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2021 Summer Guide – Bucks Happening

You won’t find a better place to soak up the sun and relax than right here in your own backyard. Take some time to explore the endless greenery, scenic waterways and acres of parks and trails. Our charming, quaint streets are waiting for you to enjoy all the family-owned shops, artisan goods and delicious dining options in breathtaking settings.  Let our 2021 Summer Guide help you explore the endless options and find where to go, what to eat and what to do right all summer long.

Frozen Treats

Food & Cocktails

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Activities & Events

Local Pools

Parks & Trails

Shopping & Spa

Outdoor Fun

What’s summer without your favorite frozen treats? When the temperatures are rising, there’s nothing better than a scoop of your favorite Italian Ice, Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream. It’s the perfect way to take a minute to indulge, slow down, and beat the heat!

Zebra Striped Whale – Bucks Happening List Winner for Ice Cream

12 South State Street, Newtown

The Zebra Striped Whale is a family-owned and operated café that offers premium ice cream, espresso drinks, tea, crepes and desserts. You’ll find an array of toppings, custom ice cream cakes, chocolate pretzel trays and more.

Warrington Dairy Queen – Bucks Happening List Finalist for Ice Cream

1111 Easton Rd, Warrington

A fantastic family-owned business and Bucks Happening List Winner 2020 for Best Ice Cream, the Warrington Dairy Queen is open for takeout and curbside pickup. With multiple five-star reviews from customers, this community staple is one of the best places to indulge your ice cream cravings.

Yardley Ice House – Bucks Happening List Winner for Water Ice

77 S Main Street, Yardley

Did you know the Yardley Ice House makes all their gourmet Italian Ice from scratch? You can look forward to both traditional and unique flavors alike such as mango and lemon as well as cherry Bordeaux, chocolate malt and banana cream pie. Flavors are updated on their site daily and are also posted outside.

OwowCow – Bucks Happening List Finalist for Ice Cream

4105 Durham Road, Ottsville

591 Durham Road, Wrightstown

101 N. Main Street, Chalfont

237 N. Union Street, Lambertville

OwowCow locations have 24 flavors of ice cream at any one time, including 12 signature core flavors that they make year-round as well as 12 more monthly specials and seasonal flavors along with dairy-free sorbet. All shops are currently open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for on-site takeout ordering. You can also order online for pickup the following day.

The Hickory Stick – Bucks Happening List Finalist for Ice Cream

811 Telegraphy Road, Perkasie

Curbside pickup, The Hickory Stick offers ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, donuts, danishes, pound cake (Stock’s!), cinnamon buns, espresso and more.

Grida’s Soft Ice Cream 

36 N. Main Street, Richlandtown

Grida’s not only offers delicious ice cream, but you can also order cheese steaks, pizza, hoagies, burgers and more! Open daily for takeout. Call ahead to limit wait time.

Richman’s Ice Cream & Burger Co.

6935 Bristol Emilie Road, Levittown

379 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville

Richman’s is another spot where you can get sweet treats like soft serve and hand-dipped ice cream, water ice, gelati and sundaes in addition to burgers, natural-cut fries, hot dogs and chicken. Takeout windows are open, or you can also call your order in for pickup or opt for online ordering/delivery.

JoJo’s Ice Cream 

8801 New Falls Rd, Levittown

With a reputation for excellent customer service, this community gem is a great spot to beat the heat on a hot summer day! They’re open for takeout at their outdoor window and recently announced the opening of their dining room. In addition to ice cream and water ice, you can also order ice cream cakes – either traditional with ice cream and cookie crunchies or layered homemade Piazza’s ice cream with cake from Piazza’s Bakery. Waffle nachos with ice cream scoops is another unique favorite!

Dairy Delite

972 Woodbourne Road, Levittown

Dairy Delite’s takeout window is open, and rumor has it that they have Dole Pineapple Whip this summer!

Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream at Shady Brook Farm

931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Uncle Dave’s is open and offering cups, cones, floats and shakes.

Moo Hope Ice Cream

22 S Main St, New Hope

Small, batches of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and Italian ice made fresh every week! Unique, seasonal flavors with vegan options as well. You can enjoy classic flavors like Mint Chocolate Chip (their most popular) or more daring options like Chocolate Rosemary. Moo Hope is open for the 2021 season. Check the website for hours.

