Bucks County

 

36 HOURS FOR THE EXPLORER

The 622-square-mile region of Bucks County, PA encompasses a wide range of fun and exciting adventures. Located just 25 miles outside Philadelphia and 75 miles south of New York City, Bucks County's eclectic mix of attractions make it perfect for a weekend getaway. Follow any of these three trip itineraries to find your own perfect way to explore the beautiful countryside of Bucks County. 

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FOR THE HISTORY LOVER

• Experience the site where General George Washington made his heroic crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Night 1776. Washington Crossing Historic Park is open for guided tours seven days a week. Walk in George Washington's footsteps along the banks of the river and get a glimpse of life during the American Revolution by touring the old colonial homes left behind in historic Taylorsville. 

• Catch a nighttime performance at "America's Favorite Summer Theater," where some of Hollywood's finest got their start. Many of the greats have appeared on the stage at the Bucks County Playhouse, including Liza Minelli, Robert Redford and Grace Kelly, among others. The theater continues to present talented performers during regular productions throughout the year. 

• Continue your tour through America's past with a trip along The Mercer Mile, comprised of the impressive concrete castles built in the early 1900s by archaeologist and collector Henry Mercer. Start the day with a tour of Fonthill Castle, Mercer's palatial home composed of 44 rooms, each decorated with ornate, handcrafted tiles. To see how the tiles are made, head next door to Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, a National Historic Landmark and "working history" museum that continues to produce the tiles and mosaics according to Mercer's original designs. Journey through six floors of history at the Mercer Museum which holds more than 50,000 early American artifacts representing 60 artisanal trades. This unique museum houses small hand tools, a large whale boat, a stage coach and even a Conestoga wagon.

• Rest your head for the night at one of the oldest continuously operated inns in America, the Logan Inn of New Hope, PA. The inn's 16 rooms offer guests the perfect combination of modern luxury and colonial comforts. Many say that some of the Inn's past guests never left. Book the notably haunted Room Six for the chance to see history first-hand. Sleep in and enjoy a delicious brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, at the Inn's restaurant. 

FOR THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURER

• For an action-packed excursion, check out the many ways to get on the water with Bucks County River Country. Head to the "World's River Tubing Capital" and float down the Delaware River with your closest friends and family. For a more adventurous trip, propel yourself through the water on a canoe or kayak. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch at the Riverside Café to refuel for your next adventure.

• Explore the beautiful countryside at all new heights with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team. Float over the rolling hills of Bucks County and watch the Delaware River flowing soundlessly below you. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the countryside at dusk during a Sunset Flight. Upon landing, celebrate your new adventure through the air with a complimentary champagne toast!

• Bike your way through the picturesque streets of Bucks County during a guided tour. Encore Rides offers invigorating bike tours for different rider-levels. You have a choice of three set tours through various sites of the county, but you are welcome to work with the guides to customize your own path. If you're a history-buff, take the Circuit de Castle tour around Henry Mercer's old homestead or the Tombstone Tour around the 160 year old cemetery honoring Civil War veterans. Wine lovers will admire the Cycle and Sip tour to Crossing Vineyards and Winery!

• Bucks County boasts more than 7,000 acres of parkland, perfect for an exciting day in the great outdoors. Reach for the sky and scale High Rocks Vista at Ralph Stover State Park. Bring all your muscle to Core Creek Park and experience the Dragon Boat, which holds a drummer, a steerperson and up to 20 people, who must work together to paddle through the water. Head to Haycock Stables for a horseback riding lesson. Follow yourknowledgeable guide through the winding wooded trails of Nockamixon State Park with a peaceful lakeside view.

• After sunset, rent a cabin in Nockamixon State Park for an outdoor experience with some added comfort. The 10 modern cabins located just off of Lake Nockamixon are open year-round and offer the luxury of carpeted living rooms and modern kitchens all with the cozy feel of a wooden cottage. 

FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE CRUISER

• For an explorer who wants to control the journey, grab the wheel and coast by the 12 remaining covered bridges that pepper the Bucks County countryside. Follow the turn-by-turn directions for the Covered Bridge Driving Tour and find the best ways to travel along the winding back roads that lead to each of these notable structures.

• The central region of Bucks County has even more history within the walls of the many barns that line the area's back roads. The Heritage Conservancy Barn Voyage Self-Guided Driving Tour invites you to cruise past more than 15 rustic barns. Discover these unique, countryside treasures left behind from the region's founding days. 

• Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the nation for grape production and the fertile soil and moderate climate of Bucks County make it an excellent place to produce wine. Continue your exploration of Philadelphia's northern countryside with a trip to each of the nine wineries that make up the Bucks County Wine Trail. Tour the hundreds of acres of gorgeous vineyards, watch experts during the wine-making process and enjoy a tasting of the locally crafted vintages.

• Turn in for the night at one of the quaint bed & breakfast inns. Book a stay at one of the most beautiful riverfront country inns in Bucks County, 1836 Bridgeton House on the Delaware. Enjoy a delicious (and romantic!) dinner out on the inn's private dock.