Doylestown (Pennsylvania)

Doylestown is a town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

90 things to do

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Mercer Museum

Built in 1916 by the archaeologist, anthropologist, artist and scholar, Henry Chapman Mercer. The six-story concrete castle houses a personal collection of over 30,000 items that Mercer believed should be preserved before the Industrial Revolution took over. The huge central atrium of the castle houses a whale boat, Conestoga wagon and stage coach, amongst other large pieces. Working your way through the narrow hallways of the museum, you can find ancient gadgets, woodworking instruments, early examples of electricity and even a "Vampire Killing Kit." In one of the hidden stairwells, there are footprints from Mercer's dog Rollo, who must have escaped before the wet concrete could fully dry. This is truly an eccentric place to visit. There are nooks, crannies, niches and rooms with all kinds of tools and implements used in the early history of the colonization. It's a great place to go on a hot day, the concrete keeps the building quite cool. There is a gift shop with postcards, Mercer tiles, crafts, books and other souvenirs. The Mercer Museum was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1985 and recently achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums in 2005. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Tu 10AM-9PM, Su noon-5PM


First Friday

The first Friday of every month 6:30PM-9PM. First Friday Doylestown features a night of live artists, bands and performers outside of Doylestown's local businesses. Shops and restaurants are open late to service the crowds of people walking around. Families, couples, and kids can walk the street of Doylestown while enjoying the local music, shops, and venues. Warm summer nights are the best! Come the Friday after Thanksgiving to watch the annual Christmas tree lighting in front of Starbucks on Main Street. Listen to the Central Bucks West High School Choir sing classic holiday songs and get into the Christmas spirit. Santa Clause will come to help the celebration on a fire ambulance. Starbucks also offers complimentary apple cider, cookies, and snacks to all who attend. Shops and restaurants stay open later to enjoy shopping and dining after the annual lighting. Perfect for families and children of all ages.

DO   —  Map


Fonthill Museum

East Court Street & Route 313. Built between 1908 and 1912 as the home of Henry Chapman Mercer, as well as a gallery for his tiles and prints. Like the Mercer Museum, Fonthill is also a concrete castle and represents a mixture of Medieval, Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles. After Mercer's death in 1930, the housekeeper Laura Swain continued to give tours of the historic house and museum until she passed away in 1975. Today, Fonthill Museum attracts over 30,000 visitors a year and is a popular place for wedding photos and receptions. Every summer, Fonthill hosts the "Old Fashioned Fourth of July" where locals can participate in old-time games and celebration. Fonthill was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1985 and recently achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums in 2005. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM.

SEE   —  +1 215-348-9461 —  Map

James A. Michener Art Museum

The stone building was originally constructed in 1884 as the Bucks County prison, but reopened its doors in 1988 as the James A. Michener Art Museum. The museum was named for James Michener, Doylestown's own Pulitzer-prize winning writer and patron of the arts. Today, the gallery houses an astounding collection of work from many Pennsylvania Impressionist artists. Attached to the museum is the Patricia D. Pfundt outdoor Sculpture Garden. Permanent exhibits include the Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism, The Garber Mural, James A. Michener: A Living Legacy, the Nakashima Reading Room, the Visual Heritage of Bucks County and an interactive exhibit on Bucks County writers and composers like Rodgers and Hammerstein.



Mesquito Grille

Literally hundreds of national, international and micro-brew bottle and draft beers are available at this bi-level establishment in the heart of downtown Doylestown. Both smoking and non-smoking bars are available as well as an extensive menu including ribs, steaks, salads, seafood and locally famous buffalo wings in a variety of flavours. Food is generally served until 9:30PM weekdays and 10PM on weekends but the bar is open until 2AM everyday except Tuesday when the restaurant is also closed. This is a great bar to visit if you want to soak in genuine local atmosphere, enjoy a sophisticated beer or discuss Philadelphia Sports Teams. just don't mention the Dallas Cowboys!


