Fun Places Near Montgomeryville, PA

by Alex Tannin

Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles from Philadelphia, has a population of slightly more than 12,000, and many residents are young families. A 2010 report from Yahoo! Real Estate called Montgomeryville the fifth best affordable suburb in America, highlighting the malls and shopping centers.

PineCrest Country Club

PineCrest Country Club (pcrestcc.com) is in Lansdale, a six-minute drive from central Montgomeryville. The country club can be rented or weddings, bar mitzvahs and other occasions. The club has an 18-hole golf course designed by Ron Prichard, the architect who also designed the TPC at Southwind course. The course is open year-round except for Christmas Day and tee reservations must be made seven days in advance.

The Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance Center

The Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance Center at Beiswenger Studio (dancingattheymca.com) is one of four affiliates offering dance classes through the YMCA in the northern Pennsylvania area. Attendees can learn a variety of dance styles including rumba, merengue and West Coast swing. Special workshops are frequently scheduled, as are trips to visit other dance classes. Private dance parties and lessons are also available.

Byers Choice Christmas Museum and Gift Emporium

The Byers Choice Christmas Museum and Gift Emporium (byerschoice.com) is in Chalfont, about two miles from the center of Montgomeryville. Byers Choice has a life-sized replica of Charles Dickens' London complete with cobbled streets and vintage storefronts. Visitors can look inside the shop windows and see Christmas memorabilia. The museum displays one of the world's largest collections of Christmas crèches and shows a film about the history of Byers Choice. Visitors can have their photo taken in Victorian apparel.

The Washington Memorial Chapel

The Washington Memorial Chapel (washingtonmemorialchapel.org) is in Phoenixville, about 20-minutes from Montgomeryville. The chapel was built in tribute to President George Washington and was completed in 1917. Statues of Washington surrounded the chapel building. The chapel's carillon, inside the National Patriots' Bell Tower, has 58 bells controlled by a traditional keyboard.

About the Author

Born in Northampton, Alex Tannin has been writing across the journalistic landscape since 2003. His articles have appeared in "The Guardian," "Bizarre Magazine" and for Gaydar Radio and the Press Association, among others. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in print journalism from Leeds Trinity and All Saints College.