There’s always more to discover in Mt. Airy. From a jam packed day of family fun to a leisurely weekend outing with the girls, Mt. Airy has the right combination of shopping, dining, and recreational activities for everyone.
Visit the world that our Founding Fathers would recognize. Begin your tour with lunch at Avenida, a Latin American restaurant located within a stone estate built in 1748. Follow the cobblestones down historic Germantown Avenue to Cliveden, a National Trust Historic Site and the location of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Philadelphia. The Revolutionary Germantown Festival held every October is a can’t miss event - visitors can even watch a dramatic re-enactment of the Battle of Germantown! After the battle, pay tribute to the veterans at the Upper Burying Ground, a cemetery established in 1692 and the final resting place of over fifty Revolutionary War soldiers. Finish your trip with a visit to the Historic RittenhouseTown, the site of British North America’s first paper mill.
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Learn about life in late 19th century Philadelphia. Begin your visit with a tour at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, the only authentically restored Victorian house museum in Philadelphia. Continue your journey by wandering through the English gardens of Awbury Arboretum, a classic Victorian-era outdoor landscape in Philadelphia. Conclude your trip with a cup of tea at Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café, inside a charming converted old schoolhouse.
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Hear the stories of enslavement, freedom and progress in Northwest Philadelphia. Tour Cliveden and learn about the lives of the slaves on the Chew family’s summer estate. Continue your journey at the Johnson House, home to some of Philadelphia’s most active Quaker abolitionists, and hear the tales of the freedom seekers who stopped there while traveling on the Underground Railroad. Conclude your day with a delicious meal from Geechee Girl Rice Café, where the menu is inspired by the Geechee culture of Georgia and South Carolina.
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Mt. Airy is the place where everyone wants to be a kid: take a trip and experience it first-hand. Children love watching the trains go by at Walk A Crooked Mile, a used bookstore inside Mt. Airy train station stocked with plenty of children’s and adult titles (insiders tip: don’t miss the free coffee, tea, and cocoa frequently offered inside the store). Feed any hungry tummies with thick and creamy milkshakes, handmade potato chips, and great seasonal offerings at the Trolley Car Diner – don’t miss their Ice Cream Shoppe, open during the summer months in a converted historic trolley! Bring any leftover crumbs down to Valley Green, where you can feed the ducks. Wrap up the afternoon with a trip to nearby Chestnut Hill for an extraordinary adventure at Morris Arboretum’s Canopy Walk. The child in all of us will delight in the stunning views of the forest from a height of over 50 feet.
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Girls Day Getaway
Planning a day trip with your girlfriends? Charming Mt. Airy is just the place to get away. Start your weekend morning off right with an Ashtanga class at Blue Banyan Yoga. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop in at Wine Thief for weekend brunch specials – they’re best known for their drink menu, but don’t miss out on their sumptuous breakfast offerings! After brunch, cross the street and treat yourselves to a new look at Culture Hair Studio, which offers everything from Brazilian keratins and natural hair care consultations to facials and makeup applications. Stroll up the Ave and into BellaNOR Boutique for designer wares and dazzling accessories to complement your new ‘do.
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Green Mt. Airy
Mt. Airy is Philadelphia’s greenest neighborhood in every sense of the word. Hit the trails of the Wissahickon and explore one of the largest urban forests in the country. From the park, head over to the intersection of Green Street and Carpenter Lane. Enjoy an organic pastry at High Point Café, then cross the street to Weavers Way, Philadelphia’s longest running Co-op. Browse the aisles for locally baked bread, sustainably produced coffee, and recycled items for your home. Cap off your evening with a meal at EARTH Bread + Brewery, a green-minded gastropub that supports local agriculture, local breweries, and even local contractors and artists.
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