5 Things to Do in the Delaware River Valley
Here are our five top-recommended things to do in The Delaware River Valley.
Feb 8, 2022 at 7:00 AM in Things to Do
The Delaware River Valley stretches from the northeastern tip of Delaware, through Philadelphia and northward, encompassing parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey on both sides. When looking for things to do in the region, you might feel inclined to only stick around the Philadelphia or Wilmington metros, but don’t make the mistake of overlooking some of the valley’s smaller destinations.
To help you plan a more thorough exploration of this region, here are five top-recommended things to do, with a special focus on New Hope in Pennsylvania and Lambertville in New Jersey — two charming towns separated by the Delaware River and filled with fun activities for any traveler.
1. Museum Hop Your Way Around New Hope
For such a small town, New Hope boasts an admirable number of museums and galleries. For starters, there’s Nakashima Woodworkers, a studio and active woodworking shop displaying the works of George Nakashima, as well as those who are following in his philosophical (and artistic) footsteps. For history lovers, the Parry Mansion is the place to go; the historic, 18th-century home belonged to Benjamin Parry, the Father of New Hope, and now displays 11 rooms outfitted with period furnishings. Tours are free. For families, the Bucks County Children Museum is a must-see, filled with interactive exhibits that allow children to learn as they play.
2. Enjoy New Hope’s Abundant Nature
If the weather is nice during your visit, you’ll want to take advantage of New Hope’s multiple natural attractions. Visit Paxson Hill Farm to explore the 30 acres of landscaped gardens. At Bowman’s Hill Flower Preserve, you can take tours and classes for all ages, or simply enjoy a stroll through the nine plant habitat areas, as well as take in historical and architectural elements on the property, such as the stone arch bridge, which the Preserve says is one of the most photographed bridges in the entire county.
3. Take in the History at Washington Crossing Historic Park
This historic park touches both sides of the Delaware River and is, most notably (as you might’ve guessed), the spot where George Washington crossed the river during the Revolutionary War. Now, the park reflects a wealth of information regarding the Revolutionary Era, with its multiple resorted Colonial buildings, Revolutionary War cemetery and 18th-century gardens.
4. Discover Hunterdon County's Rural Heritage
Those who’ve never explored much of New Jersey are often surprised to learn that the state boasts a pretty significant agricultural heritage. In Lambertville, there are several places where visitors can explore this heritage for themselves. At Howell Living History Farm, families can experience the life of a 19th-century farmer, as they observe the real-life farming operations, animals and more. At the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum, guests can tour the restored, three-story bank barn, as well as the period-reflective blacksmith shop, print shop, general store and other structures.
5. Enjoy a Spot of Shopping
What’s a vacation without a little shopping? Lambertville offers several unique spots to shop for antiques and one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Visit The People’s Store Antiques and Design Center to find four levels of shopping set within an early 19th-century building. The largest antique store in the tri-state area, it’s a popular pick for collectors, dealers and others on the hunt for their next greatest find. Nearby, the Golden Nugget Flea Market is open year-round and offers not only antiques, but also all kinds of art, collectibles, home decor and more.
Want more to do throughout the entire Delaware River Valley region? Check out Discovery Map’s Delaware River Valley: Pennsylvania & New Jersey illustrated map and guide for more helpful suggestions on things to do, where to stay and where to eat while in the region.