Lavender Coconut Ice Cream from Moo Hope (photo via Facebook)

Kurbside Kona of Doylestown

Are you craving premium shaved ice? You can schedule the Kona Truck to come to your neighborhood, or if you’re craving some Kona Ice, just come to wherever their truck is. Follow them on Facebook or download the “FoodEaze” app and then search for “Kona Ice of Doylestown” to see where to find them. Email them at [email protected] for information on how to have Kona Ice come to your neighborhood.

Summer flavors are here in Bucks County! Fresh ingredients and refreshing cocktails are just a few of the things that make us think of summer. Here are some Happening List Winners & Finalists (plus a few extras) that have summer menu items for dine-in and take out options.

Steam Pub – Happening List Winner for Late Night Dining and Happy Hour

606 2nd Street Pike, Southampton

In the summer of 2012, four men with deep Southampton roots united with a collective goal of bringing an exceptional pub-style restaurant to the area. A place where locals can experience outstanding food and drinks, served with an unpretentious attitude in a lively environment. In what better place to do so than in the former Southampton train station? A station that for hundreds of years was the heart and soul of the community, connecting the Bucks County suburb to the rest of the country and allowing Southampton to thrive economically and become the remarkable area it is today. With a combined 70 years of restaurant and bar experience, these four Southampton men, anchored by the exquisite and innovative culinary skills of executive chef Brendan Gillespie, hope to parallel the train station’s long and incredible history by servicing the community for years to come. Check out their summer menu!

Photo provided by Steam Pub

Guru’s Indian Cuisine (Newtown) – Happening List Winner for Indian Food

203 N Sycamore Street, Newtown

Guru’s Indian Cuisine in Newtown is open from 11:30am-3:00pm and 5:00pm-10:00pm. You’ll experience traditional dishes from the diverse Indian states as well as classic recipes with Indo-Chinese and Mexican culinary influences.

Photo provided by Guru’s Indian Cuisine

Vince’s Pizzeria & Taproom (Newtown) – Happening List Winner for Pizza

573 Durham Road, Newtown

It really doesn’t get much better than pizza and beer, and Vince’s has plenty of both! You can either order takeout, or enjoy dining on the patio.

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Photo provided by Vince’s Taproom and Pizzeria

Moku Bowls – Happening List Winner for Healthy Food

Rt. 263 & Street Road, Lahaska

Swimsuit season is upon us, and if you’re looking for some help with healthy eating, Moku Bowls in Lahaska is the perfect option. Moku Bowls offers signature poke bowls, a spin on Asian-inspired Hawaiian cuisine consisting of chunks of meat or seafood served over rice or zucchini noodles in a bowl filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, topped with crunch add-ons. You can also get a sunshine bowl with a base of acai, coconut, homemade chia pudding or fresh Greek yogurt. Add granola, crunchy toppings and a dash of honey, peanut butter, almond butter or Nutella to sweeten your morning.

Photo provided by Moku Bowls

The Perk – Happening List Winner for Burger and Best Bartender (Sue Zischang)

501 East Walnut Street, Perkasie

The Perk is known for their award-winning burgers, pasta, steak, seafood and so much more. They’re open for dine-in and takeout. For parties of 6 or more, you can call ahead to get on the wait list to help reduce your wait time. The entire party must be present to be seated. Gift cards are also available to purchase.

Andale Latino Grill – Happening List Winner for Mexican Food

144 E Street Road, Feasterville-Trevose

Andale Latino Grill serves flavorful Latin dishes such as arepas, tacos, empanadas, burritos, quesadillas and more. Customers love the homemade desserts and every selection on the menu is produced fresh, daily and in-house.

Lambertville Station

11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ

Lambertville Station, Hunterdon Happening List Finalist for Best Outdoor Dining, is open with indoor and outdoor seating available. Enjoy lunch or dinner on the terrace or relax with a cocktail in the American-style pub. You won’t want to miss their award-winning Sunday brunch.

Solstice Newtown

2948 S. Eagle Road, Newtown

Solstice is a modern American restaurant featuring ingredient driven and seasonally inspired cuisine. The summer menu is now available, including ingredients such as watermelon, corn, tomatoes and more. Make a reservation or order takeout online.

