Swarthmore Borough, the home of D. Patrick Welsh, is one of 49 municipalities in Delaware County. In the town center, the Swarthmore Co-Op stocks locally grown produce and baked goods, and promote sustainable living. Philadelphia is easily accessible by one of SEPTA’s regional rail lines, located just around the corner. Like much of southeastern Pennsylvania, Swarthmore is rooted in Quaker history. Swarthmore College was founded by Quakers in 1864, with an emphasis on equality - giving both men and women access to higher education. Learn more about Quaker history at the Friends Historical Society, housed inside Swarthmore College’s McCabe Library. The college frequently hosts events open to the public, including lectures, concerts, film screenings, and a monthly Observatory Open House courtesy of the astronomy department. The Scott Arboretum encompasses virtually all 357 acres of campus, and is open daily and free to the public.
Aldan is a small residential community, home of the historic Colonial Playhouse theater. A SEPTA trolley line runs centrally through the borough, and a regional rail line borders the north side of town, making it easy to commute to the city. The town has a swim club, various dedicated community groups, and is close to three libraries. There are many neighboring parks with picnic areas, a baseball field, and a view of Darby Creek.
Aston Township has an active community with various opportunities for community-based sports including a skating complex. The Community Center and Public Library are located in the town center which has historical room where residents can learn about the founding of Aston. The historical society also hosts meetings quarterly with guest speakers. Residents can keep up with local news on the Aston cable channel.
Bethel Township has a wealth of activities, with three parks in Garnet Valley, a library in Glen Mills, and a nearby golf course. Attractions in Wilmington, DE are a short 20 minute commute away. Spacious yards and lots of wide, open space are common in this residential area.
Brookhaven Borough is home to nine historical houses including the Kirk House and the Yordon House both of which were built in the 18th century. The municipal center has community rooms and senior center activities. There are five parks, including a baseball field, and residents enjoy public fishing access at Chester Creek.
Chadds Ford is a township brimming with history, from Brandywine Battlefield Park to the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Sanderson Museum. The Chadds Ford Historical Society frequently hosts events such as summer day camps, historical reenactments, and a fall pumpkin-carving event.
Chester is the oldest city in Pennsylvania and is home to many historic sites including the 1724 Chester Courthouse, the first national bank, and the William Penn Landing Site. PPL Park, a major league soccer stadium, is a must-see. Chester is a stop on one of SEPTA’s regional rail lines, which runs from Wilmington to Newark through Philadelphia, making this an incredibly accessible area to live in.
Chester Heights is a small community, with a population of about 2,500. The borough is bordered by Chester Creek on the north side, providing hiking trails and public fishing access. It is the home of Wawa headquarters, and various historic homes including the Chester Heights Camp Meeting Historic District, which is comprised of 101 buildings.
Chester Township is a very small township, about 1.4 square miles. The north side of the township borders on Upland Park, offering a playground, picnic areas, and walking trails. The Redwood Community Playhouse hosts events in the park year-round, such as dances, bands, and other performers. These events are sponsored by the township and are free of charge.
Clifton Heights is about six miles from the city and easily accessible by trolley, making it the perfect access point for city commuters. There are lots of shopping opportunities nearby, and most conveniences are just around the corner. The borough has a handful of small parks with a baseball field and a playground very close to residential living.
Collingdale Borough is a residential area surrounded by large parks, with an abundance of facilities: a football field, two baseball fields, walking track, basketball courts, playgrounds, and tennis courts that are compatible for roller skating. MacDade Boulevard is full of shopping and dining opportunities, and the library and swim club are centrally located.
Colwyn Borough is bordered by Darby Creek to the west and Cobb's Creek to the east. Throughout the borough there are 32 acres of park land that include playgrounds, tot lots, baseball and football fields, and creek access. This area is residential with plenty of sidewalks, making it a very walkable area. Regional rail runs through the center of town, with the trolley line a five minute walk away. Residents are able to rent the borough hall and Bosacco Park for events.
Concord is a township that truly gives back with their annual scholarship fund and Person of the Year award. There's plenty to do, from summer camp for kids to movie nights and events hosted by the local historical commission. The township has a library located very close to the township building, both of which are walking distance from the elementary school, middle school, and high school. The township hosts many seasonal events such as the harvest festival, a tree lighting ceremony in winter, and an Easter egg hunt. Additional features include the dog park, Woodlawn walking trail, country club, racket club, gold course, various parks, and access to the west branch of Chester Creek.
