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Summertime begs for quality time with the ones you love and for weekend outings full of exploring this little corner of the world we get to call our own.
Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun, seeking outdoor adventure, exploring local arts and culture, or planning a romantic weekend, Kennett Square and southern Chester County have everything you’re looking for.
We have pulled together several must-visit weekend destinations ideal for locals and visitors alike. Find new things to do and see, revisit your old favorites, and show your out-of-town guests your hometown pride!
HANG OUT AT THE CREAMERY OF KENNETT SQUARE
Known for cultivating community, The Creamery boasts everything you would want for a Saturday evening with your family food, craft beer and cocktails, live music, lawn games, axe throwing, and lots of spaces for kids to explore.
401 Birch Street, Kennett Square
VISIT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
Happening on September 8th & 9th, you won’t want to miss this annual event which celebrates Kennett’s unique Mushroom Heritage and gives the proceeds to local charities and organizations. Enjoy more than 200 vendors, mushroom delicacies served up by your favorite restaurants, live entertainment, mushroom growing exhibits, culinary events, and much more.
State Street, Kennett Square
FIND THE POP-UP LENDING LIBRARIES
Enjoy a fun summer hunt of all 17 pop-up lending libraries (called PULL stations) located in and around downtown Kennett Square. Each one decorated by local artists and students, and built by local Boy Scouts, students, and woodworking organizations, these fun lending libraries not only promote literacy, but they have also become a public art project. Plan a fun treasure hunt this summer and locate each one. Pickup a map of their locations at The Kennett Library. Remember to bring a book, take a book, read a book, and leave a book!
Throughout & Around Kennett Square
EXPLORE THE CHADDS FORD BARN SHOPS
Located just a few miles outside of Kennett Square, you’ll find an enchanting collection of historic barn shops boasting an impressive collection of twelve one-of-a-kind Thomas Burke birdhouses. You’ll enjoy lingering to admire each and every one. Stay for the afternoon to grab coffee and lunch at the charming CHADDS café + store which includes homemade soups, crafted sandwiches, smoothies, and plenty of sweets.
1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford
GO SHOPPING AT TRAIL CREEK OUTFITTERS
In the heart of Historic Kennett Square, you’ll find a one-stop shop for all your outdoor adventuring needs. Find hometown tees, backpacks, apparel, camping gear, coolers, and much more. Treat yourself to something fun and get motivated to plan your next summer adventure. 1% of all sales go back to a local nonprofit!
120 West State Street, Kennett Square
SET UP CAMP AT THE WEST CHESTER KOA
Just 15 minutes from downtown Kennett, pack your tent or load up your RV and enjoy the beauty of Chester County up close. Canoe or kayak by taking off from the KOA Canoe Landing or take a day trip with a local outfitter. Reconnect, recreate, rest, and relax by a campfire with family and friends. Kids of all ages will love the jump pad, mini golf, swimming pool, gift shop, and hand dipped ice cream.
1659 Embreeville Road, Coatesville
GO TUBING ON THE BRANDYWINE WITH NORTHBROOK CANOE COMPANY
Enjoy scenic views, fresh air, and adventure along the beautiful Brandywine River. Ride in your tube, canoe, or kayak and meander through the heart of Chester County. Or enjoy a “Canoe & Dine” adventure that includes a 1.5 hour evening canoe trip. When you arrive back at Northbrook, a catered dinner is served at the picnic grove accompanied by live music and a bonfire under the stars.
1810 Beagle Road, West Chester
EXPLORE CHESLEN PRESERVE
Located on the largest privately owned nature preserve open to the public in Chester County, find miles of marked hiking trails, woodlands, meadows, fields, and stream valleys. Explorers can enjoy Ollie Owl’s Nature Playground where kids are encouraged to play and interact directly with nature by climbing logs, building with sticks, hunting for bugs, and getting a little dirt on their hands and feet. Bring your dog and make it a full family outing!
1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville
TAKE A TOUR OF THE KENNETT UNDERGROUND RAILROAD CENTER
The Kennett Underground Railroad Center documents more than two dozen underground railroad sites or “stations”
in southern Chester County. Take a guided tour and learn all about the historic sites and struggles of abolitionists, conductors, stationmasters, and freedom seekers.
VISIT THE HISTORIC BRANDYWINE BATTLEFIELD
A national historic landmark, this 50-acre preserve is dedicated to the memory of the famous Battle of the Brandywine in 1777, the largest single day battle of the American Revolution. Admission includes access to an orientation film, museum, and guided tours of Washington’s headquarters and the Gideon Gilpin House.
1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford
ADMIRE ART AT THE SQUARE PEAR FINE ART GALLERY
A well-loved spot in Historic Downtown Kennett, Square Pear Fine Art Gallery is a walk-in gallery with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy original artwork by emerging, mid-career, and professional artists in a variety of media, genres, and styles. Exhibits are curated based on a monthly theme, so there’s always something new to discover. And mark your calendar for First Friday Art Strolls—Kennett Square’s monthly celebration of the local art scene showcased in galleries, shops, and restaurants throughout town. June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, and September 6th.
200 East State Street, Kennett Square
SPEND THE DAY AT BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM
Renowned for its collection of the Wyeth family of artists, the Museum features galleries dedicated to the work of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. The Museum showcases American art, with a focus on artistic interpretations of the Brandywine valley. Portraits, still life paintings, and illustrations are also part of the collection. Studio tours are available or enjoy strolling the Brandywine River path for inspiration.
DATE NIGHT AT THE LONGWOOD GARDENS SUMMER BEER GARDEN
Enjoy tasty pub fare, a variety of homemade pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches in the Longwood Gardens Beer Garden. Pair your fare with their signature brews on tap, developed in partnership with Victory Brewing Company. Afterwards stay for a colorful Illuminated Fountain Performance—an unforgettable date night!
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
PLAN A FARM-TO-TABLE DINING EXPERIENCE AT TALULA’S TABLE
Talula’s Table is a bucket list item for foodies. Go ahead and make your reservation at the iconic Talula’s farm table for the award-winning eight-course seasonal tasting menu, an experience that has put Kennett Square on the map. You don’t want to miss chef/owner Aimee Olexy’s signature hospitality. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and plan to savor every sip and bite.
102 West State Street, Kennett Square
STAY AT THE COZY KENNETT HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
Even if you’re a local, go ahead and stay the weekend in the hospitable Kennett House. Located just steps from all the shopping and dining in downtown Kennett, you’ll love the historic charm and casual elegance of this mansion-turned B&B. Best of all—breakfast is hot and made-to-order. Also enjoy exclusive discounts to local attractions.
503 West State Street, Kennett Square
CATCH A SHOW AT THE KENNETT FLASH
Offering all kinds of live performance including national, regional, and local music, comedy, and open mic nights, this café-style listening room is a great BYOB spot to hit after dinner. Check out the events calendar and purchase tickets at their website!
102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square