Moravian Pottery & Tile Works

Henry Chapman Mercer was very involved in the American Arts & Crafts Movement and is famous for producing ceramic tiles engraved with scenes of Bucks County nature and seasons. Today, tiles are still produced at the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works and can be purchased by visitors. Mercer's tiles can be seen throughout Doylestown, in the homes of locals, inlaid in the sidewalks and in the Mercer and Fonthill Museums. The Tile Works courtyard hosts a variety of seasonal activities including Pumpkinfest each Halloween, where local artists compete for the best carved pumpkin. Tickets are$3.50 adults, $3 seniors, $2 youth (ages 7-17). Open daily 10AM-4:45PM.



Bucks County Civil War Roundtable Library & Museum

The Civil War Museum has on display a multitude of items related to Doylestown's 104th Pa. Volunteer Infantry Regiment and the Civil War in general. Bullets, weapons, uniforms, flags, art and Lincoln Medals and Tokens dating from 1870 are just a few of the pieces primarily donated from area history buffs and collecters. The library has hundreds of books on the Civil War, a great many of which were donated by the late Fred Holzworth. The Roundtable hosts a variety of programs including speakers, concerts and trips to other area historical sites.


Town and Country Players

Town and Country Players is one of the most historic theaters in Bucks County. The 240-year-old barn which houses the unique theater-in-the round was rented and remodeled in 1957. A small group of actors began putting on simple productions at T&C, and the popularity quickly grew in the community. Today, T&C hosts a season of six productions, not including the family musical, children's play and one-act festival. With the help of a talented membership, T&C looks less like a farmhouse these days, and more like a professional theater.



The Other Side

Late night sister bar to Chambers. This is a good place to go when Chambers closes for the evening (usually between 10 and 11PM). Many specialty beers on tap as well as the expected domestics and imports. The Other Side has an excellent liquor selection. Stop by for pub trivia on Monday nights and live music almost every other night with full bands performing every weekend night. Be sure to look out for special events as there are often theme nights at The Other Side such as "Margarita Night", "Hula Night" and "Bikini Night".


Stephanie's

This establishment consists of a ground level non-smoking sports bar and a cavernous basement lounge that features pub trivia on Monday nights, "Don't Forget the Lyrics" style karaoke on Tuesday nights and live music Wednesday to Saturday. Stephanie's has over 50 draft beers and a good selection of bottles. The bar features daily specials and a happy hour from 5-7PM. Both the sports bar and the lower level are open 7 days a week until 2AM and a full menu is served every day until "late night".

DRINK   —  +1 215 489-1644 —  29 S Main Street

Bobby Simone's

Step off of State Street, walk down a friendly alleyway just beyond the well known County Theatre and you'll find yourself at Bobby Simone's. This bar attracts a younger crowd and has a great outdoor drinking and mingling area. It's a good place to hang out on a warm afternoon and a very good place to start your evening. There are all of the expected domestic beers on tap and a decent bottle selection, but you'll more than likely stay for the fun and charming outdoor area.


Muggs

Muggs is the local "hippie-bar" known for it's eclectic patrons and beers on the cheap. Don't let the relaxed rustic atmosphere fool you-this is a great place to relax and mingle with the locals. You might find yourself with some inside information on local attractions and customs from an hour or two hanging out here. There is a good draft selection and a great bottle selection. This bar also features very reasonably priced take-away beer for late night partying.

DRINK   —  211 S Main St

Peace Valley Park

Peace Valley Park is a park on the outside of Doylestown that is run by the Bucks County Parks and Recreation department. This 1500 acre park has so much to offer such as playgrounds, picnicking, hiking, boating, fishing, bike paths, and walking paths. Peace Valley park also has a nature center and environmental area. The park also offers numerous special programs such as water and boating programs and youth camps. The park is open from 8AM until sunset.


