Doylestown Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Doylestown; our list of the best things to see, including James A. Michener Art Museum, County Theater and Fonthill Museum.
  • The best place in Doylestown: James A. Michener Art Museum

    James A. Michener Art Museum

    138 S
    Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., 215-340-9800, [4]. The stone building was originally constructed in 1884 as the Bucks County prison, but reopened its doors in 1988 as the James A. Michener Art Museum. The museum was named for James Michener, Doylestown's own Pulitzer-prize winning writer and patron of the arts. Today, the gallery houses an astounding collection of work from many Pennsylvania Impressionist artists. Attached to the museum is the Patricia D. Pfundt outdoor Sculpture Garden. Permanent exhibits include the Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism, The Garber Mural, James A. Michener: A Living Legacy, the Nakashima Reading Room, the Visual Heritage of Bucks County and an interactive exhibit on Bucks County writers and composers like Rodgers and Hammerstein. Tu-Fr 10AM-4:30PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM.
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  • County Theater

    County Theater

    20 E
    The historic County Theater has been located in the center of Doylestown since 1938. Showing mostly independent and old-time films, the non-profit theater has a wide membership in the Bucks County area. During the summer, the County features "Hollywood Summer Nights" and plays such classics as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life and North by Northwest.
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  • Fonthill Museum

    Fonthill Museum

    84 South Pine Street
    Built in 1916 by the archaeologist, anthropologist, artist and scholar, Henry Chapman Mercer. The six-story concrete castle houses a personal collection of over 30,000 items that Mercer believed should be preserved before the Industrial Revolution took over. The huge central atrium of the castle houses a whale boat, Conestoga wagon and stage coach, amongst other large pieces. Working your way through the narrow hallways of the museum, you can find ancient gadgets, woodworking instruments, early examples of electricity and even a "Vampire Killing Kit." In one of the hidden stairwells, there are footprints from Mercer's dog Rollo, who must have escaped before the wet concrete could fully dry. This is truly an eccentric place to visit. There are nooks, cranies, niches and rooms with all kinds of tools and implements used in the early history of the colonization. It's a great place to go on a hot day, the concrete keeps the building quite cool. There is a gift shop with postcards, Mercer tiles, crafts, books and other souvenirs. The Mercer Museum was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1985 and recently achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums in 2005. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Tu 10AM-9PM, Su noon-5PM
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  • Bucks County Civil War Roundtable Library & Museum

    Bucks County Civil War Roundtable Library & Museum

    32 N
    The Civil War Museum has on display a multitude of items related to Doylestown's 104th Pa. Volunteer Infantry Regiment and the Civil War in general. Bullets, weapons, uniforms, flags, art and Lincoln Medals and Tokens dating from 1870 are just a few of the pieces primarily donated from area history buffs and collecters. The library has hundreds of books on the Civil War, a great many of which were donated by the late Fred Holzworth. The Roundtable hosts a variety of programs including speakers, concerts and trips to other area historical sites. Sa 10:30AM-2PM.
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  • Paint n' Pottery and the Bead Bazaar

    15 W. Oakland Avenue Doylestown, PA 18901
    Paint pottery or bead jewelry. No experience necessary. Walk-in, party reservations, and workshops available.
  • Moravian Pottery & Tile Works

    130 Swamp Road
    Henry Chapman Mercer was very involved in the American Arts & Crafts Movement and is famous for producing ceramic tiles engraved with scenes of Bucks County nature and seasons. Today, tiles are still produced at the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works and can be purchased by visitors. Mercer's tiles can be seen throughout Doylestown, in the homes of locals, inlaid in the sidewalks and in the Mercer and Fonthill Museums. The Tile Works courtyard hosts a variety of seasonal activites including Pumpkinfest each Halloween, where local artists compete for the best carved pumpkin. Tickets are$3.50 adults, $3 seniors, $2 youth (ages 7-17). Open daily 10AM-4:45PM.
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  • Kids Castle

    425 Wells Rd
    , Central Park, [8]. This stunning 35-foot-tall wooden play castle was built as a community effort for the children and families of Doylestown. It features swings, slides, climbing and hiding places and bridges. Central Park has tennis courts, volleyball nets, pavillions for pickniking and a 1.5 run/walk trail. Open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.
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  • Herb's Hobbies and Crafts

    200 W
    Offering a broad selection for all hobby and craft needs including scrapbook supplies, knitting materials, trains, toys, home goods, cake decorating, candy making, model kits, stuffed animals, and collectibles.
  • Shop Sixty Five

