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Cheap Trips: Linvilla Orchards and More

Discover four local attractions without spending a fortune on gas!

Looking to save money?

Try visiting one of these four nearby attractions: Ringing Rocks Park in Upper Black Eddy, Linvilla Orchards in Media, Water Elemental Crafts and Fine Art in Lansdale and Forge Theatre in Phoenixville.

Linvilla Orchards

Address: 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, Pa.

How Far From Hellertown? About 61 miles (1 hour, 17 mins)

Admission: Free

Hours: Check website for seasonal hours.

Summary: Linvilla Orchards was started as a dairy farm in 1914 by the Linvill family. Today, this 300-acre farm serves the entire Delaware Valley, year round, with pumpkins, pies, apples and plants. But it's not just an autumn hotspot any longer. There are hayrides and corn mazes in the fall, but visitors can also cut down Christmas tress in winter, go fishing in the spring and swimming in the summer. At Linvilla's Farm Market, there are plenty of fruits and veggies, bakery items, candy and ice cream, and they will even cook up your holiday dinners for you.

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Water Elemental Crafts and Fine Art

Address: Dresher Arcade #5, 319 W. Main St., Lansdale, Pa.

How Far From Hellertown? About 28 miles (44 mins)

Admission: Free

Hours:

  • Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Gallery closed between exhibitions

Summary: Water Elemental Crafts and Fine Art is a gallery featuring glass sculpture, paintings, photography, book arts, pottery and jewelry. The current exhibition is “Driven to Abstraction: Mighty Glass Vessels and Other Curiosities.” A reception occurs Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery was founded in 2010 by three artists: Aaron Wiener, Helen Mirkil and Brian H. Peterson. It is an artist-run commercial gallery with the mindset and mission of a non-profit space. All functions are run by its members, and each member pays a monthly membership fee. There is a 20 percent commission on sales. Local artists include Bette Conway, John Jones, Young Kang, Leah Koontz, Liat Pisco, Andy Szekely, Amanda Toll and Mark Wangberg.

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Address: The entrance is near the intersection of Ringing Rocks Road and Lonely Cottage Road in Upper Black Eddy, Pa.

How Far From Your Patch? About 16 miles (27 mins)

Admission: Free

Hours: Open daily

Summary: This 128-acre county park features an unusual boulder field containing rocks that actually ring when struck. Bring a hammer. Ringing Rocks Park is home to Bucks County’s largest waterfall, which provides a beautiful backdrop for a picnic. The site is also a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers willing to take to the woods unguided, as there are few actual trails.

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Forge Theatre

Address: 241 First Ave., Phoenixville, Pa.

How Far From Your Patch? About 42 miles (1 hour, 11 mins)

Admission:

  • $15 Adults
  • $12 Children Younger Than 18

Summary: A quaint community theater group that has been performing theatrical productions since 1962, the Forge Theatre in Phoenixville puts on six shows a year in a variety of genres. “Cabaret” opened Nov. 4 at the Forge Theatre. Performance dates are Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, and Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at 8 pm; Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. The Forge Theatre also provides a summer youth program and hosts special events.

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