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.
Getting to Jenkintown
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.
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.
Bryn Athyn National Historic Landmark District
Just down the road is another attraction that makes Jenkintown worthy. The 70-year-old Abington Art Center is situated in Alverthorpe Manor, a 27-acre campus that encompasses galleries exhibiting contemporary works, classroom space and a sculpture garden… all showcasing a creative spark in varied forms. The Sculpture Park fuses human inspiration with natural influences.
Velvet Sky Bakery and Café
Award-winning cupcakes and baked goods made from scratch
And sweet confections rule at Velvet Sky Bakery (which provides the Flyers with cupcakes) and The Cheesecake Lady.
Shopping along Old York Road
Historic home of independent cinema in the center of Jenkintown
And before you head out of town, the neon glory of the marquee at the Hiway Theater will catch your attention. The more-than-100-year-old theater screens new releases and classics from its perch on Old York Road. And if the kids are in tow, you’ll want to catch a Saturday Kid’s Matinee.