5 Ways to Cool Off in the Delaware River Towns
Enjoy River Activities.
The Delaware River is no doubt one of the main draws to both visiting and residing in the Delaware River Towns. The tranquil waterway weaves through the bucolic villages, providing jaw-dropping views and plenty of recreational fun. Enjoy a trip via tube, raft, canoe, or kayak down the Delaware River this summer!
Here are some great places to get a little wet:
Bull’s Island Recreation Area
2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, NJ
For those who are split between taking a scenic hike, leisurely camping, fishing or paddling down the river, Bull’s Island has everything to satisfy any adventure-seeker’s needs. Lace up your hiking shoes for the over 30 miles of trails, picnic areas, and overlook points, and pack your binoculars to spot more than 100 species of birds that call Bull’s Island home. Put on your life vest and rent a canoe or kayak and ride the river all day, or hitch up a trailer, skewer some hot dogs and camp out for the night.
Delaware River Tubing
778 Frenchtown Rd, Milford, NJ 08848
Bucks County River Country
2 Walters Ln., Point Pleasant, PA
For the ultimate day of active adventure on the river, Bucks County River Country has all of your favorite water activities to suit any adventurer’s mood. Rent a kayak or canoe for a more intimate river experience exploring the banks and tiny islands that crop up along the way or choose to relax and drift lazily down the river in an inner-tube. Whichever method you choose to explore the river, it’s a great way to take in the natural beauty of the river and the surrounding area’s mountains and scenery.
Wells Ferry Boat Rides
22 N. Main St., New Hope, PA (behind The Landing Restaurant)
Take on the river in style. The American flag-clad, 37-foot-long, open-air boat named “Star of New Hope” is a typical, welcome site on the river and a great way feel the wind in your hair on a scenic boat ride while also learning a little history about the Delaware River and River Towns. The boat leaves the dock every hour, on the hour from noon to 6 p.m. every weekend from May through November, weather permitting.
Take A Dip. While swimming is prohibited in a majority of the state parks that line the Delaware River, there are 3 life-guarded beaches that are safe to swim in from mid-June to August. Milford Beach, located in Milford, PA, is a grassy beach area complete with picnic pavilions and boat and canoe launches. Smithfield Beach sits on River Road 7 miles north of the Delaware River Gap. Like Milford Beach, it has a ton of recreational space for families to enjoy some summertime fun. If you’re headed to the river this summer, remember to obey all posted signs and lifeguard rules!
Enjoy a Frozen Treat.
From artisan ice cream to Belgian waffles to frozen yogurt, there are plenty of places to cool down with a delicious treat. Here are a few favorites:
Owowcow Ice Cream
237 N Union St, Lambertville, NJ
Nina’s Waffles and Ice Cream
31 W Mechanic St, New Hope, PA
Moo Hope Ice Cream
22 S Main St, New Hope, PA
28 Village Row, New Hope, PA
Blue Penguin Yogurt
15 E Bridge St, New Hope, PA
Dilly’s at Centre Bridge
7085 Upper York Rd, New Hope, PA
52 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ
Jimmy’s Ice Cream
525 Milford Warren Glen Rd, Milford, NJ
Chocolate In the Oven
53 Bridge St, Milford, NJ
Sip crisp glass of wine.
Cool off with a crisp glass of white wine or rosé. Explore the wonderful world of wine on the region. Take a self-guided walk through the vineyards or call ahead to make arrangements for private group tastings and tours.
Crossing Vineyards – 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA
Sandcastle Winery – 755 River Road, Erwinna, PA
Unionville Vineyards – 9 Rocktown Rd, Ringoes, NJ
Old York Cellars – 80 Old York Rd, Ringoes, NJ
Alba Vineyard – 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford, NJ
Book a Cooling Treatment
When it’s too hot and sticky outside, refresh your body with a cooling treatment at one of the fabulous local spas:
Red Island Ritual, Zanya Spa Salon
You will begin this soothing sensorial journey with an exfoliation of the entire body designed to rejuvenate and refine your skin. Next the therapist will perform a massage, unique to Decleor, using warm, aromatic balms and a unique natural wood massage accessory, specially created to focus on specific areas of tension and stress. Your senses will be renewed and your skin perfectly hydrated.
Raindrop Therapy, Nurture Spa
This powerful treatment utilizes the application of Young Living essential oils, through unique massage techniques, to various locations on the body. This therapy brings structural and electrical alignment to the body, while flushing toxins and fighting bacteria. Your body will feel balanced and physical alignment will improve, while enjoying a deep state of relaxation.
Up, up, and away!
When the air is stifling on the group, travel up into the wind! You can enjoy Daily Balloon Rides that take off from The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in Holicong, PA.