Top Five Places in The Countryside to Play In and On the Water
Our picks for the best places in The Countryside to enjoy the region’s aquatic attractions
1. Northbrook Canoe Company
Neighborhood: Chester County – Brandywine Valley
1810 Beagle Road, West Chester, PA | Map
It’s hard to think of a better afternoon for water-lovers than an afternoon kayaking or canoeing along the amazingly scenic Brandywine River. Trips vary from one to six hours and tubing is also available. Northbrook’s season runs May through September, so take advantage soon!
Tip: Northbrook is a great place to picnic, whether on your boat or in one of the designated areas.
2. Delaware River Tubing
Neighborhood: New Jersey – Bucks County
2998 Daniel Bray Highway, Frenchtown, New Jersey | Map
Hop in a tube and sit back and relax with a six-mile ride down the Delaware River, beginning in historic Frenchtown, New Jersey. If you prefer a bit more activity in your water rides, kayaking and canoeing excursions are also available.
Tip: Be sure to visit the famous floating Hot Dog Man BBQ stand, for a free meal halfway along the route.
3. Lake Nockamixon
Neighborhood: Bucks County – Lakes Region (Upper)
1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown, PA | Map
Lake Nockamixon is the largest lake in Southeastern Pennsylvania, allowing it to offer boating of all kinds. Don’t have a boat? No problem! Visit the boat rental concession and choose from canoes, motorboats, rowboats, sailboats, paddleboats and more.
Tip: Lake Nockamixon is classified as a Trophy Bass Lake and regularly hosts bass tournaments. Visit their official site for more information.
4. Bucks County River Country
Neighborhood: Bucks County
2 Walters Lane, Point Pleasant, PA | Map
Choose from canoe, kayak or tube and prepare for your journey down the Delaware River. While floating along the river, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, perfect for photographers and birdwatchers.
Tip: The Delaware River is typically about 80 degrees all summer long; so don’t be afraid to get wet!
5. Marsh Creek State Park
Neighborhood: Chester County
675 Park Road, Downingtown, PA | Map
There aren’t many places that rival Marsh Creek State Park for great sailing and fishing. Take advantage of prevailing winds and the array of warm water fish, and for those who prefer to be in the water, there is a large pool on site.
Tip: The Marsh Creek Bass Club holds tournaments throughout the summer, and the Marsh Creek Sail Club sponsors regular sail boat races.