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Local (and cheap) Things to Do This Summer


Summer is a time for play and relaxation! But eventually, the novelty of doing nothing wears off and families are scrambling to find low-cost, family-friendly activities.


Here are some we love in Norristown, King of Prussia and surrounding areas.


Located right in Norristown and free to Norristown residents every last Sunday of the month. Elmwood Zoo offers family-friendly activities on a daily basis and special events frequently. And if you’re interested, they also sell adult beverages.


This is free! You can walk a paved path, hike into some unpaved paths, go down to the water, have a picnic at the pavilions and play on the playgrounds. It is a gorgeous green space right here in Norristown.


This is free too! Walk around and see the animals. Bring a quarter for the food dispenser if you want to feed them. Merry Mead also has a great store with some delicious homemade ice cream that you really should not pass up.


This is in Doylestown. It is an all-abilities park that looks like a CASTLE! It is free but donations are welcome and needed.


This is basically a shopping center, but with open space, fountains, benches and lawn games. Though it has tons of shopping and restaurants, there is no need to purchase anything. Pack a snack and come hang out at the center. Great people watching and plenty to do for the kids.


This is located on Swede Road in East Norriton. And it is more than a bowling alley. There are several arcade games, including a HUGE Space Invaders. Families just put money on a card; no tokens or change are needed. There is also a Lazer Tag arena, and it is a ton of fun.


Maple Acres Farm

There is no website, but you can check them out on Facebook. This is located in Plymouth Meeting, basically behind the mall on Narcissa Road. Maple Acres is an amazing place where you can buy fresh vegetables, eggs and meat, but you can also just walk around and look at the animals and beautiful scenery. Throughout the summer you can pick your own zinnias, other flowers and strawberries.


Harriett Wetherill Park

The entrance to this park is right across the street from Maple Acres. It is a beautiful space with trails, a butterfly garden, a stream and a playground! Kids can bring their bikes or scooters and ride the paved paths. It is perfect.


Have a great summer! We cannot wait to see you in September and hear about all the wonderful things you’ve done.


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