Known as “The Mudhole” due to the dense clay soil that rendered this area unsuitable for farming, the town of Lansdale was not established until mid-1870s when a railroad laid down a line through the area. Homes quickly sprang up then. The town center has a Kugel Ball, the only one of its kind in southwestern Pennsylvania. A Kugel Ball is a water fountain that forces a large granite ball up so that it appears to be floating.
The closest large town is Philadelphia, a little over 25 miles south. Allentown is 30 miles to the north, and Reading (pronounced as “red-ding”) is 45 miles west.
The Great Outdoors
When you rent an RV in Lansdale, one of the first things you probably will want to do is hit the outdoors for fun and adventure. Evansburg State Park was once farmland, conquered by the Mennonites and later abandoned. Since then the dense woods have retaken the farmlands, and the open areas are fast dwindling. Go horseback riding, mountain biking, or hiking on several miles of trails, and fish from Skippack Creek.
French Creek State Park, Crow’s Nest Preserve, Hopewell Big Woods and the French Creek Game park all put together encompasses nearly 80,000 acres of land, which is the largest piece of wilderness in between Washington, D.C. and New York City. Engage in activities like horseback riding, hiking, hunting (with permits), and rock climbing. Geocaching is a popular activity, too, and so is fishing. There are over 150 miles of trails winding its way through mature woods, and dozens of creeks veining its way throughout the park.
When you rent a Lansdale motorhome, you’ll need someplace to park and use as your home base for a few days while you explore the area. The Little Red Barn Campground provides full hookups for your RV, a fire pit at each site, and laundry facilities. Note: it’s open only between April and October so plan that amazing outdoor adventure accordingly.
Quakerwood Campground, which is also closed during the winter months, offers a fishing pond and a creek running through its grounds, restrooms with hot showers, and a swimming pool for its guests are also available.
Homestead Family Campground is close to several hiking trails and includes amenities such as laundry facilities, free WiFi and a catch-and-release fishing pond.
Exploring the City
When you rent a camper rental in Lansdale, you will have plenty of things to do and see in the city and the neighboring towns. Pearl S. Buck Museum, where the author wrote the iconic, world-changing Good Earth, offers tours through the house. Learn about the author’s life and the legacy of this remarkable woman. The tour engages its visitors in conversations about marginalized communities, and different types of people, young and old. Most tours are held in early afternoons; check online or call for the schedule.
Michener Art Museum in Doylestown features the art and culture of the Delaware Valley Region, mostly consisting of both historic and contemporary American works. In addition to galleries and exhibitions, the museum includes the Nakashima Reading Room, the Daniel Garber mural, and outdoor sculpture garden displays. The museum also regularly offers art and drawing workshops for both adults and children.
Beat the crowds and visit the Elmwood Park Zoo, where hundreds of exotic animals make their home. A short list includes bald and golden eagles, poison dart frogs, and cougars, jaguar and Jacob sheep. Bring along the kiddos and make it a great family outing!
Although Philadelphia and its suburbs have modern roads, it’s recommended that you should not drive your camper when heading downtown. There are streets in the historic district that are difficult to navigate in heavy traffic, doubly so with a large trailer or motorhome.
After you’ve done your sightseeing tours, visiting tourists’ favorites like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Institute, and National Constitution Center, hit the lesser known spots for an insider’s look at Philadelphia.
Locals often engage in spirited debates over where to get a genuine Steak and have a not-so-secret rule on how cheesesteaks should be prepared. Jim’s Steaks, just a few blocks south of Independence Center, is a well-known and trusted steak shop. Established in 1939, it has die-hard fans who vouch that this is "The Place for bona fide steaks." Pat’s King of Steaks, which claims to be the original inventor of the Steaks, is another popular choice for the locals, though it’s a long walk from the downtown area.
Get an insider, near-exclusive look at the Lincoln Financial Field, also affectionately known as the Linc. The stadium is home to the Philadelphia Eagles, and though you won’t see the team practice on the field, you can get a peek into their locker room, the broadcast booth, and an opportunity to ogle the Super Bowl LII Lombardi trophy on display.
The tradition of making craft beer dates back to early 1700s, and there are several microbrews in the area. The distillery scene, which nearly died out in the Prohibition era, has seen a resurgence in the recent decades. Try the Manatawny Still Works or Kenzo’s Federal Distilling for “craft” moonshine and vodka.
Should you be seeking Pennsylvania local history and recreational activities, consider a travel trailer rental in Lansdale. Explore the museums, take a walk through Philadelphia, enjoy the local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the spectacular landscape. Rent a luxury motorhome in Lansdale, PA and check out all the Quaker State has to offer!