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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.

Outdoor Fun

Destination Playgrounds

Ashbridge Memorial Park

1301 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr

Known fondly as “Spider-Man park,” this playground has climbing and more!

Freedom Playground

3500 Darby Road, Haverford

Kids love to explore this play structure where bridges and “castles” abound.

Kids’ Castle

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

Franklin Square

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.

Amusement Parks  

Dutch Wonderland

Lancaster

dutchwonderland.com  

Hersheypark

Hershey

hersheypark.com

Knoebel’s

Elysburg

knoebels.com    

Sesame Place

Lansdowne

sesameplace.org   

Zoos

Elmwood Park Zoo

Norristown

elmwoodparkzoo.org

Brandywine Zoo

Wilmington, Delaware

brandywinezoo.org

Orchards for u-pick and more!

Highland Orchards

West Chester

highlandorchards.net

Indian Orchards

Media

indianorchardsfarm.com

Linvilla Orchards

Media

linvilla.com

Weaver’s Orchard

Morgantown

weaversorchard.com

Farms

Cherry Crest Farm

Ronks

cherrycrestfarm.com

Milky Way Farms

Chester Springs

milkywayfarm.com

Maple Acres Farm

Plymouth Meeting

mapleacresfarmmarket.com

Sugartown Strawberries

Malvern

sugartownstrawberries.com

Lucky Penny Alpacas

Media  

ecotoursinmediapa.com

Ryerrs Horse Farm

Pottstown

ryerssfarm.org

Gardens, Preserves & Nature Centers

Barnes Foundation Arboretum

300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion

barnesfoundation.org/whats-on/arboretum

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.)

Chanticleer Gardens

786 Church Road, Wayne

chanticleergarden.org

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

stateparks.com/ridley_creek.html

Try hiking, fishing, or environmental education and visit a preserved colonial plantation.

Jenkins Arboretum

631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

jenkinsarboretum.org

With explorer tools from the visitors’ center, kids can wander hilly terrain featuring azaleas, rhododendrons and more, and a pond as well.  

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

longwoodgardens.org

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

botanicalsocietylm.org/About-Us.html

Explore 13 acres of trees and shrubs, dotted with bird houses.

Morris Arboretum

100 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

morrisarboretum.org/index.shtml

Enjoy treehouses, flower gardens, sculptures, meadows and more at this huge arboretum.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center

1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

riverbendeec.org

Explore trails, meadow, woodland, stream, and pond habitats.

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

schuylkillcenter.org

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.

The Willows

490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova

radnor.com/381/the-willows

Stroll around the pond, fish or view the mansion from inside or out.  Find a perfect picnic spot.

Tyler Arboretum

515 Painter Road, Media

tylerarboretum.org

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

nps.gov/vafo/index.htm

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

americanhelicopter.museum

View and even climb inside helicopters from long ago to present day.

Brandywine River Museum

1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

brandwine.org/museum

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

buckskids.org

Discover hands-on opportunities for pretending and exploration and science experiments.

Choo-Choo Barn, Pennsylvania Railroad Museum & Strasburg Railroad

choochoobarn.com

strasburgrailroad.com

rrmuseumpa.org

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.

Crayola Experience

30 Centre Square, Easton

crayolaexperience.com

Learn the history and science of crayons through dozens of interactive activities.

Delaware Children’s Museum

550 Justison St., Wilmington, Delaware

delawarechildrensmuseum.org

Delve into topics that fascinate kids: building, games, art, transportation, money, trees and more.

Delaware Museum of Natural History

4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE

delmnh.org

This museum’s famous collection of seashells, birds and bird eggs will capture kids attention.

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle

84 S. Pine St., Doylestown

mercermuseum.org

Wind your way through the many rooms of the museum and castle to discover relics of everyday life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Treehouse World

1442 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester

treehouseworld.com

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

westchesterrr.net

Hop aboard for an idyllic ride along the creek and past historic stations.  (Opens for holiday rides in April.)

Winterthur

5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE

winterthur.org

View decorative arts inside and a gorgeous garden outside at this loved Brandywine Valley gem.  (Opens March 1 for 2018 season.)

Ann Marie is a military spouse, gardener, oreo addict, and vintage trailer enthusiast. Born and raised in beautiful Lancaster and Berks County, she is a world-traveler, entrepreneur, and community volunteer; but considers being a parent to her three children her greatest accomplishment of all. Loving all things creative and adventurous, Ann Marie considers her life’s motto to be “bloom where you are planted.”

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