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Cheap Trips: Camping, Plant Life and Oz

Three local attractions you can visit on one tank of gas.

Are you interested in taking a trip, but not willing to part with a stack of money?

Try one of these three trips you can enjoy on just one tank of gas: Fort Washington State Park in Whitemarsh Township, the Reading Arboretum in Reading and the St. Francis Players in Springfield.

 

1. Fort Washington State Park

Address: 500 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington (Whitemarsh Township)
How Far from Palmer-Forks Patch: About one hour and 11 minutes / About 52 miles

Admission:

  • Free to use, registration required for camping and pavilion use

Hours:

  • Open daily dawn to dusk

About: Located in the Fort Washington section of Whitemarsh Township, Fort Washington State Park offers an opening to nature for both the casual and more serious outdoor lover. The park offers softball fields, bird watching, fishing, 3.5 miles of hiking trails, dog walking areas and a disc golf course. The park is also home to a number of picnic areas as well as an organized group tent area for campers.

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2. Reading Arboretum

Address: 500 Museum Road, Reading
How Far From Palmer-Forks Patch: About one hour and 12 minutes / About 56 miles

Admission:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Open daily dawn to dusk

About: Spring is prime time to explore the 25 landscaped acres of the Reading Arboretum. The garden features 65 specimens of trees, shrubs and flowering plants gathered from all over the world. Winding pathways lead visitors through the arboretum and footbridges crisscross scenic Wyomissing Creek, making this one of the most popular destinations in Berks County. The arboretum's Spring Plant Sale will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 21. The event will feature plants and books for sale and live music. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

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3. The St. Francis Players

Address: 112 Saxer Ave., Springfield
How Far From Palmer-Forks Patch:
About one hour and 27 minutes / About 76 miles

Admission:

  • $15 for reserved seats
  • $10 for general admission
  • $25 for opening night.

Times:

  • Dinner Theatre: Friday, April 20, 6 p.m.
  • Evening Performances, 8 p.m.: Saturday, April 21; Friday, April 27; Saturday, April 28
  • Matinee Performances, 2 p.m.: Sunday April 22 and April 29

Summary: The St. Francis Players, which provides parish and community members the chance to participate in musical and theater arts productions, will be staging the popular “The Wizard of Oz” in April. Follow Dorothy and her friends as they make their quest to meet the Wizard. Tickets for opening night include an open bar and dinner.

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