Chambers 19

Chambers Bar & Bistro is in downtown Doylestown, within walking distance to the local theatre, county courthouse and in the middle of a busy shopping district. Chambers offers a quaint restaurant and a charming non-smoking bar featuring favourite draft beers and a good selection of bottles. The bar and restaurant both have daily food and drink specials and live acoustic pop and jazz music through the week and on the weekend.


Paganini Ristorante

This is one of Doylestown most Famous Italian restaurants. located in the heart of Doylestown offers so many different things from a nice cafe to elegant dining, also offers fresh pizza, meats, and their own sauces. Paganini offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Paganini also opened up a small cafe and wine bar across the street. the Cafe is more of a casual place to get food and eat outside.


Fanny Chapman Pool and Park

Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool was opened to the public in 1927 upon the suggestion of William Mercer, Henry Mercer's younger brother. Today Fanny Chapman has four pools, including a children's wading pool, a diving pool and a pool for community swim teams to use. The surrounding park area is home to volleyball courts, a playground and a lake where locals can fish in season.


County Theater

The historic County Theater has been located in the center of Doylestown since 1938. Showing mostly independent and old-time films, the non-profit theater has a wide membership in the Bucks County area. During the summer, the County features "Hollywood Summer Nights" and plays such classics as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life and North by Northwest.


The WaterWheel

This restaurant is an 18th century Bucks County Landmark. The Waterwheel offers numerous dinning rooms,a cellar bar, and banquet rooms. Open for lunch and dinner during the weekend and brunch on the weekends. The menu is modern continental fare and the bar also offers a bar food type menu. The Waterwheel is said very historic and is said to be haunted.


Kids Castle

Central Park. This stunning 35-foot-tall wooden play castle was built as a community effort for the children and families of Doylestown. It features swings, slides, climbing and hiding places and bridges. Central Park has tennis courts, volleyball nets, pavilions for pickniking and a 1.5 run/walk trail. Open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.

DO   —  425 Wells Rd

Essentials Salon and Day Spa

Come and relax for a day at the spa at one of Doylestown's most popular salons and spas. Essentials specializes in massages, body waxing, hair design, manicures, pedicures, and hair coloring. Over 80 licensed professional employees. Also offers hair design for bridal parties, prom, birthday celebrations, and all special occasions.


Farmer's Market

Open Saturdays from 7AM-noon, Apr-Nov. Vendors gather on S. Hamilton St. every Saturday morning to sell their fresh fruits, cheeses, pastries, flowers, crafts and more. The Farmer's Market has gathered quite a following and on any given summer Saturday morning, many regulars come to eat breakfast and chat with friends outside.

BUY   —  Map

Main Street Marketplace

This brand new market place offers a variety of different dining. The theme of the marketplace is an old historic type. The market place offers Baked on Main which is a upscale pizza bistro, Pennsylvania Soup and Seafood,and in the cellar is Andres Wine and cheese


Cross Keys Diner

Cross Keys is a great classic Diner that offers any kind of breakfast you can think of! Cross keys offers Breakfast, lunch, and takeout. You can either sit at a table or sit at the breakfast bar that wraps along the side of the diner.


Primo Hoagies

St. Specializing in hand-made hoagies with a variety of different meats, vegetables, and condiments. Dine in or order in advanced. Catering offered. Perfect for birthday celebrations, superbowl parties, and all other special events.

EAT   —  +1 215-340-7701 —  6 East Court

Nuts Plus

This small little candy shop is in a little alley way in the borough of town. The store offers any candy's, nuts, fudges, and sweets you can imagine! This old fashian candy shop is stocked with all of your favorite classic candies!


Annie's Water Ice

Opened seasonally from March to September. Specializing in home-made water ice and soft serve ice cream. Also offering soft pretzels, gelatos, and milkshakes. The perfect place to bring families and friends on a summer night.


Vine and Fig Tree Bistro

This relaxing comfy bistro located in the heart of Doylestown offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vine and Fig offers outdoor seasonal seating. If you want a homey place to eat a nice breakfast or any meal this is the place!


