Media, Pennsylvania’s roots are deep, stretching all the way back to 1681, when William Penn was named proprietor of the colony named after him. The borough was created and named county seat in 1850, and its borders have remained the same since that time. A lot of history, industry, and development have occurred in Media since then, though most of it was in the more recent 20th century. Several historic buildings still stand, as do ancient trees and quaint homesteads. Interestingly, Media is most well-known for its rich theatre culture and is home to two nationally renowned schools for the dramatic arts.
1.Ridley Creek State Park
Ridley Creek State Park sits just outside Media and offers visitors a fun array of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and fishing. There is also a paved, multi-use trail and a formal garden. One of the best parts of the park is the Hunting Hill Mansion, where visitors can see pre-Revolutionary farm architecture, which is repeated on other buildings throughout the park. This building holds the main park office and is also available for weddings and other celebrations. The park also sponsors events throughout the year, including special days for local homeschoolers. The park is open every day of the year, but hours vary each season.
351 Gradyville Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073, Phone: 610-892-3900
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Tyler Arboretum is a 650-arce spectacle to behold. Full of forests, stream valleys, and meadows, the arboretum is a culmination of several generations working to collect, study, and preserve local flora. Today, Tyler Arboretum sees those values to fruition with educational programming and the careful maintenance of the historical buildings within its borders, in addition to its focus on plant wildlife. With events targeting families and individuals of all ages, a trip to Tyler Arboretum doesn’t just have to be a walk in the woods. The calendar is packed with camping excursions, special events with local restaurants and breweries, health and wellness activities, and so much more.
515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063, Phone: 610-566-9134
© Linvilla Orchards
Sprawled across 300 acres of farmland, Linvilla Orchards are family owned and operated and a great place to spend the day. Activities range from hayrides, train rides, fruit and veggie picking, shopping at the farm market, and even a pint in the barn. Seasonal events like hayrides to the witch’s house or Christmas around the Farm are also sure to delight. Groups and parties are welcome on the farm as well, where they can enjoy fishing, barnyard animals, annual festivals, classes, and amazing food, but reservations are required. Hours at the farm vary depending on the season, but no matter the day, visitors are sure to have a great time.
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063, Phone: 610-876-7116
4.Wolff’s Apple House
© Wolff’s Apple House
A Media, PA mainstay since 1910, Wolff’s Apple House is a family-owned orchard begun by Bermuda-born Frank Wolff when he was only 18 years old. Four generations later, Wolff’s still run the farm and have added a gift shop, farm market, and lots of acres. The market brings shoppers local eggs and dairy, in addition to the fresh fruit picked just outside the doors, and just a few steps away, the garden center offers seeds, plants, pottery, and education for the aspiring and experienced gardener alike. Wolff’s also has seasonal offerings, like turkeys in November and Christmas trees in December.
81 S. Pennell Rd., Media, PA 19063, Phone: 610-566-1680
5.The Media Theatre
Under the artistic direction of Jesse Cline, The Media Theatre produces more than ten shows annually, including musicals and program for young audiences. While The Media Theatre has only been a non-profit organization for fewer than ten years, it has been entertaining and earning awards for live productions for 25 and featuring vaudeville acts and films since it opened in 1927. In 1993, it was renovated to the tune of $1 million, an amount that was able to restore its former architectural grandeur. The theatre works to educate and enrich the lives of those in Media and the surrounding areas through music theatre, helping young and old to realize that it is an important art form and cultural staple.
104 E. State Street, Media, PA, Phone: 610-891-0100
6.Hedgerow Theatre Company
Known as America’s oldest Repertory Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre Company seeks to educate members and audiences alike, part of its mission since it opened in 1923. Hedgerow is a resident ensemble theatre, and among its illustrious alumni and guest artists, Hedgerow can boast names like Susan Glaspell, Henrik Ibsen, and more recently, Keanu Reeves. Productions are open to the public and include classics like A Christmas Carol, as well as shows for children and young audiences. Hedgerow also offers classes for youth and adults that last for few days to a week and feature a final showcase.
64 Rose Valley Rd, Rose Valley, PA, 19063, Phone: 610-565-4211
7.Lotus Farm to Table
© Lotus Farm to Table
Owner Courtney Rozsas and executive chef Ryan Sulikowski work together to create creative and inspired meals that encourage overall health and well-being. Rozsas attributes her passion for “wholistic wellness” to her time overseas in China and Japan. Back in Media, she opened Lotus to share her values with others. She and Sulikowski use only local, organic ingredients in their dishes and hand-rolled teas. Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and dinner Wednesday through Saturday, Lotus serves an incredible selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, and Sulikowski’s jams, jellies, sauces, and syrups are also available to take home.
112 West State Street in Media, PA 19063, Phone: 610-565-5554
8.Double Decker Pizza
© Double Decker Pizza
Family owned and operated since 1976, Double Decker Pizza is the place to go if an unforgettable pizza experience is what you’re after. Most famous for its inside out pizza, Double Decker also serves wings, stromboli, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, salads, seafood, and appetizers. Guests can top off their meal with beer or wine and a tasty dessert, too. If you’d rather enjoy your Double Decker at home, you can call in a carryout or delivery order any day of the week. The Media location also offers catering for large groups and meetings, as well as a crepe menu!
415 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, PA 19063, Phone: 610-565-1345
© Margaret Kuo’s
Margaret Kuo’s was the first authentic Asian cuisine introduce to Media and the surrounding area in 1974. Known then as Peking, the restaurant was blessed with great reception and rapid growth. Over the years, Margaret Kuo has opened several other restaurants and outposts featuring her unique blend of Japanese and northern Chinese dishes. The Media location also boasts beautiful architecture and interior decor, including traditional dragons and a poem from the Tang Dynasty etched into the wall. The sushi chef, trained in Tokyo, works hard to carry out Margaret’s desire to offer top quality, award-winning food for locals and tourists alike.
4-6 W. State Street, Media, PA 19063, Phone: 610-892-0115
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