If you are thinking about moving or have just recently moved to the Main Line, you may be wondering about places to go or sights to see nearby that will make this summer a memorable one. You are in luck: The Main Line and surrounding areas offer so many opportunities for both individuals and families that the possibility of a boring summer is nonexistent! Here are some of my recommendations for an exhilarating summer on the Main Line.
For those of you who like to shop:
King of Prussia boasts home to the largest mall in America. From department stores, to high-end fashion boutiques, to affordable shopping, and countless eating locations, the KOP mall has it all! Not even 5 minutes from the mall is the newly built King of Prussia Town Center, which houses multiple stores and restaurants which do not disappoint! For more of a city feel, travel down Route 30 to Ardmore and visit Suburban Square, which hosts numerous local and chain stores.
Best local places to grab brunch:
Autograph Brasserie– Wayne
Kimberton Inn– Kimberton
Julie Anne’s Place– Malvern
Nudy’s Café– Paoli, Malvern, & Wayne
Em J’s Café– Berwyn
If you’re feeling outdoorsy:
The Main Line is located right near Valley Forge National Historical Park, site of an encampment during the Revolutionary War. The park offers walking trails, breathtaking views, group tours, and events and reenactments all for free! If you are looking for water activities, consider kayaking in Phoenixville or going to Marsh Creek State Park in Downingtown to spend some time paddle boarding or row-boating on the non-powerboat lake. A good way to experience the beautiful Pennsylvania outdoors is through a scenic horseback ride, offered by many local stables.
Some specific events you don’t want to miss:
Chester County Mac & Cheese Cookoff– June 10th at Kerr Park in Downingtown
Manayunk Arts Festival– June 23rd-24th
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival– July 2nd-4th at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia
Kimberton Fair– July 23rd-28th
Citadel Country Spirit USA Festival– August 24th-26th in Glenmoore
Outdoor movie nights at King of Prussia Town Center– various dates & showings throughout the summer
Here are some day-trip ideas for all to enjoy:
Go fruit picking at Linvilla Orchards in Media.
See some beautiful flowers and fountains at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.
For a rainy day, experience free fall at iFly Indoor Skydiving in King of Prussia.