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: the Mount Airy Art Garage in Mount Airy, Jacobsburg State Park in the Wind Gap area and the Paint n' Pottery and Bead Bazaar in Doylestown.
1. Jacobsburg State Park
Address: 835 Jacobsburg Road, Wind Gap (Bushkill Township)
How Far From Palmer-Forks Patch: It's right next door!
- Open daily dawn to dusk
Summary: The 1,168-acre Jacobsburg State Park and Environmental Education Center is rich in natural beauty and history. The park includes a known for its role in Colonial-era gun manufacturing. There, the Henry family produced the Henry Longrifle and other guns used in the American Revolution and Civil War. A portion of the park, known as Henry's Woods, features a 1.9-mile loop trail along Bushkill Creek. Visitors can expect to see wildflowers, birds, small mammals and old-growth stands of hemlock and white oak. The park -- popular for hiking, picnics and mountain biking -- includes more than 18 miles of trails.
2. Paint N’ Pottery and Bead Bazaar
Address: 15 W. Oakland Ave., Doylestown
How far from Palmer-Forks Patch: About one hour / About 38 miles
- Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
Summary: Billed as the area’s largest, most-complete center for creative fun with paint your own pottery, glass fusing, hand-building with clay and specialty crafts and beads, Paint N' Pottery and Bead Bazaar offers workspace for customers to be creative and make personalized gifts and items for themselves. Customers can design and create items such as mugs, plates, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and coasters from the store's selection of beads, pottery and fused glass. Paint N' Pottery and Bead Bazaar also hosts mom's clubs, summer camps, after-school groups, scout troops, birthday parties, showers and a Friday night kids' club
3. Mt. Airy Art Garage
Address: 11 W. Mount Airy Ave., Philadelphia
How Far From Palmer-Forks Patch: About one hour and 23 minutes / About 66 miles
- Free; you can become a member here.
- Opens at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; there are also special events throughout the year.
Summary: The Mount Airy Art Garage is a space that brings together artists in Mount Airy and elsewhere to work together under one roof. It wants to offer a market where people can purchase art, and it wants to create a permanent gallery highlighting the work of member artists. Its gallery is intended to showcase the work of artists who have contributed to the art garage in the past.