9 Outdoor Summer Spots to Visit Around the Main Line

Get in touch with nature at one of these family-friendly places.



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Cloverleaf Stables

Explore the Brandywine-Beaver Valley on horseback. This laid-back stable has trail rides for everyone from beginner to advanced level riders, and even offers a special sunset ride. After your ride, unpack a picnic in their designated dining area.

140 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford.

Cynwyd Heritage Trail

Hike, bike, rollerblade, or enjoy an outdoor yoga class along the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. One-hour yoga classes are held every first and third Sunday of the month from May through August. Yogis must bring their own mats, but the classes are free.

175 E. Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd.

Marsh Creek State Park

Explore this expansive, 1,705-acre state park in just about every imaginable way: Horseback ride at Hope Springs Farm, hike through forests, fields, or wetlands, take a summer lake tour, rent a sailboat, rowboat or paddleboard, go fishing, or take a break for a picnic at one of the park’s grills.

675 Park Road, Downingtown

Northbrook Canoe Co.

Visit Northbrook Canoe to rent a canoe, kayak, or tube to carry you along the gorgeous Brandywine River, which meanders throughout Chester County.

1810 Beagle Road, West Chester.

Okehocking Preserve

Get your dose of fresh air hiking on seven miles of trails, varying in terrain from meadows to uplands to wetlands.

5316 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square.

Port Providence Paddle

Paddle the Schuylkill River with friends or family, taking in the scenery as you guide your choice of canoe, kayak or paddleboat through the water. Keep your eyes out for deer, egret, herons, beavers and eagles along the way.

264 Canal St., Phoenixville.

Rolling Hill Park

Take a stroll with your pet on these dog-friendly trails. Dog owners with permits can also take their dogs off-leash in certain sections.

1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne.

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Take a guided or self-guided tour of the Scott Arboretum, where you’ll learn about sustainable gardening, strategies for developing a garden and more.

500 College Ave., Swarthmore.

Tyler Arboretum

Pick up some horticultural lingo and embark on a self-guided tour at Tyler Arboretum, which boasts local plants and flower species. Visit on Wednesday mornings for guided bird walks.

515 Painter Road, Media.

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