25 Winter Activities to Do in Bucks County
While we hope the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, there’s no denying we’re in for a few more weeks of winter! Looking for things to keep you preoccupied on your trip or locally? Check out our list below and see how many you can check off!
1. Take a Self-Guided Driving Tour
- Front of Knecht's Covered Bridge
Discover the 12 remaining cover bridges in Bucks County along the Covered Bridge Driving Tour. Read up on the history while you go. This tour can be broken down into two parts for a light adventure or you can make a whole day of it! Drive around haunted Bucks County, the Underground Railroad and more with other unique self-guided driving tours in the County!
2. Sing and dance Along at Elmo’s Furry Fun Fest and Sesame’s 40th Birthday Drive-Thru
- Big Bird at Sesame Place
Elmo’s Furry Fun Fest is an ALL-NEW event series that will offer guests brand-new, limited capacity special events where they can celebrate everyone’s favorite red monster during Elmo’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash. Filled with magical excitement and surprises, everyone will feel like the guest of honor at the 40th Birthday Drive-Thru as they make their way through the bright and colorful birthday scenes, listen to energetic tracks from the popular Neighborhood Birthday Party Parade, and wave to Sesame Street friends dressed in their birthday best!
WHEN: 40th Birthday Drive-Thru (January 26 – February 24); Elmo’s Furry Fun Fest (January 30 – March 21)
WHERE: Sesame Place® Philadelphia
3. Solve a Mystery in Peddler’s Village
- Peddler's Village
Sign up for the newest outdoor murder mystery walking tour with Without a Cue Productions: Murder by Gaslight 2: The Murder of Emmeline! Before or after, enjoy dinner in Peddler's Village with 10% off when you show your walking tour receipt.
WHEN: February 13 – May 30
WHERE: Meet at the Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant
4. Ride Through the Countryside on the New Hope Railroad
- New Hope Railroad
Ride the antique coaches pulled by a Heritage Diesel Locomotive on a narrated train along the New Hope Railroad. Book private charters, bar cars and ride on seasonally themed rides. Come spring, look out for their Easter Bunny Excursion. Advanced reservations are required before visiting.
WHEN: Traditional Excursion available daily
WHERE: New Hope Railroad
5. Meander through the Mercer Museum
- Mercer Museum
Henry Chapman Mercer was a renowned architect, philanthropist, archaeologist and more from Doylestown. Housed in the Mercer Museum are more than 40,000 American artifacts he collected during the Industrial Revolution, including a Conestoga wagon and horse-drawn carriages. All existing safety precautions, including the wearing of masks for all staff and guests, timed-ticket entry, and limited tour sizes will remain in effect. Not keen on going in just yet? Enjoy one of their eight virtual exhibits online!
WHEN: Daily time-slotted tours available 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Mercer Museum
6. Shop or Dine in Peddler’s Village
- Peddlers Village Shopping
Peddler's Village is a shopping village with 65+ unique stores set on 42 acres of landscaped gardens and brick walkways. Dine outdoors or indoors and enjoy the many sales events and festivals going on this spring.
7. Fall in love with the Fonthill Castle
- Fonthill Castle, Exterior
Take a tower tour of Fonthill Castle, another castle along the Mercer Mile built by Henry Chapman Mercer, where you'll climb many steps to hidden rooms filled with beautiful tiles. This is where Mercer used to live! All existing safety precautions, including the wearing of masks for all staff and guests, timed-ticket entry, and limited tour sizes will remain in effect. Not keen on going in just yet? Enjoy one of their eight virtual exhibits online!
WHEN: Daily time-slotted tours available 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Fonthill Castle
8. Lose Yourself in Live Music at the Vineyard
- Crossing Vineyards &Winery
Enjoy acoustic music from local performers at Crossing Vineyard and Winery in Washington Crossing. Be sure to check their website for complete details, performances and schedule (subject to changes). Light bites are available, as well as beer, wine and cocktails!
WHERE: Crossing Vineyard and Winery
9. Become an Explorer at Ringing Rocks
- Ringing Rocks Park
Ringing Rocks Park is a great place for exploring the wilderness in Upper Black Eddy. Bring your own hammer and listen to the mysterious ringing of the boulder fields when the rocks are struck.
10. Sip Along at the Winter UnWINEd
- Shady Brook Farm
There’s live music, food, drinks, plus the chance to hang out with friends in a safe environment. Check their website for tickets and the weekly entertainment lineup!
WHEN: Every Saturday in January
WHERE: Shady Brook Farm
11. Stand in Two Places at Once
- @Stacywinters_ Instagram
Experience double the fun! Folks love to stand in two places at once on the Free Bridge that connects New Hope and Lambertville! You can’t miss this painted sign on the ground as you stroll across the Delaware River after a day spent strolling New Hope with family or friends.
