By Michelle Reese
The summer heat is here, and like everything else right now, COVID-19 is making things a little more complicated! Sure, you could spend your summer inside with the AC cranked, but if your family is getting stir crazy, here's a list of ways to cool off, stay safe and have fun in & around Bucks County.
1. Make a splash: Unfortunately, many of the summer favorites (Sesame Place, Hurricane Harbor, Wildwater Kingdom) are currently closed. BUT, Warwick Township Community Park is open, the BRAND NEW spray park and playground in Bristol Township is hoping to open mid-July, and according to Facebook, the Montgomery Township Parks and Rec Splash Pad is talking about reopening plans.
UPDATE: Montgomery Township announced on June 30 that they will NOT be opening the splash pad this year.
2. Stay cool & relax while river tubing at Bucks County River Country. This family owned business reopened on June 26 with guidelines in place for the safety of their staff and visitors. The Delaware River waters hover around a refreshing 80 degrees all summer long, and you can sit back & relax as the waters pull you along at an average speed of 1.5 mph.
3. Go swimming at a local pool! Bucks County offers a number of public and members-only pools. Check out our 2020 Summer Guide for more details on some of the area's pools that are open this season.
4. Take a day trip to the beach! We're lucky enough to live in a location where you can reach several shore cities within a couple hours. For quieter beaches, try Belmar or Brigantine. And if you're missing the boardwalk fun, Ocean City is always a family favorite. Many businesses are open this season, but with precautions.
6. Take the entertainment indoors. Things are bound to be a bit different, but there ARE spots that are open! Tip: The Game is Afoot Arcade in Warrington (our 2020 Happening List Winner for Amusement), Board & Brush Doylestown (Happening List Finalist), Thunderbird Lanes in Warminster (Happening List Finalist), Funzilla in Fairless Hills (Happening List Finalist) and Doylestown Escape Room (Happening List Finalist), Altitude in Feasterville and Bowlero Feasterville are all open with health and safety guidelines in place.
7. Escape to the Movies! This year, there won’t be packed movie theaters to see the summer blockbuster. But if movie nights at home on the couch are getting stale, there are other options! Mid-Atlantic Event Group is hosting drive-in movies. In addition, the Newtown Theatre is offering small Private Movie Nights. You bring the movie, and they provide the popcorn and a water for each guest.
8. Cool off with a few scoops of mouth-watering ice cream. The Warrington Dairy Queen was voted Best Ice Cream in the 2020 Bucks Happening List. A few other local favorites include Moo Hope (New Hope), JoJo's Ice Cream (Levittown), OWowCow (Newtown), Uncle Dave's (Yardley) and Nina's Waffles & Ice Cream. See our 2020 Summer Food & Drink Guide for more suggestions.
9. Explore a local museum. This one is a little trickier than usual, but there’s hope in sight! The Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle are all planning to open at the end of July/beginning of August. And The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia hasn’t released their opening date yet, but has started sharing information about the modifications they’re making. So fingers crossed that they'll be opening this summer.
In the mean time, many local museums (including Bucks County Children’s Museum and The Franklin Institute) are offering at-home tours and activities that you can access from home. So take a virtual field trip from the cool comfort of your living room.
10. If all else fails, get out the baby pool (or jump in the big pool!), turn on the sprinkler, or toss some water balloons!