13 Kid-Friendly Wineries Near Philadelphia
Often, the only time parents get a chance to enjoy a glass of wine is after the kids are in bed. But many wineries near Philadelphia welcome kids (and sometimes dogs), giving moms and dads the chance to sip wine in the sunshine while their children play. This is especially true during the spring, summer, and fall, when the weather is nice enough for families to enjoy the wineries’ outdoor spaces.
We've compiled a list of 13 kid-friendly wineries near Philadelphia where you can spend a nice day with the family. Most of them are in Bucks County or Chester County, but we've also included a couple in Delaware and Montgomery counties for good measure.
So pack a blanket to sit on and some activities for the kids and head to one of these family-friendly wineries near Philadelphia.
1. 1723 Vineyards — Landenberg
Nestled in southern Chester County, 1723 Vineyards is a family-friendly location with lots of open grassy areas to run and play. Typically the vineyard has lawn games such as cornhole available for guests to use, but those offerings are on hold during the pandemic. Outdoor picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Enjoy family events at Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery. Photo by David Garrett/courtesy of the winery
2. Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery — Perkasie
The Bucks County Wine Trail is home to this child-friendly and dog-friendly vineyard. Families can play lawn games such as bean bag toss and oversized connect four on the grounds. Live music is offered every weekend, and food trucks provide great eats on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Guests can also bring their own food or order from local Italian delis that deliver to the vineyard. Adults can relax with wine, wine slushies, or beer, but it's important to note that the vineyard doesn't offer non-alcoholic drinks besides water, so pack those juice boxes for the kiddos.
3. Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery — Buckingham
Located on the Bucks County Wine Trail, Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery is one of the largest vineyards in Pennsylvania and has been in business since 1966. Among its offerings are red, white, rosé, fruit, and port wines. In the spring and summer, live music is played on the front lawn. Light snacks are available for purchase, which you can enjoy at one of the picnic tables on the grounds.
Delight in the relaxed atmosphere of Chaddsford Winery. Photo courtesy of the winery
4. Chaddsford Winery — Chadds Ford
Chaddsford Winery traditionally offers some fun events for grown-ups, including an adult summer day camp and a Sangria Festival in August. But with food trucks, a relaxed atmosphere, and outdoor seating, you can certainly bring kids, too. Indoors is mostly standing-room-only for tastings, but bring the wine outside and you can enjoy the terrace, gravel circle, and lawn, a great spot for the kids to stretch their legs while you relax. Small bites are available for sale, but you can also bring your own food.
5. Crossing Vineyards and Winery — Newtown
Make a day of it in this historical area. Visit Washington Crossing Historic Park, where the reenactment of General George Washington's famous Christmas 1776 crossing of the Delaware River takes place every December. Then stop at Crossing Vineyards and Winery, which was voted the best winery in Bucks County for the last 10 years and is part of the Bucks County Wine Trail. This family-friendly destination provides live music, yoga classes, picnics, wine education, dog days for the family pet, and even tarot card readings. The vast acreage is ideal for exploring as a family. While light bites are for sale, no outside food is permitted, so make sure the kids are well fed before you go!
6. Paradocx Vineyard — Landenberg
You might have seen Paradocx Vineyard’s fun wine “bottles,” which are actually gallon-sized paint cans. But what puts Paradocx on our list are its expansive lawn, outdoor seating area, and family-friendly events. Some of those events include a Velo Amis 5K and biking event as well as mommy-and-me cupcake workshops. Paradocx also hosts Thursday and Friday happy hours and a summer concert series. The vineyard's meadow is a great spot for kids to kick a soccer ball and play cornhole. No outside food is permitted, but an on-site restaurant offers some smaller bites.
7. Penns Woods Winery — Chadds Ford
The wine shop at Penns Woods sits inside a Victorian-era farmhouse overlooking a swath of land dotted with shady apple trees, a large barn, and views of the family-owned vineyard. While the enclosed patio and pavilion are adult-only, the lawn is family-friendly and has picnic tables. Open seven days a week, it provides plenty of room for a game of catch. Hiking trails are located behind the vineyard. The winery also hosts live music on the lawn every Saturday and Sunday from April to October, as well as kid-friendly events throughout the year such as Run the Vineyard, a 5K for kids and grown-ups. Parking is on-site, and outside food is permitted.
8. Rose Bank Winery — Newtown
In the heart of Bucks County on the Bucks County Wine Trail, families can find this kid-friendly winery overlooking pastures filled with Dall sheep and goats. In fact, kids can currently meet the sheep aptly named Rosé. Dogs are permitted, and special events are often offered. No outside food is allowed, but you can purchase cheese plates and dips on-site.
9. Rushland Ridge Vineyards — Jamison
Rushland Ridge Vineyards, part of the Bucks County Wine Trail, grows 18 varieties of grapes to make over 20 different wines. It is both kid-friendly and dog-friendly.
10. Sand Castle Winery — Erwinna
Sand Castle Winery, part of the Bucks County Wine Trail, hosts live music, food trucks, comedy shows, and festivals throughout the year. While outdoor picnic tables are available, outside food is not permitted.
11. Stargazers Vineyard — Coatesville
This Chester County spot welcomes families with kids of any age to enjoy its grounds. The family pet can visit, too! Stargazers offers a large space for children to run and play while parents sip a glass (or two) of wine. Families can pack a picnic to enjoy, but are asked to take all waste with them to prevent critters on the property.
12. Stone Barn Cellars Winery — Spring City
Families can find this kid-friendly winery in northern Chester County. The grounds boast a 150-year-old historic barn that overlooks the French Creek. During the warmer months, there's live music on Fridays. Visitors can bring their own food, and there's plenty of open space for children to run, play lawn games, and even explore the creek.
13. Stone & Key Cellars — Montgomeryville
Trivia nights, live music, and bingo games make this winery a destination for families with kids. Families can even make their own vintages, a nine-month process that begins with harvesting and crushing grapes in the fall. Enjoy a diverse selection of wines ranging from fruity reds and whites to award-winning dry reds. Outside food is currently allowed, but the winery is planning to eventually stop that. So, call ahead if you plan to bring your own food. The on-site Stone & Key Grille offers a small food menu during the week and a larger hot menu on Friday evenings and on Saturdays.
Philly-Area Wineries: Things to Know Before You Go
- Pet policies vary by winery; call or see websites for specifics.
- Policies vary on outside food, so check with the specific winery. Outside alcohol is not permitted.
- Call ahead to see if any of the events you have your eye on are weather-dependent.
- Once at the venue, be sure to keep an eye on your children for their safety.
- Do we even have to say it? Designate a driver and be responsible.
This post was originally published in 2018. Writer James Stephen Smith contributed to this 2021 update.