New Hope is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. The population was 2,528 at the 2010 census. The borough lies on the west bank of the Delaware River at its confluence with Aquetong Creek. The two-lane New Hope – Lambertville Bridge carries automobile and foot traffic across the Delaware to Lambertville, New Jersey on the east bank. New Hope’s primary industry is tourism. New Hope is located along the route of the Old York Road, the former main highway between Philadelphia and New York City. It was generally regarded as the halfway point, where travelers would stay overnight and be ferried across the river the next morning. Though this route is largely obsolete, the section of U.S. Route 202 that passes just north of town still bears the name York Road. The original route is now known as Bridge St.
New Hope’s primary industry is tourism. On weekends, the streets are crowded with tourists visiting the many restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries, or taking the popular walk along the river and the Delaware Canal. Compared to surrounding communities, New Hope has a vibrant night life. In 2010, the New Hope and Lambertville area Chambers of Commerce began an initiative that involved putting on a fireworks show every Friday night during the Summer to increase tourism and merchant revenue. Bars, restaurants and other eateries benefited most directly from the fireworks but residents criticized the weekly event, claiming it took up parking on the streets and disrupted their evenings. In January 2014, the New Hope Chamber of Commerce decided it would no longer hold weekly firework shows citing a rise in shoplifting, Saturday morning cleanup and an overall decline in store traffic and Friday night revenues.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (134 acres) is a nature preserve, botanical garden, and accredited museum located at 1635 River Road (Pennsylvania Route 32), New Hope, Pennsylvania. It is open daily except for major holidays; an admission fee is charged to nonmembers. A non-profit organization, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Association Inc., maintains the park in accordance to a management agreement with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
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