What to do and see in Thorndale, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 5, 2017 Joeann Galban

Thorndale is a census-designated place in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,407 at the 2010 census. Thorndale is the commercial and administrative center of Caln Township. The community's main street is Business U.S. Route 30. Many of the old houses that were Thorndale have fallen into disrepair and have been torn down and replaced with new business from the late 1990s to present. Thorndale is historically notable for containing a summer house of US President James Buchanan, which still stands and has been incorporated into a golf course and turned into a restaurant. The community contains the Thorndale Fire Station and Caln Elementary School, part of the Coatesville Area School District. Thorndale sits along SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line and is currently the last station stop on that line. It is also served by the Rover bus system.
Restaurants in Thorndale

1. Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348-1913 +1 610-388-1000
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
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1%
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5 based on 3 reviews

Longwood Gardens

In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement.

Reviewed By DSTgar - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I wouldn't be the amateur gardener I am today without the experiences over many years visiting Longwood Gardens. The place gets better—and more popular—every year, but because there is so much to see, it rarely feels overcrowded. We're season members, so we go four or more times a year.

2. American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center

1220 American Blvd, West Chester, PA 19380-3445 +1 610-436-9600
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.

Reviewed By slalemand - Auburn, Maine

But I had a good time as well. It's big enough to stop at and enjoy an hour or so leaning all about helicopters and there role in aviation.

Our granddaughter wanted to stop because they have a V-22 Osprey unit, which is what here daddy takes care of for the marines

3. Springton Manor Farm

860 Springton Rd, Glenmoore, PA 19343-1210 +1 610-942-2450
Excellent
81%
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5 based on 26 reviews

Springton Manor Farm

Reviewed By jungleRN - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I love coming here time after time to watch the baby animals romp and play! Farmer Jim is a great guy. Bring your family and have a picnic. Worth a visit to this gem

4. The Struble Trail

Norwood Road, Downingtown, PA
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

The Struble Trail

Reviewed By heathersM5612DV - Scotrun,

Struble Trail in Downingtown is a classic. Paved in its entirety, it's easy to ride a bicycle on, push a stroller, walk or yog. It's definitely not smooth enough to rollerblade, however. Shady in spots and sunny in others, during a fall afternoon or morning, it's the perfect opportunity to watch leaves falling while catching up with a friend. This trail also feels very safe - like, you can yog alone and not feel like a raper is hiding out waiting for you (although, I always prefer to bring my dog just in case).

5. Hibernia County Park

1 Park Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320-4162 +1 610-383-3812
Excellent
59%
Good
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Hibernia County Park

Reviewed By Shawn L

We come to Hibernian often. It's a great place for short hikes and walking the dog. There are a few different trails, all easy.

6. Chester County Historical Society

225 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380-2658 +1 610-692-4800
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Chester County Historical Society

Reviewed By DiAlJo - Hockessin, Delaware

The historical society puts on a summer tour series that takes you through the history of Chester County - West Chester/Brandywine Revolutionary War events. They have tour guides and some time reenactors to make the tour interesting. The tour is free and great for any history buffs.

7. Regal Cinemas Downingtown

100 Quarry Rd, Downingtown, PA 19335-3422 +1 610-518-3404
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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4 based on 48 reviews

Regal Cinemas Downingtown

Reviewed By uktravailer - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Regal have tried to up their game, now that there's competition nearby, but it hasn't really worked. What Regal have done is upgrade the seats to be more comfortable, in an attempt to compete with the likes of Movie Tavern in Exton, but they haven't added a food service - just sticking with the overpriced concessions. This means there are now fewer seats and, since you now have to pre-book them, gone are the days of the old spontaneous cinema trip. In my mind the Regal falls between two target audiences. It's no good for those that want a "dinner and movie" experience, but neither is it a great "full audience" experience like it used to be, which is a shame. Let's see how this pans out over the next 12 months...

8. The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum

50 S 1st Ave, Coatesville, PA 19320-3418 +1 610-384-9282
Excellent
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5 based on 10 reviews

The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum

The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution whose mission is to promote an understanding of the iron and steel history of Coatesville, Chester County, Southeastern Pennsylvania and the region to audiences of all ages and interests by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting iron and steel's history and its relationship to the region beyond.

Reviewed By Maxwellpants - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Outstanding custom tours describing the proud iron and steel history of the area. Visit pristine historic homes of the Lukens family and enjoy the Sept. 11 memorial. The actual steel beams from the North Tower are reverently displayed. A wonderful afternoon. The national historic site only request a small donation for the two hour tour (although you can request a shorter, family-friendly one). Time well spent!

9. Movie Tavern

110 Bartlett Ave, Exton, PA 19341-2701 +1 484-870-5875
Excellent
38%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Movie Tavern

Reviewed By cpeterka - Exton, Pennsylvania

Took the grandkids out for Popcorn, and the restaurant even had "Cars3" in the place!
They enjoyed the service, our waiter was awesome, and the movie had NO Commercials!
Definitely will be coming back!
Also, like that I can reserve our seats (Reclining !) ahead of time!
Will definitely be back!

10. Blue Buddha Healing Arts

622 Wharton Blvd, Glenmoore, PA 19341-1188 +1 484-341-8106
Excellent
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5 based on 1 reviews

Blue Buddha Healing Arts

The Blue Buddha Studio offers creative and unique Massage Therapy, skincare services, and a variety of yoga classes and workshops. Enjoy a relaxing or therapeutic massage, take a yoga class, or sign up for fun, informative workshops. We strive to provide a welcoming space for our community and travelers passing through.

Reviewed By Dana B - Glenmoore, Pennsylvania

It had been years since I last had a massage. My recent visit to Blue Buddha Healing Arts and Signature Massage from Hannah has helped me decide to go here for massages at least every quarter, monthly if possible! I work hard. I live life to the fullest. A regular massage will help me stop moving and just BE for an hour. Hannah was very good and I highly recommend her for your massage!

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