Whether you’re planning a Delco STAY-CATION or you're planning to visit us for a  Summer VA-CATION– there’s so much to do and see that we suggest making a DELCO DIARY OF FUN so you and the family don't miss a thing!

1. Go Free-Picnicking on the Delaware Riverside
Check out Market Square Memorial Park in Marcus Hook
or Governor Printz Park in Essington
2. Enjoy Free Summer Concerts at Rose Tree Park in Media
Enjoy Mummer's, Rock Bands, Big Bands, Kid's Shows and more...every Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30pm, starting June 13th and running through mid-August, 
3. Visit a Garden (after all, Delco lies at the heart of the Nation's Garden Capital: 30 Gardens within 30 miles)... Go to DelcoGardens.com to read more.
A quiet corner at Swarthmore College, home of the renowned Scott Arboretum.
4. Tour a Museum
Art lovers should head for the Brandywine River Museum of Art - High flyers will love the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center - or park yourself at a famous vintage race car “Garage” ... (The Simeone Museum)
5. Go Up, Up and Away! 
The Helicopter Museum offers rides April 16th...but check often for future dates at  The Rides Page of the American Helicopter Museum Website Or why not take a hot Air Balloon Ride over the region!  Tours are offered by US Hot Air Balloon Team
6. Pet a Pig...oh yea, we said pig.  
Find them at the Colonial Plantation (rich in both Wildlife & Colonial History :)
These little piggies are just a few of the animals you'll meet 'up close and personally'
at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation.
7. Hop a Hayride at Linvilla Orchards 
One of the region's oldest family owned and operated farms featues  orchards, hayrides, every food festival imaginable, children's events, cooking demonstration and much more.  Linvilla Orchards Website
8. Be a Hobo!
Climb all over Vintage Train Cars and then check out the Train Museum at Drexel Lodge in Newtown Square
Grab a stick and a bandana filled with treats and take 'hobo' selfies on vintage train cars
like the one above, at the Train Museum in Drexel Lodge Park in Newtown Square.
9. Go Plein Air Painting
Plein Air artists create their masterpieces outdoors!  The Wayne Art Center's 12th annual Plein Air Festival is May 6th through June 30.  Why not participate?  Read more at: Wayne Art Center's Plein Air Festival.  The Brandywine River Museum of Art offers Kuerner Farm to Plein Air Artists on specific dates. A Nat'l historic landmark, Andrew Wyeth lived there, finding intriguing subjects for hundreds of tempera paintings, watercolors and drawings for more than 70 years.
April 15, May 4th, June 3rd... Click for prices and details
10. Hike our Trails 
Our website has the only comprehensive guide to Hiking Trail and Walking Parks in the County! Go to Delco Hiking and Biking Trail Guide
11. Catch Your Dinner
Hang up the Gone Fishing sign and head for Ridley Creek State Park, Newlin Grist Mill Park or Linvilla Orchards.
Fishermen of all ages can toss a line in the water at the Newlin Grist Mill!
12. Plan a High-flying Father's Day!
The Helicopter Museum has a day full of fun, antique cars and motorcycles, food, and you can even fly! $60pp
13. Get Theater Tickets to the best Plays, Musicals and Kid's Shows:
Click on the following links for current and upcoming shows!
14. Dine with Grace
Enjoy a dinner for your group of 6 – 10 guests in the speakeasy wine cellar at the Inn at Grace Winery. Chef Scott Megill designs a seasonal 5 course farm to table menu that is paired with the boutique wines from our estate winery. Call to inquire about dates now: (610) 459-4711
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15. Get swept away at a Symphony or Ballet Performance  at Neumann University
Home of the Delaware County Symphony Orchestra and the International Ballet Classique Dance Company.  Click here to read about them in our Arts Guide
16. Enter a Pie-eating Contest...Apple? Blueberry, anyone?
Check out Linvilla Orchards' Calendar of Fruit, Vegetable and Holiday Festivals: Linvilla Website
17. Do a Warrior’s 5K Run for Veterans
May 20th at Rose Tree Park - Do a 2 mile WALK or a 5K RUN to help raise funds for wounded soldiers and their families!  Read more at Operation First Response - Walk for the Wounded & Warrior’s 5 K Run
The event includes a 2 mile Walk, 5K Run, live music, food, kid's games, military speakers and more!
18. Dine under the Stars along 'Restaurant Row' (State Street!) in Media
Every Wednesday night Mid June through Mid-September, 5-10pm - weather permitting
19. Rock Out in Upper Darby where Bowie, Bruce, and John Legend have performed!
To read more about this famous theater, check the concert schedule and purchase tickets, click:  The Tower Theater
20. How much fun can you have in a Vineyard?
Besides enjoying great wines, take part in a 5K Run, browse a Vintage Car Show, enjoy Movie Nights under the stars and more at Penns Woods Winery in the Brandywine. Click here for Penns Woods' Event Page for Dates
21. Paddle down a river in a Kayak or Canoe!
If you don't have your own Canoe, check out Northbrook Canoe Company and Wilderness Canoe Trips.  If you have your own Kayak or Canoe The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect spot to go! Click for Canoeing/Kayaking info at John Heinz Nat'l Wildlife Refuge
22. Take a Blues Stroll
This is one of Delco's biggest & best Music Festivals featuring top Blues performers at restaurants and bars throughout Media!  Read more about it at State Street Blues Stroll Website
Almost 2 dozen restaurants, bars and theaters showcase some of the finest blues performers in the east!
23. Find your bliss doing Yoga outdoors in a gorgeous vineyard setting...
May 12th & 13th -- June 3rd & 24th at Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford
24. Rock out at the 20th Annual Yachtstock RiverJam Festival on the Delaware River
This annual festival is wild and crazy and crammed with great music and high spirts!
Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the families of local children with grave health issues and Shriners Hospitals Philadelphia Unit. Yachtstock is a 100% volunteer run organization and all profits from the RiverJam will be donated to beneficiaries. The outdoor concert is held each year on the banks of the Delaware River at the West End Boat Club.
Click for the Yachtstock Website

