Great Places to See Fall Foliage? Historic Ambler, PA!

by | Nov 7, 2023 | 0 comments

Looking for great places to see fall foliage and soak in the crisp, autumn air? Look no further than Ambler, Pennsylvania! This charming, historic town is a best place to see fall foliage in Pennsylvania and the perfect spot for a weekend trip.

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When Is Fall Foliage in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania is a best place to see fall foliage in October and early November. The photos in this post were taken over October 26-30 and they really don’t even do the fall colors justice!

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Great Places to See Fall Foliage Near Ambler, PA

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Nockamixon State Park

Nockamixon State Park is one of the best places to see fall foliage near Ambler because you get to see the trees reflecting off the river. It’s also just a stunning park! You can rent kayaks or paddleboards if it’s not too cold, or walk along the river and take photos.

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Valley Forge National Historic Park

Valley Forge National Historic Park has to be one of the best places for fall foliage views with hiking and history!

The 3,500-acre park takes you back to the times of the Revolutionary War history. The log cabins you see at the park are from when the Continental soldiers stayed there in 1777-1778, and there’s an area with cannons and a stone building where George Washington would meet with military officials.

History aside, there are stunning hiking trails that take you into the thick of autumn colors. I’d plan on spending about 3 hours there minimum if you do a hike.

Train Rides in PA for Fall Foliage

If you want to change things up, book a train ride in PA for fall foliage! There are round-trip train ride options so you don’t end up far away, and some are especially interesting, like the New Hope Railroad on a 1920s vintage coach (1.15 hours from Ambler).

Self-Guided Covered Bridge Driving Tour

Explore Bucks County by driving over the historic covered bridges in the area. There were originally 50+ covered bridges built by Ithiel Town and now 12 remain, with the last one built in 1875! This route is a unique option to take in the fall foliage while seeing local history.

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Fall Foliage Festival in PA

There are tons of fall foliage festivals in PA, especially in Bucks County and Montgomery County that surround Ambler. If you go before Halloween, there are also TONS of spooky Halloween activities for adults and families alike. I recommend looking up options for the dates you’ll be there because there are SO many different fall foliage, harvest and halloween activities and events.

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Fall Foliage Hot Air Balloon Ride

For extra special occasions or just being *extra*, book a hot air balloon ride with Lancaster Balloon Rides and see the fall colors from hundreds of feet above!

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Planning Your Trip to Ambler, PA to See Fall Foliage

Of all the great places to see fall foliage, Ambler, PA is one of the best because the historic town fits in perfectly with the spooky, autumn vibes you crave during fall time.

Getting to Ambler, PA

The easiest way to get to Ambler, PA is by flying into Philadelphia Airport. Ambler is less than an hour drive from the PHL airport and there are scenic routes you can take that bring you past stunning rivers and an explosion of fall colors.

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Renting a Car Via Discover Cars

For a quick fall foliage weekend getaway, you’ll definitely want to rent a car so you can all the great places to see fall foliage in PA near Ambler.

I always rent my cars using the car rental search engine Discover Cars. It’s super convenient and every time I’ve used it I’ve found a better rate than when I try on other car rental websites.

Rent on Discover Cars here.

Best Ambler, PA Hotels for a Cozy Fall Foliage Getaway

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If you’re feeling cozy farm vibes in a more rural area, stay at the Normandy Farm Hotel. This quiet retreat has a hot tub, bar and spacious rooms you’ll love coming back to after your fall foliage adventures.

Book Normandy Farm Hotel here.

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Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with the Homewood Suites by Hilton Horsham Willow Grove. This hotel lives up to the reputable Hilton name with a fabulous breakfast and spotless rooms with high ceilings and plenty of space.

Book Homewood Suites by Hilton Horsham Willow Grove here.

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Top Things to Do in Downtown Ambler

Historic Ambler Downtown is a must-visit while you see fall foliage on the east coast of the US.

The Ambler Theater

The top attraction in Downtown Ambler is the Ambler Theater. This historic theater was opened by Warner Bros. in 1928 and has been fully restored to it’s former glory. It is absolutely beautiful and a must-visit for a movie or just taking photos and seeing the beauty.

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Coffee Shops

Every time my sister and I visit family in Ambler, we make a point to go to Pie and Plate Cafe for a quiche and coffee. This year, we also had AMAZING fall drinks at Wake Cafe, so I recommend you hit up both these cozy spots for coffee or breakfast!

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Grab an Old Fashioned & a Big Pretzel at the Lucky Well

Grab yourself a soul-warming Old Fashioned and Big Grilled Pretzel at the Lucky Well right on E Butler Ave. in Downtown Ambler. It’s such a cozy fall snack that wards off the chill after hiking or exploring all day. The Lucky Well is also a great spot for a full dinner or lunch.

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