North Wales, Pennsylvania, is a suburb of Philadelphia, located around 25 miles away from the big city. The borough of North Wales is steeped in history, with the first settlers establishing homes in the area in the late 1600s.
Today, residents enjoy living in North Wales for its welcoming community atmosphere and close proximity to some of the world’s best attractions. In town, seniors can connect with other community members in public parks and spaces, or head into Philadelphia to check out some of the nation’s leading arts and cultural destinations.
The following are some fun things for seniors to do in North Wales and the surrounding area.
1. Visit the North Wales Area Library
The North Wales Area Library provides free book and media checkout, as well as offers a variety of engaging programming for seniors and all ages. At the library, visitors can participate in activities including movie and TV showings, one-on-one computer tutoring, board game meetups, book review and cookbook clubs, fiber arts groups, free health insurance counseling, tai chi classes and group games, including bridge, dominoes, canasta, pinochle and mahjong.
2. Head to a North Wales Borough Park
North Wales has several parks and open spaces, perfect for taking a stroll, having a picnic or spending time outdoors. North Wales Borough parks include:
- Eighth Street Park: Nicknamed “A Child’s Garden” because it was developed by local children, this pocket park has benches, plants and a brick walking path.
- Fourth Street Park: Also known as the Bryant Memorial Garden, this park includes a small community garden and resident-created artwork, including clay masks and clay totem poles.
- Hess Park: Hess Park has a walking path, benches, a playground and a pavilion with a barbecue grill and picnic tables.
- Montgomery Avenue Pocket Park: This small park includes a variety of plant and tree species and has plenty of room to spread out a blanket and relax.
- Ninth Street Park: This 1.5-acre park, part of the Dodsworth Run watershed, includes a trail and footbridge with birdwatching opportunities.
- Parkside Place Complex: Parkside Place Complex is a large park facility with diverse amenities. The complex includes five tennis courts, four pickleball courts, two basketball courts, a carnival site, an exercise course, a woodlands trail, a pavilion, a playground, a gazebo, an amphitheater, picnic tables and bike and walking trails that span 1 mile.
- Second Street Park: This park includes a tennis court area that’s open every day and that closes at dusk.
- Walnut Square Park: Walnut Square Park includes benches, flower gardens and bird houses throughout the park.
- Wee Walers Park: Wee Walers Park is a playground with equipment for kids ages 8 and younger.
- Weingartner Park: This 3-acre passive recreation area includes pathways, benches and a variety of tree species, including beech, black walnut, cherry, dogwood, hemlock, Norway maple, sweetgum and white pine trees.
For seniors who enjoy relaxing outdoors, there are lots of green spaces, paths and benches to relax on throughout the North Wales area.
3. Swim at Nor-Gwyn Pool
Nor-Gwyn Pool, located in the Parkside Place Complex, is open to community members from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The aquatic center has a 10-lane Olympic-size pool, a pool house, a covered picnic area and a shady open area. There are also 1-meter diving boards and a sand volleyball court. Visitors can bring food or grab items from the concession stand.
4. Sip Local Beer at McAllister Brewing Company
At McAllister Brewing Company, local beer lovers can check out new flavors created right in town. The award-winning brewery serves a variety of beers, with diverse flavors like blood orange IPA and bourbon barrel pecan stout. The brewery also produces non-alcoholic, hemp-infused flavored seltzer water.
Pair your drink here with some food from the brewery restaurant, with items including hot dogs, flatbreads and falafel. The brewery also hosts community events and is always working on new drink flavors.
5. Shop at Montgomery Mall
Montgomery Mall in North Wales is a two-story shopping center that’s home to a variety of popular brands. Shoppers can pick up goods from businesses including American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Forever 21, H&M, JCPenney, Macy’s, Verizon and Victoria’s Secret.
Montgomery Mall also has a variety of restaurants, including Outback Steakhouse, Ray’s #1 Pizza and China One. Check out the mall’s events calendar to find events like makers pop-up shops and new store opening specials.
6. Take a Day Trip to Philadelphia or a Nearby City
Since North Wales is only around 25 miles away from Philadelphia, it’s easy to take a quick day trip to the big city. Head to the North Wales Area Library to pick up a free Attraction Pass, which allows free admission to nearby museums, gardens and zoos. You can get an Attraction Pass for these top Philadelphia destinations and other destinations that are less than an hour’s drive away from North Wales.
- The Academy of Natural Sciences
- African American Museum in Philadelphia
- Battleship New Jersey
- Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
- Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art
- Chanticleer Garden
- Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
- Eastern State Penitentiary
- Elmwood Park Zoo
- Fort Mifflin
- Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
- Independence Seaport Museum
- John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
- Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
- Montgomery Theater
- Museum of the American Revolution
- Mütter Museum
- National Constitution Center
- National Liberty Museum
- Pearl S. Buck House
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Penn Museum
- Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
- Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
- Reading Public Museum
- Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center
- Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
- Tyler Arboretum
- Woodmere Art Museum
All of these cultural centers and museums are close to North Wales. You can take day trips, explore and learn about history, science, arts and culture whenever you want.
North Wales Is Also Home to Park Creek Place
For seniors in North Wales, there’s also Park Creek Place, a senior residence that provides personal care and memory care services. Residents get three chef-prepared meals a day, housekeeping, transportation, wellness monitoring and more at this pet-friendly residence. There’s also a full calendar of daily programming, so residents can pursue their passions and explore new hobbies.