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Cheap Trips: Gardens and Mini Golf

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

Looking to save money? Try one of these three trips you can enjoy on just one tank of gas: Lower Merion Conservancy in Gladwyne, Monster Mini Golf in Feasterville and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington.

Lower Merion Conservancy

Address: 1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne
How Far from Springfield Patch?
12 miles or 30 minutes
Admission:
Cost varies by event
Hours:
By appointment

Summary: The Lower Merion Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve historic and natural sources in the community. It hosts such community volunteer groups as BirdWatch, StreamWatch, ButterflyWatch, Forest Restoration, Native Plant Gardening, and Residents Reporting Environmental Observations. It also supports open space preservation and offers educational opportunities. 

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Monster Mini Golf

Address: 1045 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville
How Far from Springfield Patch?
30 miles or 40 minutes
Price:
Little Monsters - $7.00; Big Monsters - $8.00.

Hours: 

  • Monday: Closed except holidays;
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Summary: Monster Mini Golf is an indoor monster-themed glow in the dark 18-hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities. Enjoy a few hours of playing mini golf among a scary but fun monster décor with custom and animated props at every turn. And after your round of scary golf, there’s an arcade full of fun to spend even more time with children of all ages.

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Lehigh Gap Nature Center

Address: 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington
How Far from Springfield Patch? 70 miles or an hour and a half
Admission: Free
Hours: Nature refuge is open dawn to dusk. Call 610-760-8889 for details on nature center schedule.

Summary: The non-profit Lehigh Gap Nature Center is located in a gap carved out by the Lehigh River between the towns of Slatington and Palmerton. The center is a starting point for hiking along the Kitatinny Ridge and for exploring a habitat garden made up totally of native plants. The garden has a wheelchair accessible path. The nature center includes educational exhibits, research library, classrooms and restrooms. The center hosts guest speakers, guided walks and other activities. Check out the center's calendar for details. The Lehigh Gap nature refuge includes 13 miles of trails. It's a great destination for birding, nature photography, geological observation and river access.

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