Local Treasures

Places you may not have thought to visit - PART 3

Our area is wonderfully rich in attractions that are less well known, but nonetheless great places to visit.

Northlandz

495 U.S. Route 202, Flemington, NJ 08822 (map it)

Northlandz Model Train Railroad, Flemington NJ

Calling all model train lovers. You have to visit Northlandz in Flemington (NJ), the world’s largest model train railroad. Northlandz features up to 100 trains that travel on more than 8 miles of track. There are 40-foot bridges spanning huge canyons, as well as cities and villages with thousands of buildings.  For a change of pace, you can also visit the Northlandz Doll Museum with more than 200 dolls and a 94-room dollhouse . Visit website >

Black River & Western Railroad

80 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ 08822 (map it)

Red Mill Museum Clinton NJ

For those who like bigger trains, take a ride on the Black River & Western Railroad offering round trip train rides between Flemington and Ringoes NJ, plus special excursions, such as Santa Claus and Easter Bunny trains. The summer round-trip rides are 75 minutes through scenic countryside, with a helpful and informative crew to make the excursion a real pleasure. Cost is very reasonable. Trains can be boarded at the Ringoes or Flemington (Liberty Village) stations. Visit website >

Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Boulevard , Norristown, PA 19401 (map it)

Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown PA

Come join the thousands of families, students, community groups and animal lovers flocking to the Elwood Park Zoo for its animal exhibits, educational programs, spacious playground, and special events all year round. The zoo is the perfect size for little ones. It has about 300 animals indigenous to the Americas, including jaguars, bald eagles, howler monkeys, bighorn sheep, and timber wolves. Visit website >

Howell Living History Farm

70 Wooden’s Lane, Lambertville, NJ (map it)

Howell Living History Farm, Lambertville NJ

The Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, New Jersey. You can experience what it was like to be a farmer then…If it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon,help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. You can help plant, cultivate, and harvest crops, to care for animals, sweep the barn, and make soap, butter, and ice cream. Visit website >

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA 19403 (map it)

John James Audubon Center PA

Where do birds, art, hiking trails, and natural history intersect? The answer - at Mill Grove, the first American home of renowned artist, author, and naturalist John James Audubon. This 175-acre estate is a haven for birds and wildlife, with more than 7miles of trails and stunning views of Perkiomen Creek. The stone farmhouse, built in 1762, contains a museum displaying original Audubon prints, oil paintings and memorabilia . Visit website >

MORE LOCAL TREASURES:

Part 1
Carousel Village (Wrightstown)
Garden of Reflection (Yardley)
Raven Rock Bridge (Lumberville)
Ringing Rocks (Upper Black Eddy)
Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)
Part 2
Hortulus Farm (Wrightstown)
Red Mill Museum (Clinton, NJ)
America on Wheels (Allentown)
Hunterdon Arboretum (Lebanon)
Lost River Caverns (Hellertown)
Part 3
Northlandz (Flemington)
Black River RR (Flemington)
Elmwood Park Zoo (Norristown)
Howell Farm (Lambertville)
Audubon Center (Audubon)
Part 4
DaVinci Science Center (Allentown)
The Stoogeum (Ambler)
Washington Mem. Chapel (Valley Forge)
NJ State Museum (Trenton)
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum (Horsham)
Part 5
Lights in the Parkway (Allentown)
Byers Choice Holiday (Chalfont)
Holiday Garden Railway (Philadelphia)
Brandywine Christmas (Chadds Ford)
Downtown Bethlehem (Bethlehem)
Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square)
Peddlers Village (Lahaska)
Part 6
Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope)
Trenton Fire Museum (Trenton)
Moravian Museum (Nazareth)
American Treasure Tour (Oaks)
Martin Guitar Factory (Nazareth)
Part 7
Barn Nature Center (Doylestown)
Greenshire Gardens (Quakertown)
Lockwood Gorge (Lebanon Twp, NJ)
Chanticleer Garden (Wayne)
Boyertown Museum (Boyertown)
Part 8
Canal Boat Ride (Easton)
Classic Car Museum (Pottsville)
Delaware Canal (Easton to Bristol)
Mack Trucks Museum (Allentown)
Sanderson Museum (Chadds Ford)
Part 9
Sculpture Park (Jenkintown)
Bowmans Hill Tower (New Hope)
Bowmans Hill Wildflowers (New Hope)
Delaware Valley Fire Museum (New Hope)
Morris Arboretum (Philadelphia)
Part 10
Halloween
Fall Season
Ghost Tours
Cemetery Tours
Apple Picking
Part 11
Lakota Wolf Preserve (Columbia, NJ)
Mt Airy Art Garage (Philadelphia)
The Highlands (Fort Washington)
LV Heritage Museum (Allentown)
Bucks Childrens Museum (New Hope)
Part 12
Insectarium (Philadelphia)
Magic Gardens (Philadelphia)
Edgar Allan Poe House (Philadelphia)
Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia)
Mütter Museum (Philadelphia)
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