The 10 Best Things to Do in Bryn Mawr, United States

September 12, 2017 Alice Mieles

Bryn Mawr (pronounced /ˌbrɪnˈmɑːr/; from Welsh for "Big hill") is a census-designated place (CDP) located across Radnor and Haverford Townships in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia along Lancaster Avenue (US-30) and the border with Delaware County. Bryn Mawr is located toward the center of what is known as the Main Line, a group of affluent Philadelphia suburban villages stretching from the city limits to Malvern. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 3,779. Bryn Mawr is home to Bryn Mawr College.
Restaurants in Bryn Mawr

1. The Barnes Foundation

300 N Latches Ln, Merion, PA 19066-1729 +1 215-278-7350
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

The Barnes Foundation

Reviewed By Elisabeth B - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Before summer ends you might want to take a walk through the Barnes Arboretum, a hidden treasure of horticultural rarities spread over 12-acres in suburban Merion, Pa., a short distance from the art filled Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

The Arboretum was Mrs. Barnes’ passion. The Barnses purchased the land in 1922 from an equally devoted horticulturalist who had made it his mission to create a park-like setting that could thrive here for ever. Many of the trees then planted still do. Mrs. Barnes complemented the woods with thousands of rare plant specimens including dogwoods, lilacs, horsetails, medicinal plants, a fern dell, a unique collection of hostas and an extensive herbarium that ultimately encompassed an astounding 2500 species, sub-species, cultivars and hybrids of woody plants and trees.

You might even play a game asking which medicinal plants in the herbarium are intended to cure which illness. Drumstick? Ginger? Papaya? Periwinkle? Suffice it to say that the list of ailments thus cured is long and varied ranging from blood pressure, cholesterol and cancer to digestive disorders, diabetes, arthritis and more. Here is to inexpensive folk medicine!

As for the Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana), it’s a tall evergreen that is native to Chile and Argentina. Monkeys in South America? After discovering this conifer in the early 1800s, the British supposedly gave it this name when a botanical luminary in London suggested that it would be difficult for a monkey to climb such a tree. Unscientific the name may be, but it has stuck as a popular moniker.

Please check for openings and tours at 215.278.7350.
300 N. Latches Lane, Merion Station, Pa. 19066

2. Chanticleer

786 Church Rd, Wayne, PA 19087-4713 +1 610-687-4163
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5 based on 378 reviews

Chanticleer

Thirty acres of a 1913 estate fashioned into a series of formal gardens including a meadow, woodland with shrubs and a produce garden.

Reviewed By MarthaKay2016 - Needham, Massachusetts

My daughter and I spent an entire afternoon here last Saturday exploring the grounds and gardens. The grounds are incredibly beautiful and unique. The many seats and benches throughout the property encourage quiet contemplation of your surroundings. We had a very enjoyable time and I look forward to going back for one of their picnic evenings!

3. Bryn Mawr Film Institute

824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3228 +1 610-527-9898
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5 based on 101 reviews

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Reviewed By Margaret B - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fans of intelligent, award-winning films will enjoy the offerings at this theater. The staff is knowledgeable and the selected films range from this year’s critically acclaimed films to recent and not-so-recent classics. Check out their website for special screenings.

4. Ardmore Farmers Market

120 Coulter Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003-2317 +1 610-896-7650
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Ardmore Farmers Market

Reviewed By reelwise - Boca Raton, Florida

Not truly a farmers market, Many dishes can be purchased next door at Trader Joes at less than half the price. Dibruno"s Italian deli has taken over half the market and other stands have raised prices to their level. Seafood stand especially good but high priced. This is the Main Line and many don't care about price. Asian stand very good and more sensibly priced. Parking lot difficult to navigate. Two very good bakeries. Produce stand offers freshness on most products. Sushi stand worth a try.

5. Project Escape

1495 Alan Wood Rd, 2nd Floor, Conshohocken, PA 19428-1182 +1 484-535-3108
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5 based on 53 reviews

Project Escape

New live escape game in Conshohocken! Team up with your friends in a unique gaming experience. You and your team are placed in a scenario where you must solve interesting puzzles to complete the mission and escape the room in just 60 minutes. Want to have unforgettable experience with lots of fun? Book Online Now!

