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Roadside America Bernville

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Roadside America
109 Roadside Drive (in Shartlesville)
Bernville
PA
19506
Tel: 610 488 6241

Directions

The actual address is 109 Roadside Rive in Shartlesville, PA 19554. However some GPS users have problems with this and need to use Bernville, PA 19506. You can always call them if you have problems.

They are located 128 miles from NYC, 83 miles from Gettysburg, and 47 miles from Harrisburg.

Where are we going today?

Roadside America is an incredible 8,000 square feet of miniature America!  That's right! The model is fully landscaped, with over 300 miniature structures and even 18 trollies, cable cars and trains that actually work work run throughout the display!

Kids will love getting up close and seeing what they can spot.  Perhaps something hidden in one of the 10,000 hand-made trees (that will take some time!), or looking at the expressions on the 4,000 miniature people all going about their day!  Can you see people shopping?  What are they buying?  Perhaps you can spot the mail man delivering the post!

There are even interactive animations that can be activated by the kids, so they can be involved in making the town run!  They could start a circus parade, or get the saw mill workers starting their day, and even enjoying watching the construction workers get busy!

There are real rivers, waterways and streams running through the town, which adds to hose realistic this incredible display is. 

Kids can spend time looking at all the signs, bridges, and even white picket fences.  If you lived here, what would you do?  Which house you would live in?  It's fun to imagine how your life might be like in this little village! 

The display also lets kids go back in history, as the panorama covers life from the early 20th century to modern day.  Can you see how it differs?  How was life changed? 

Choo Choo - the train's coming! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$6.75 for over 12s
  • Children$3.75 (Ages 6 - 11)
  • Free Under: 5 years.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Summer: 9am to 6:30pm and Weekends 9am to 7pm. / Winter: 10am - 5pm and Weekends 10am - 6pm

Open daily except Christmas Day

Need a little extra help?

They are fully handicap accessible so everyone can enjoy the models! .

What people are saying?

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    Does not disappoint; simply amazing. A massive display with unprecedented attention to detail and meticulously maintained models.

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    This place was well worth going out of our way to visit. We had three kids, 14, 11, 10 and they loved it. So did the adults. I have always been facinated with minatures and this is the ultimate in minature villages. Dept 56 must have got their ideas from these creations. Lots are animated. The Big Top Circus was my favorite. It has several time periods, 50s, 40s, and earlier. It has several regions, mountainous, western, farm, middle america. I highly recommend this for all young and young at heart. It's Great.

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    After living near this attraction and wanting to stop in for over ten years my time finally came yesterday. I'm not sure why this place received 5 stars because it is a 3 star location at best.

    OVERALL REVIEW: If you going there as a train enthusiast keep driving or you will be disappointed as they only have 3 trains moving. I would suggest the "Merchant Square mall" in Allentown, PA as a way better choice. This place is very outdated and looks poorly maintained. I would assume that they are just maintaining the place until until the last family...Read More

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    A unique stop! There's clear signage and ample parking with a few shaded option for us four-legged folks. My owner got back in the car with friends, gave me an ear pull, and said, "Fred, where else can you go on a road trip in America where you will read a sign that says, 'Press Button to Operate Donkeys?'" Then, she told me about a huge miniature village depicting ideas of America through the ages with loads of mechanical features, especially trains. She went on a bit about the movie theater (she always does and she was excited about our overnight...Read More

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    Awesome stop! Don't want to miss it.

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by Matthew Bernard

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After living near this attraction and wanting to stop in for over ten years my time finally came yesterday. I'm not sure why this place received 5 stars because it is a 3 star location at best.

OVERALL REVIEW: If you going there as a train enthusiast keep driving or you will be disappointed as they only have 3 trains moving. I would suggest the "Merchant Square mall" in Allentown, PA as a way better choice. This place is very outdated and looks poorly maintained. I would assume that they are just maintaining the place until until the last family member passes and it can be sold. The smell, layers of dust, and the outdated displays will leave you with same impression. The price is good if you and your family have to kill 20-30 minutes or there is an accident on the highway and traffic is backed up.

DETAILED REVIEW:
As you first pull into the near empty over sized parking lot you get that cliche roadside horror movie cliche in your head and the "Road Side America"sign solidifies that thought by having faded paint and a missing letter from the sign. At this point I am negotiating with my self as to whether or not I should still enter..I did.
When you open the door you will enter into their overpriced gift shop littered with outdated products.

The entry fee is the only thing that is keeping this from being two or one stars. It is very reasonable for the 20 or so minutes that you are there.

After paying the entry, receiving a pamphlet guide and walking through the door you will be overwhelmed with the smell of mildew and feel like you are in your grandmothers attic.

They pamphlet they give you will correspond with select numbers that are around the display informing you of the purpose of the scene.

Some scenes have a button in front of them allowing you to control the movement of that scene (example, press button and trolley moves, circus moves,etc.) Be aware that not everything is functioning so the button may do nothing.

I personally went there for the trains and was very upset to only see them having 3 trains running, and a bunch of parked trains.

Every half hour they do a light show where they turn off the lights and the village lights up and they play horrible outdated "God Bless America music" through 1980's speakers. This was one of the worse parts of the attraction.

I felt guilty leaving there, but hey, at least I can say I been there.

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by Cary McStay

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A unique stop! There's clear signage and ample parking with a few shaded option for us four-legged folks. My owner got back in the car with friends, gave me an ear pull, and said, "Fred, where else can you go on a road trip in America where you will read a sign that says, 'Press Button to Operate Donkeys?'" Then, she told me about a huge miniature village depicting ideas of America through the ages with loads of mechanical features, especially trains. She went on a bit about the movie theater (she always does and she was excited about our overnight trip to the drive-in theater). Her other friend went on a bit about the baseball field. The whole car went on for a bit about the Night Pageant. She said it was worth the $6.75 entrance fee. She indicated it could be a quick half-hour stop although that might be a quick stop for some kids. She also said she didn't have my nose, but she could have sworn the bathroom smelled of roses.

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