25. Plant a ‘Victory’ Garden
Delco is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1...with a call to gardeners throughout the county:  "Plant a Victory Garden" in memory of those who died in WW1, and those who served on the home front.  Get all the cool details (including a downloadable sign for your window just like they used during the war) at WW1 Victory Garden Guide 
26. Ride a Trolley…or eat one!
Hop the trolley and explore all the fun shops and restaurant along State Street in Media
or make your way to Bevan's Candy Shop...where you can order a trolley (much smaller!) made of Chocolate! (FYI: They do not accept credit cards)  Bevan's Candy Website
27. Attend a  “Hunt” or a famous Horse Show
The 88th Radnor Hunt Races are Saturday, May 19th in Malvern and
the famous Devon Horse Show is May 24th to June 3rd
The Devon Horse is a nationally acclaimed Horse Show &  Festival with a week of activities and events.
28. Doop it up at a MLS Game
There's no better view in the County than from the seats at Talen Energy Stadium where
the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team plays! Check out their schedule at:
Philadelphia Union Game Schedule
29.  Nosh Your Way Around the World
Go to State Street in Media, affectionately known as Delco's Restaurant Row, featuring 20+ restaurants representing cuisines from all over the world. Plus there are even more global choices in Delco's Crossroads Communities of Upper Darby, Lansdowne, Yeadon, Millbourne and Drexel Hill.  Get more ideas at the Bureau's Delco's Restaurant Guide
30. Tour a Battlefield
Visit historic Brandywine Battlefield Park in Chadds Ford. For hours and more info: Brandywine Battlefield Website  June-July: Wineberry Days, $5 per bucket. Available during normal hours of operation. Tuesday, September 11: Remembrance Ceremony, 6-7 PM, free to public. This event will feature re-enactors for a musket salute, and the ringing of the 9/11 bells.
Brandywine Battlefield Park - check website above for re-enactment dates.

31. Recreate a Famous Meal with a one-of-a-kind Dinner Party
Call Hamanassett B&B and ask for Ashley to plan a Famous Feast (like the last meal served on the Titanic?!) with a few close friends or family.  (610) 459-3000.  Read more about this beautiful historic inn at Hamanassett Bed, Breakfast and Carraige House
32. Chill (like wine!) with Live Music in the Vineyard
Penns Woods Winery offers wine tastings and live music on various Saturdays and Sundays throughout the spring and summer.  Click here for their Events Calendar
33. Pick your own Fruit & Vegetables
Linvilla Orchards draws people from all over the tri-state area - and many of them come to pick their own fruits and vegetables, warm from the garden!  Click here for their Events Calendar
34.  Park at a Famous Vintage Race Car “Garage”
Whether you love to drive fast or slow, make your way over to the Famous Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. It's faaaaa-bulous!  Simeone Museum Website
One of the displays at the Simeone Automotive Museum

