The Main Line Outdoor Family Fun Guide
Every weekend — and during the week, too — you ask yourself the same question: what are we going to do? If you get our weekly email newsletter (and you should!), you have our favorites
Every weekend — and during the week, too — you ask yourself the same question: what are we going to do? If you get our weekly email newsletter (and you should!), you have our favorites delivered every week. But on any given day, you still might need some help.
That’s why we made this guide, with the help of the amazing Main Line Parent Community on Facebook! Use it to find indoor and outdoor attractions for all seasons that are second-to-none and close to home.
Keep it handy, and you’ll never, ever be bored.
Ashbridge Memorial Park
1301 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr
Known fondly as “Spider-Man park,” this playground has climbing and more!
3500 Darby Road, Haverford
Kids love to explore this play structure where bridges and “castles” abound.
425 Wells Road, Doylestown
Kids and adults alike can’t resist climbing to the top of the castle towers and twisting and turning on the slide down.
Manderach Memorial Playground
Swamp Pike and Ziegler Road, Limerick
This 70-acre park with a castle themed playground, long slides and many other climbing structures can keep families happy for hours.
Parkside Place Park
1 Parkside Place, North Wales
Worth the drive, this park has something for everyone: tons of playground equipment, sports fields, paved trails, pavilions and more.
Wilson Farm Park
500 Lee Road, Chesterbrook
This huge park has a pond, two playgrounds, many sports courts, and a long, paved path for running and biking.
Worth a Drive to Philly
200 N. 6th Ave., Philadelphia
A fountain, a carousel, mini-golf, food pavilions and a huge playground in one of Philadelphia’s original open-space parks.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia
This Fairmount Park classic has a huge playground, an amazing vintage wooden slide, and a summer kids’ concert series.
Elmwood Park Zoo
Orchards for u-pick and more!
Cherry Crest Farm
Milky Way Farms
Maple Acres Farm
Lucky Penny Alpacas
Ryerrs Horse Farm
Gardens, Preserves & Nature Centers
Barnes Foundation Arboretum
300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion
This 12-acre arboretum on the former site of the Barnes Foundation includes many rare plants and collections dating from the early 1900s. (Open May-September.)
786 Church Road, Wayne
A 48-acre garden of whimsical, native plants and trees organized into many formal gardens. Opens in March for the 2018 season.
Ridley Creek State Park
1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media
Try hiking, fishing, or environmental education and visit a preserved colonial plantation.
631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon
With explorer tools from the visitors’ center, kids can wander hilly terrain featuring azaleas, rhododendrons and more, and a pond as well.
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Nationally-renowned garden includes acres of outdoor beauty as well as a conservatory hosting rotating special exhibits.
Merion Botanical Garden Fairy Houses
100 Merion Road, Merion
Explore 13 acres of trees and shrubs, dotted with bird houses.
100 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia
Enjoy treehouses, flower gardens, sculptures, meadows and more at this huge arboretum.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne
Explore trails, meadow, woodland, stream, and pond habitats.
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia
Enjoy an interactive children’s exhibit and environmental art gallery in the visitors’ center and then head out to the Sensory Garden, nature playscape or hiking trails.
490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova
Stroll around the pond, fish or view the mansion from inside or out. Find a perfect picnic spot.
515 Painter Road, Media
Tyler’s Totally Terrific Treehouses exhibit is a favorite for young and old. Also check out the fragrant garden, vegetable garden and hiking trails.
Valley Forge Park
1400 Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia
Simply marvel that you are hiking or sledding where Washington and his troops lived, or go deeper into the history at the Visitors’ Center, Washington’s Headquarters or cabins.
Museums and Attractions
Main Line, Western Suburbs, and Delaware
American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Blvd., West Chester
View and even climb inside helicopters from long ago to present day.
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Explore art in a beautiful space with views of the Brandywine River. First Sundays for Families feature seasonal hands-on activities.
Bucks County Children’s Museum
500 Union Square Dr., New Hope
Discover hands-on opportunities for pretending and exploration and science experiments.
Choo-Choo Barn, Pennsylvania Railroad Museum & Strasburg Railroad
For train-loving kids (and adults!) a day exploring these three attractions is a dream come true. Each is worth the drive on its own, as well.
30 Centre Square, Easton
Learn the history and science of crayons through dozens of interactive activities.
Delaware Children’s Museum
550 Justison St., Wilmington, Delaware
Delve into topics that fascinate kids: building, games, art, transportation, money, trees and more.
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE
This museum’s famous collection of seashells, birds and bird eggs will capture kids attention.
Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
84 S. Pine St., Doylestown
Wind your way through the many rooms of the museum and castle to discover relics of everyday life in the 18th and 19th centuries.
1442 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester
Try zip lines and tree-climbing and explore tree-houses and bridges galore at this natural play area.
West Chester Railroad
250 E. Market St., West Chester
Hop aboard for an idyllic ride along the creek and past historic stations. (Opens for holiday rides in April.)
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE
View decorative arts inside and a gorgeous garden outside at this loved Brandywine Valley gem. (Opens March 1 for 2018 season.)