The Pineville Tavern

1098 Durham Road, Pineville

Built in the 18th century, the Pineville Tavern has served as a feed mill, a general store, a hotel and now, one of Bucks County’s favorite taverns. It’s open 7 days a week from 11 am – 9 pm and takeout is 7 days a week, 11 am – 8 pm. Reservations and takeout orders can be made on the website.

Newportville Inn

4120 Lower Road, Newportville

The Newportville Inn is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining and takeout from 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm+. Newportville Inn has 2 styles of Beer Growlers available. The collectors Growler is $24 or our Jug Growler for only $5. These Beer Growlers will make the perfect gift for you or a friend. (Growlers come empty)

Snipes Farm Market

890 W. Bridge Street, Morrisville (come to the main entrance and follow the “CSA” signs to the large parking lot of the Big Red Barn)

Summer is THE time for the best fresh produce! Farm Market is open on Saturdays 9 am-1 pm, May-November. To get weekly shares of fresh vegetables and fruits of the season, become a CSA member! Members pick up 8 to 12 items of produce every week from the hands of our farmers, June to November. All produce is certified organic and grown right there at the farm! In addition to veggies like head lettuce, spinach, asparagus and radishes, they also sell herb, vegetable and flowering plants, annuals and perennials for your garden. You’ll also find flower bouquets, their home-grown wellness tonic “Mighty Cider,” honey, fruit butters, and their new CBD tincture and salve made from hemp organically grown on Snipes Farm. Plus – half of the food grown at Snipes Farm is donated to people in need, so it’s a great local business to support.

Basil Bandwagon Natural Market

Clinton- 38 Old Hwy 22 | 908-735-3822

Flemington- 276 US Hwy 202/31 | 908-788-5737

Lambertville- 239 N. Union St | 609-460-4500 NEW LOCATION NOW OPEN!

Basil Bandwagon Natural Market has everything you need for a happy and healthy summer!  From natural summer beauty products to organic sweets and snacks — our markets have it all. We carry a wide range of some of the best natural and safe bug repellent on the planet! Our staff is always ready to help you– whether to consult on wellness and beauty products, or just find that special something to eat. The café and grocery aisles are filled with delicious options for your next bbq, picnic and summer meals. Our produce section is all organic and sourced locally wherever possible. Check out our online web services for café orders and gift cards. We offer weekly sales and are open everyday from 8am – 8pm with convenient locations in Flemington, Clinton and Lambertville.

Here’s a list of the many Bucks County spots that you can visit to dine al fresco.

For more specific recommendations for outdoor dining, read our article More Than Just Al Fresco Dining at THIS LINK.

The River House at Odette’s (Happening’s List Winner for Outdoor Dining)

Washington Crossing Inn, Washington Crossing (Happening List Finalist for Outdoor Dining)

Tony’s Place Bar & Grille, Ivyland (Happening List Finalist for Outdoor Dining)

Piccolo Trattoria, Newtown and Doylestown locations

Calabrisella, Bensalem

Annabella, Bristol Borough

Cindy’s Cafe, Bristol Borough

King George Inn II, Bristol Borough

Itri Wood Fired Pizza, Bristol Borough

Pines Tavern, Bristol Borough

Dog & Bull, Croydon

Vela, Doylestown

Geronimo Brewing, Doylestown

Penn Taproom, Doylestown

Station Tap House, Doylestown

Water Wheel Tavern, Doylestown

Arosso, Fairless Hills

Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, Holicong

El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar, Holland

J.B. Dawson’s, Langhorne

Millers Ale House, Langhorne

Caleb’s American Kitchen, Lahaska

Buttonwood Grill, Lahaska/Peddler’s Village

Earl’s New American, Lahaska/Peddler’s Village

Five Four Bar & Grill, Levittown

Garden of Eatin, Levittown

Salvatore’s Cucina, Levittown

Iron Hill Brewery, Newtown (NEW location opening on June 17!)

