Are you planning a visit to Philadelphia, PA? While there are plenty of terrific things to do in Philadelphia, there are also some worthwhile day trips you might want to check out as well. Here are three-day trips to choose from the next time you have an extra day while you are staying in Philadelphia:
Open year-round, Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, is a “living expression” of all things that its founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. You will be amazed at the meticulous gardens, the architectural grandeur, the conservatories, the “tree houses” and the intricate fountain systems that you will find throughout the 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows.
There are five “seasons” throughout the year where the gardens have an overarching theme. The Orchid Extravaganza starts in mid-January, the Spring Blooms start at the beginning of April, the Summer Spectacular starts at the beginning of June, Autumn’s Colors starts in early September and ends with the Chrysanthemum Festival in November, and A Longwood Christmas starts close to Thanksgiving and continues until the new year.
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Two Bridges Wine Trail
Whether you cross over into New Jersey from the Delaware Memorial Bridge or the Commodore Barry Bridge, you will be deep in South Jersey wine country. The Two Bridges Wine Trail is a self-guided 53 mile long tour across two countries and five South Jersey towns where you can stop at nine local vineyards, including: Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery, Bellview Winery, Cedarvale Winery, Chestnut Run Farm, Coda Rossa Winery, Heritage Vineyards, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Summit City Farms & Winery and Wagonhouse Winery.
As you traverse from vineyard to vineyard sampling the local culture of each area, you will travel through South Jersey’s coastal and watershed areas, its wild forests, and the lands carved by the Delaware River.
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The small town of Phoenixville, located about 30 miles NW of Philadelphia, has gone through a major revitalization over the past few years, rising through the ashes so to speak, to become a desirable place to work, live, and play.
Phoenixville is situated on the Schuylkill River and intersected by the French Creek. It has the largest registered historic district in Chester County, PA and many of the homes and stores have retained their Victorian facades and charm.
The Schuylkill River Trail runs right through Phoenixville; in fact, there is a 26-mile stretch of finished trail connecting Philadelphia to Phoenixville. There are currently over 60 miles of finished trail altogether, with a projected length of almost 130 miles when complete.
With a plethora of craft breweries, lots of outdoor seating along the sidewalks and at the local restaurants, and a slew of eclectic artists and musicians, you can be sure there is always something to do while you are in town. If you are lucky, you may even get to experience one of its many festivals, such as the twice-annual Food Truck Festival, the twice-annual Vintage Flea Market, the week-long Dogwood Festival, their weekly Saturday farmers’ market under the bridge, or a First Friday event. Phoenixville is also home to a few incredibly unique festivals, including the annual Blobfest and the annual Firebird Festival.
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