Darby is home to many historic sites, including the Darby Friends Meeting House from the 17th century, and Darby Free Library, America’s oldest public library. Darby Creek runs through the scenic Bartram Park, a perfect area for walking, fishing, and bird watching. The township offers senior community services, and is committed to the environment with the presence of organizations such as the Darby Creek Valley Association. Two trolleys run frequently through town, providing easy access to the city.
Darby Township is bordered by Darby Creek to the east, providing for several parks and wildlife refuges. The township has a library, a senior center, and a bus route that runs through the center of town.
East Lansdowne Borough is a residential area with many sidewalks. The borough hall is available to residents for rental for events. There’s plenty of shopping and dining locations all along Baltimore Pike. For the places you can’t get to by walking, SEPTA has several bus stops nearby to take you where you need to go.
Eddystone Borough is right on the Delaware River waterfront, and boasts boating opportunities and clubs. Close to Widener University, Eddystone is a relatively small borough, only about one square mile of land, with much of it being industrial rather than residential. The borough is bordered by Ridley Creek to the west, and has a train station that is a part of the Wilmington/Newark line.
Edgmont is a township with deep-rooted history, incorporated in the late 1700s. Nearly half of the township is covered by Ridley Creek State Park, with over 2,000 acres for hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. The nearby Arasapha Farms is the seasonal home of the popular Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride. With so much serene open space, Edgmont is the perfect location to find homes with large sprawling yards in a low-traffic area.
Folcroft Borough is very close to the city, but has a number of attractions on its own. The borough hosts an annual spring carnival, and has active senior citizen programming. There’s a “humble little nook” of a public library, a vocational-technical school, and a swim club. Darby Creek runs to the south and as such, the borough is close to the wildlife refuge, and various parks. The borough is accessible by regional rail.
Glenolden Borough has an active library with events such as the Science in the Summer program for elementary school students and various book clubs for adults. The borough hosts an annual Community Day and senior events including picnics and movie nights. Just behind the library is a large park, with walking trails, a playground, and a gazebo that is perfect for picnics. Regional rail runs through the south end of the borough, making it an accessible place to live.
Haverford Township hosts an annual “Haverford Township Day” with a parade, flea market, and concert performances. There are several parks and playgrounds; an ice rink, more commonly known as The Skatium; and a central public library that is close to both the middle school and the high school. Haverford College frequently hosts events that are open to the public, most notably their classical music series. The College’s large sprawling campus makes it an ideal place for walking and biking. The Haverford Reserve contains hiking trails, a dog park, and playing fields for soccer, football, lacrosse, and baseball. The local golf course, Merion Golf Club, was home to the U.S. Open in 2013.
SEPTA’s regional rail runs straight through Lansdowne, close to both the public library and the YMCA. The library frequently hosts events, such as magic shows, music programs, film screenings, a weekly chess club, a monthly needle working club, and several book clubs. The Borough has 11 parks total, three of them are along Darby Creek. Facilities include tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, tot lots, and picnic pavilions. Sites to see include the Gladstone Manor, Lansdowne Bird Sanctuary, and the historic Lansdowne Theater.
Lower Chichester has a Little League and a youth association, and borders a very large park to the northwest. Septa’s regional rail runs through the south side of town, providing easy access to the city or Delaware and the tri-state mall.
Marcus Hook Borough has several parks, including Municipal Park by the Delaware River waterfront, the perfect place for summer picnics. The borough is home to the “Moving Wall,” a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial. The community center has a computer room with free computer and wifi access for residents, and is open in the evenings. Marcus Hook is a great place for commuters to live, with regional rail on the north side of town and easy access to both Delaware and New Jersey.
Marple Township has a variety of parks including features such as picnic areas, walking trails, a horseshoe pit and playground equipment, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, tot lots, dog parks, roller hockey, and the beautiful Langford Run creek. The township hosts its annual Community Pride Day in May. The township has its own library, which is full of entertaining and educational programming such as calligraphy classes, Kindles available for lending, historical lectures, drivers education classes, computer classes, a philosophy-themed “socrates cafe,” and a film screening series.
Media Borough is hugely popular because of its walkable downtown area with shops, galleries, restaurants, and even a Trader Joe's-housed in the historic Pennsylvania Veterans Museum. Media is America’s first Fair Trade Town, demonstrating how the borough values social responsibility. Some of the opportunities available at the Media Community Center include a playroom for kids, a zumba class, and rental opportunities for residents hosting events. The Media Youth Center hosts summer camps and organizes athletic teams for youth. Features of the town include the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, a library, and the Minshall House, maintained by the Media Historical Society. A trolley line runs through town, to Philadelphia 69th street, and regional rail (R3) line to the 30th street in Philadelphia.
