Downtown Ambler is where one can find excellent shopping, dining, and entertainment, all within walking distance on its main street. Ambler is home to a number of great restaurants with plenty of variety; from Mexican food to Steakhouses, Ambler has something to please every palette. The arts flourish in Ambler, as it is home to multiple venues and even its own orchestra, the Ambler Symphony Orchestra. Ambler boasts a historic and beautiful movie theatre, Ambler Theater, which specializes in art films, independent films, and foreign films. In Ambler is also a performing arts theater, the Act II Playhouse, which is a Barrymore Award-winning venue that shows both classic and contemporary plays. In addition to restaurants and art, Ambler is an excellent place to enjoy many recreational activities. There are three parks within Ambler, as well as a softball field. Nearby Ambler are three state parks, Neshaminy State Park, Nockamixon State Park, and Evansburg State Park, where one can hike, camp, fish, and much more. Annual events in Ambler include the Ambler Arts & Music Festival, Restaurant Week, an auto show, and a Christmas parade. From May to October, every first Friday of the month is celebrated in Ambler with live music, games, food, and entertainment at an event called First Fridays.
Ambler is served by the Wissahickon School District, and is considered by many to be a very good school district. Within it are four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Wissahickon High School has been the recipient of multiple awards, and students often rank above average in state testing. For those interested in pursuing higher education, Temple University has a suburban campus called the Ambler Campus, which is technically outside of the borough, but very close to it.