By Christa Peressini

(Photo by Michelle Reese)

With award-winning wineries, gorgeous natural parks, rolling hills, and scenic farmland, Bucks County has something for everyone. And there’s no time like spring to get out and enjoy all the treasures the county has to offer! Here are 10 must-visit spots to get you started.

Ringing Rocks Park

Ringing Rocks Road, Upper Black Eddy

Bring a hammer, pack a picnic lunch, and go make music in this unusual and fascinating field of boulders that “ring” when struck.  After that, Bucks County’s largest waterfall is just a short hike down the trail.  All ages will appreciate this unique geologic formation in the heart of Bucks County!

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

1635 River Rd., New Hope

215-862-2924

Visit this peaceful spot to connect with nature and learn about Pennsylvania’s native plants, ferns and flowers. The preserve is beautiful all year round, but the colors are truly spectacular in the early spring as the flowers burst out of hibernation. Described as a “living museum,” the Wildflower Preserve features 4.5 miles of trails and over 700 native plant species.

Sand Castle Winery (Photo by Michelle Reese)

Bucks County Wine Trail

Want to sample award winning wines amidst Bucks County’s beautiful countryside? Who doesn’t?! Enjoy the best Bucks County has to offer by touring the Bucks County Wine Trail. Comprised of eight family-owned wineries, most located only minutes apart, visit and see why Bucks is becoming one of the premier grape growing regions on the East Coast.

The High Rocks at Ralph Stover State Park

Tory Rd., Pipersville

610-982-5560

As close as you can get to the Grand Canyon in Bucks County, this sublime gem of a spot features sweeping panoramic vistas, hiking trails and rock climbing. And if you work up a sweat on the rocks, you can always cool off fishing or kayaking in Tohickon Creek below.

Bucks County Designer House and Gardens Tour

If home and landscape design pique your interest, visit Stone Ridge Farm in Perkasie, chosen as the 44th Designer House and Garden. This spring, the former peppermint farm will receive over 7,000 visitors as it is transformed by premier interior designers and landscapers. This annual fundraising event is held by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. Proceeds from the Designer House benefit the Doylestown Health Heart Institute.

Peace Valley Lavender Farm

802 New Galena Rd., Doylestown

215-249-8462

When you step out of your car in late spring at Peace Valley Lavender Farm, you’ll want to just pause and give yourself a moment to inhale the sweet scent of fresh lavender that surrounds you.  When you’re feeling peaceful, head to the gift shop to bottle the smell and take it home with you, in the form of growing plants, dried bunches, essential oils, and a wide variety of soaps, perfumes, and sprays.

Hellerick’s Family Farm

5500 N Easton Rd., Doylestown

215-766-8388

Where can you pick fresh berries, fly through the air on zip lines, and attend a goat yoga class?  Only at Hellerick’s Family Farm! This fourth-generation family farm offers a chance for the whole family to have fun and make memories. In the spring, the Aerial Adventure Park opens with 9 zip lines, 21 elements/bridges and a heart pounding free fall jump.

Washington Crossing Historic Park

1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing

Steeped in American history and offering up 500 acres of natural beauty and outdoor fun,Washington Crossing Park has something for everyone.  See where George Washington crossed the Delaware, or climb Bowman’s Tower for sweeping panoramic views.

Buy tickets now for the 9th Annual Washington Crossing SPRING Brewfest on May 4th! The event features a sampling of at least 130 beers from more than 60 regional and national breweries, live music and multiple food vendors.

Wells Ferry/New Hope Boat Rides

22 North Main St., New Hope

215-205-1140

Stop in at New Hope’s popular restaurant, The Landing, for a quick refreshment, then head down to the dock to embark on a boat tour of the scenic Delaware River.  Your knowledgeable guide will navigate you through the historic river while providing you with captivating and interesting local history. The Wells Ferry Boat Rides depart every hour on the hour from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on weekends, weather permitting. Tickets can be purchased from the stand in from of The Landing (cash only).

 

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Cardinal Hollow Winery

Lahaska Tasting Room

5860 Lower York Rd., Suite 8B, Lahaska

215-801-2227

Who says all wine has to be made of grapes? Not Cardinal Hollow Winery! This creative winery offers varieties such as jalapeno, agave, strawberry, and blueberry, in addition to mead wines and traditional grape-based wines.  Stop into their tasting room in Peddler’s Village to sample and bring home a bottle or two of your favorite.

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