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 Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Credit: by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Majestic Countryside

The outlying counties of Greater Philadelphia—Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties—bring culture and entertainment to Philly’s ’burbs, offering numerous nightlife options for all tastes and moods. From the most coveted reservation in the country at Talula’s Table in Chester County to the local filmmakers preview parties at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Montgomery County to the renowned live music venue of John & Peter’s in Bucks County, the small towns that make up Philadelphia’s Countryside each offer a distinct experience and together create an area packed with restaurants, nightlife, shops, attractions, museums, history, art, theaters, gardens and much more.

A quick ride on Septa’s Regional Rail or a short drive up the Schuylkill Expressway leads to the quintessential small towns of Philadelphia’s suburbs. With cultural attractions such as Washington Crossing Historic Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park, the countryside reads like a text on early United States history. In the counties, daytime sightseeing blends seamlessly into evening dinner and cocktails. After dark, the main streets of quaint towns like Doylestown, New Hope and West Chester come alive with modern restaurants, chic bars and lounges, casual dine-in pubs and celebrated museums and theaters. Together, all the nightlife elements bring a casual sophistication and a fun-your-way character to the picturesque counties.

With special seasonal and year-round events, there’s no better place to enjoy the warm-weather season than at Chaddsford Winery, where outdoor concerts and tastings make for a lively evening, or Longwood Gardens, where fireworks and fountains light up the evening sky. On Saturdays, June through November, visitors won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn about the mystery and history of New Hope’s famed streets during a guided Ghost Tour.

Bucks County

The northernmost county, Bucks County is not only a scenic destination full of rolling hills, blue water vistas and sweeping fields of lavender—it’s also famous for its covered bridges, miles of antique shops and galleries, quaint river towns and legacy of great American literary figures. By gracefully blending old and new, Bucks County is an ideal place to meander back and forth between past and present, from an early 20th-century locomotive ride through scenic New Hope (New Hope & Ivyland Railroad) to an authentic New Orleans supper served in a restored church (Marsha Brown’s Refined Creole Kitchen & Lounge).

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Montgomery County / Valley Forge

Southwest of Bucks is Montgomery County, the oldest of 18 Montgomery counties in the United States. But the Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia holds some important distinctions. It’s home to the East Coast’s largest retail shopping mall (King of Prussia) and one of American history’s most significant sites (Valley Forge National Historical Park), kept up to date with modern interpretive activities, storytelling benches, trolley tours and programs. In Pennsylvania’s most affluent county, visitors can also explore the nostalgic main streets, parks and nature trails, heritage sites, sophisticated restaurants and historic overnight accommodations.

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Chester County

To the west of Philadelphia, Chester County boasts history, horses, wine, art, boutiques, fine dining, parks and more. Home to stunning Longwood Gardens, home-shopping institution QVC, lush landscapes made famous by painter Andrew Wyeth and the biggest winery in Pennsylvania (Chaddsford Winery), there would be plenty to do without visiting the county’s most prominent villages. But West Chester, Phoenixville and Kennett Square are so charming, it’s hard to pass them by.

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Delaware County

And between Chester County and Philadelphia, Delaware County is home to parts of the Philadelphia suburbs’ aristocratic Main Line region and home to towns that have been setting standards in dining, shopping and touring for centuries. Situated along Lancaster Avenue, the downtowns of the Main Line offer some of the area’s best-preserved history and poshest destinations, with outposts of some of Philly’s chicest restaurants. Meanwhile, other Delaware County towns offer thriving main streets loaded with microbreweries, outdoor cafés and lively musical entertainment.

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Featured Listings

  • Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

    Weekend celebration of the orchard harvest in Bucks County

    Visitors pack Peddler’s Village in the fall for the annual Apple Festival.

    November 5-6, 2016
    Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, caramel apples – find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village.

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  • Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens

    An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation

    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark with the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape.

    August 3 – October 29, 2016
    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2016 with the return of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.

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  • Elmwood Park Zoo

    A community zoo dedicated to habitat conservation

    Hand feed lovable giraffes at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown.

    Featuring over 100 exotic and endangered species, Elmwood Park Zoo is the perfect destination for family fun.

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  • Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Northeast

    Miles from downtown Philly and Bucks County

    The Four Points Philadelphia Northeast is a home away from home where guests are just miles away from downtown Philadelphia or a short car ride to Sesame Place.

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  • The Circuit Trails

    Hundreds of miles of connected trails for hiking, biking, commuting and more

    The Greater Philadelphia region is home to one of the largest trail networks in the country, collectively known as The Circuit Trails.

    The Greater Philadelphia region is home to one of the largest trail networks in the country, collectively known as The Circuit Trails, providing endless opportunities for recreation and commuting.

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  • Peddler’s Village

    Charming countryside village just one hour from Philadelphia

    Peddler’s Village

    Peddler’s Village offers small town, colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. Explore 65 independently owned and operated specialty shops, six restaurants, a 71-room inn, family-friendly attractions and exciting annual events.

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  • Hedgerow Theatre

    Challenging theater in an 1840s gristmill

    Hedgerow offers the opportunity to watch emerging actors grow under the mentoring experience of veteran actors and directors.

    Hedgerow offers the opportunity to watch emerging actors grow under the mentoring experience of veteran actors and directors.

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  • Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast

    Comfort and convenience in the Northeast

    Outside the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast.

    With a prime location less than 20 miles outside Center City, the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast allows visitors convenient access to downtown Philadelphia and Bucks County.

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  • Dining Under the Stars

    Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media

    Stroll, shop and dine on State Street in Media during Dining Under the Stars.

    Every Wednesday through September 2016
    Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.

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  • Glencairn Museum

    Centuries of religious artifacts in a modern castle

    The Glencairn Museum, housed in a beautiful neo-Romanesque castle, holds a wealth of religious art and history.

    Centuries of religious artifacts and history lay within this beautiful neo-Romanesque castle located in Montgomery County.

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  • Chaddsford Winery

    Enjoy a locally grown and produced wine in Chester County or at Peddler’s Village

    Chaddsford Winery invites guests out for a luxurious trip to the Chester County countryside, where wine and cider tastings await upon arrival.

    Award-winning Chaddsford Winery offers two locations where visitors can relax in a luxurious sampling session of dry and sweet wines and locally-made cider, too. Visit the countryside winery or swing by the tasting room in historic Peddler's Village.

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  • Sesame Place

    Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

    Meet your favorite furry friends at Sesame Place.

    Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®.

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    April 2 – June 3, 2016
    At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display, on view through May 31. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.

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  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
    Casino and Racetrack

    Great gaming is just a few minutes south of Philadelphia off I-95

    An exterior view of Harrah’s Chester Casino

    Located just south of the Philadelphia International Airport, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Along with horseracing, Harrah’s Philadelphia features 100,000-square-feet of gaming, including more than 2,900 slot machines and live table games.

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  • Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors.

    September 10 – November 20, 2016
    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.

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