Philadelphia is a vibrant metropolis, with plenty of interesting cultural and historical attractions, hip neighborhoods, and entertaining things to do within city limits.
One of the most attractive perks of living in Philadelphia is how convenient it is to escape to different types of environments for a weekend getaway or even just a day trip. If you’re looking to skip town this spring, you can find plenty of fun activities to do with friends and family that are less than an hour or so away. That means you can spend more time exploring, relaxing, eating, and adventuring and less time driving. However, if you feel that a scenic journey is sometimes better than the destination, then there are a number of intriguing trips outside of Philly that you should start planning.
You may be planning a weekend trip or day trip from Philadelphia to take during your children’s spring break. Or maybe you want to escape for a couple of days while your home is being renovated. Ultimately, it doesn't matter “why” you want to get away as “where” you want to go. Here are a few of the best destinations our team at Bellweather selected for your springtime vacation near Philadelphia:
Longwood Gardens—located about an hour away from Philadelphia in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania—is perhaps the most ideal spot for a spring day trip, because there will be a myriad of gorgeous trees and flowers in bloom. The gardens are an idyllic place of pleasure and relaxation where you can see striking horticultural displays and gather inspiration for your home’s porch, sunroom or rooftop remodel. Currently, visits to Longwood are limited and appointment-only, so you have to plan ahead. Meanwhile, while you're in the Kennett Square area, visit Brandywine Valley’s historic downtown district or drive to Chaddsford Winery for libations.
Enjoy a change of pace with a visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Southeastern and South Central Pennsylvania. Lancaster County, which is about one hour and 15 minutes from Philly, is a good place to start. There are several tours you can take to explore different communities, visit local Amish-run businesses, stock up on handmade goods, or find treasures in the Antiques Region of Lancaster County. The countryside itself is alluring, lending itself to a relaxing drive or walk. Don’t forget to visit one of the area’s delicious Irish restaurants and pubs for a hearty meal during your day trip from Philadelphia.
The Pocono Mountains, or The Poconos, offer fun and entertainment during any season, and springtime is no exception. The Pocono Mountains encompass a collection of beautiful lakes, valleys, and forested peaks for an abundance of outdoor fun. If you’re looking for a convenient and stress-free vacation, you can purchase either a romantic getaway or family package. There are also several charming inns and bed and breakfasts where you can book your own accommodations, or indulge your love of nature by staying at a nearby campground.
Touted as “America’s original seaside resort,” Cape May, New Jersey, is rich with history, colorful architecture, and an exquisitely charming small-town vibe. Whether you get to the coastal town by car, ferry, or public transportation, you can plan to walk and bike your way around during your stay. Visit the Willow Creek Winery for a drink and live music on a Friday night. There are also several family-friendly beaches that tend to be more peaceful and idyllic in the off-season. Even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, Cape May offers a diverse array of shopping and dining options.
New Hope, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is situated on the shores of the Delaware River. Home to centuries of history, eclectic shopping, riverside restaurants, and cultural attractions, this small scenic town has been an escape for Philadelphia homeowners for decades. During your visit this spring, grab a bite of traditional Creole fare at Marsha Brown and schedule a reservation at Nektar for a fancy drink. The area offers several unique art galleries to peruse when you’re not down by the river. Don’t forget to take a ride on the New Hope Railroad, which takes you through the lush farmland and rolling hills of Bucks County.
5. Long Beach Island
Long Beach Island, also known as LBI, is an 18-mile-long and a quarter-mile wide island. This jersey shore island has some of the most popular shore points including Beach Haven and Ship Bottom. You’ll find the beaches here to be less crowded, which means more room for you and your family on the beach! While there’s no boardwalk in Long Beach Island, you’ll find something just as good: Fantasy Island Amusement Park. This small amusement park has old-school rides for both teens and toddlers to enjoy. Another great spot in LBI is the Barnegat Lighthouse, where you are able to climb the 217 steps to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the beautiful views of Long Beach Island.
There are plenty of reasons to make your home in Philadelphia. Not only does the city itself offer a rich array of employment and education opportunities, public amenities, and community attractions to satisfy the lifestyle needs of your whole family, but the region offers enjoyable, interesting, and enriching things to do. If your current home no longer fits your family, there is no need to think about leaving your Philadelphia life behind. Our team at Bellweather Design-Build specializes in a variety of residential remodeling services, from whole home renovations and additions to kitchen makeovers, basement finishing, and specialty projects. We can help you design and execute a custom home remodel that enables you to continue living comfortably (and exploring) in the city for years to come.
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