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Jenkintown, Montgomery County

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A Ziptrip to Jenkintown

With plenty of character, the town is a destination for seekers of dining, culture and nightlife

One of the oldest boroughs in Montgomery County, Jenkintown brims with historical interest and secret finds. Visitors find that there’s much more than meets the eye in this residential community, including National Landmarks, an active arts scene and retail and restaurants that are not just along the main drag. The town now features new shops and restaurants along its main corridor and the side streets, adding an energetic buzz to Jenkintown’s mellow vibe. Jenkintown took its star turn when native son Bradley Cooper hit the big time, but locals have long loved this quaint borough.

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Getting to Jenkintown

By car

Only 14 miles north of Center City Philadelphia, Jenkintown is reachable by car in just over 30 minutes. Two municipal parking lots (Greenwood Ave. and Town Square) are located in the town center and metered parking is located throughout the community. If you opt to drive, Zipcar is a great option, with more than 350 vehicles and 115 locations in the greater Philadelphia area and a considerable presence in Center City.

By train

Jenkintown is easily accessible by regional rail via a short 25-minute train ride. Multiple SEPTA regional rail lines, including the airport line, Warminster line, West Trenton line and Lansdale/Doylestown line, stop at the Jenkintown-Wyncote station.
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Shopping along Old York Road

611, or Old York Road as it’s more familiarly known, serves as Jenkintown’s main thoroughfare. The majority of the town’s shops are here, like the Rhinoceros Toy Store (where board games can be rented) and Painting With a Twist (which hosts wine-and-painting nights). Art supplies, stationery and craft kits mingle on the shelves of Allegheny Art Company, while designer unmentionables at Tulips Lingerie and Intimate Apparel merit a visit. Gift seekers will find handmade items at Luda’s Judaica and This Little Gallery.
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