Discover 14 Reasons Why Bucks County is a Top Travel Destination This Year:
(Bucks County, PA) Anniversaries, expansions, new hotels, exhibits and festivals combine to make Bucks County a must-visit destination in 2014. Located only 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Baltimore, Philadelphia's northern countryside is buzzing with excitement for 2014.
Discover 14 reasons why Bucks County is a top travel destination this year:
1. Sesame Place® opensCookie's Monster Land:
Sesame Place, the only theme park in the world dedicated to the television show Sesame Street, opened its furriest land ever. Cookie's Monster Land, a brand new section of the park, will feature five exciting rides, a three-story net climb, a soft play area for the park's youngest fans and Cookie's Sometimes Anytime Food Market. The park opens for its regular season on May 3, 2014.
2. Pennsbury Manor celebrates 75 years:
Pennsbury Manor, the reconstructed home of William Penn, celebrates its 75th anniversary as a museum in 2014. On March 9, the museum kicks off the year-long celebration during Charter Day. The original 1681 Charter of Pennsylvania will be on display at the Manor, the first time it has left Harrisburg since the 1960s.
3. Bucks County Children's Museum expands:
The Bucks County Children's Museum, an interactive and educational museum in New Hope, will undergo a major facility expansion in April. The museum will be acquiring an additional 3,400 square feet of space that will house two new educational exhibits focusing on wind and water and a large multipurpose space for special events and programming. The wind exhibit, which opens in May, will give children the opportunity to explore the power of wind by controlling air movement through a fun and colorful 20-foot air chamber system. The water exhibit, which will open later this year, features a large-scale interactive video that will give visitors the chance to assist a historic mule barge down the Delaware Canal by operating virtual locks.
4. The Inn at Bowman's Hill adds two new ultra-luxurious suites:
The Inn at Bowman's Hill, a AAA Four Diamond property, is opening two new suites in early 2014. The 600-square-foot George Washington Suite enjoys a panoramic view of the inn's manicured grounds and swimming pool, along with a spacious private veranda. The all-new 800-square-foot Penthouse Suite features exposed beams, eight chandeliers, three TVs, two fireplaces, a king-size feather bed and many more amenities. The highlight of the Penthouse Suite is the bathroom with a large two-person steam shower and corner whirlpool tub with a fiber-optic star ceiling.
5. Pearl S. Buck House completes eight-year restoration project:
The former home of Nobel- and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck re-opened to the public in 2013 after an eight-year restoration project. Visitors can now enjoy increased access to rooms and items never before seen by the public. The Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark, displays artifacts from the author's life, including her many prizes and honors, gifts from global dignitaries and the desk where she penned her most famous novel, The Good Earth. Pearl S. Buck International, the non-profit organization that preserves Pearl Buck's legacy, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. A special exhibit celebrating the anniversary will be on display from August through December. 2014 also marks the first year that the Pearl S. Buck House will be open 12 months a year, seven days a week for tours of the home.
6. Inaugural summer festival aimed at history buffs scheduled in New Hope:
The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce and the Coryell's Ferry Militia have joined forces to bring a new summer festival to New Hope. The New Hope Liberty Festival is set for June 20-22. This three-day Revolutionary War era reenactment of General Washington's 1778 encampment and Delaware River crossing celebrates freedom and liberty. Festival activities include live artillery cannon firing and rifle demonstrations, a veterans and military parade, colonial period crafts and a treasure hunt for children, a 5K run, Patriots' Ball and much more.
7. "Get Your Kicks" on Route 66 at the Mercer Museum:
A new exhibit at the Mercer Museum will take visitors on a geographic and historic tour of Route 66, the iconic highway, from its opening in 1926 to the present day. "America's Road: The Journey of Route 66" will be on display at the Doylestown museum from May 31-August 24. Highlights of the exhibit include an interactive drive-in theater, period radio show and various automobiles on display, including a 1969 Mercedes 600, once owned by Elvis Presley!
8. Peddler's Village spearheads first-ever Lahaska Restaurant Week:
Peddler's Village will introduce the first-ever Lahaska Restaurant Week March 2-7. Two restaurants in the Village and three other local eateries will participate in the inaugural event. Also, save the date for Peddler's Village's popular festivals: Strawberry Festival (May 3-4), Peach Festival (August 9-10) and Apple Festival (November 1-2).
9. Bucks County welcomes new hotels:
Bucks County's family of hotels is growing! A new Courtyard by Marriott is being added in Bensalem. This four-story building will be home to 124 guestrooms. A new Hampton Inn, also in Bensalem, will open with 101 guestrooms. Bucks County currently offers 4,300 overnight rooms.
10. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary season of the Bucks County Playhouse:
An institution in the theater community since its opening in 1939, this year marks the Bucks County Playhouse's 75th anniversary season. To recognize the occasion, the historic theater will celebrate with a 75th Anniversary Gala Benefit in May. The Bucks County Playhouse has long been a launch pad for many Broadway productions, and the likes of Grace Kelly, Robert Redford and Liza Minnelli have performed on the iconic stage.
11. New exhibit to open at Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center:
A new exhibit is set to debut this year at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center. "A Disaffected Neighborhood" will examine the challenges faced by George Washington and the leaders of the revolution upon their arrival to Bucks County in 1776. Site of George Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day, 1776, Washington Crossing Historic Park re-opened its Visitor Center in 2013 after a lengthy renovation. The two-year, $4.6 million renovation allows the park to welcome even more visitors and groups to the historic site and features artifacts, exhibits, an expanded gift shop and a 247-seat auditorium.
12. "Follow the Rainbow to New Hope, PA" with New Hope Celebrates Pride Week:
New Hope, a celebrated LGBT destination in Bucks County, will host the 11th Annual New Hope Celebrates Pride Week and Parade May 11-18. With the recent legislature legalizing same-sex marriage in NJ (and the first same-sex marriage taking place in Lambertville, right across the bridge from New Hope), the tourism office will increase marketing and PR efforts to welcome even more LGBT visitors to Bucks County in 2014.
13. Michener Art Museum looks forward to new exhibits:
Coming off the success of the Grace Kelly exhibit, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown is poised to host a variety of new exhibits in 2014. Upcoming exhibits include "Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism," "Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison" and "Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography." Last year's Grace Kelly exhibit welcomed more than 80,000 people throughout its three-month run, introducing the museum and the region to thousands of in-state and out-of-state visitors. The exhibit made its only U.S. stop in Bucks County.
14. Explore Bucks County on a popular driving tour:
Hop in the car and cruise through the scenic Bucks County countryside on one of the tourism office's popular driving tours. Home to 12 historic covered bridges, take a drive on some of Bucks County's most scenic roadways on the covered bridge driving tour. Savor the flavors of local wines on the Bucks County Wine Trail. The wine trail consists of nine family-owned wineries, each offering unique seasonal selections where visitors can sample the vintages and enjoy picturesque views of the vineyards.
For a complete list of things to do this year in Bucks County, check out VisitBucksCounty.com.
Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Visit Bucks County
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About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to 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.