Traveling to far away places (or even spending a few nights at a hotel) isn’t in the cards for many families this summer. But don’t let the pandemic rob you of a vacation completely! Before school is back in session (in whatever form that may be) make a deal with your family that you’re going to step away from the computer, let those emails wait, and get out of the house together … even if it’s just for the day. (Keep this list in mind for fall weekends, too!)
Here are a few ideas of places to go and things to see that are open and within a few hours’ drive from home:
Learn Something New at a Museum/Indoor Attraction
Wonderspaces Philadelphia, Photo by Society Hill Films.
We’re probably all guilty of some extra screen time these days, so we could all use some intellectual stimulation. Luckily, many local museums and other similar indoor attractions have started reopening these past few months, so you can find something to appeal to any member of the family.
Suggested Spots: Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle (Happening List Finalists) are all located in Doylestown, so you could even make a day out of museum hopping and then get dinner at a local spot. The Academy of Natural Sciences, The Franklin Institute, and Adventure Aquarium are always family favorites. And Wonderspaces Philadelphia, an interactive family-friendly arts venue that had just opened in January 2020, just recently reopened in August. For younger kids, take the drive out to Easton for the Crayola Experience.
Visit a Local Farm
Rustic Valley Orchard, Photo by Julia Schloeffel.
There are plenty of small farms that are open this summer for activities such as pick-your-own, animal visits, wagon rides and even a few festivals. Many of the farms also have their own markets and outdoor tables, you you can enjoy the farm in the morning, and then enjoy lunch before heading out.
Suggested Spots: Shady Brook Farm in Yardley is known for its wagon rides out to the pick-your-own fields and Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream. Tabora Farm in Chalfont just opened a brand new farm partnership called Rustic Valley Orchard, just down the road. Hellerick’s Farm in Doylestown has a little of everything with animals, an aerial adventure park, obstacle course, activities and more. And Ryerss Farm in Pottstown is a peaceful spot where you can visit retired horses.