Cheap Trips: Art Center, Growers Market and Jasper Park

Find three local attractions you can visit on one tank of gas.


Wayne Art Center

Address: 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

Distance: 52 miles.
Admission: Free
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summary: Wayne Art Center provides both in-studio art instruction and regular exhibits, lectures and programs. The center affords artists an interdisciplinary venue to share, learn, exhibit and perform.  Upcoming exhibits include Decorative Objects from Chanticleer Gardens (February 12 through March 10) and Expressions of Radnor (February 12 through March 24).

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West Chester Growers Market

Address: North Church and West Chestnut Streets, West Chester
Distance: 77 miles
Admission: Free
The first and third Saturdays through April 10 a.m. to noon
Every Saturday between May and November 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summary:  As Mother Nature continues to bless the area with mild weather, making a stop at the West Chester Growers Market is still a great way to spend a Saturday morning. The West Chester Growers Market is a local market that offers homegrown and handmade products, including produce, plants, free-range meats, baked goods and more. Area vendors are a staple at the market, and you can count on seasonal harvests, as well as some non-produce products in between.


Jasper Park

Address: 4960 Vera Cruz Road, Emmaus
Distance: 14 miles
Admission: Free parking and free admission
Hours: Open daily dawn to dusk
Summary: This 27-acre park in Lehigh County features a fitness trail, playground, picnic tables and something unusual--indentations in the woods that indicate Native Americans quarried jasper from pits in this area thousands of years before European settlers arrived. Jasper is a smooth but sharp stone that can be worked into arrow heads, knives and tools. Removal of jasper from the park is illegal. A statue of Chief Lappawinze of the Leni Lenape greets visitors at the park entrance.

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