Market
One place in Bucks County where you can find fresh farm produce is in Quakertown Farmers Market and Flea Market. This is where many locals come to sell their products so as to earn daily bread. Tourists are also regular visitors here as they come to interact with the local community. You will find fresh farm products and dairy products at fairly low prices. With over 120 Flea stores in the market, it is hailed as the best Flea Market in the area. It gives you an “all under one roof shopping” experience as you’re likely to find everything here; from new and used merchandise to antiques and collectibles.
Quakertown Farmers Market and Flea Market
Address: 201 Station Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951, United States
Opening hours: Fri & Sat: 9am - 9pm; Sun: 9am - 5pm (closed from Mon - Thu)
28. Take a tour of Peace Valley Lavender Farm
Peace Valley Lavender Farm is a rustic dried flower shop nestled in a natural, quaint rural township of New Britain, Pennsylvania. Lavender is a charming, sweet-smelling plant that is used to produce a variety of products. From perfumes, bathing, culinary products to dried floral, sachets and pillows, the plant boasts an extension use in the commercial sector. If you are in Bucks County and have no plans for the weekend, it would be a good idea to pay a visit to this farm. You will get to learn how the plant is cultivated, dried, and turned into the final products and then sold in the market.
Peace Valley Lavender Farm
Address: 802 New Galena Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901, United States
Website: Peace Valley Lavender Farm
Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed from Mon - Wed)
29. Explore nature at Delaware Canal State Park
Sitting on both Bucks and Northampton Counties in Pennsylvania, this is an 830-acre (335.89 ha) piece of land with perfect conditions for recreation. Whether you want to have a picnic or just walk your dog, Delaware Canal State Park has the perfect combination for all that. Many people visit the park to come and see the Delaware Canal which flows parallel to the Delaware River between Easton and Bristol. Both locals and tourists usually come to relax around the sprawling riverfront or enjoy boating on the large pond. Local lads visit the park to ride their bikes on the 60-mile (96.56 km) path.
Delaware Canal State Park
Address: 11 Lodi Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972, United States
Website: Delaware Canal State Park
Discover endless possibilities in Bucks County
Bucks is a quiet, beautiful and attractive county in Pennsylvania. However, tourists always find this place to be unique, with endless possibilities. With different attractions and fun things to do, tourists are always assured of enjoying quality time. Find some time to enjoy the charm of Bucks County during your vacation.
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