What to do and see in Pottstown, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 1, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Pottstown is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States about 40 miles (55 km) northwest of Philadelphia and 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Reading, on the Schuylkill River. Pottstown was laid out in 1752–53 and named Pottsgrove in honor of its founder, John Potts. The old name was abandoned at the time of the incorporation as a borough in 1815. In 1888, the limits of the borough were considerably extended. Pottstown is the center of a productive farming and dairying region.
Restaurants in Pottstown

1. The United States Hot Air Balloon Team

1149 Glasgow St, Pottstown, PA 19464-6222
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

The United States Hot Air Balloon Team

The U.S. Team is the Premier provider of hot air balloon rides and hot air balloon tours and events. Our reputation, integrity and experience include more than 30 years of successful operations,more than 150 years of combined pilot experience, and more than 100,000 passenger flights.

Reviewed By rew182461 - Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Many thanks to Kyle and his crew for an amazing experience! This has been on my bucket list for awhile now. Couldn't find anyone to go with me, so I gave myself an early birthday present. Flight was amazing, views were amazing. A beautiful, yet chilly day for flying. These guys are awesome. A must do!

2. Phildelphia Premium Outlets

18 W Lightcap Rd, Limerick, PA 19464-7806 +1 610-495-9000
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4 based on 190 reviews

Phildelphia Premium Outlets

Reviewed By SumitKasera - Gurugram (Gurgaon), India

I am not a shopping freak but when I am at my sister’s place in USA, I am a different beast. And when I am at Limerick Mall (Philadelphia Premium Outlets), then my excitement knows no bounds. After a very unsuccessful outing in Finland at IdeaPark where I returned empty handed, I was determined to make amends. And the mouth-watering discounts at almost all outlets made my tasks all that easy. And I returned after a gap of 3 years with a larger budget.
My target purchase items were simple – some shoes and clothes for kids, purses, wallets, watches, makeup items, adult shoes, shirts and trousers among other things.
The place offered a comprehensive set of outlets for each of the needs. For shoes, there were Nike, Fila, Adidas, Clarks, and many more. For purses, there was Coach, Michael Kors, Fossil and more. For clothes, we had lot of options including Van Huesen and Tommy. For kids clothing, there was Justice.
With about 150 stores and year-long sale, it is must visit place for top notch quality at quite competitive prices.

3. Colebrookdale Railroad

43 S Chestnut St, Boyertown, PA 19512-1508
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5 based on 163 reviews

Colebrookdale Railroad

Lost in the deep woods sheltering the Manatawny and Ironstone Creeks is a mythical secret valley. Though today only white-tailed deer, great blue heron, and bald eagles know the beauty of this legendary land, it was once the province of pioneers and patriots. Their stories can be heard in the soft winds whispering through the tall trees and towering trestles of the Colebrookdale Railroad - a magical, forgotten railway to the heart of this Secret Valley. The "Secret Valley Line" is your ticket to a place and time when iron rails connected a divided people and the heart of the nation pulsed with the potent energy of the steam locomotive. Completed by soldiers home from the Civil War just four months after the Transcontinental Railroad united the East and West, the Colebrookdale is a record of epic engineering and heroic human drama. Eight-point-six miles long and a century-and-a-half back in time, the Secret Valley Line beckons you to experience for yourself the unexpected treasures of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Reviewed By Foodtraveler123

4.5 stars and rounding up! I decided to take my family on a "polar express" train ride this year but have never done this before so was hesitant given the high cost, the 2 hour drive and not knowing if the kids would be bored sitting in a train the entire time. I'm glad I booked this. The train was nicely done and festive. The kids enjoyed it.

There is a daytime train, a 4pm train and a 7 pm train. We booked the 4pm train which I think gives you the best of both worlds. Sunset today was around 4:30pm. We were able to see the creeks and even a small waterfall outside for part of the train ride and then it was dark for that polar express feeling. It ended early enough for the long drive home too.

Each "cabin class" is different and priced accordingly so you need to make sure you book the one you want. We booked the dining car, which is the only one that serves a full meal (as a yelp elite, would you expect otherwise?).
The dining car was decorated very nicely and the food was surprisingly good. The pre-set dinner included a generous portion of Turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mash potatoes, stuffing, green beans, a side salad and roll and a small dessert and tea or coffee. My husband and I really liked the food but the kids barely ate anything. My suggestion would be to have a kid-friendly meal option for the kids. It would cut down on wasted food, unnecessary cost to the company and would be more preferable for the kids.
Santa came onboard midway and you had the opportunity to take pictures with the photographer ($10 for the photo).
There is also an outdoor car which is open to all passengers.
All cabin cars receive hot chocolate (half cup) and a cookie. My kids asked for marshmallows but unfortunately, toppings are not an option (suggestion #2....).
The tables in the dining car fit 4 people and all tables were full. If you are not a party of 4, 8, ,12, etc, you will be sitting with strangers. For a family of 5, this is not ideal. The seats are assigned and I had called ahead to have them split us 3 and 2 and confirmed again on the the way there as well. However, the seats that they assigned to us were 4 and 1. My husband ended up sitting by himself, although they did put him in the table behind us so he wasn't far. I noticed this happened to another family too. It wasn't ideal but it worked out ok since my husband didn't mind. Not sure what they could do about this since the cabin car is very narrow but if something could be done, it would be awesome (suggestion #3).