    53 W
    State St., 215-348-8250.
  • Rutherford's Camera Shop

    23 W
    State St., 215-348-4221.
  • Sew Smart

    30 W
    Oakland Ave., 215-345-7990, [14].
  • Ristorante Melograno

    Ristorante Melograno

    73 Old Dublin Pike
    (Genuardi's Shopping Center.) Beautifully decorated Italian restaurant. Menu offers authentic regional cuisine. Owned by Chef Angelo D. Patruno, who left Italy in 1988.
  • Poco's Mexican-American Restaraunt and Bar

    Poco's Mexican-American Restaraunt and Bar

    625 N Main St
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  • Crossroads Bake Shop

    Crossroads Bake Shop

    812 N Easton Rd
    Crossroads Bake Shop located in Bucks County, PA, is renowned for their fresh baked breads, desserts and pastries. Starting from scratch everyday, they produce the goods that have become an addiction to connoisseurs in the area.
  • Slate BLEU

    100 S Main St
    Casual European Dining
  • Freight House Cafe Steak

    Freight House Cafe Steak

    100 S Clinton St
    THE Bucks County Steakhouse & Entertainment Powerhouse!
  • Domani Star

    Domani Star

    57 W State St
    Domani Star, Cucina Italiana
  • M.O.M.'S

    M.O.M.'S

    37 North Main St
    American Fare with a Pinch of the South. CRAFT FOOD. CRAFT BEER. MOMs.
  • Knight House

    96 W. State St.
    Inspired American Fare
  • Bobby Simone's

    52 East State Street
    Step off of State Street, walk down a friendly alleyway just beyond the well known County Theatre and you'll find yourself at Bobby Simone's. This bar attracts a younger crowd and has a great outdoor drinking and mingling area. It's a good place to hang out on a warm afternoon and a very good place to start your evening. There are all of the expected domestic beers on tap and a decent bottle selection, but you'll more than likely stay for the fun and charming outdoor area.
  • Muggs

    211 S Main St
    , Muggs is the local "hippie-bar" known for it's eclectic patrons and beers on the cheap. Don't let the relaxed rustic atmosphere fool you-this is a great place to relax and mingle with the locals. You might find yourself with some inside information on local attractions and customs from an hour or two hanging out here. There is a good draft selection and a great bottle selection. This bar also features very reasonably priced take-away beer for late night partying.
  • Mesquito Grille

    128 West State Street
    Literally hundreds of national, international and micro-brew bottle and draft beers are available at this bi-level establishment in the heart of downtown Doylestown. Both smoking and non-smoking bars are available as well as an extensive menu including ribs, steaks, salads, seafood and locally famous buffalo wings in a variety of flavours. Food is generally served until 9:30PM weekdays and 10PM on weekends but the bar is open until 2AM everyday except Tuesday when the restaurant is also closed. This is a great bar to visit if you want to soak in genuine local atmosphere, enjoy a sophisticated beer or discuss Philadelphia Sports Teams... just don't mention the Dallas Cowboys!
  • The Other Side

    19 North Main Street
    Late night sister bar to Chambers. This is a good place to go when Chambers closes for the evening (usually between 10 and 11 PM). Many specialty beers on tap as well as the expected domestics and imports. The Other Side boasts an excellent liquor selection. Stop by for pub trivia on Monday nights and live music almost every other night with full bands performing every weekend night. Be sure to look out for special events as there are often theme nights at The Other Side such as "Margarita Night", "Hula Night" and "Bikini Night".
  • Stephanie's

    29 S Main Street
    This establishment consists of a ground level non-smoking sports bar and a cavernous basement lounge that features pub trivia on Monday nights, "Don't Forget the Lyrics" style karioke on Tuesday nights and live music Wednesday through Saturday. Stephanie's boasts over 50 draft beers and a good selection of bottles. The bar features daily specials and a happy hour from 5-7PM. Both the sports bar and the lower level are open 7 days a week until 2 AM and a full menu is served every day until "late night".
  • Chambers 19

    19 North Main Street
    Chambers Bar & Bistro is in downtown Doylestown, within walking distance to the local theatre, county courthouse and in the middle of a busy shopping district. Chambers offers a quaint restaurant and a charming non-smoking bar featuring favourite draft beers and a good selection of bottles. The bar and restaurant both have daily food and drink specials and live acoustic pop and jazz music through the week and on the weekend.
  • Ooka Japanese Restaurant

    110 Veterans Ln Doylestown, PA 18901
    Japanese food, sushi and hibachi
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