Reviewed By thiawroane - Allentown, Pennsylvania

My second experience in an Escape Room. First was aboard a cruise ship. We won the first one, but wasn't sure it could be repeated. A corporate team-building activity brought us here. No spoilers, but the number of chambers and challenges in this were unique. They understand that players may only do this once, so they try to make the experience worthwhile, win or lose. We won, but the end was unexpected. I think I may quit while ahead.

6. Escape Room Mystery

840 1st Ave, Suite 500, King of Prussia, PA 19406-4062 +1 866-289-8982
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5 based on 167 reviews

Escape Room Mystery

Our four themed escape rooms have lots of electronics, sounds, and are professionally themed. Escape Room Mystery will make you feel like you are in a different world! Whether new to escape rooms or seasoned veterans, you won't want to miss our escape room adventures in King of Prussia, PA!

Reviewed By Eric T

Everything about this place is great. They run on time, their website is easy to navigate, the staff is wonderful (shout to Dan for being an awesome guide!) and the rooms are incredibly well designed. My friends and I had a blast in both the Revolution Spies and The Lab rooms. Thanks for giving us a great first and second escape room experience!!

7. Arboretum at Haverford College

370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041-1392 +1 610-896-1101
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Arboretum at Haverford College

Reviewed By Elisabeth B - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Whether you go for a walk or have a picnic, it is worth stopping at
the cherry trees along the walkway toward Magill Library and look at the descriptions on the horticultural labels. “Okame cherry - Prunus ‘Okame” planted in 2016 is sponsored by Haverford’s Freshmen Class of 2020, and being so young is still firmly secured to the ground with stakes and ropes. Further up the walk the Freshmen Class of 2015 is the sponsor of a cherry tree planted there in 2011. There are others. And as you will see on the walk near the Observatory the sturdy cherry trees there were donated by the Rotary Club of Tokyo in 2008/09. Rather than a sense of “gown and town” this is “gown and Arboretum”.

And if you are interested in astronomy, you might stop at an exhibition in the Sharpless Gallery of Magill Library that will educate you about “Expanding the Universe: Astronomy and the Telescope.” The exhibit runs until July 28, 2017. Please check for Library opening hours. Visitors are welcome.

8. Bryn Mawr College

101 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899 +1 610-526-5000
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Bryn Mawr College

Reviewed By reelwise - Boca Raton, Florida

We have heard many of the World's great Authors ie. Doctorow, Umberto Eco, Zadie Smith. at this annual lecture series. Call the College for a schedule. These were presented conversationally and a question period was provided. Also concerts and other presentations are offered. Prices vary. Parking nearby.

9. Wissahickon Valley Park

W Valley Green Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19118 +1 215-247-0417
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5 based on 183 reviews

Wissahickon Valley Park

Reviewed By Stan K

Recently ranked the number one trail in Pennsylvania in 2018, this is a wonderful place to visit in the city. It contains the only covered bridge in an urban area in the United States. It has a few different trails that you can find at different intersections; I usually start at either Valley Green or Bells Mill road .

There’s a large running and biking trail that most people use but if you’re able to go and find the orange or white trail that’s where the hiking takes place. Stop at the Valley Green Inn if you want to have a nice lunch or romantic dinner. If you have children, bring some leftover bread so you can feed the ducks with them. Make sure you get a chance to see the secretive Indian statue on the white trail. It’s worth the hike!

Make sure you bring a lot of water, as water fountains are scarce. Also cell phone service is pretty nonexistent.

10. Expedition Escape

601 S Henderson Rd, Rear of Building, King of Prussia, PA 19406-3596 +1 610-265-3915
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5 based on 254 reviews

Expedition Escape

Expedition Escape is a fun, interactive live action escape room venue for people of all ages and skill sets. You do not need to have any special knowledge to use the clues, solve the puzzles, and have a good time. You and your fellow explorers have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles and use the clues to find the key to escape!

Reviewed By Brenda L - malvern, United States

For my daughters 15 birthday we took 11 15 year old girls plus me my husband and our 11 year old son to expedition escape. We split the group and 7 went into ednas condo and 7 into quest for the throne. Both groups had...MoreThanks so much Brenda! We're so happy to hear that everyone had a wonderful time! Thanks for celebrating with us! We hope to take you on your next adventure soon (maybe bring the same group back and switch rooms)!

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