There weren't many activities on the train but in the dining car, we were constantly being served something. And then after dinner, we had our photo op with Santa. I don't know what the non-dining cars did the entire time. I suppose there were some volunteer carolers that walked around some of the cars for entertainment but they aren't a "scheduled act" that's guaranteed to be there. If there were some activities, maybe a funny skit or show, that would make this perfect!
We've been on a Christmas bus ride in Hershey Park where there was an entertaining and funny act as well as interactive caroling. (Suggestion #4).

All in all, this was a fun, festive train ride that we enjoyed, albeit a little pricey, but it's once a year and the kids don't stay little forever, so why not?

4. Ringing Rocks Park

N Keim St, Potts Grove, PA 18972 +1 215-348-6114
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Ringing Rocks Park

Reviewed By JeffinNJ - Bridgewater, New Jersey

A rock in hand will do to make the rocks in the boulder field ring out in different pitches. Quite unique and cool. Unfortunaty, the very tall waterfall nearby was practically dry, but that didn't stop the kids from climbing on the cataract and I guess imagining how impressive the falls would otherwise be.

5. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

2 Mark Bird Ln, Elverson, PA 19520-9535 +1 610-582-8773
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Reviewed By gerry712 - Greater Cincinnati

If it was larger I would have rated Hopewell Furnace a solid 5, rather than the 4 I gave. My daughter and I choose visiting Hopewell Furnace because it was part of the National Park system and only about 1 hour from Allentown, PA. But we discovered a real gem when we got there. Learned about a key element of the development of our nation's industrial capability from prior to the US gaining its independence, the production of iron and the community that supported it. And after a wonderful self-guided tour and sand-casting demonstration, we picked apples from the historic site's orchard! Now how's that for fun?

6. Manatawny Creek Winery

227 Levengood Rd, Douglassville, PA 19518-9211 +1 610-689-9804
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Manatawny Creek Winery

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Went as part of the February chocolate and wine event. Also tried out the wine tasting. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wine. Looking forward to going back in the spring to try out the outdoor sitting. Very picturesque!!

7. Sky Riders Balloon Team

53 Greenwood Ave, Collegeville, PA 19426-2703
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5 based on 93 reviews

Sky Riders Balloon Team

Champagne Balloon flights over beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. A fantastic experience, a great way to celebrate a special occasion, and a unique gift.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

My 2 daughters shared this amazing experience with me to celebrate my birthday. The sunset flight over the countryside was absolutely breathtaking!
The team members crewing our flight were professional, warm, friendly and delightful. The entire process was fascinating to watch. Owner and pilot, Vince’s impeccable expertise and attention to weather conditions and safety was admirable, and conversation was fun and enlightening.
Peaceful and serene to the max!
Tres magnifique! La vie est tellement bonne !
Merci beaucoup, Vince!

8. Steel River Playhouse

245 E High St, Pottstown, PA 19464-5554 +1 610-970-1199
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5 based on 41 reviews

Steel River Playhouse

Reviewed By Linda K - Pottstown, Pennsylvania

I don't get here often enough!! Always great performances in a welcoming inclusive setting. Wonderful local and out of town performers that truly enjoy their craft along with an enthusiastic support staff. I know I will have an enjoyable time whatever the variety of performance I see.

9. Manderach Memorial Playground

646 W Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468-1420
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Manderach Memorial Playground

Reviewed By netherholt - SE PA

Wish I had photos - the most elaborate playground I've ever seen. Unusually warm yesterday for a February afternoon (62 degrees) and there were LOTS of folks there, so I imagine that in the spring/summer/fall the playground is busy. The place seems designed for kids 5-12. Benches within the playground area for parents/grandparents to sit upon and watch, but there's so much activity that with younger children (4-7) I think parents will want to directly supervise them (meaning follow them as they dart from thing to thing). Saw several adults walking and jogging along the trail or walking their dogs. We intend to return with a picnic, the boy's small bikes, and quiet activities like workbooks/coloring for breaks inbetween all that playground activity. There were things to do that I've never seen before. Enormous enclosed slides, big swings, climbing nets. We could see softball fields too so at times this area must be very busy.

10. The Douglassville Hotel

8 Old Swede Rd, Douglassville, PA 19518-1822 +1 610-385-3585
Excellent
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4 based on 18 reviews

The Douglassville Hotel

Reviewed By Mike H - Douglassville, Pennsylvania

I've been in here a few times, hoping to discover what it is that has others raving about it. The problem I have is although the food is good (especially the burgers), I've never felt welcome or comfortable in here. You know that feeling one gets when they walk into a place for the 1st or 2nd time, and everyone in there turns around, looks at you, but doesn't crack a smile or say hello? Well welcome to the Douglassville Hotel. Every time I've walked through the door, I get the feeling that I just don't belong here, and believe me, I'm by no means paranoid....this place just doesn't give me a nice warm fuzzy feeling.....perhaps it would be different if I went with a "regular", who knows everyone, like in Cheers.

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