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!
- Washington Crossing Re-enactment
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Deerwood Alpaca Farm
Deerwood Alpacas is dedicated to raising top quality Huacaya Alpacas. These charming gentle creatures are available to visit for free with reservations. While you’re there, be sure to purchase something from the gift shop! The farm offers a wide assortment of Alpaca Socks, Gloves, Hats, Alpaca Stuffed Toys and 100% Alpaca Dryer Balls!
- 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.
- 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!
- Shady Brook Farm
Celebrate Bucks County agriculture at Shady Brook Farm. Stroll around and browse the market and farm. Find pick-your-own fun all year long and throughout the holiday season enjoy their beautiful lights display!
- Visitor browsing Bucks County gift shop
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. While at the Visitor Center, browse the gift shop for unique Bucks County products and keepsakes.
- Peddler's Village Holiday
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. Throughout the holiday season, enjoy a stroll through millions of twinkling lights!
- Aaron Burr House
Established back in 1682, Bucks County has gathered its share of ghostly residents and haunting stories over the last few centuries. The County is home to roaming spirits, haunted roads and unexplained phenomenon. Follow along on our 2-part self-guided haunted driving tour – if you dare.
- Quakertown welcome sign
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 all year round!
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!
- 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.
- Peace Valley Lavender
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.
- Van Sant Covered Bridge
Uncover Bucks County's hidden gems with a Covered Bridge Driving 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 beautiful countryside.
- Armitage Barn
- Winter in New Hope
Stroll through the idyllic boroughs of Bucks County. Doylestown, Newtown, Bristol, Quakertown, Yardley, and New Hope offer visitors a visually appealing environment filled with quaint shops, popular landmarks and friendly faces.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lake Nockamixon
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.
- Harriet Tubman statue along Bristol waterfront
For thousands of escaped slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Underground Railroad represented hope for a new life. This secret network of hidden, safe places relied on abolitionists and kind communities to aid runaways on their journey northward. Bucks County was home to many important stops on the railroad from taverns and churches to privately owned farms, many of which can still be visited today. Follow our list in a self-guided driving tour to trace the journey that many people took as they sought freedom!