Campus & Culture

10 Day Trip Ideas for Every Hawk

by Nicole Glueckert

The Ocean City New Jersey boardwalk.

Ocean City, New Jersey. Photo by Brett Tiagwad ’12.

Temperatures are rising, which means that summer is here. If you’re looking to enjoy some worthwhile day trips around Philadelphia this summer, look no further! Here is a list of 10 of our favorite summer visits to enjoy this year — each just a short trip from Saint Joseph’s campus. 

1. BARNES ARBORETUM AT SAINT JOSEPH’S UNIVERSITY

Merion, Pennsylvania

 

The Barnes Arboretum gardens

Located on the northern Merion campus of Saint Joseph’s University, the Barnes Arboretum features 12 acres of gorgeous grounds designed to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture. Visitors can enjoy a serene greenspace that is designated for quiet reflection and personal decompression, and a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature. Hours and tickets are available here.

2. WISSAHICKON VALLEY PARK

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Wissahickon Valley Park

Photo by ChristineFisher.

Wissahickon Valley Park contains more than 1,800 acres of easily accessible parkland in Northwest Philadelphia. Visitors can expect miles of wooded and winding trails for biking, hiking and sightseeing. Be sure to bring a camera! The views are breathtaking and there are many hidden bridges and walkways to explore. Plan your visit here.

3. SUBARU PARK

Chester, Pennsylvania 

 

Aerial view of Subaru Park stadium

Photo by Jared Polin.

Located just five miles south of the Philadelphia International Airport, Subaru Park is home to the Philadelphia Union soccer club. With views of the Delaware River, stadium visitors can expect stunning views and a great time in one of the many in-stadium restaurants. For a more exclusive experience, individuals can also reserve a club box for sporting events and concerts throughout the summer! Learn more about the stadium and book your tickets here.

4. GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE

Hamilton, NJ 

 

Bust of woman's head in water at Grounds for Sculpture

Photo by Anne Helmond.

Frequently called one of the most unique attractions on the east coast, Grounds for Sculpture is a 42-acre landscape with over 300 unique sculptures that will bend minds and inspire creativity. Visitors should expect the unexpected on any visit to the garden while supporting and enjoying local artistry. Plan your visit here.

5. THE POCONOS

Pocono, Pennsylvania

 

Waterfalls at the Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains are only about a two hour drive from Hawk Hill, and yet it feels like another world. The four-county region offers year-round fun and a wide variety of resorts, family outings, outdoor activities and Airbnbs worth writing home about. With over 150 lakes and historic towns, the Poconos can offer a quiet and secluded getaway for two or an adventure-driven outing with friends and family. To plan your trip to the Pocono Mountains, visit this site today.

6. THE JERSEY SHORE

New Jersey

 

Aerial view of Ocean City, New Jersey, board walk with roller coaster in the distance.

Ocean City, New Jersey. Photo by Brett Tiagwad ’12.

It is safe to say that if someone lives near Philadelphia, they have spent some time on the New Jersey shoreline. With some beaches less than an hour from the city, “the shore” is an easily accessible coastline spanning 130 miles. From Ocean City to Avalon, each coastal town has its fair share of unique charm to enjoy. Pack the car and go for a day or rent one of the many Airbnbs or hotels for an extended vacation. Plan your visit here.

7. LANCASTER COUNTY

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

Store fronts of downtown Lancaster

Located in South Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Lancaster County has a rich history dating back to 1729. With multiple parks, trails and a downtown center, Lancaster County has plenty to do for any day-tripper or weekend getaway. The area also hosts a long list of live entertainment and events throughout the summer months that are worth checking out. Whether you prefer Amish markets and antiques or concerts and exploring new biking trails, Lancaster has it all. Plan your trip here.

8. DOWNTOWN MEDIA

Media, Pennsylvania

 

Busy restaurant with outdoor seating in Media.

State Street in Media, Pennsylvania, is one of the best kept secrets of the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Only 25 minutes from Saint Joseph’s campus the historic downtown has an assortment of locally owned businesses such as salons, ice cream and coffee shops and many options for food and drinks. The best nights to go, however, are Wednesdays between May and September when State Street is shut down and the local restaurants offer their annual Dining Under the Stars. Learn more about Media here.

9. KENNETT SQUARE

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

 

Fountains in a Kennett Square park

Located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Kennett Square is a historic town worth the one-hour ride from Hawk Hill. While the downtown area has restaurants and shops to explore, Kennett Square is also home to Longwood Gardens, multiple horse stables, wineries, antique stores and exciting events like their annual Mushroom Festival. Learn more about all that Kennett Square has to offer and plan your visit here.

10. HERSHEY

Hershey, Pennsylvania

 

Hershey amusement park, featuring roller coasters and ferris wheel.

Referred to as the Sweetest Place on Earth®, Hershey is one of Pennsylvania's best places to visit in the summer. Hershey has a chocolate-themed theme park and factory, as well as historic resorts, high-end dining and luxurious spas. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Hershey — plan a trip here

 

Interested in staying in the city? Hear from our Hawks on why they love Philadelphia — recently ranked as a top destination to visit in 2021 by Condé Nast Traveler.