Are We There Yet?!
Plan your Summer Family Fun with a Staycation in Bucks County, PA!
(Bucks County, PA) Pack up the kids! Fill up the tank! When you’re kids ask the dreaded question “Are We There Yet?” you can actually answer “Yes!”
Bucks County, PA, a charming suburb of Philadelphia and only 75 miles from New York City, offers fun for family members of all ages! Experience the thrill of seeing your children faces when they embrace Elmo for the first time or when they climb Giggleberry Mountain and conquer the largest indoor obstacle course in the region!
And just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean the kids can’t stop learning…but make sure they have fun doing it!! Check out Buck’s County museums and historic parks full of non-stop fun for kids with programs that will have them storytelling when schools back in session! We’ve conveniently gathered fun family activities to keep their minds stimulated and some just because you’re the coolest parents around!
Outdoor Family Fun
Sesame Place- Share in the spirit of imagination with your kids at the only amusement park themed solely after the television show, Sesame Street! Experience whirling rides, colorful shows, furry friends and their brand NEW largest attraction ever… The Count’s Splash Castle! www.sesameplace.com
Sport Aviation at Van Sant Airport- This one will give you brownie points for years… your family will learn to fly at this grass roots airport where your dreams take flight… with a few loops, rolls and hammerheads! Complete with picnic areas and a relaxing family atmosphere to fill their need for adventure! www.vansantairport.com
Bucks County River Country- The “World’s River Tubing Capital” Who can resist tubing, canoeing, rafting and kayaking down the scenic Delaware River! Check out their website for ongoing coupons… www.rivercountry.net
Haycock Stables- Enjoy a guided trail ride with the whole family through picturesque Nockamixon State Park. From novice to experienced riders, your guide will take you through the beautiful trails along Nockamixon Lake…offering mounts for everyone in your family from seven to seventy-seven! www.haycockstables.com
Washington Crossing Historic Park- Learn about a significant piece of our nations history with an educational and fun-filled day at the site where General George Washington crossed Delaware River on Christmas Night in 1776 to defeat the Hessian Troops. Encounter re-enactments throughout the park and tour historical structures with a tale around every corner. www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing
Ghost Tours- It’s never too early for a haunted story! Experience one of the most haunted towns in the region with the Ghost Tours of New Hope. Follow a lantern led walk through picturesque streets where you’ll learn about the phantom Hitchhiker who may pass you in the moonlight or the historic inn where Aaron Burr may stare at you with sightless eyes. Goosebumps?? www.ghosttoursofnewhope.com
Shady Brook Farm- One of the last working farms in Bucks County, this farm is a great place for family fun! In addition to picking your own crops throughout the summer, partake in ongoing festivals which include hayrides, live concerts and the infamous Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream! www.shadybrookfarm.com
Silver Lake Nature Center- This 253-acre "Natural Treasure” is a place where lush foliage, accessible wetlands and rich woodlands are abound. Discover rare and threatened animal and plant species like the Red Belly Turtle or hike along their trails or escape to their beautiful Butterfly Garden! www.silverlakenaturecenter.org
State Parks- Bucks County is home to many parks such as Nockamixon, Peace Valley and Ralph Stover State Park! Take advantage of the countless acres between them with boat rentals, hiking trails, fishing and canoeing. Bring your bike or hiking shoes and discover the miles of historical and scenic trails of Bucks County!
Ringing Rocks Park- This boulder field is a park like no other! For numerous years, scientists have been baffled with the mystery of when the 12,000 year old rocks are struck with a hammer; they produce a high pitched ringing noise. Have your family experience their very own “Rock Concert!”
