More to Come
There’s still plenty of summer left. Here’s how to make the most of it.
by Gwyneth Donahue

August tends to be a month of high temperatures and even higher anxiety. We all tend to think: How will I possibly fit in everything I want to do this summer before the swan song of Labor Day? Take a breath, because there’s still a lot of summer to be had. From now through the end of September (and even into October), we can look forward to warm and increasingly comfortable temps, but without the crowds. How will spend your downtime? We have a few suggestions.
Paddle at Nockamixon State Park
See the water from a different perspective by paddleboarding on the lake at Nockamixon State Park in Quakertown. Don’t have a paddleboard? Rentals are available at the park.
Feel the Thunder
Support Minor League Baseball with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. Go with friends or bring the whole family to enjoy stadium food, kid-friendly activities, and, of course, a great game.
Hike the Green Ribbon Trail
Strap on your hiking boots for a 12.6-mile trail beginning in Upper Gwynedd Township and ending in Whitemarsh. This recreational trail allows hikers to see wetlands, woodlands, and grasslands, along one of the Greater Philadelphia Area’s most pristine waterways.
Check Out a Different Kind of Trail
Taste your way through the eight wineries along the Bucks County Wine Trail or the six wineries along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. See how wine is produced, speak with experts, and, of course, taste some excellent locally produced varietals. |
Get the Scoop
Indulge your sweet tooth along the so-called Bucks County Ice Cream Trail, featuring some of the area’s tastiest and most interesting ice-cream iterations. Taste-test homemade flavors, ranging from Uncle Dave’s at Shady Brook Farm to Moo Hope in New Hope.
Zip Lining at Spring Mountain
For those seeking a lightning-paced adventure, head over to Spring Mountain for a canopy tour that includes multiple zip lines, rope bridges, and other challenges.
Float down the Delaware
There’s nothing quite like beating the heat by tubing down the river. Disembark from Bucks County River Country in Point Pleasant, and sign up for a two- or three-hour float down the Delaware. Make sure you stop and see the Famous River Hot Dog Man. After you’ve toweled off, make a beeline for Dilly’s in Centre Bridge, where soft serve awaits.
Experience the Magic Gardens
Explore the beauty of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a not-for-profit indoor/outdoor art museum located on South Street.
Treehouse World
Revisit your childhood at Treehouse World in West Chester. These treehouses are largescale, whimsical, and structurally distinct. Guests can explore the treehouses by foot, zip line, or rock wall.
Canoe and Dine
Enjoy a twilight dining experience, including a one-and-a-half-hour canoe trip along the Brandywine River, complete with a catered dinner and bonfire beneath a blanket of stars.
Stroll the Gardens
The Philadelphia area has a number of excellent destinations for all things horticulture. A few options: Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square; Chanticleer in Wayne; Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Chestnut Hill; the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore; Tyler Arboretum in Media; and the newest addition, Stoneleigh in Villanova. | | | |