Malvern is a small borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about twenty-five miles west of Philadelphia. Malvern is the site of the Paoli Massacre, small but vicious battle in September 1777, during the American Revolutionary War. Paoli Battlefield is a historic site that commemorates the event. The stone obelisk surrounded by decorative iron fence marks the graves of those fallen during the battle. People's Light is a one of Pennsylvania’s biggest professional non-profit theatres. Wharton Esherick Museum was the studio of the Malvern craftsman-artist Wharton Esherick.
1. People's Light
People's Light is a professional theatre in Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1974, People’s Light is one of Pennsylvania’s biggest professional non-profit theatres, renowned for their excellent resident artists, interesting productions and innovative, inspiring work with young people. They offer 8-9 plays per seasons, and in each play they tell stories that range from ancient times through the future. The story always has direct relevance and are relatable to the local communities. They produce classics and modern plays, commission and produce new original work: So far they have produced 436 plays and 166 have been premieres. People's Light runs the "Project Discovery" or "Arts Discovery" program that brings youth from 21 high schools to People’s Light each year for free.
39 Conestoga Rd, Malvern, PA 19355, Phone: 610-644-3500
2. Locust Lane Craft Brewery
With a motto ‘Simply Crafted’, Locust Lane Craft Brewery in Malvern, Pennsylvania provides fresh, simple and classic beer for the craft brew community. Their rustic tap room has fourteen taps featuring flagship, seasonal and test batch beers. It also features a 35' long "live edge" bar with a growler/crowler filling station. There are regular tables, high-top tables and a living room area with a couch and armchairs. Behind the bar is a giant 14' x 7' window through which visitors have a great view of their 15 bbl brewhouse. There are also a few televisions so they do not miss their favorite team’s game. Besides their own beers, Locust Lane also serves Pennsylvania crafted wine, mead, liquor, ciders, bottles water and sodas. Check the social media to find out which food truck is scheduled to serve food at the Taproom on each day.
50 Three Tun Rd Suite #4, Malvern, PA 19355, Phone: 484-324-4141
3. Paoli Battlefield
Paoli Battlefield is 44-acre historic site in Malvern, Pennsylvania, which was the location of the small but vicious battle during the American Revolution in September 1777. The battle was fought near the Paoli Tavern, a famous local landmark at the time. The Battlefield has been preserved in its original form, as a woodland and farm fields. There was a monument on the grave of those who died during the battle, and a stone wall that protects it. The monument is one of the oldest Revolutionary War battle. Adjacent 22 acres of land was acquired to be used in the19th century as a drill field and parade ground for Chester and Delaware County militia. In 1877, at the Centennial of the battle, a new granite obelisk was placed, and the original stone wall around the grave was replaced by a decorative iron fence. In 1996, the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund was created to purchase the site, mark it with explanatory plaques, and open it to the public.
Monument Ave & Wayne Ave, Malvern, PA 19355, Phone: 484-320-7173
4. Pinball Gallery
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Located in Great Valley Shopping Center, the Pinball Gallery provides a clean, spacious, family-oriented spot to play a wide range of classic pinball machines. The Gallery has about 50 "free-play" machines that allow visitors to play their favorite games over and over, with no quarters needed. Some of the machines in the Pinball Gallery are for sale, for those who cannot resist having their own vintage machine. Pinball Gallery will repair it and maintain it for you and will even fix the old one you have bought somewhere else. There is also plenty of pinball-related merchandise such as DVDs and tshirts. The Gallery is great place for a very special birthday party or any other fun gathering. There are regular tournaments and leagues for the more competitive players.
Great Valley Shopping Center, 81 Lancaster Ave #20, Malvern, PA 19355, Phone: 484-693-0693
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5. General Warren
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General Warren is an elegant, old-world American restaurant in Malvern, Pennsylvania, located in a historic 1745 inn. Exquisite dining room has exposed beams, white tablecloths, a lovely fireplace and warm lighting, perfect for an evening of celebration or a romantic dinner. There is a beautiful terrace for the warm days and evenings. Executive Chef Joshua Smith uses locally sourced ingredients and classic techniques to create imaginative version of classic dishes such as Beef Wellington (served only at dinner), Snapper Soup served with Sherry, amazing Crab Cakes at lunch, Wiener Schnitzel, Classic Caesar Salad and Bananas Foster made tableside. The restaurant has an exceptional wine collection from all over the world.
9 Old Lancaster Rd, Malvern, PA 19355, Phone: 610-296-3637
6. Restaurant Alba
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Restaurant Alba is a highly acclaimed Italian American bistro in Malvern, Pennsylvania, the kind of place where people drive for hours to enjoy chef’s special of the day. Elegant dining room is warm and cozy, with bright white table cloths, plush chairs and soft wall colors. Chef-owner Sean Weinberg's offers high-end New American cuisine using ingredients from local farmers. Open kitchen allows diners to enjoy watching chef’s magic. Alba has a superb wine list with bottles from all over the world. Their wine list has been awarded the highly coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The best deal is chef’s five-course fixed meal with wine pairing, a true treat and great way to celebrate a special event.
7 W King St, Malvern, PA 19355, Phone: 610-644-4009
7. Wharton Esherick Museum
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Celebrating and showcasing the extraordinary talents of American artist Wharton Esherick, his name-sake museum is located in his original hill-top studio, which has been designated as a National Historic Landmark for Architecture. Here visitors can admire more than 300 of his works, set against the extraordinary backdrop of his studio building. Esherick is known for working mainly in wood and produced a large variety of visual art in the form of sculptures as well as many articles of furniture including desks, carved panels and much more. The museum showcases many of these articles as well as personal effects, documents, photographs and more.
Wharton Esherick Museum, 1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA 19355, 610-644-5822
8. Historic Sugartown
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Sugartown was originally called Shugart’s Town, named for an early tavern owner called Eli Shugart. This historic little village has been perfectly preserved and restored to offer visitors an accurate glimpse into the life and times of an early 19th century settlement. Back in the day, Sugartown provided a vital service to the local farming community and offered weary travelers and wagon drivers a place to rest and refuel on their long journeys to the Philadelphia markets. Today visitors can visit the General Store, the Saddler’s Shop, the Carriage Museum and several historic residences. Guided walking tours are available on Saturday mornings from May through September.
Historic Sugartown, 690 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355, 610-644-5822
9. Grand Slam USA
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Grand Slam USA provides hours of family fun and entertainment in a year-round indoor facility. There is something for every member of the family starting with Laser Tag and Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, which are two of the most popular attractions. There are also batting cages where young sport enthusiasts can practice their skills, a Ninja Obstacle Course and a gaming arcade. Although Grand Slam is mostly about having fun, they also offer sport instruction for aspiring baseball and softball athletes. Offering one of the best-ever venues to host your child’s birthday party, Grand Slam USA offers various birthday party packages.
Grand Slam USA, 11 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355, 610-647-6622
10. Play-A-Round Golf
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Providing a great place to improve your golf and meet new friends when the weather puts a stop to your regular game of golf, Play-A-Round Golf is an indoor, year round facility for avid golfers. The facility is home to several golf simulators which will allow you to virtually play one of 80 amazing golf courses. You can visit on your own to practice your skills or bring along your friends and play as a four-ball. If you need to improve your game this is the place to come for classes – practice during the winter and amaze your friends in spring. The facility also hosts workshops, camps and Beginner Golf School for those who are new to the game.
Pay-A-Round Golf, 245 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355, 610-725-9155