Local Treasures

Places you may not have thought to visit - PART 2

Our area is wonderfully rich in attractions that are less well known, but nonetheless great places to visit.

Hortulus Farm Garden and Nursery

60 Thompson Mill Road, Wrightstown, PA (map it)

Hortulus Farm Garden and Nursery

Hortulus Farm is a beautiful 18th century farmstead featuring fantastic landscaping as well as a museum of Bucks County impressionist paintings and antiques. Hortulus Farm has been called both "a garden of world-class charm" and "one of Pennsylvania's secret treasures". The gardens are open May through October, but check the website for limited visiting days. The museum is open by appointment to groups of 8 or more. Visit website >

The Red Mill Museum and Village

56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ (map it)

Red Mill Museum Clinton NJ

The Red Mill was built in 1810 for wool processing, and is now celebrating its 50th anniversary as a museum. The 10 acre site also includes the Mulligan Quarry and other historic buildings. It is host to concerts in the summer and other special events through the year, including a summer concert series, and a special Halloween celebration. A fascinating fun place for the whole family to visit. Visit website >

America on Wheels

5 North Front Street, Allentown, PA (map it)

America on Wheels Museum Allentown Pa

On display are over 75 bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and trucks in exhibits showing people and products on the move from antique carriages to the vehicles of tomorrow. The elaborate galleries of America On Wheels feature the vehicles that put us on the road to international leadership in automotive transportation. Exhibits range from the latest in personal transportation vehicles, such as scooters and Segways, to the grand Mack Trucks that help feed and supply a growing country. Visit website >

Hunterdon County Arboretum

1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ (map it)

Hunterdon County Arboretum NJ

Throughout the Arboretum you will see a variety of trees, shrubs, and annuals and perennials, including both native and non-native species. The Arboretum also contains approximately 20,000 square feet of display gardens. The gardens were created for educational purposes. They are also a great place to appreciate nature, meditate, or have a snack. Picnic tables are located throughout the area. This is a great place for kids to run around, go up into the treehouse, and enjoy many special kids exhibits. Visit website >

Lost River Caverns

726 Durham Street, Hellertown, PA (map it)

Lost River Caverns Hamilton NJ

Take a guided walking tour through the cave, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, with a constant 52-degree temperature. There are impressive crystal formations in the cavern, as well as a nature trail above ground. There is also museum containing rare fossils, unique minerals, gem stones, antiquities, curiosities and paleoanthropological items, as well as antique weapons dating back to the 17th century. Check the website for hours and accessibility information. Visit website >

MORE LOCAL TREASURES:

Part 1
Carousel Village (Wrightstown)
Garden of Reflection (Yardley)
Raven Rock Bridge (Lumberville)
Ringing Rocks (Upper Black Eddy)
Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)
Part 2
Hortulus Farm (Wrightstown)
Red Mill Museum (Clinton, NJ)
America on Wheels (Allentown)
Hunterdon Arboretum (Lebanon)
Lost River Caverns (Hellertown)
Part 3
Northlandz (Flemington)
Black River RR (Flemington)
Elmwood Park Zoo (Norristown)
Howell Farm (Lambertville)
Audubon Center (Audubon)
Part 4
DaVinci Science Center (Allentown)
The Stoogeum (Ambler)
Washington Mem. Chapel (Valley Forge)
NJ State Museum (Trenton)
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum (Horsham)
Part 5
Lights in the Parkway (Allentown)
Byers Choice Holiday (Chalfont)
Holiday Garden Railway (Philadelphia)
Brandywine Christmas (Chadds Ford)
Downtown Bethlehem (Bethlehem)
Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square)
Peddlers Village (Lahaska)
Part 6
Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope)
Trenton Fire Museum (Trenton)
Moravian Museum (Nazareth)
American Treasure Tour (Oaks)
Martin Guitar Factory (Nazareth)
Part 7
Barn Nature Center (Doylestown)
Greenshire Gardens (Quakertown)
Lockwood Gorge (Lebanon Twp, NJ)
Chanticleer Garden (Wayne)
Boyertown Museum (Boyertown)
Part 8
Canal Boat Ride (Easton)
Classic Car Museum (Pottsville)
Delaware Canal (Easton to Bristol)
Mack Trucks Museum (Allentown)
Sanderson Museum (Chadds Ford)
Part 9
Sculpture Park (Jenkintown)
Bowmans Hill Tower (New Hope)
Bowmans Hill Wildflowers (New Hope)
Delaware Valley Fire Museum (New Hope)
Morris Arboretum (Philadelphia)
Part 10
Halloween
Fall Season
Ghost Tours
Cemetery Tours
Apple Picking
Part 11
Lakota Wolf Preserve (Columbia, NJ)
Mt Airy Art Garage (Philadelphia)
The Highlands (Fort Washington)
LV Heritage Museum (Allentown)
Bucks Childrens Museum (New Hope)
Part 12
Insectarium (Philadelphia)
Magic Gardens (Philadelphia)
Edgar Allan Poe House (Philadelphia)
Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia)
Mütter Museum (Philadelphia)