Planet Smoothie

The best place for a fresh and delicious smoothie. Offering a wide variety of flavors, fruits, and protein these smoothies are great snacks. Also serves soup, soft pretzels, chips, and a variety of other snacks.


Herb's Hobbies and Crafts

Offering a broad selection for all hobby and craft needs including scrapbook supplies, knitting materials, trains, toys, home goods, cake decorating, candy making, model kits, stuffed animals, and collectibles.


Moose Lodge

Doylestown's best kept secret! Come and enjoy the many events the Moose Lodge has to offer. Shows performed every first Friday of the month by local bands. Family-friendly concerts, socials, and fundraisers.


Penn Taproom

A new hot spot in town. The Penn Taproom is in a prime spot in Doylestown with a full bar inside, outdoor seating, and an up stairs dining room. The menu is mostly bar food. Has a great cozy atmosphere.


Staples

Chain store selling specializing in office supplies, laptops, printer ink, toner, electronics, and office furniture. Also selling school supplies and presentation supplies for all project needs.


Coffee and Cream

Doylestown's most famous coffee bar. Offering a variety of speciality coffee drinks, pastries, smoothies, and home-made ice cream. A warm place to go after a cold day of shopping in town.


M.O.M's

Located in the center of town M.O.M's is a great victoria style restaurant. M.O.M's has a full service bar and two floors for seating. M.O.M's is American food with a pinch of the south.


A Taste Of Philly

Specializing in soft pretzels and homemade ice cream. Catering available for all special events. Also offering birthday parties. Come and learn how to make soft pretzels with friends!


Gap

Chain department store selling women's, men's, and children's clothing. Also offers accessories, shoes, belts, lingerie, perfume, jewelry, sunglasses, and gifts.

BUY   —  +1 215-230-9440 —  17 S. Main St

Bonton

Department store selling mens, women's, children's, and infant clothing. Extensive shoe department, accessories, home goods, jewelry, perfume, and make-up.


Bucks County Dry Goods

High end women's clothing from designers like Free People, BCBG, Steven Starr, among others. Also selling accessories like sunglasses, scarves, and belts.

BUY   —  +1 215-489-6168 —  8 E. State St

Holly Hill Boutique

Unique boutique specializing in high end women's clothing at reasonable prices. Also sells shoes, jewelry, scarves, purses, belts, and other accessories.


Jules Thin Crust Pizza

215-34-JULES. Thin crust pizza with any topping your heart desires. Great for families with kids. All uses organic ingredients from local farmers. BYOB.

EAT   —  78 S. Main St

A Special Gift

Gift store with wide range of unique merchandise. Specialized in well-crafted jewelry and accessories. Also selling clothing, purses, and home goods.


The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm Spa

The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm Spa uses all natural herbal ingredients, blended fresh on property, to create a unique and wholesome spa experience.


Bobby Simones

Offering creative and traditional American cuisine using fresh ingredients. Also offers a wide variety of alcoholic beverages, beer, and wine.


California Tortilla

Traditional Mexican cuisine. Specializing in burritos, tacos, and quesdillas. Offers a wide range of hot sauces from mild to deathly.


Nat's Pizzeria

The most famous home-made pizza in Doylestown. Dine in or take out. Offers speciality pizza, hoagies, steak sandwiches, and salads.


Twenty East Vintage Jewelry

Everything from Victorian jewelry up through new. From high-end to costume, there is something for everyone (and any budget)!


Radio Shack

Selling mobile phones, MP3 players, I-pod accessories, cameras, batteries, laptops, electronic toys, video games, and more.


Altomontes Italian Market and Deli

Specializing in authentic and home-made Italian cuisine. Famous for its hand-made pasta, baked bread, and Italian dishes.


Bagel Barrel

The Best bagels in Doylestown. Offering a wide variety of bagels, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee. Catering available.


The Freight House

Dining within the historical freight house at the Doylestown train station. More expensive, but worth the extra penny.