Middletown Township has various historic walking trails, which are mapped on the township's website. Middletown Township is the home of Linvilla Orchards, which hosts many events including harvest events such as pumpkin picking, hayrides, and a corn maze; pick your own fruit; fishing; and a petting zoo area. Family swim nights are often held at the nearby swim club. A large shopping mall provides for many shopping opportunities.
Millbourne is a very small borough, with a stop on the Market Frankford Line, one of the city’s two subway lines. While it was originally founded as farmland, today it is a more urban area just outside the city. Access to Philadelphia has never been easier, with Center City just 15 minutes away; on your way, be sure to check out the gorgeous community mural that adorns the walls of the subway stop. The borough has a bowling center and is close to Upper Darby’s Tower Theater and the 69th Street Transportation Center, providing access to all of the conveniences of public transportation.
Morton Borough was first settled in the 1630s; today it is a residential area with large yards. The area of Jacobs Park has been preserved since its original state, with the addition of a playground, picnic area, athletic fields, and basketball courts. There are three public libraries in the surrounding areas, and a community center with an indoor gym, kitchen, and meeting room that can be rented out for meetings. The borough hosts annual public safety days with free activities, demonstrations, promoting fire prevention and safety education for its residents.
Nether Providence Township has many resources centrally located for the convenience of its residents. The library, situated across from post office and right next to the regional rail station, has yoga programs, weekly story time, craft classes, Science in the Summer, and a Lego club. The nearby Community Arts Center offers classes ranging from painting to sculpting to creative writing. The Thomas Leiper House is historic fully-furnished museum with guided tours. Pendle Hill is a Quaker center, with an open campus that has walking trails and a bed and breakfast, perfect for a local retreat and “home away from home.” The township has eight parks, playgrounds, walking and biking trails, and an arboretum that offers walking tours.
The local historical society has an inventory of over 100 historic sites in the area; within the borders of Newtown Township are: a local history museum in the Paper Mill House, the Newtown Square Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, and Bartram’s Bridge, the last covered bridge in Delaware County. The Environmental Advisory Council provides a perfect opportunity for local volunteering and activism; the Council aims to improve the township by making it visually appealing and clean through planting trees and planning development projects. Drexel Lodge Park boasts an outdoor amphitheater and covered pavilion along with fountains, a gazebo, a walking bridge, and playgrounds, a truly scenic environment. The
services of a local compost farm are available to residents.
Founded in the late 1800s, Norwood is home to beautiful historic Victorian homes. The Norwood Historical Society is committed to preserving the Morton House as an in-house museum with free admission. At the Norwood Community Garden, residents can rent a plot for the season and plant flowers and vegetables to enjoy. The Norwood Shade Tree Commission plants trees to make a greener community. In the north side of town, the public library hosts events such as craft and movie nights, summer reading programs, and guest storytellers. Norwood is a stop on one of SEPTA’s regional rail lines, making it an accessible area to live in.
Parkside Borough is a residential and walkable area. The area was settled in 1672, with much of the land being utilized as farmland. This is a suburb with many conveniences and sights within driving distance, including the Taylor Memorial Arboretum and the Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Prospect Park is a very active borough with plenty to do. The borough regularly hosts events, including a Memorial Day parade, fireworks, and outdoor concerts. This mostly residential borough is a small but densely populated area that is a short drive from the Philadelphia Airport, and twenty minutes from the city by train.
Radnor Township has endless opportunities for its residents, from entertainment to the education. There are several colleges in the area, many of which offer events, classes, and workshops that are open to the public. The Wayne Art Center offers classes for all ages, including a summer art camp. There are many local pools and swim clubs, a country club, golf courses, a public library, and 1.5 acres dedicated for a community garden. At 47 acres, The Willows is one of the largest parks in the area, with grilling and picnic areas as well as a pond for fishing. Unique to the area is the Women’s Resource Center, which offers counseling and career and legal services, as well as a girls’ leadership program. The township hosts an annual Arbor Day celebration and an annual car show for local enthusiasts called the Wheels of Wayne.
Ridley Park, incorporated in 1887, is home to the 20-acre Ridley Lake, which allows for plenty of fishing and picnicking opportunities. Victorian style homes are common in this area, many of them lying within the boundaries of the historic district. Ridley Park is close to a large shopping center so you can fulfill all your needs close to home. Other features of the borough include Taylor Hospital, two senior groups, a library, a swim club, and several parks. The borough hosts an annual Victorian fair in the fall with live performances, traditional dancing, magic shows, and food vendors.
