Things to do in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, include visiting Pottsgrove Manor, taking a hot air balloon ride, touring the Manatawny Still Works, and visiting the retired horses at Ryerss Farm. John Potts built Pottsgrove Manor on his 1,000-acre plantation, which eventually became Pottstown. The early Georgian mansion is completely restored and open for tours year-round. An on-site museum and gift shop are also available.
Hot air balloon rides are available from the Pottstown Municipal Airport, home to a branch of the United States Hot Air Balloon Team. Passengers soar above Chester County, which is particularly colorful during the fall "leaf peeping" season. Rides are offered from April through November, with daily sunrise and sunset launches.
Manatawny is a Lenape Indian word meaning "the place we meet to drink." The Manatawny Still Works is a modern distillery but it still produces both aged and un-aged spirits in small batches like they did in the old days. Tours of the distillery are available Friday through Sunday on most weekends throughout the year.
Ryerss Farm is a retirement home of sorts for horses. Owners may surrender their horses, if they are at least 20 years old, and allow them to just enjoy being a horse. The farm also takes in rescued and abandoned horses, either short or long term. Visitors are welcome most days between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. No admission fee is charged, but donations are welcome.