Get out of the Sun with Some Indoor Fun
Giggleberry Fair at Peddler’s Village- An explosion of fun with the region’s largest indoor obstacle, Giggleberry Mountain! Take a twirl on the Restored 1922 Grand Carousel or get lost in Discovery Land. Giggleberry Fair is set within Peddler’s Village, an 18th century style shopping village set amongst 42 acres of landscaped gardens- perfect for Mom too! www.Giggleberryfair.com
The Mercer Mile- This impressive belt of historical attractions is comprised of Fonthill Castle, Mercer Museum, the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. Fonthill, which feels more like a European castle than a museum, was the home of creative genius Henry Mercer and every room is strikingly indicative of that genius. The Mercer Museum is a grouping of towering castle houses that exhibit dramatic displays of folk art, furnishings and tools of early America. The Moravian Pottery & Tile Works is a working history museum that continues to produce tiles and mosaics in a manner similar to that employed by Henry Mercer himself. www.mercermuseum.org
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad- Enjoy a 50 Minute narrated train ride through scenic Bucks County on an early 1900 antique coach pulled by a 1925 Baldwin Steam Engine. During the week, local musicians entertain the children with Song & Story Hour Trains! www.newhoperailroad.com
Michener Museum- Your child will experience Bucks County's artistic traditions while exploring a variety of techniques to create original works of art. The Children's Gallery is designed to stimulate, excite and encourage kids to explore their creativity, develop critical problem-solving abilities, and expand cultural heritage awareness. www.michenermuseum.org
Pennsbury Manor- Pennsbury Manor, the 17th century country manor house of William Penn, is open to the public and offers a glimpse of how the founder of Pennsylvania spent his days. This reconstructed 43 acre plantation is abounding with country life, featuring a manor house, outbuildings, livestock and gardens. www.pennsburymanor.org
Crayola Factory- At The Crayola FACTORY, you’ll be immersed in color and creativity – a place where there's no limitation to creativity and imagination! You can color, draw, paint and create with the latest Crayola products without the worry of cleanup afterwards. Learn about the history of the Crayola brand and explore dozens of interactive projects and activities! www.crayola.com
Fun Family Events
Old Fashioned 4th of July at Fonthill Castle- Experience "the good-old days" as Fonthill re-creates an early 20th century July Fourth Celebration. Festivities include a bike parade, a town ball game (19th-century baseball), free old-time games and live music.
Celebration of Freedom at Peddlers Village- Live entertainment, children's activities, and picnic-style favorites await you at this patriotic event. Fireworks display at 9:15pm.
Sesame Place Events- Independence Weekend Fireworks(July 4-5) Bert’s Birthday Celebration Fireworks (July 26), LazyTown Live in Concert (June 20-21) and Dan Zanes & Friends in Concert (June 13-14). www.sesameplace.com
Crayola FACTORY- Family Fun Night with SpongeBob Squarepants (July 10)
Overnight Accommodation Packages
Sesame Place Package Deals- This year, Sesame Place is giving families even more reasons to come visit and join in the fun! Now through June 30, 2009, guests who book a minimum of two nights will receive one additional night free with a stay at one of twelve select Sesame Place preferred hotels. Plus, any guest purchasing the “Buy Two Nights, Get An Additional Night FREE” getaway package, will have their Elmo’s Any 2-Day tickets automatically upgraded to a Sesame Season Pass – free of charge! www.sesameplace.com
Lafayette Inn- Crayola FACTORY Package
Color My World - Family Fun for Four
The kids can't wait to get to The Crayola Factory but Mom & Dad need some pampering too! Package includes: Four tickets to The Crayola Factory at Two Rivers' Landing, Two children's gift packs full of Crayola products, A snack tray featuring homemade cookies
Overnight accommodations in a suite that sleeps four, Full American breakfast with plenty of kid-friendly options. www.lafayetteinn.com
Highland Farm Bed & Breakfast- From June through August, book 4 nights and receive the 5th night free! (Applies to weekdays only) During 4th of July Weekend, book both Friday and Saturday nights and receive a 20% discount! www.highlandfarmbb.com
Golden Plough Inn in Peddler’s Village- The ever-popular Golden Plough Inn is offering a Summer Package which includes overnight accommodations, discounted meal at Earl’s Prime, Coupon Book for Shopping, Breakfast Coupons and a Welcome Wine Bottle from on premise Chaddsford Winery! www.goldenploughinn.com
Salem Creekside Inn- From June through August, this beautiful inn is offering $50.00 off any weekend stay (Friday or Saturday evening). This consists of a full breakfast with beautiful landscaped grounds and a historical location with plenty of atmosphere as the perfect backdrop! www.salemcreeksideinn.com
Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Northeast- Stay One Night and the Next is 50% Off! For every night you pay regular rate, you can get the next for 50% off. Valid Thursday- Sunday now through September 30, 2009. www.fourpoints.com
The Inn at Bowman’s Hill- Top 10 Most Romantic Inns in the Nation!
Lay back by the heated pool overlooking the koi pond and manicured grounds. A 4 Diamond Inn located just 2 ½ miles from the action in downtown New Hope.
Summer Package #1- Stay any two weekdays and receive a $50 voucher toward dinner at a restaurant of choice as well as a complimentary romance package.
Summer Package #2 Stay any two weekend nights and receive a $50 voucher toward dinner at a restaurant of choice, two complimentary tickets to the Bucks County Playhouse (subject to availability at the time of booking) as well as home-dipped chocolate covered strawberries! www.theinnatbowmanshill.com
Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations Manager
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x.231
About the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)
The mission of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc. is to increase visitation to Bucks County, Pennsylvania by effectively marketing its heritage, accommodations and attractions. For more information call (215) 639-0300, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.