Summer Beach Fun in Montco
A SHORE BET IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Many of the joys of the New Jersey beaches – the food, relaxation, family-friendly adventures, water views and even the sand– can be had right here in Montgomery County. Here are our top shore experiences that may, in fact, be better here than there.
VISIT A BEACH THAT'S EASY TO REACH
Valley Forge history centers on snow and cold, but Valley Beach Poolside Club at Valley Forge Casino Resort is redefining that. Stretch out on the sand, take a dip in the pool, nestle into a comfy cabana and indulge in the drinks, music and food.
VISIT AN ARCADE
Boardwalks certainly have their appeal with the kids, who love the small rides, video games and skee-ball. Arnold’s Family Fun Center offers all these shore-fire hits, plus bowling, laser tag and go-karts. Dave & Busters - Plymouth Meeting also features popular arcade-style games, along with kid-friendly fries, dogs, burgers and ice cream. For classic pinball – bumpers and all – head to Malvern’s Pinball Gallery.
PLAY 18 HOLES
Links at the shore have their appeal, but the best golf in the region can only be found in Montgomery County. Pick a course, call your foursome, reserve a time, grab your sticks and go.
How many vacation photos show you with the kids, timing a long putt between the spokes of a spinning windmill? Montco options for small-scale golf include the two courses at Waltz Golf Farm (part of Turtle Creek Golf Course) in Limerick, plus the challenges of Manatawny Green (Pottstown) and Freddy's Family Fun Center (Lansdale).
INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH
Those waxy squares of chocolate that pass for fudge at the shore don’t hold a candle to the rich treats available locally. Bridge Street Chocolates (Phoenixville) makes a sea salt caramel flavor that sparks visions of the surf. If you feel a nudge for fudge, Edwards Freeman Nut Company (Conshohocken) has flavors that include s’mores, key lime and root beer.
GO FOR A SPLASH
Beachside water parks do a brisk business in the summer, attracting families looking for a little wild with their wet. The Hatfield Aquatic Center – where a day pass can be bought – has its own “lazy river” and array of water slides.
For an adventure on top of the water – as opposed to in it – set sail for Green Lane Park. Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and even a pontoon boat are all options for cool, summertime aquatic exploration.
SAVOR THE SEAFOOD
You don’t need the surf to enjoy fresh seafood. Stay local and enjoy seafood entrées served upscale style (at Creed’s Seafood & Steaks in King of Prussia, for example, or Shell Fish Sue in Lansdale) or casually (at Joe’s Crab Shack and Legal Sea Foods, both in King of Prussia).
RIDE A VINTAGE CAROUSEL
The childhood delight of whirling on a colorful horse is a deep-seated pleasure associated with a beach vacation. For an authentic ride on a hand-painted wooden giraffe, tiger or even dragon, take the kids to the Carousel at Pottstown. Admission is free; parking is free; and rides are only $2.
TRY YOUR LUCK
Since its opening in 2012, the Valley Forge Casino Resort has eclipsed many of its New Jersey counterparts for style, amenities, entertainment, food and service. Find out why a night of excitement doesn't have to begin with a trek on the Atlantic City Expressway. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.
GO OUT FOR A HOT BREAKFAST
A true sign of being on vacation is the chance to sleep late, saunter into a local eatery and enjoy a heaping stack of pancakes or a fluffy omelet. Montco’s breakfast nooks make this vacation treat possible any day of the week. Three local favorites are Annamarie’s Place in Royersford, Jenkintown’s West Avenue Grille, and the Village Diner in Glenside.