Bucks County
Washington Crossing park river and bridge

25 Free Things to Do in Bucks County

Save your money and enjoy some frugal fun in Bucks County! Venture through grand museums for a dash of history and experience the family-friendly festivities scattered throughout the County. No need to spend an arm and a leg when there’s an abundance of free fun out there!

1. Kids Castle

  • Running to Kids' Castle

Let your little princes and princesses run wild at the eight-story Kids Castle in Doylestown Central Park. Your little ones will be grinning from ear-to-ear with the fun amenities offered featuring a twisty slide, tree house, barnyard, amphitheater and toddler promenade. It's a child's ultimate playground!

2. Washington Crossing Historic Park

  • Washington Crossing park river and bridge

Explore historic Bucks County at Washington Crossing Historic Park! Walk on the same ground as General George Washington and his Continental Army before they set sail across the Delaware River for their midnight crossing in December 1776.

3. Byer's Choice

  • Byers' Choice

Celebrate Christmas year-round at Byers' Choice in Chalfont. Known for their famous Carolers®, Byers' Choice has created a winter wonderland in their Emporium, with a recreated Victorian London street and Christmas Museum. Watch as Byers' team of artisans brings these handcrafted figurines to life. The grounds are also home to magnificent landscaping, including a traditional English sunken garden.

4. 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection

  • 9-11 Memorial Garden of Reflection

Pay homage to the fallen victims and heroes of September 11th at the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection in Yardley. View the Tribute Flag that once flew over the crash sites as it waves proudly, surrounded by the expansive Oak Garden, a powerful symbol of strength and endurance.

5. Festivals in Bucks County

  • Fruit at Bluegrass & Blueberries in Peddlers Village

Stop by one of Bucks County’s free festivals! From Peddler’s Village plethora of festivals, like Peach Festival in August and Apple Fest in the fall, there’s no need to pay cover to have fun. (Note: Entry is free, other fees inside may apply).

6. Parry Mansion

  • Parry Mansion

Take a walk through 125 years of history at Parry Mansion. Created by the New Hope Historical Society, this Museum has a mission to preserve important national and local symbols of history. Join in one of their many events throughout the year, including a Lecture Series, Garden Tour, and Spring Garden Party.

7. Bucks County Civil War Museum

  • Civil War Reenactment Battle

Search through rare artifacts from the Civil War Period in Bucks County at Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library & Museum. Visit their research library and reading room filled with books, CDs, maps, and more- a history buff’s dream! 

8. Shady Brook Farm

  • Shady Brook Farm

Celebrate Bucks County agriculture at Shady Brook Farm. Get revved up at one of the Tuesday night car cruises. Join in on their Saturday’s on the Patio apart of their Summer unWINEd Concerts.

9. Bucks County Visitor Center

  • Bucks County Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is also home to a rotating art exhibit featuring local painters and photographers, as well as the "Creative Bucks County" exhibit where visitors can discover the county's leading cultural figures. Visit Bucks County coordinates with local creative minds to display an array of art exhibitions throughout the year that are displayed in the Visitor Center Main Gallery and Theater at the Bensalem location. The local artist series offers elevated exposure for the featured local artists and the opportunity for the public to view and purchase these unique masterpieces.

10. Peddler's Village

  • Peddler's Village

Window shop at the in charming boutiques of Peddler's Village. This 18th century inspired outdoor shopping village features more than 60 specialty shops and restaurants on the 42-acre grounds. Peddler's Village also hosts seasonal festivals like the annual Strawberry Festival, a fun-filled weekend of food and entertainment on the Village grounds.

11. First Fridays on the Delaware

  • Bristol Wharf

In the summertime, every Friday from May to September the quaint and historic riverfront town of Bristol Borough hosts this award-winning street festival that’s free to attend and includes tons of family-friendly events like live music, arts & grafts, amusements and more!

