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Tourism and Recreation

Tourism and Recreation

History and outdoor recreation are the Upper Bucks area’s central focal point. Historical sites, rock climbing, fishing, boating and parks are ubiquitous to the area, but great shopping, award-winning vineyards and entertainment venues are among the other amenities provided to the area’s tourists.

A number of historic covered bridges, museums and more can be discovered throughout the area. The Mercer and Fonthill Museums are lined with a collection of nearly 40,000 artifacts representing pre-1850 American life. A National Historic Landmark, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, is a working history museum that continues to produce handmade tiles for purchase. Durham Forge, the Burgess Foulke House and Liberty Bell Hall also appear on the agenda of historic sites to explore.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Quakertown Train Station is among the area’s must-see attractions. The restored 1902 Reading Railroad passenger terminal served as the largest station between Lansdale and Bethlehem along the company’s Bethlehem Branch, providing riders with a connection to a number of great east coast areas.

Bucks County is also home to a little known secret: perfect grape-growing conditions. With rolling hills, prime soil and a moderate climate, Bucks County is one of the best grape growing regions on the eastern seaboard. Guests can spend a day traveling along the Bucks County Wine Trail featuring eight distinct vineyards and wineries that welcome visitors for tours, tastings and a variety of special events.

For the nature enthusiast, Upper Bucks is rife with serene outdoor attractions. The majestic Delaware River, the 549-acre Lake Nockamixon and the 126-acre Tinicum Park are only a few of the region’s most impressive natural sites. The 518-acre Quakertown Swamp, an Audobon society-designated Important Bird Area, is home to the largest great blue heron rookery in the eastern Pennsylvania region, providing refuge to 91 bird species.

A stop at the extraordinary Ringing Rocks State Park, a 128-acre park home to a 7-8 acre field of “singing” boulders, will keep the family entertained for an afternoon. Ralph Stover State Park offers picnicking, fishing, white water boating, hiking and rock climbing. The “High Rocks” section of the park features an outstanding view of a horseshoe bend in the Tohickon Creek and the surrounding forest. Experienced rock climbers use the 200-foot sheer rock face, but the cliffs are sheer and dangerous.

Upper Bucks is prepared to accommodate both short-term and long-term visitors. With a variety of lodging options including nationally-known hotels and motels as well as local lodges, rustic inns, quaint B&Bs and several campgrounds, staying in the area is possible on any budget.

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