Pulse: Style: Lowdown: A Family Affair

Four outdoor spots outside the city that promise summer fun for everyone

Johnson’s Corner Farm
133 Church Road, Medford, 609-654-8643; johnsonsfarm.com
Run by three Johnson family generations, this South Jersey spread is known for delicious pick-your-own produce. In July and August, visitors can hop on a guided hayride ($2.25 per person) and tour the farm’s 110 acres, stopping to gather basketfuls of blueberries, peaches and corn. Children love the animal barnyard ($2.25 admission), with chickens, sheep, llamas and pigs. The farm market features homemade pies, sandwiches and Bassetts ice cream, to be devoured under the nearby picnic tents.    

Longwood Gardens
Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000; longwoodgardens.org
The Brandywine Valley’s stun-ning 1,050-acre horticulture
haven enchants visitors of all ages. Tykes can explore the new
Bee-aMazed Children’s Garden (look for Queen Bee’s Throne) and discover natural wonders (old man cactus, fishtail palm) at the indoor conservatory’s plant hunt. On weekends, children gather in the Idea Garden tent for craft projects; on Tuesdays, Garden Exploration tours are offered for budding naturalists. Other summer highlights include the family Ice Cream Concerts, featuring Trout Fishing in America and Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.
$14 adults, $6 ages 16-20, $2
ages six-15; under six free.

Bucks County River Country
2 Walters Lane, Point Pleasant, 215-297-5000; rivercountry.net

Bored with the Shore? Bring your gang to Bucks County River Country for a scenic, refreshing trip down the Delaware River. The water’s warm—averaging 80 degrees midsummer—so don’t be afraid to get wet while floating in a sleek, colorful tube ($18 to $22 per person). Ask about the discount Mom and Me package, featuring SnuggleTubes built for two ($30). Rafts, canoes and kayaks ($20 to $36 per person) are also available.     

Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, 215-752-7070, ext. 222; sesameplace.com
Sesame Place is celebrating its 25th birthday with a festive season. Catch all the characters during the daily Rock Around the Block musical birthday parade, including the park’s newest addition, Baby Bear. Children will adore nightly dinners with Big Bird and Friends ($24.95 per adult and $14.95 for kids two to 11), while young teens are invited to the Sesame After Dark event July 8th, with a Q102-hosted dance party ($15). The theme park has grown to include more than three dozen attractions, but look for the classics: the Sky Splash water ride, Vapor Trail roller coaster, and Big Bird Steps—the park’s original entrance. Admission is $23.95 to $39.95; kids under two are free. —Karen Gross