Day trips to Delaware County

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Just take a toe-step outside of the city of Philadelphia and you are in the fantastic and scenic Philly ‘burbs. Many of these great ‘burbs are ensconced in Delaware County and besides being a great place to live – it’s also a fun place to visit.


Quick facts about Delaware County:

  • It is NOT located in the state of Delaware.
  • You will rarely hear it called “Delaware County”. It’s “Delco”, baby!
  • We are very proud of our famous Delco people: Jim Croce, Tina Fey, Jamie Kennedy, Cheri Oteri, and Joan Jett are some of our former neighbors.
  • There is a WaWa convenience store every couple of blocks. This is good. WaWa is the answer to everything!
  • In line at a WaWa? Chances are the person in front of you can tell you where their house is in relation to a location used in Silver Linings Playbook OR the person behind you was an extra in an M Night Shyamalan film.


John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

SEPTA: Because there is not a direct stop at the Refuge, we do not recommend you take public transportation for this outing.

There are over 10 miles of paths to explore at the Heinz Refuge. Come learn about our local wildlife and marvel that all of this exists just outside of the huge city of Philadelphia. Daily there are free tours: bird and butterfly walks, a plant walk, a history walk… (You can even ask to borrow binoculars or a fishing rod at the front desk of the Visitor’s center.) Read more about the refuge on the John Heinz Wildlife site.

#philadelphia #philly #birding #birdwatching #igers_pennsylvania #igers_philly #spring #pennsylvania

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St. Thomas of Villanova Church

1229 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

SEPTA: From Jefferson Station take the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail line towards Malvern. Exit train at Rosemont.

We are very proud of our Wildcats! Villanova is the oldest Catholic university in Pennsylvania and their campus in Bryn Mawr is welcoming to guests. You will love all of the beautiful trees! St. Thomas has four weekend mass services between 7:30am and 7:00pm. Check the St. Thomas website to verify time.


Tyler Arboretum

515 Painter Rd, Media, PA 19063

SEPTA: Walk to 13th St Station and get on the MFL subway to the 69th street Transportation Center. From 69th street, transfer to a 111 bus towards Chadds Ford. Exit the bus at Penn State University stop. (don’t worry – you aren’t going all the way to Penn State!) 15 minute walk to Arboretum.

Tyler Arboretum covers just over 650 acres of land and is one of the oldest arboreta in the United States. Come to marvel at the beauty, to capture amazing photographs, to do something fun with your family, or to find a moment of zen. Tyler is one of the most prized and beloved spots in Delco and we know you will love it. Visit Tyler Arboretum’s website for detailed information on how best to plan your trip.

#getoutside and #explore #nature this #weekend at #tylerarboretum #adventure is waiting!

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Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073

SEPTA: Because there is not a direct stop at the Plantation, we do not recommend you take public transportation for this outing.

Because if you are looking for seriously (SERIOUSLY) authentic Philadelphia this is where you need to go. This is an actual working farm meant to demonstrate what it was like in the 1760’s. On the weekends it is open it up for visitors to experience it. You can also call ahead and arrange a tour that includes activities like sheep shearing, rifle demonstrations, and woodworking. Visit the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation website for event schedule.


Media, PA

SEPTA: Walk to 13th St Station and get on the MFL subway to the 69th street Transportation Center. From 69th Street, transfer to a 101 Trolley towards Media. Exit the trolley at the Jackson St. station and you will be in the heart of Media.

Media is one of our favorite towns in Delco. It’s quaint and yet it is bustling. And don’t even get us started on the out of this world restaurants! Summers in Media are special because every Wednesday there is a “Dining under the Stars” event. The streets are closed off to cars and we dine al fresco. Every Thursday night the town hosts a group fun-run. Find out about more events happening in Media on the borough’s website.


Linvilla Orchards

137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063

SEPTA: Because of the lack of sidewalks on the backroads, Linvilla does not encourage guests to use public transportation to their orchards so we do not recommend it either for this outing.

You are in luck! The Convention is happening during sweet corn and blackberry season! If you are in town July 23rd then your family will have a blast at the summer celebration happening at Linvilla. The orchards are a crowd favorite for their hayrides, train rides, pony rides – and the most delicious fresh produce you will ever taste. Get all the details for the sweet corn and blackberry celebration on Linvilla’s event page.

We look forward to seeing you this summer in Delco!


Dresden Shumaker is a single mom who lives in, you guessed it, Delco. She writes about pop culture and multigenerational families online and you can give her a wave @DresdenPlaid.