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The Best Things to do in New Hope, PA

Admiring the historic buildings is one of the best things to do in New Hope PA

There are so many incredible things to do in New Hope, PA - and it tops our list of worthwhile places to visit! Of all the wonderful things to do in New Hope, PA, the most popular is just enjoying the quaint, historic nature of the town. It's located in Bucks County, less than an hour outside of Philadelphia - yet it feels as though it's a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

New Hope is a scenic small town located on the Delaware River. Exploring Main Street is one of the top-rated things to do in New Hope, PA, which has been lauded by top travel publications like Travel + Leisure and USA today. 

Of course, the other great thing New Hope, PA, is known for is being a great getaway town. That is especially true when you reserve a guest room at one of the great Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts nearby. As with all other Select Registry properties, you'll experience exceptional hospitality and will be treated to a truly authentic stay in the charming town of New Hope. 

The Bucks County Playhouse is one of the top things to do in New Hope PA

Top Activities in New Hope, PA

There's no shortage of wonderful things to do in New Hope, PA, and we'd love nothing more than to share them with you over the year. There are more than 200 years worth of history to explore in this scenic part of Bucks County. 

Running through the heart of town is 60 miles of canal along the Deleware River, which still features four original locks and the restored Locktender's House. This canal is, in large part, what makes the area so incredibly beautiful—combined, of course, with the historic architecture and quaint charm that you'll find around every corner. 

Just walking along the beautiful streets is one of our favorite things to do in New Hope, PA, but there's honestly so much more to enjoy. Here are some of our favorite things to do in New Hope, PA.

  1. Get yourself oriented with the town by taking a walking tour put together by the New Hope Historical Society. They also offer tours of Parry Mansion, which was built in 1784 by one of the town's founders.
  2. Don't miss one of New Hope's most famous buildings, the Bucks County Playhouse. The building itself was a former grist mill and was later saved from demolition and turned into the beautiful playhouse it is today. Over the years, a veritable who's who of American theatrical royalty have passed through these doors. 
  3. New Hope is one of the best food destinations in Bucks County, with a variety of outstanding restaurants to enjoy. 
  4. Walk along the Delaware River canal at Deleware Canal State Park.
  5. With so much history here, it's probably no surprise that there are fun ghost tours to take in the town. It's one of the most unique things to do in New Hope, PA!
  6. Shopping is another of our favorite things to do in New Hope, PA, and there's no shortage of it. Main Street is filled with unique shops and boutiques.
  7. Walk through the beautiful Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, featuring more than 700 incredible native species. 
  8. Go wine tasting! We'll talk about it more in detail later, but the Bucks County Wine Trail is a memorable way to spend a day (or two!) and certainly tops our list of favorite things to do in New Hope, PA. 
  9. Browse the Ferry Market, appreciating all the local goods produced and made in the surrounding area. It's a great place to pick up lunch!
  10. Visit the New Hope Arts Center, a beautiful gallery dedicated to supporting local artists. 
A beautiful view of the canals, scenery like this is one of the best things to do in New Hope PA

Travel the Bucks County Wine Trail

There's a lot to love about Bucks County, but one of our favorite things to do in New Hope, PA, is to go wine tasting. The Bucks County Wine Trail offers you the perfect opportunity to do just that. 

If you haven't heard of Bucks County wineries, it's time you did. Bucks County is one of the premier wine-growing regions on the East Coast and home to seven delightful wineries, including Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery, Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Crossing Vineyards, and Winery, Rose Bank Winery, Rushland Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Sand Castle Winery, and Vino By Zzino.

Not only is a trip along the Bucks County Wine Trail a tasty journey, but it's a great way to meet the people and learn more about the unique heritage of Bucks County itself. 

Locally, visitors to New Hope love to visit the New Hope Winery, which has been producing delicious wines in Bucks County for more than 25 years. The New Hope Winery is also home to The Pour House, one of the best restaurants in New Hope. With great destinations like these at our fingertips, it's easy to see why wine tasting is one of the many great things to do in New Hope, PA. 

Whether you're here for a bit of romance or are craving some adventure, you'll find it among the many things to do in New Hope, PA. Rest in comfort, and book a stay at one of our nearby Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts today! 

Best Places to Stay in New Hope, PA

The Inn at Bowman's hill

Celebrate life’s special moments at the only AAA 4-Diamond Inn in Bucks County. Create lasting memories at this exceptional romantic retreat. Surrounded by nature and just a stone's throw away from the 100-acre Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, this beautiful Bucks County Inn is nestled on a 5-acre gated estate close to the historic riverside town of New Hope, just 90 minutes from NYC and 45 minutes from Philadelphia.

The inn has 4 rooms and 4 suites, all with luxurious private bathrooms (3 with steam showers!), oversized heated whirlpools, king-size feather beds, and fireplaces. Heated pool and hot tub with panoramic views of the grounds open April to mid- October. Eclectic and non-conformist, New Hope is known for its history and close association with the arts, offering year-round Equity theater productions, live music venues 7 nights a week and a range of dining options … the ideal backdrop for an activity-filled, romantic getaway. Welcome!

Woolverton Inn

Named in the Top 10 B&B's in the U.S.! Surrounded by 300 acres of rolling farmland and forest, set high above the scenic Delaware River, Woolverton Inn offers guests a truly unique place to unwind and reconnect. This elegant bed and breakfast near New Hope, PA, provides the seclusion and romance of a grand country estate, ideally located just minutes from the many events and activities of New Hope and Lambertville.

Experience the luxury and relaxed setting of this 1792 stone manor bed and breakfast near Bucks County, PA. Each room and suite at this romantic Stockton inn has been decorated in a unique and thoughtful way. Many feature romantic fireplaces, luxurious whirlpool tubs for two, bucolic views, stocked refrigerators, and private outdoor sitting areas. Come see why Fodor's called this charming property "one of the loveliest settings in the valley....romantic and secluded" for anyone looking for a New Hope, Pennsylvania bed and breakfast.

Best Places to Stay in New Hope

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