Ambler was named the “Best Small Town in Pennsylvania” by Thrillist Travel in 2017, and that spirit still rings true today. The quaint and charming borough is less than one square mile and is approximately 30 minutes from Philadelphia’s city center. Ambler is known for being small but mighty—the walkable, social neighborhood has lots of personality and character thanks to its unique Main Street shops, restaurants, theaters, bars, and events that keep the streets busy and exciting.
Quakers purchased the land that is now Ambler from William Penn and created a village community. When The Great Train Wreck of 1856 happened, a local Quaker woman named Mary Johnson Ambler arrived on the site to aid victims and then turned her home into an impromptu hospital for the survivors. The town was named after her and kept her caring and friendly spirit alive. Today, Ambler is a tight-knit neighborhood and has many brilliant organizations, community facilities, and arts centers, making it a lovely place to call home.
Small-town feel with big-city access
The welcoming community prides itself on its history and gentle spirit. With a population of over 6,000, Ambler is a small social, cultural, and business hub with plenty of affordable and beautiful homes, highly-rated schools, and convenient public transportation with its own stop right in town. Downtown Ambler is walkable, and many residents enjoy living and working in a city where there are parks, recreation, and friendly people all around.
Ambler’s Main Street is one to remember with its lively atmosphere and bustling stores. Retail options include flower shops, hardware stores, interior design companies, and clothing boutiques. Other businesses such as dance studios, restaurants, and beauty services can also be found here.
Bridget’s Steakhouse serves juicy, tender steaks and amazing seafood in a romantic and relaxing setting. From the Boot is a quirky and lively spot that serves classic Italian eats (the pasta and seafood are to die for) with a great bar. El Limon offers simple yet delicious Mexican meals and the best house margaritas in town.
Talamore Country Club offers members numerous dining options, including Club 19, which has a covered outdoor patio overlooking the 18th hole. At Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar, you’ll find delicious and satisfying libations in a mellow and upscale New American rustic eatery. Gypsy Blue has eclectic American fare and craft beer served in a hip, vintage pub with live music every Saturday, making for a perfect atmosphere.
Ambler is known for fun events that fill the legendary Main Street every season. During the summer, kick back at the annual Ambler Arts & Music Festival. The 12-hour event brings over 75 artists to Butler Avenue to showcase their original works of art. The street is filled with music, local food vendors, and even a beer garden. Oktoberfest is an exciting weekend in the fall that hosts food trucks, kids’ rides, musical performances, and more.
Ambler’s Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade get the neighborhood into cheery holiday spirits by bringing Santa, floats, and other fun things to Main Street. Once a year at the Ambler Auto Show, antique and classic car owners travel to Ambler to exhibit their unique autos. The cars are displayed along Butler Avenue, and visitors stroll along the strip of restaurants for a fun afternoon.
Are you a lover of art and entertainment? Ambler Theater specializes in art foreign films as well as special events, and Act II Playhouse is a performing arts venue that's home to both classic and contemporary plays.
Ambler has a number of top-rated schools. Highlights include:
Ambler Elementary School, Public, PK-5
Wissahickon High School, Public, 9-12
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