Cheap Trips: Manayunk First Friday, Live Music and Trout

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: Manayunk First Friday in Philadelphia, Chaplin's, The Music Cafe in Spring City and the Lil-Le-Hi Trout Hatchery in Allentown.

Manayunk First Friday

Address: Main Street and Cotton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
How Far from Ardmore Patch: Five miles or 15 minutes
Admission: Free
Hours: April 6, 5 to 10 p.m.
About: Main Street Manayunk ushers in spring with a First Friday event for families, singles, couples and arts lovers. The monthly event will feature restaurant deals, paintings, happy hours, musical events, boutique sales, and book readings. There's no cost to stroll Main Street, and take in whatever feature catches your eye.

Chaplin’s, The Music Cafe

Address: 66 North Main St., Spring City, PA 19475
How Far From Ardmore Patch: 25 miles or 45 minutes
Shows start at 8 p.m. unless another time is specified. Doors open an hour before showtime. Check website for more information.
Ongoing events: Chaplin’s Open Mic, Every Sunday; Acoustic Bluegrass Jam, first Thursday of each month.
Summary: If live music is your thing, then Chaplin’s, The Music Café is a place you must get to. Chaplin’s, The Music Cafe offers live music shows and is a true listening room with excellent acoustics. Originally built as a theater, music fans rave about the sound and its cool balcony as they listen to regional and national performers.

Lil-Le-Hi Trout Nursery

Address: 2901 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, PA 18103
How Far From Ardmore Patch: 50 miles / 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission: Free
Hours: Open daily 7 a.m. to dusk
About: The oldest continuously operated fish hatchery in the United States features volunteers from local sportsmen's clubs who raise thousands of trout each year to stock the Little Lehigh Creek and other streams in Allentown's extensive park system. Brook, brown, rainbow and golden trout from the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission arrive at the nursery as fingerlings and are raised to adulthood. Visitors can see pools housing fish in each stage of growth. Kids enjoy feeding the older fish. The adjoining park is open for picnics, hiking, biking and horseback riding.


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