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Living in Doylestown, PA

Doylestown, Pennsylvania has long been a residential and professional enclave. In 1815 the town became the seat of Bucks County before expanding during the Industrial Revolution. Located 27 miles north of Philadelphia and 80 miles south of New York City, Doylestown is an enticing home for anyone who regularly travels to either city. In recent years, families have been choosing Doylestown because of its historic homes and quaint landscapes.

Doylestown Historical Society in Doylestown, PA

Things to Do in Doylestown

Anyone who loves American history and family-friendly fun will find plenty of interesting attractions in Doylestown. Henry Chapman Mercer, a resident during the late 19th and early 20th century, built several poured-concrete structures in town that continue to draw visitors. Fonthill Castle, Mercer's former home, is a combination of medieval and Gothic architecture styles, and houses an exhibition of decorative tile and prints. Another one-time Doylestown resident is the namesake of the James A. Michener museum, which collects work by nationally-known American artists and promising Bucks County creators. There's also a structure for the young called the Kids Castle—an eight-story, wooden playground. After exploring these landmarks, grab a bite to eat in downtown Doylestown with it's large variety of American and international restaurants. In addition to crowd-pleasers like pizza and burgers, there's Peruvian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, and more.

Walkways near Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA

Housing and Transportation

Because the town was founded in 1745, homes in Doylestown represent several architectural styles, including historic Colonials, Federal-style townhouses, arts and crafts bungalows, post-war A-frames, and more. Much of the housing stock dates back to the second half of the 20th century, when the local population had a bit of a boom. For commuters and tourists there are several options to get to nearby cities. The regional rail train ride from Doylestown to Center City Philadelphia takes about an hour and 20 minutes. Making the trip by car takes about the same amount of time but, of course, traffic can impact travel time. Trans-Bridge buses travel several times a day from Doylestown to Manhattan, with the ride taking about two hours and 20 minutes.


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  • Architecture lovers spend the day exploring Fonthill Castle, a building that features both medieval and gothic architectural styles and is home to a grand collection of tiles and prints.
  • For the kids, there’s the eight-story wooden playground known as Kids Castle. Also featured at the park are tot swings, slides, climbing gyms, and sliding poles.
  • Downtown Doylestown offers many types of cuisine, from pizza and shakes to Thai, Italian, Japanese, Peruvian, and Indian dishes.


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