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Marsh Creek State Park

Marsh Creek State Park

Marsh Creek State Park is located in north central Chester County. The 1,727-acre park contains Marsh Creek Lake, which is great for fishing, sailing and is a reststop for migrating waterfowl. Boating is very popular including sailboat racing which attracts offshore spectators. The park offers 

Black Moshannon State Park

Black Moshannon State Park

Perched on the top of the Allegheny Plateau, Black Moshannon State Park features the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area. Trails and a boardwalk help people explore the birds and plants of the bog and surrounding forests. Stay overnight to extend your stay so you can 

Bald Eagle Valley

Bald Eagle Valley

The 5,900-acre park lies in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania. Two geologic provinces create Bald Eagle’s scenic beauty. The Allegheny Plateau to the north and west holds smooth, undulating uplands. The Ridge and Valley Province to the south and east contains numerous long, narrow mountain ridges separated by valleys.

The diverse geology in the park provides the backdrop for the lake, forests, fields, wetlands, and streams. Old field habitat throughout the park is undergoing natural succession. Grasses are giving way to goldenrod and asters, and gray dogwood and sumacs are being pushed out by pines and maples. These fields provide homes for bluebird, monarch butterfly, woodchuck, and cottontail rabbit, while squirrel and downy woodpecker inhabit the woodlots. A mature oak and hickory forest covers the Bald Eagle Mountain and provides homes for porcupine and turkey. The edge habitat created when old fields meet woods and wetlands, allows white-tailed deer, woodcock and red-winged blackbird to thrive.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of PA has a huge amount of exhibits and information available, covering the history of railroading in the United States. You can see the history and heritage of the old steam trains to the technology and advancement through the years.  Over 100 

Choo Choo Barn and the Shops at Traintown

Choo Choo Barn and the Shops at Traintown

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, you will not want to miss a visit to the Choo Choo Barn and the other stores at the Shops Of Traintown. Children of all ages will enjoy watching the trains operating, the animated 

Lehigh Gorge State Park

Lehigh Gorge State Park

A deep, steep-walled gorge, thick vegetation, rock outcroppings and many waterfalls characterize Lehigh Gorge State Park. In Luzerne and Carbon Counties in eastern Pennsylvania, the park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end of the park. Whitewater boating and biking are popular activities.

Seven Springs

Seven Springs

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. So much more than exceptional snowsports, Seven Springs’ legendary service provides guests with relaxing escapes. Take the entire family skiing in the morning, take a shot at sporting clays or 

Allegheny Portage Railroad

Allegheny Portage Railroad

The Allegheny Portage Railroad was a great achievement in early travel. Charles Dickens, Jenny Linn, and Ulysses S. Grant traveled over the Allegheny Mountains. They braved a system that injured passengers on a weekly basis. A system of inclined planes and a nine hundred foot 

America on Wheels Museum

America on Wheels Museum

America on Wheels is a  48,000-square-foot facility devoted to exhibits about “over the road transportation.” The museum allows visitors to inspect rare and historic vehicles up close, whether it’s a 1915 Model T roadster, an early motorcycle, or rare Mac Truck.

The Mack Truck corporation has a large presence in the Allentown area, and several of their trucks are on loan here (Mack Trucks maintains their own museum nearby, with limited days open, in its old customer testing facility). America on Wheels devotes lots of space to Mack Trucks, including a couple of interactive exhibits where visitors can sit in a driving simulator, or take quizzes.

Aside from the permanent displays here, there is a large section of temporary displays on loan from other museums and private collectors. In 2012 some of those included the 1930 taxi from It’s a Wonderful life and the 1998 VW Bug from The Spy Who Shagged me, among others.

Check out their calendar of events on their website before you go. You never know, you just might see the car or truck from your favorite movie there.

 

Bear Creek Mountain

Bear Creek Mountain

At Bear Creek you can shoot down 21 trails which all have lights and snowmaking equipment. Bear Creek has a 510′ vertical drop and consists of an even breakdown of trails from beginner to intermediate. The Inn has gotten quite a few good reviews, so 

Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park offers year-round wilderness adventures on 6,128 acres of woodland. The park is in the northwestern tip of Bedford County, west of I-99. Altoona, Johnstown and Bedford are within 25 miles of this scenic park. The elevation of the park can cause 

Laurel Mountain Vineyard

Laurel Mountain Vineyard

Are you curious about wine and how it’s made? Or maybe you’re just interested in the history and the tools that are used. How about trying to find that one special bouquet without buying bottle after bottle.

Then Laurel Mountain Vineyard is the place to visit, with wine tasting to teach you the difference between wines to a Antique Museum that shows the developement of wine making implements through the years.

Bring lunch and enjoy the view from their Pavillion. Or check out their events calendar for live music. When you’re through stop buy the gift shop for all kinds of wine gizmos and gadgets.

WildRiver Waterpark

WildRiver Waterpark

WildRiver features two waterslides, a heated swimming pool, a Children’s Splash and Play area, plus mini golf. Each of the winding and twisting slides are 380′ long! They are called the White Water Innertube Ride and the Atomic Blaster. WildRiver is located in the tourist 

Frances Slocum State Park

Frances Slocum State Park

Frances Slocum State Park consists of 1,035 acres in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County. Frances Slocum Lake is the focal point of the park and forms a horseshoe covering 165 acres.

The Insectarium

The Insectarium

The Insectarium,  was opened in 1992 by Steve Kanya, who owned Steve’s Bug-Off Exterminating Company.

Imagine, if you can, a kitchen deliberately infested with big cockroaches. Thousands of big cockroaches, scuttling across every surface. The kind of roaches that turn into an airborne swarm when conditions are right.

And then the power goes out.

Actually, this amusing scenario hasn’t happened. Yet. Which is why we should all hope that the power never goes out in the Insectarium.

The second floor is where visitors are offered the opportunity to eat cheddar-flavored beetle larvae. They say the average American ingests up to two pounds of bug parts each year, mostly mixed in with their vegetables.

The third floor of the attraction houses live exhibits: terrariums of centipedes, beetles, stink bugs, tarantulas. The Black Widow and Ecuadorian Bird-Eating spiders are cozy neighbors. In one corner is a pet-a-bug table, where visitors are invited to stroke a Madagascar hissing cockroach and a whip-tail scorpion. Kids can pose as insects or can crawl through a bungee-cord spider’s web. Hand-painted murals of oversized ladybugs, caterpillars, and spiders fill the walls.