JOHN JAMES AUDUBON CENTER AT MILL GROVE
Naturalist and artist John James Audubon frequented the woods around his first home in America, gaining inspiration and rejuvenation from the flora and fauna. You can do the same, especially by taking a guided canoe tour of the Perkiomen Creek. Excursions leave Saturday afternoons, but the more magical option is Thursday evening, when the setting sun bathes the canopy of trees in gold.
GREEN LANE PARK
Three bodies of water (Green Lane Reservoir, Deep Creek Lake, Knight Lake) occupy these 3,400 acres of this outdoor paradise, making it the perfect setting for numerous watersports. The park offers rental options from a gas-powered motorboat to single kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Want to leave the piloting to someone else? A pontoon boat tour glides by some of the most picturesque scenery in all of Montgomery County.
PORT PROVIDENCE PADDLE
Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats are available for rental, offering numerous ways to explore the calm, cool waters of the Schuylkill River. Drift along, keep an eye out for native species of wildlife (including eagles), splash your friend with an oar and soak up the laid-back vibe. Four tours are available, with the shortest being 2.5 hours and the longest being about 6 hours. A twilight option is also a possibility, as is an outing on tubes. Afterward, grab a bite and a brew at The Fitz.
VALLEY BEACH POOLSIDE CLUB
Valley Beach Poolside Club is the latest entertainment destination at the Valley Forge Casino Resort. Enjoy live DJs, fresh seafood and burgers, and great drink specials. Or just relax poolside on a comfy beach chair or in your own private cabana.
VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
In addition to preserving our local history, Valley Forge National Historical Park also preserves its woodlands, waterways, plains and hillsides. But who says conservation can't be fun? Each summer, the park's natural resources staff solicits volunteers to join the Crayfish Corps, an intrepid group of nature lovers who wade into Valley Creek to remove the invasive and harmful rusty crayfish.
EVANSBURG STATE PARK
Nestled among Collegeville, Norristown and Skippack, Evansburg State Park is very much an oasis, where a chance to truly unplug and unwind is just a short drive away. Skippack Creek meanders through the greenery, providing a calming burbling soundtrack to a day's visit. Fishing is encouraged (the creek is stocked with brown and rainbow trout), especially at the dock near the picnic area on Lewis Road. Drop a line and pull out a smallmouth bass, catfish, sucker, carp, panfish or eel. Or just snooze the afternoon away.
SCHUYLKILL RIVER SOJOURN
The area's largest sojourn paddles through Montgomery County every June. The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a seven-day trip on the river from Schuylkill County to Philadelphia, with three days of paddling in Montco. Paddlers can sign up for the week or by the day. Check back for more information on the 2016 edition as it becomes available.
PERKIOMEN CREEK SOJOURN
Take to the water for a day of adventure during the annual Perkiomen Creek Sojourn. Every June, the seven-mile trip takes canoers and kayakers from Red Fox Park to Hoy Park. The 2016 edition is scheduled to launch on June 4.