12. Sip your way along the Bucks County Wine Trail
- Bishop Estate Winery
Sip your way through the beautiful wineries of Bucks County on the Bucks County Wine Trail, encompassing hundreds of acres of vineyards with beautiful views and bountiful grapes. Book a tour individually with each winery to get educated on the skills of wine-making.
13. Browse for books at a Bucks County book store
- Central Books
Get lost in a good book! We’re in for a few more weeks of chilly temperatures and frosty winds. While we wait for days filled with sunshine again, check out one of Bucks County’s many book shops to take home something worth reading! Head to Central Books and Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, Newtown Book & Record Exchange, Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope.
14. Bite into the Bucks County Sweet Spots Trail
- Angelina's Bake Shop
If you’re looking for something sweet, follow the one and only Sweet Spots Trail! Download your mobile passport, check in to 5 or more places and submit yours to win a FREE Bucky plush! The Trail boasts more than 40 spots.
15. Take a Cooking Class with Conquering Cuisine
- Conquering Cuisine
Focus on some great recipes that feature fruity olive oil, fresh seafood, great bread and other tasty ingredients. These are the kind of recipes that are great for all occasions, from casual to elegant. Have fun cooking your dinner and eating it too. Class subjects range from Food of Italy, Irish Beer and Food Pairing and Parent & Child Cooking Class.
WHEN: Virtual & in-person hosted weekly
WHERE: Conquering Cuisine
16. Get active at Tyler State Park
- Closeup of disc golf at Tyler State Park
The 1,711-acre Tyler State Park is divided into sections by the Neshaminy Creek and offers hiking, biking, disc golf and equestrian trails. Bundle up and burn some calories however you please!
17. Sip your way along the Bucks County Ale Trail
- Free Will Brewing Company
Pull up a stool and have a local brew master pour you a pint at 20+ breweries in Bucks County along the Bucks County Ale Trail! From established brewpubs along Neshaminy Creek, to start-up companies concocting craft beers with unique ingredients, Bucks County has all the delicious beer your taste buds can handle.
18. Blow off some steam with Axe Throwing
Originating in Canada, the “game” of axe throwing is played with a group where you score points by hitting a large wooden target, similar to darts. Though it sounds dangerous at first, it’s a safe and controlled environment, making it fun, easy to learn, and great for groups. Bring family, friends, employees or even a date to Bury the Hatchet, Stumpy’s Hatchet House Bucks County or Throw House!
19. Tour the Underground Railroad
Follow these driving directions to the stops located in Upper and Central Bucks County that were once part of the Underground Railroad – the safe spots on the journey north for escaped slaves in the 19th century!
20. Relish in the History of the Revolutionary War
- Washington Crossing Park Monument
Washington Crossing Historic Park isn't just a historic site that changed the course of the Revolutionary War, it's also an important place that can be traced to the freedoms Americans enjoy today. Experience history for yourself around the preserved village buildings, cemetery and park grounds with passive recreation.
21. Go ice skating
- Bucks County Curling action
Time together on the ice is fun! All skating levels are welcome at Revolution Ice Gardens in Warwick where public skating is available in January on weekdays until January 29th from noon – 2 p.m. Other places to skate include Bucks County Ice Sports Center in Warminster and Oxford Valley Park (when the temperature is right!)
22. Find a thrill Cross-Country Skiing
- Snow in Bucks County
For the more exhilarating outdoor enthusiasts, make your way to the trails in Nockamixon State Park. Weather permitting, there are several trails upon which cross-country skiing is allowed. This active excursion is a perfect way to get your blood flowing and give you some picturesque views of the surrounding area.
23. Navigate a Nature Trail at Silver Lake Nature Center
- Silver Lake
Looking to beat the winter blues? Grab the family for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Join Silver Lake Nature Center for a free, leisurely and informative walk covering seasonal topic along the nature trails and through the Earthship. The spacious and scenic trails wander through diverse habitats preserved at the Nature Center.
24. Pet and Play with Alpacas
- Deerwood Alpaca Farm
The small alpaca breeding farm known as Deerwood Alpacas in Quakertown allows for appointment-based visits of the charming cuddly creatures. Pet these peaceful ‘pacas – they will steal your heart with their graceful appearance, dark eyes and humming sounds. Visit the farm’s gift shop after for alpaca wool socks, gloves, hats, dryer balls and more.
25. Sled through a Snow Day
- Snow at Fonthill Castle
Make the best of your snow day at the best Bucks County hills. From Magill’s Hill Park to Fonthill Castle, call up your friends, put on your winter gear and grab your sled — it’s time a good ole fashioned snow day on the various hills of Buck County.