I am so grateful to have the time to explore Eastern Pennsylvania. I’ve compiled five of the most magical places I’ve visited in Eastern Pennsylvania. ♥♥♥♥
- Fonthill Castle (Doylestown, PA)
Can we just talk about this masterpiece of a home for just one second. My experience at Fonthill Castle was inspirational. I thought this castle was the most alluring creation I have ever toured. The historical tour added so much charm and value to the experience because I just couldn’t believe that real people had lived in this castle! I remember walking out of the tour in the most creative and inspired mood.
2. Hickory Park (Gilbertsville, PA)
My partner and I may be part of select few to know about this secret little world. We literally stumbled on Great Blue Heron nesting ground while tubing down this creek! It is tucked away, totally private, secret & magical. When you see Great Blue Heron flying above the trees and walking around the water, you’ll know your water hike was worth it!
Directions: So you pull into this park and first you’ll see a little diner, then a pool & playground. Park behind the pool and walk towards water. Get into the water, turn left and follow the creek, Great Blue Heron await! I can’t say how long it will take you to find the birds but it’ll definitely be a super unusual adventure. Please wear some type of shoe & keep an eye out for snapping turtles! I have never had any issues but I know that there are some snapping turtles in the creek because I basically spotted the mother of all snapping turtles swim past my leg. I spent an entire summer there before I realized that there were turtles living there!
3. Magic Gardens (Philadelphia, PA)
This is a truly unique experience. As an art and glass lover, I found Magic Gardens to be a really amazing experience. If you love mosaics, art, glass, recycling, beauty or the city, Magic Gardens is definitely an interesting stop to make. We visited the famous Reading Terminal Market after Magic Gardens for lunch. It isn’t a huge space to walk and it was quite affordable so we had time to do both activities.
4. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (Elverson, PA)
Hopewell Furnace is a diverse experience. There’s opportunity for hiking all year round, apple picking in the fall and there’s also a historical village to visit. The area was beautiful, the experience educational and French Creek State Park was right next door.
5. The Nolde Forest Mansion (Mohnton, PA)
This has always been one of my favorite properties to visit. There’s this wonderful mansion that Jacob Nolde designed a 500-acre forest around. He attempted to recreate the forests of Germany from his childhood. There are quite a few paths to explore but my absolute favorite path is Watershed Trail. Mr. Nolde built a path along a creek and lined the trail with bridges. The whole experience is just so magical because when I think that this was someone’s actual home, I feel like I could have that kind of autonomy someday!