25 Winter Activities 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
- Van Sant 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 at Elmo’s Furry Fun Fest, January 8 - March 20
- Elmo's Furry Fun Fest
On weekends beginning January 8 through March 20, 2022 guests are invited to visit the park to enjoy our event series during Elmo's Furry Fun Fest. Celebrate everyone's favorite red monster during Elmo's Rockin' Birthday Bash, treat little loves to a fun day during the My Fuzzy Valentine's Celebration, let the good times roll during our family-friendly Mardi Gras Celebration, experience our St. Patrick's Day Celebration, and wish Big Bird a Happy Birthday during his Birthday Weekend.
WHEN: January 8 – March 20
WHERE: Sesame Place® Philadelphia
3. Solve a Mystery in Peddler’s Village
- Golden Girls Murder Mystery
Sign up for the fan favorite murder mystery cocktail theater with Without a Cue Productions: Golden Girls Murder Mystery: The Case of Jessica Fletcher! Before or after, enjoy dinner in Peddler's Village with 10% off when you show your walking tour receipt.
WHEN: January 14 - March 26, 2022
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. Witness Found, Gifted, Saved! The Mercer Museum Collects Local History until April 10, 2022.
WHEN: Daily time-slotted tours available 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Mercer Museum
6. Shop, Dine & Celebrate in Peddler’s Village
- Peddler's Village
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.
WHEN: Fire & Frost Fun (1/7 & 1/8), January Sales Event (1/1 – 1/31); Share the Love Sales Event (2/11 – 2/14); Celebrate the Green (3/19 & 3/20); PEEPS® in the Village (3/11 – 4/24)
WHERE: Peddler's Village
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!
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 every single weekend! Light bites are available, as well as beer, wine of course, and cocktails. Save the date for fun events too, like the all-new Cookies & Cabernet (Feb. 6), Bubbles for Beginners (Feb. 20), their new Mardi Gras Celebration (Feb. 26 & 27) and St. Patrick's Day Weekend (Mar. 12 & 13).
WHEN: Saturdays & Sundays all year
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. The First Asian-American to Win an Emmy in an Acting Category comes to the Bucks County Playhouse
- American Jade
Jodi Long breaks barriers even as she follows in her family’s well-worn footsteps. Jodi’s Chinese-Australian, tap-dancing father and Japanese American mother were a popular nightclub act on the Chop Suey Circuit in the 1940s and ‘50s. Her parents appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and her father even made it to Broadway. “American Jade” brings her entire family’s story to life — chronicling their ups and downs both on stage and off. At the center of Jodi’s journey are imprints. The ones we are born with, the emotional imprints from our family and the societal imprints that are thrust upon us, Executed with grace and zeal, “American Jade” is a story of humor, passion, and perseverance against insurmountable odds and the ravages of racism. Note: masks and vaccines required to attend performance.
WHEN: February 18 - March 6, 2022
WHERE: Bucks County Playhouse
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 on over to the Bucks County Wine Trail's newest winery, Vino by Zzino
- Vino by Zzino
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. Don't miss Quakertown's one and only winery: Vino by Zzino. Between the wine, beer, slushies, games, and the Homestead Boutique novelty, there's fun for the whole family!
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. Discover a Hidden Gem of History
- Historic Fallsington
You may or may not be aware of a very historic town in Bucks County - Historic Fallsington! In this beautiful town you will the historical Fallsington Friends’ Meeting House, along with a horse block. This place is so rich in history! The first meeting, which was held in 1690, was attended by William Penn – founder of Pennsylvania.Read more on our blog.
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 and all age ranges. Have fun cooking your dinner and eating it too. Class subjects range from Craft Beer & Belgian Food Pairing to Essential Knife Skills & Winter Salads to Braising, Poaching & Steaming.
WHEN: Hosted weekly, check site for calendar
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
Pull up a stool and have a local brew master pour you a pint at 22+ breweries in Bucks County along the Bucks County Ale Trail! Follow the Bucks County Ale Trail with your digital passport. THEN, track your progress with the printable map (download it here). Share your photos with us on social media using #DrinkinBucksCo!
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 on Friday and Saturday nights. 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. See a Concert or Comedian at Parx Casino
- Melissa Etheridge, Parx Casino
The #1 casino in Pennsylvania will kick off the New Year with country acts like Old Dominion (Jan. 21 & 22) and Scotty McCreery (Jan. 29). Concerts and comedy abound the rest of the year at this Bensalem entertainment and gaming destination with a state-of-the-art sportsbook and more than 3,000 slots. Some announced so far at Parx Casino® are Aretha: The Queen of Soul (Apr. 21), Wayne Brady (Apr. 22), Melissa Etheridge (Apr. 23), Anthony Rodia (Apr. 30) and America (Jul. 1).
WHERE: Parx Casino®
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 these top sledding spots of Buck County.