35.  Speaking about cars...don't miss Media's 11th Annual Downtown Car Show
It takes place Sunday, July 15th from 11am to 4pm along State Street in Media.
36. Join an Archeological Dig
Don the boots and gloves and head for the Newlin Grist Mill, a historic site and park with fishing, hiking and fun events like onsite Archeological Digs that open to the public April 14th, May 19th, June 16th, July 21st, and September 8th is their big Archaeology Festival. Newlin Grist Mill Website
37. Walk the Plank
The Colonial Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park is a working Colonial Farm ..and one of their many summer family events is "Pirate Fest" which takes place July 14th, 11am to 4pm
38. Take Art Classes
The Community Arts Center in Wallingford is offering classes for both adults and children!  Check their schedules and upcoming exhibits at The Community Arts Center in Wallingford
39. Go Bird-Watching
Grab the binoculars and head for these two exciting bird spotting locations:
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Essington offers monthly Guided Bird-watching Tours Click for Refuge Monthly Calendar   -  as does Newlin Grist Mill Park in the Brandywine. Newlin Grist Mill Website
Exploring nature is always fun - and our John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
was America's First Urban Refuge!
40. Too Hot? Go Skating!
IceWorks in Aston draws more than 4 million skaters a year for both Hockey and Ice Skating Tournaments - and they also offer public skating hours almost everyday, year-round. IceWorks Skating Complex
41. Escape Room Fun
Media's newest fun house is called X-Scape ...if you can! Check out all the different room experiences at Xscape The Room Website
42. Tee off!  Then watch the Top 70 Players in the World do it Sept 4-9
Check out some of our fine Public Golf Courses at Delco's Gardens & Greens Driving Tour
AND BUY TICKETS NOW for the 2018 BMW Championship being held at our Aronimink Country Club in September!  Follow our BMW blog at 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Sept 4-9th
43. Mushroom Festival Draws 100,000+
If you love mushrooms, mark your calendar - September 8th & 9th.  A nationally acclaimed salute to the mighty mushroom! Check out all the events, tours, and activities at:
44. Celebrate Father's Day with Helicopters, Antique Cars & Motorcycles
June 17th’s Fatherfest at the American Helicopter Museum features
a Classic Cars & Motorcycle Show...plus they'll be offering Helicopter rides.  $60pp.
45. Grab your Parrot and head for the Pirate Festival on the Delaware Riverfront
Ahoy there!  September 14th & 15th is the Marcus Hook Preservation Society's Annual Pirate Festival at the Plank House (rumored to be the home of Blackbeard's Mistress and the site of an archaeological dig!) Music, historic demonstrations, battle re-enactments and more.
Details about the Plank House and Pirate Festival
The Pirate Festival showcases period costumes, combat techniques, historic demonstrations,
great food and lively music!  A perfect family day in Delco!

46.  Visit the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum in Radnor
Located in the heart of our Main Line, it is dedicated to Delco’s more than 200 outstanding athletes that have competed on famous courts & fields ... as well as in world-class pools, rings and rinks. Click here to read more  (If you also love flowers and want to see the sole Main Line Estate that is open to the public, historic Chanticleer Gardens is just 5 minutes away!) Read more about this 48 acre Botanical Garden
47.  Music & Wine pair perfectly Sundays at Grace Winery in the Brandywine
Every Sunday from noon to 6pm, pair a wine tasting with 3 hours of great live music performed form 1-4pm.  Stroll the gorgeous grounds and make some new friends... call 610-459-4711 for tasting groups of 6 or more.  Grace Winery Website
48. What's summer without a little 'Horsing Around?!'  
We've got Pony Rides for Children & Horse Racing for Adults...
Mid-May through September Pony rides are offered every Saturday & Sunday at the Stables at Ridley Creek State Park, from 2-4 pm weather permitting.  There's also Live Harness Racing at Harrah's Casino and Race Track which boasts one of the fastest 5/8 mile horse racing surfaces anywhere with its first-of-its-kind in North America miracle turn that actually extends over the Delaware River with a specially constructed bridge. The season is April 13th through December 16th.  Click for more details on Harness Racing at Harrah's Philadelphia
Sign up for a Fairy House Workshop at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
49.  Build A Fairy House with Your Child
Celebrate the beginning of summer and the magic of the natural environment by making a fanciful fairy house for your garden. All ages are welcome. Natural materials will be provided to create an enchanting home. Click for Fairy House Workshop Details
50.  Tyler Arboretum invites you to Climb into a Birdhouse...literally! 
(If you're cuckoo for taking selfies, this is the perfect place ;)
Start with a bird's eye view of some of their amazing tree houses! Plus visit their Butterfly House where you can learn about, photograph, and get a close-up look at local butterflies in all stages of development. Click to read more!