12. Quakertown Farmers Market

  • Farm Market in Quakertown

Spend the day window-shopping unique antiques and collectibles at Quakertown Farmers Market. Get inspired to freshen up your space with their vendors constantly rotating and enjoy free events such as their Shredding Event and Bunny Brunch to celebrate spring’s holidays.

13. Ferry Market

  • Ferry Market

Walk around and snag samples at the locally produced, Ferry Market, in New Hope. This market is a hub for social events and a great space to socialize with the locals. Even bring a book and sit in the outdoor seating area to enjoy the view and smell of delicious food!

14. Rice's Sale & Country Market

  • Squash at Rice's Farmers Market

From antiques to home goods, Rice’s Sale & Country Market, is a fun way to browse and take home inspiration. This market spans across 30 acres and is named the oldest and largest flea market in Bucks County. Eat samples and gather business cards of local businesses as you go on an excursion through history.

15. Peace Valley Lavender Farm

  • Lady in Red at Peace Valley Lavender Farm

See and smell the field in bloom throughout June and July at the Peace Valley Lavender Farm! Located across from Peace Valley Park and Lake Galena, the unique shop on the farm is open year-round and filled with handmade lavender gifts for home, bath, body and garden.

16. Covered Bridge Tour

  • Frankenfield Covered Bridge

Uncover Bucks County's hidden gems with a Covered Bridge Tour! Each of the counties 12 remaining bridges from Cabin Run Covered Bridge in Plumstead to Schofield Ford Covered Bridge in Newtown are unique, containing signature features and rich histories dating back to the 19th century. A covered bridge tour is a great way to view Bucks County's fantastic fall foliage!

17. Stone House Driving Tour

  • Armitage Barn

Take a trip back in time and discover Bucks County's historic stone houses. Step inside significant historic sites or view them from afar as you go at your own pace on the step-by-step driving tour

18. Tour the Towns & Main Streets

  • Shopping on Main Street in Newtown

Stroll through the idyllic boroughs of Bucks CountyDoylestownNewtown, Bristol, Quakertown, Yardley, and New Hope offer visitors a visually appealing environment filled with quaint shops, popular landmarks and friendly faces.

19. Heritage Conservancy's Barn Voyage!

  • Heritage Conservancy's Barn Voyage

Pack up the car and take a leisurely cruise through the scenic countryside to discover unique treasures! The Heritage Conservancy's Barn Voyage! Self-Guided Driving Tour takes you past more than 15 beautiful, rustic barns that pepper Central and Upper Bucks County's rolling hills and winding back roads. 

20. Bristol Waterfront Park

  • Bristol Wharf

Home to concerts, festivals, fishing, boating yoga, outdoor dining, monuments and people-watching, the Bristol Waterfront is a cherished treasure at the end of Mill Street. Plus, there’s even free parking!

21. Core Creek Park

  • Core Creek Park path

Enjoy a picnic lunch in one of Bucks County's expansive parks! Work up an appetite with a hike at Core Creek Park with the family or have the kids play on their interactive and colorful playground.

22. Ringing Rocks Park

  • Ringing Rocks Park

Bring your own hammer to strike the boulder field in the 123-acre Ringing Rocks Park and hear them ring like a bell – it’s a scientific mystery! Also, be sure to pack a picnic and check out Bucks County's largest waterfall.

23. Delaware Canal State Park

  • Biking the Delaware Canal

Bike ride along the water in Delaware Canal State Park before rolling out the picnic blanket in the park. If you’re not one for biking, the canal has great wildlife viewing and a river perfect for skipping stones!

24. Tyler State Park

  • Girl tossing frisbee at Tyler State Park

Park by the lake-side boat house and take a walk in nature at Tyler State Park. This 1,700-acre park asks to be explored with their beautiful waterfalls and horse trails beyond the water.

25. Nockamixon State Park

  • Lake Nockamixon Picnic

Enjoy an afternoon picnic at Nockamixon State Park. With picnic tables lining the waterfront, this is the perfect spot to bring the family for beautiful views of nature.