Anniversaries, expansions, new hotels, exhibits and festivals combine to make Bucks County a must-see place to visit in 2014. Discover 14 reasons why Bucks County is a top travel destination this year.
1. Sesame Place® to open Cookie's Monster Land:
Sesame Place®, the only theme park in the world dedicated to the television show Sesame Street, opens its furriest land ever in 2014. Cookie's Monster Land, a brand new section of the park, features 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.
2. Pennsbury Manor celebrates 75 years:
Pennsbury Manor celebrates its 75th anniversary as a museum in 2014. Take part in the year-long celebration and stop by any Sunday between April and October to witness living history activities, in addition to a tour of the historic grounds and Manor.
3. Bucks County Children's Museum expands:
The Bucks County Children's Museum in New Hope is acquiring an additional 3,400 square feet of space to house two new educational exhibits and a large multipurpose event space. The wind exhibit will give children the opportunity to control air movement through a colorful 20-foot air chamber system. The water exhibit 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, opened two new suites in early 2014. The 600-square-foot George Washington Suite enjoys a panoramic view of the inn's beautiful grounds along with a spacious private veranda. The 800-square-foot Penthouse Suite features eight chandeliers, two fireplaces, a king-size feather bed and more. The highlight of the Penthouse Suite is the bathroom with a large two-person steam shower and corner whirlpool tub under a fiber-optic star ceiling.
5. Pearl S. Buck House completes eight-year restoration project:
Visitors to the former home of Nobel- and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck can enjoy increased access to rooms and items never before seen by the public after the completion of an eight-year restoration project. An exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pearl S. Buck International, the non-profit organization that preserves Pearl Buck's legacy, will be on display at the National Historic Landmark from August through December.
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 will present the inaugural New Hope Liberty Festival June 20-22. This three-day Revolutionary War era reenactment of General Washington's 1778 encampment and Delaware River crossing will feature a live artillery cannon firing and rifle demonstrations, a veterans and military parade, colonial period activities for children, a 5K run, Patriots' Ball and much more.
7. "Get Your Kicks" on Route 66 at the Mercer Museum:
The Mercer Museum will take visitors on a geographic and historic tour of iconic highway Route 66 with a new exhibit, "America's Road: The Journey of Route 66", on display 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 festivals welcome people of all ages.
Peddler's Village, the 42-acre shopping village in Lahaska, PA has long been a beloved Bucks County attraction. This lively 18th-century style village offers family-friendly fun all year long, so save the dates for the 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.
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 host a 75th Anniversary Gala Benefit in May.
11. New exhibit to open at Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center:
The Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center will debut "A Disaffected Neighborhood", an exhibit examining the challenges faced by George Washington and the leaders of the revolution upon their arrival to Bucks County in 1776. Washington Crossing Historic Park re-opened its Visitor Center in 2013 after a two-year, $4.6 million renovation and now features new 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 presents the 11th Annual New Hope Celebrates Pride Week and Parade May 11-18. Follow the mile-long rainbow flag as it travels down Main Street during the parade and take part in a variety of fun events throughout the week-long celebration.
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."
14. Explore Bucks County on a popular driving tour:
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 nine family-owned wineries on the Bucks County Wine Trail.
For a complete list of things to do this year in Bucks County, check out VisitBucksCounty.com.
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County, PA. Situated only miles outside of the city, Philadelphia's northern countryside is the perfect escape with bed and breakfasts, wineries, vibrant main streets, seasonal festivals and events, outdoor recreation, family-friendly attractions and more. Check out VisitBucksCounty.com for planning ideas and travel inspiration. Be sure to follow the tourism office on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest buzz about Bucks County.