Music and Arts Center

Music store where you can buy and rent multiple instruments, sheet music, accessories. Lessons are also offered.


86 West

Restaurant and bar specializing in sushi and Japanese cuisine. Also offers a wide variety of traditional meals.


Something Else

High-end women's clothing, jewelry, shoes, winter jackets, and accessories. Now offering little girls clothing.


Paint n' Pottery and the Bead Bazaar

Paint pottery or bead jewelry. No experience necessary. Walk-in, party reservations, and workshops available.


Lilly's Gourmet

The perfect lunch destination. Specializing in home-made sandwiches, soups, and salads. Dine in or take-out.

EAT   —  +1 215-230-7883 —  1 W. Court St

Poco's

Offers Mexican American food and Bar. This restaurant is great for families and has a very unique decor.


Doylestown Bookstore

Sells a wide variety of new books, children's stories, and magazines. Also offering reading accessories.

BUY   —  +1 215-230-7610 —  16 S. Main St

Andres Wine and Cheese Shoppe

Come and eat at the bar or take your order to-go. Specializing in home-made cheese and local wine.


Honey

American style dining with small-portioned meals. Easy to share with friends and family.


Chambers 19 Restaurant

American regional cooking. A favorite among locals. Casual dining with an extensive menu


The Bucks County Running Company

Specializing in running apparel and accessories. Also sells a large variety of sneakers.


Shop 65

High end women's and men's clothing and accessories. Designer jeans are also sold here.

BUY   —  +1 215-348-8250 —  53 W. Main St

Head Over Heels

Shoe store specializing in women's heels, boots, ballet flats, and sneakers.


Cafe Alessio

Italian, Sea Food, and Sushi bar with outdoor dining, reasonably priced.

EAT   —  +1 215-340-1101 —  24 N. Main St

Monkey Business

Specializing in high end children's and infant clothing and accessories.


Paper Unicorn

Gift store with wide range of card, candle, and home decor selection.

BUY   —  +1 215-345-8655 —  2 S. Main St

Cross Culture-Ethnic Indian Restaurant and Catering

Specializing in traditional Indian cuisine with a twist. BYOB.


Chelsea Clothing and Gifts

Woman's new and vintage clothing, accessories, and gifts.

BUY   —  +1 215-348-1296 —  18 N. Main St

Domani Star

Steak, seafood and Italian in a cozy, small-town bistro


Striker Soccer Supplies

Specializing in all soccer clothing and accessories.


The Children's Place

Children's and infant clothing, shoes, accessories.


Chico's

Specializing in women's clothing and accessories.


Cafe America

Festive Mexican cuisine. Order to go or dine in.

EAT   —  +1 215-348-7838 —  1 W. Court St

Poor Richards

Gifts, home goods, kitchenware, garden supplies.


The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm

Holicong. A farm estate and spa inn.

SLEEP   —  +1 215 794-5104 —  5281 York Road

Madame Butterfly

Exquisite and authentic Japanese.


Ooka Japanese Restaurant

Japanese food, sushi and hibachi


Sweet Blossoms Lingerie Boutique

Women's lingerie and pajamas.

BUY   —  +1 215-345-5140 —  65 S. Main St

Chambers 19 Bistro and Bar

The best in local fare.

EAT   —  +1 215-348-1940 —  19 N. Main St

Villa Capri

St. Best pizza in town.

EAT   —  +1 215-348-9656 —  51 West Court

Slate Bleu

Casual European Dining


Finney's Royal Grotto

An Irish Style pub


About Doylestown (Pennsylvania)

Originally the province of the Lenni Lenape tribe of the Delaware Indians prior to the colonization by European settlers, the land destined to become Doylestown and Bucks County remains widely regarded as some of the most beautiful countryside in Pennsylvania – and America! Today it also classified as one of the best places in the nation to raise your family. Today, Doylestown is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 27 miles (43 km) north of Philadelphia. As of the 2000 census, the borough population was 8,227. The borough is the county seat of Bucks County.


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