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Cheap Trips: Memorials, Museums and 'Mice and Men'

Find three local attractions you can visit on 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: the Mort Brooks Memorial in Mt. Airy, the People's Light and Theatre Company in Malvern and the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown.

Mort Brooks Memorial Farm at Awbury Arboretum

Address: 1011 East Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19138
How Far From Roxborough-Manayunk Patch:
3.5 miles / 11 minutes
Admission: Free

Hours: The farm is generally open to the public throughout the day but visitors can also volunteer there. Click here for information on volunteer times.
Summary: The Mort Brooks Farm is a part of Weavers Way Co-op, which is based in Mt. Airy. The farm grows all kinds of vegetables year round—items such as artichokes, asparagus, turnips, okra, onions and ornamental gourds. It was originally established in memorial of longtime co-op member Mort Brooks and has evolved into a food source in Northwest Philadelphia. You'll see a hoop house at the farm and you can explore the various crops there as well.
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People’s Light & Theatre Company: Of Mice and Men

Address: 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355
How Far From Roxborough-Manayunk Patch: 21.3 miles / 27 minutes
Admission: 

  • A Seat: $45, $42 (17 and under)
  • B Seat: $25

Hours: Show runs through March 25, check website for show times. Approximate running time is 2 hour and 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. 
Summary: John Steinbeck’s heart-wrenching tale of George and Lennie will be performed at The People’s Light & Theatre Company through March 25. The classic American drama is a story of deep friendships and hard choices, set against the backdrop of Depression era California. The Chester County playhouse is in its 35th year of operation.
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Allentown Art Museum

Address: 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown, PA 18101
How Far From Roxborough-Manayunk Patch: 56.5 miles / 1 hour 14 minutes
Admission:

  • Free on Sundays
  • $12 for adults
  • $10 for students and seniors
  • $10 for children age 6 and older
  • Free for members, active service military personnel and children under the age of 5.

Hours: 

  • Closed Monday
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Summary: Established more than 75 years ago, the Allentown Art Museum welcomes 100,000 visitors a year and underwent a major renovation/expansion in 2010-11. The museum now has more room for its permanent collection plus a bigger museum store and a new museum cafe. American paintings and sculpture are the museum's primary focus, but the collection also includes more than 100 European "Old Master" works. A special exhibit - "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present" - is on display through May 13.
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