Rocco’s at the Brick, Newtown

Meglio Pizzeria, Newtown

Green Parrot, Newtown

Havana, New Hope

Nektar, New Hope

Stella New Hope, New Hope

Newportville Inn, Newportville

The Pineville Tavern, Pineville

Steam Pub, Southampton

Yardley Inn, Yardley

Continental Tavern, Yardley

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

1635 River Road, New Hope

This popular New Hope destination is open every day and holds an abundance of beauty. Walk the trails and view the wildflowers in the meadow. See what’s in bloom on the website. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is the 2021 Happenings List Winner for Nature Spot!

Churchville Nature Center

501 Churchville Lane, Churchville, PA

Churchville Nature Center has 2 miles of nature trails across the preserve that is home to several habitats. The visitor center houses live animal displays, a gift shop and a naturalist room with books and an indoor view of the bird blind. The butterfly house re-opens to the public on July 6th and it’s encouraged to call to schedule a time to visit. Painted Lady Butterfly kits are available to raise your own butterfly at home. There’s also a natural playground and picnic grove, open year round for visitor use.

Bristol Waterfront Park

Historic Bristol Borough

Take a walk along the Delaware River Front, and then pick up some food at one of the many local restaurants offering takeout.

Bucks County River Country

2 Walters Lane, Point Pleasant

Bucks County River Country is now open for a season of tubing, kayaks, canoes and rafting on the Delaware River. All reservations must be placed online before arriving. Book your reservation here.

Peddler’s Village

Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska

Peddler’s Village is a year-round attraction in Bucks County, but it’s especially popular during the warm-weather months. There are events happening all summer long like the Blueberry and Peach Festival, Summer Block Party, Red, White and Blue BBQ Bash and so much more. Visit thew website to see what’s happening.

Photo Credit: Paul Boger of Mind Your Design

Bucks County summers can reach high temperatures. Cool off at one of these pools and splash pads.

Newtown Athletic Club

120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA

You don’t have to travel far for live entertainment during the summer season – your exclusive live music summer venue is right in Newtown, Bucks County at Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar! Every Friday night from 6-10pm at Escape Resort, all are welcome to enjoy dinner, dancing & poolside live music from popular local artists. Friday Night Live is open to the community after 6pm. Guests are permitted access to the bar and dining areas of the resort – no seasonal guest fees apply!

Friday Night Live is from June–September at the Escape Adult Pool. Dinner and drink specials, plus childcare (through NAC Kid’s Club), is available weekly. Please Note: a childcare reservation with Kid’s Club is required at least 24 hrs in advance. Top Local Artists in the Summer 2021 Lineup – The Kirko Band, Pete Beck Band, Kickbaxx Band, Some Assembly Required Band, The Zings Band & more!

For more information on Friday Night Live, please visit Follow Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar on Facebook for live updates on all poolside happenings, including Friday Night Live!

Warwick Township Spray Pool at Community Park

1733 Township Green, Jamison

The spray pool is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo provided by Warwick Township

The Bucks Swim Club

2600 York Road, Jamison

The Bucks Swim Club features three pools, including a kids pool with fountain and a diving pool. They are now open for the 2021 season.

Fanny Chapman Swimming Pool 

10 McKinstry Drive, Doylestown, PA

The pool complex consists of four pools (including a children’s wading pool) and locker rooms. The 2021 season runs from May 29th to September 6th. Membership is required.

Dolphin Swim Club

260 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville-Trevose, PA

Dolphin Swim Club is open for the season and consists of a heated main pool, heated adult pool, toddler pool and a splash pool. You can purchase your passes online or in person.


Core Creek Park

East of Rt. 413 on Tollgate Road, Newtown

Photo provided by Sophia DeWald

Delaware Canal State Park

11 Lodi Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy

Falls Township Community Park

9061 Mill Creek Road, Levittown

High Rocks State Park

150 Tory Road, Pipersville

Lake Towhee Park

Old Bethlehem Road, Applebachsville

Neshaminy State Park

3401 State Road, Bensalem

Nockamixon State Park

1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown

Peace Valley Park

264 Creek Road, New Britain Township

Playwicki Park

Maple Avenue, Langhorne

Ringing Rocks Park

Ringing Rocks Road, Upper Black Eddy

Silver Lake Park

Bath Road, Bristol

Tinicum Park

River Road, Erwinna

Tohickon Valley Park

Cafferty Road, Point Pleasant

Tyler State Park

101 Swamp Road, Newtown

Washington Crossing Historic Park

1112 River Road, Washington Crossing

Stay cool in the air conditioning and treat yourself with a day at one of these Bucks County spots.

