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4 Fun Getaways to Go on this Summer from Philadelphia

February 16, 2016

 

The next time you want to get out of Philly for the weekend, choose a unique destination that is a world away from the general standbys of shopping in New York, gambling in Atlantic City or sightseeing in Washington, D.C . Whether you are looking to take your significant other on a mystery trip or want a rowdy weekend with your friends, the area surrounding Philadelphia is overflowing with fun, exciting vacation options, all within just a few hours from the city.

 

River Tubing on the Delaware

 

Share a two-person tube with your sweetheart or tackle this adventure solo. If floating in a tube isn't your style, Delaware River Tubing also offers kayaking, rafting and canoing equipment for rent. While much of the river is relatively calm, the trip does include some Class I rapids to get your blood pumping. This three to four hour river excursion even includes a stop for a barbecue lunch served up by the famous River Hot Dog Man. From Philly, the drive takes about an hour and a half.

 

By Water or By Air in Dutch Springs

 

For an exciting trip that's fun for the whole family, head to Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA. A combination of water park, lakeside campground and aerial ropes course, this getaway features enough activities to keep you busy for the entire weekend. Spend some time riding the water slides at AquaPark, then take to the trees for an adrenaline-pumping climbing adventure at the Sky Challenge ropes course. Thanks to the lakeside setting, Dutch Springs also offers snorkeling and scuba diving lessons and tours. Take your family here for a surprise mystery trip any weekend as the drive from Philly takes less than two hours.

 

Outdoorsy Fun in Cove Haven

 

Bring your love to Cove Haven for a romantic and adventurous getaway. This resort is for couples only, so take the opportunity to spend some quality time with your significant other. Regardless of the season, there is always plenty to do at Cove Haven. In the winter, take part in ice skating, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. During the warmer months, play a round of golf, go for a ride in a speedboat or head out for a nature trail walk. No matter what the weather is like, the resort always has miniature golf and a video game arcade for guests to enjoy. After your busy day, relax your tired muscles at the Cove Haven Spa or hit the dance floor at the Champagne Palace Nightclub. The trip from Philly takes about two and a half hours.

 

Hiking and Biking at Bear Creek

 

For year round fun, visit the Bear Creek Mountain Resort. Winter sports include skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, and the resort boasts over 80 acres of slopes at a range of difficulty levels. When the weather is warmer, guests enjoy hiking and mountain biking on miles of trails through the picturesque mountains. A five-acre lake provides opportunities for paddle boating, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. The nearby Dorney Park theme park and Wildwater Kingdom water park offer additional opportunities for excitement. The drive is less than an hour and a half long, so this resort makes a great getaway with family, friends or as a romantic escape.

 

When you're choosing a location or going on a mystery trip with your loved ones or friends, the destinations listed here offer a nice break from traditional getaway options. Not only do they provide a wealth of fun activities, they also offer ample opportunities for exercise and excitement. Say goodbye to boring, traditional vacations and take your family on an adventure!