Ridley Township extends from the Delaware River inland, covering about 5.3 square miles. There is a wide range of shopping and dining opportunities, especially along bustling MacDade Boulevard. The township has its own library, high school, and marina. The marina offers boating safety classes and hall rentals for residents.
Rose Valley is a small borough, less than one square mile in area and under 1,000 people in population. The homes in Rose Valley are famous for their exquisite Arts and Crafts architecture. Winding lanes through the woods lead to beautiful terra cotta rooed manses, and stucco cottages built into the hillsides. Rose Valley is also the home of the historic Hedgerow Theatre, the first repertory theatre in America.
Rutledge Borough encompasses less than half of a square mile, making it a very cozy and walkable community. It has a park with a basketball court and a baseball field, and is within walking distance to several schools as well as the Morton express regional rail station.
Sharon Hill is a residential area with a public library down the street from the high school, which is centrally located. It’s a very accessible area with two train stops on the Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line and a trolley stop. The township hosts an annual flea market and craft fair for residents to showcase their wares.
With Springfield Mall and a handful of shopping centers, Springfield Township has lots of great shopping opportunities--everything from craft stores to car maintenance to department stores to great dining venues. Springfield is the Ideal place to get everything done, as there is very minimal travel needed in this township to find what you’re looking for, and it is easily navigable by SEPTA bus and trolley. The township has also has plenty of parks, a few golf courses, and a country club. The public library is conveniently close to the high school, and offers live homework help through tutor.com.
Thornbury is a very active and organized township. The township plans events such as an annual scavenger hunt, a Phillies trip (including transportation), outdoor movie screenings, a senior club bbq, trail clearing and stream cleaning events with a picnic lunch for volunteers, Crabfest, Brandywine Battlefield reenactments, a township-wide a dog show, and a Founders Day Celebration complete with fireworks. The township has five parks, including an arboretum. There is a seasonal farmers market with many local foods and offerings. Having been incorporated in 1687, the township is full of historic sites, including the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation and the Footpath at Birmingham Hill, a significant acquisition as an important site from the Battle of Brandywine.
Tinicum Township has its own public library, several hotels, and borders on the Philadelphia Airport making Tinicum a great location for travelers. The township is home to a 200-acre national wildlife refuge that encompasses the largest freshwater tidal marsh left in Pennsylvania. The refuge offers year-round walks and nature programs, including canoeing trips and the awarding of a Youth conservation award. The Tinicum Township Historical Society hosts an annual community day that includes flea market, antique car show, games, and live music.
Trainer Borough is bordered on the south by the Delaware River. Though much of the borough is industrial, there is a large park and there are sidewalks in most neighborhoods, making it a very walkable and accessible area. The borough hosts an annual Spring Festival that features a flea market and craft show, car show, and live music performances.
The Community Affairs Committee of Upland Borough organizes events such as Senior breakfasts, fireworks, performances, and holiday parties for youth for that are free for residents to attend. It’s also home to the historical Caleb Pusey House, the only building still standing that was associated with William Penn. The house is historically furnished, hosts programs and activities including an annual Welcome Day, and is open to the public on weekends.
Upper Chichester is a relatively residential area; it has a library, a high school, and a skate park, along with various other sporting opportunities for youth. The township hosts several camps, and regularly schedules events in the community services building such as line dancing and jazzercise classes. There is an annual Community Day, which includes events such as live music, movie screenings, fireworks, and meet and greets with local celebrities.
Wherever you’re looking to go, you can get there from Upper Darby. Home of Septa’s 69th Street Transportation Center, Septa has service to the city, the airport, and the suburbs. Upper Darby is also the home of the luxurious concert venue the Tower Theater, which frequently hosts big name performers. Delaware County residents can take advantage of membership to Upper Darby High School’s Olympic-sized pool and the various programs of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, such as the popular Summer Stage program.
Upper Providence is a very spacious and open township. The town center has various shopping opportunities, including a movie theater. Nearby are a golf course, a hotel, and several parks. The township is bordered on the left side by the Schuylkill River and Black Rock Sanctuary, which spans 119 acres in Chester County. The township collects and composts trees after the holiday season, and leaves in the fall, showing a dedication to sustainability and the environment.
Yeadon Borough provides an ideal environment with its range of facilities, such as the public library, the senior center, a rentable borough hall, a karate club and tennis program for youth, and a community park with a playground, fitness area, and athletic fields. The Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program was implemented to work on local revitalization projects with volunteer help, showing that Yeadon residents truly care and give back to their community, with a dedication to safety, sustainability, and the economy. Yeadon is conveniently close to the city, making it a great location for commuters. The borough hosts an annual Flag Day celebration including a performance by the Penn Wood High School marching band.