Fox & Holly Boutique

162 Peddler’s Village, New Hope, PA
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There is something about summer; it’s a state of mind. From the warmth of the sunshine, the smell of Sunday barbecues, poolside R&R, nature hikes, and golden tan lines, it’s important to soak up every feel-good moment. Fox and Holly has everything you need to seize the season, and do it in style!

Women can elevate their wardrobe essentials with easy, breezy linens, cheerful prints, and wide leg pants that go with the flow. Add some new favorites to your closet and embody the summer spirit with carefree boho styles from Free People, or shop F&H’s beautiful dress selections from Lilly Pulitzer, Hale Bob and more for a night out on the town! Men can refresh their shorts with trending styles from Patagonia, Fish Hippie, and Southern Tide, and complete the look with super soft, feel-good tees and button-ups with happy prints and graphics for every mood. Got a summer vacation planned? Nothing beats a new swimsuit to wear on the trip! Shop F&H’s swim suit collections from Saxx, Fair Harbor, Happy Socks, and more!

Don’t forget about the feet! Shop stylish sandals and slip-on sneakers from top brands like Pikolinos, Olu Kai, Steve Madden, and more! Want help pulling it all together? Fox & Holly’s expert stylists are always available to help you with your styling needs from everyday wardrobing to special occasions.

For those that love the great outdoors, beat the heat and upgrade your drinkware with Yeti! F&H’s collection of Yeti coolers and drinkware will keep your drinks cold for all your summer adventures! Treat yourself to something new, and make it a summer to remember – you deserve it!

Radiance Spa

2600 York Rd., Jamison, PA.
215-343-0350 Ext.6
Visit for skincare products.

Unwind this summer at Radiance Spa where you will enjoy luxurious spa treatments including a full selection of massages, facials, body treatments, spa packages, spa parties, waxing and beauty enhancements. Now offering Biologique Recherche (BR) treatments and products for face and body. Lose those few extra COVID quarantine pounds. Slimming treatments include the FIT body wrap which uses infrared heat to help detoxify and eliminate excess water and fat cells. For more long-lasting results, The BR Slim & Sculpt Body Massage will help tone your body, remove cellulite and reduce water retention. See our full menu of award winning facials to treat pigmentation, acne or skin rejuvenation including the new BR Customized Facial.

Tired of shaving? We offer natural hair removal for legs, underarms, bikini area, back and facial hair. Exfoliate and hydrate dry skin with the Dreamsicle or Chocolate Fig Fondant Body Wrap, both include relaxing massage. Perfect for swimming or at the beach – You can have beautiful natural lashes without mascara with the Lash Lift, a semi-permanent curl and tint for your own lashes. Call or book online.

La Chelé Medical Aesthetics

430 Union Square Drive, New Hope

2911 S. Eagle Road, Newtown

La Chelé is an award-winning Medical Aesthetics & Wellness Center located in both New Hope, PA, and Newtown, PA. Some of the many treatments include body contouring, skin care programs, brow sculpting, injectables, laser and more. Check out the summer specials on the website. La Chelé is the 2021 Happenings List Winner for Med Spa!

Keep it simple and just simply get outdoors. Do some yard work. Exercise. Read a book. Or just go for a walk.

Here’s a list with lots of links of activities you and your family can do while enjoying the fresh air:

Blow bubbles

Ride bikes

Play Frisbee

Read on a blanket

Have a picnic

Make some chalk art

7 No Equipment Outdoor Exercises for Complete Fitness

Classic Kid Games (Mother May I?, Red Light Green Light, Hopscotch, Follow the Leader, and more!)

Family Olympic Games

13 Super Fun Backyard Activities for Kids

13 Fun Jump Rope Games for Kids

Scavenger Hunts with Free Printables

Printable Backyard Scavenger Hunt

10+ Fun Sidewalk Chalk Ideas

21 Fun Frisbee Games for Kids

Math Games You Can Play Outside

Outdoor Memory Game for Kids

5 Outdoor ABC Activities for Kids

25+ Easy Play-Based Learning Ideas

7 Fun Nature Walks for Kids

For more great ideas check out our #LoveLocal Guide .

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