5 Can’t-Miss Summer Events Worth the Drive from the Main Line

From Firefly Music Festival to the Mercer Museum, these spots don’t disappoint.

The Maple Grove Raceway Lantern Fest takes place June 9.

The Boardwalk at Herseypark 
Hersey, Pa. Drive time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

The Boardwalk at Hersheypark welcomes two new rides this summer: Breakers Edge, a family-friendly hydro-magnetic water coaster with flying-saucer turns; and Whitecap Racer, the longest mat-racing slide in the world.

Firefly Music Festival
Dover, Del. Drive time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Dover International Speedway’s Woodlands will be in full-blown festival mode for Firefly June 14-17. Music fans from all over country will be camping out and generally roughing it to see headliners Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys and the Killers, along with a host of other acts. Drive time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Peddler's Village Red, White and Blue BBQ Bash
New Hope, Pa. Drive time: 50 minutes.

Get a jump on July 4 at Peddler’s Village on June 30 for the Red, White and Blue BBQ Bash. This classic family-style barbecue event features great food, live music, kids’ activities shopping and more.

Maple Grove Raceway Lantern Fest
Mohnton, Pa. Drive time: 50 minutes.

Can’t make it to Thailand for the world-renowned Yee Peng Festival? Maple Grove Raceway is hosting its own version on June 9, when thousands of attendees will release lanterns into the sky as part of the family-friendly Lantern Fest. 


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Mercer Museum
Doylestown, Pa. Drive time: 45 minutes. 

With all there is to see and do in Philadelphia, it’s easy to overlook Mercer Museum. Take a day to discover this wholly unique Bucks County gem, which houses Henry Mercer’s vast collection of outmoded technology—some 30,000 items ranging from hand tools to horse-drawn carriages to a whale boat. There’s also the summer exhibit, Racing: A Need for Speed. And be sure to tour Mercer’s regal early-19th-century home, Fonthill Castle.