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Cheap Trips: Arts, Movies and Lost Caverns

Find three local attractions you can visit on about one tank of gas.

Want to get out of town and go for a trip, but looking to save money?


Try one of these three trips you can enjoy on just one tank of gas: Musehouse Literary Arts Center in Chestnut Hill, Newtown Theatre in Newtown and the Lost River Caverns in Hellertown.

Musehouse Literary Arts Center

Address: 7924 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
Admission:
Most events are free, workshops vary in price.
Hours: 
See the events calendar here and the course catalogue here.

About: Musehouse opened almost one year ago to give writers - from professionals to amateurs - a place to foster and appreciate the literary arts. With regular events like poetry reading and talks from accomplished writers, Musehouse is a place to catch some great minds in writing. Or if you prefer to develop your own skills, you can select a course from the catalogue for this fall, including poetry, memoir, playwriting workshops and even a course for elementary school-aged children.

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Newtown Theatre

Address: 120 N. State Street, Newtown
Hours: Screening times vary. Contact the theatre for specific information
Ticket information: Adults, $9; children 12 and under and seniors 64 and older, $7

About: Newtown Theatre is one the nation's oldest movie theatres, founded in 1906. It is located in the heart of Newtown Borough on State Street and screens modern movies in a facility with plenty of old-time charm. Movie genres range from children's films, to comedies, drama, action and more. In addition to movies, the Newtown Arts Company performs plays at the theatre.

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Lost River Caverns

Address: 726 Durham Street, Hellertown
Admission:

  • $11 adults
  • $7 children ages 3-12

Hours:

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily September through May
  • Cave is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Summary: Lost River Caverns is a natural limestone cavern discovered in the late 1800s. It was opened for tours in 1930. Tours run every half hour, taking visitors roughly 120 feet into the ground. Highlights include the Crystal Chapel, which has hosted dozens of weddings since 1949, and the Lost River itself.

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