Discover 13 reasons why Bucks County is a top travel destination this year:

(Bucks County, PA) Bucks County is rolling out the red carpet with show-stopping art exhibits, a new festival and more, making this charming suburb of Philadelphia a must-see place to visit in 2013. Located only 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Baltimore, Bucks County is easily accessible from many major highways and rail systems.

Discover 13 reasons why Bucks County is a top travel destination this year:

1. Grace Kelly Exhibit Makes First American stop at James A. Michener Art Museum

The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown celebrates its 25th anniversary with an exciting exhibit on Grace Kelly’s life from October 31, 2013 through January 26, 2014. The Michener is the first American venue for this interactive exhibition and Prince Albert of Monaco will attend the opening! This unique exhibit traces the path Grace Kelly took from Philadelphia to Monaco. It makes a great stop for a group tour itinerary!

2. Peddler’s Village Debuts a NEW Summer Festival

Peddler’s Village in Lahaska will celebrate a new summer festival this year. “Blueberries and Bluegrass” is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, 2013. All are invited to enjoy a weekend full of blueberry treats and entertainment from swinging bluegrass and country music to children’s activities and games. Admission and parking are free.

3. Sesame Place Debuts NEW “Spring Celebration” Package

Take the kids to Sesame Place and enjoy Twilight admission on your first visit and the next consecutive day is FREE! This new package includes a one-night stay at a Sesame Place preferred hotel, admission to the park after 3 p.m. on your first day, a meal at any of the park’s three restaurants and a family photo! Valid April 27th through June 24th.

4. Washington Crossing Historic Park’s Visitor Center Re-opens

At long last, the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center will open its doors after a lengthy renovation. Witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 10 and meet George Washington himself. Great for an upcoming group tour or offsite meeting, the new Visitor Center will feature 17,000 square feet of space, a 247-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art artifact storage system, dedicated exhibit galleries, an expanded gift shop and a new multi-purpose event and education room.

5. Mercer Museum “knocks it out of the park” with Women’s Baseball History Exhibit

See the story of both women’s and baseball history come to life at the Mercer Museum in 2013. The new “Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women's Baseball” exhibit will be on display January 26 through March 17. Learn about the forgotten side of America's national pastime with images and selections from one of the nation's largest collection of women's baseball memorabilia. 

6. Pearl S. Buck House’s “Facelift” To Be Completed

Green Hills Farm, the former home of Nobel Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck and her family, will undergo the final phase of an eight-year restoration project with a grand re-opening celebration planned for June 26, Pearl S. Buck’s birthday. The national historic landmark home will re-open with refinished floors, fresh paint and surfaces, more artifacts on display and new electrical wiring throughout.

7. New Hope Celebrates Pride Parade & Week turns TEN

In addition to celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Pride Parade May 12-19, New Hope Celebrates will host the 2013 Regional Pride conference. The conference begins March 8 and allows members to network, learn new methods to market LGBT Pride and explore all that New Hope and Bucks County have to offer.

8. Carbon Zero Building arrives  at the Silver Lake Nature Center

Brace yourself for the next big thing to hit building designs – a carbon zero home! Imagine a structure that is built with recycled products, heats and cools itself, gathers its own water, recycles its own waste, and produces food. All this is possible with an Earthship. Scheduled to be completed in Spring 2013, the Earthship at Silver Lake Nature Center is the only place in this part of the country where you can see a building of this magnitude.  

9. Shady Brook Farm  turns 100

This fourth-generation family-owned working farm started out selling produce off the back of a truck. A century later, the Fleming Family has evolved Shady Brook into a farm that still grows acres of fruits and veggies, boasts a large farm market and garden center, and is known regionally for its seasonal events such as the Holiday Light Show and Pumpkinfest. A festive 100th birthday party will take center stage in June!

10. Check Out Our Hotels’ New Digs

Centre Bridge Inn recently completed their new River Room reception area, which now features an additional second floor balcony overlooking the river. The Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia NE- Bensalem renovated and re-branded from a Hampton Inn.  The InnPlace Hotel Bensalem, located directly in front of PARX Casino, will begin renovations in 2013 to become a full-service hotel. The Hampton Inn Warrington/Doylestown is undergoing a $400,000 renovation in the first quarter of 2013 to replace all furniture, light fixtures and flooring in all public areas.

11. Bucks County Children’s Museum Unveils Two New Exhibits

Who says learning can’t be fun? The Bucks County Children’s Museum in New Hope has installed two new exhibits: “Stomp Out The Trash” encourages kids to keep our waterways clean through interactive video and “The Motion Machine” is a giant magnetic wall where kids test pathways for a ball to travel through. Museum admission is $7 per person.

12. Rustic Charm meets Elegance: Meet Rose Bank Winery’s New Event Space

Rose Bank Winery recently opened its new Rose Ballroom. This country setting boasts cathedral ceilings with exposed rafters and scenic views of the vineyard and sheep pasture and can hold up to 250 guests. The winery also features The Buckman Barn and Vintner’s Ballroom & Loft, accommodating 100 guests and 200 guests, respectively.

13. Bucks County Playhouse Opens for its First Full Season

A year after going dark, the Bucks County Playhouse underwent major renovations and re-opened with a shortened summer season last year. 2013 will be its first full season since the reopen. The Playhouse has been an institution in the theater community since 1939 with stars like Grace Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Walter Matthau and Robert Redford gracing the stage. The season will kick off with the acclaimed Jerry Herman classic, Mame!

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Michelle Greco Falcone                         
Communications Manager                   
Visit Bucks County                                       
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Jessica Lawlor
Communications Coordinator
Visit Bucks County
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About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the VBC is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to the PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.