Rich in modern recreational facilities and historical significance, Fort Washington blossoms with flowering dogwood in the spring. The park takes its name from the temporary fort built by George Washington’s troops in the fall of 1777, before heading to Valley Forge. The park is popular with hikers and picnickers. Birders enjoy the seasonal migration of raptors from the Observation Deck.
Castle Blood has been around for almost 2 decades (as of 2010) and is definitely a unique haunted experience. Instead of the Blood and Gore that you see in most haunted houses, Castle Blood calls back to the traditional film and theater hauntings to provide the props and storyline.
Watch the video for a great interview and behind the scenes information (from California University of PA).
This haunted house is a great one for the little kids too – but only at special times. There is a daylight no-scare tour for the kids featuring trick-or-treat and a tour of the castle. Adults will find a lighted tour of the castle as interesting as the nighttime haunt!
Tip: Discount Coupons may be available online.
**According to their website, they are closed as of January 2011**
Just outside of Gettysburg, PA, amongst the beauty and history of the Pennsylvania countryside is a whimsical world of wonder, waiting for you to discover…a Big Ol’ Barn filled the rafters with family fun…it’s Boyds Bear Country, Gettysburg! Boyds Bear Country is a magical and fun-filled experience for kids of all ages! It’s where the most Boyds Bears and Friends anywhere live and play in inspiring settings that are sure to make you laugh or make you sigh…Boyds Bear Country is The World’s Most Humongous Teddy Bear Store (which isn’t anything to sneeze at) and much more!
Come on in! Enjoy the stunning views of the rolling countryside from our three-story atrium, warm up by the huge stone fireplace, enjoy some good down-home cookin’, take in live, local entertainment on the weekends and have fun with hands-on activities the whole family will love! If you need help planning your trip to Boyds Bear Country, Gettysburg, just get a hold of our helpful Guest Relations Center Staff! They’ll help ya plan yer visit here and make ya feel just like family!
In 1929 the Rodin museum opened it’s doors for the first time. One of his most recognizable pieces is “The Thinker”. Through the years the Museum of Art has kept up the Rodin Museum but found the building and surrounding french garden small and overgrown. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society teamed up with the Philadelphia Art Museum and through their efforts, along with support from the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation spent three years on a rejuvenation project to see that the Rodin Museum was again one of the jewels of the Philadelphia Parkway.
For twenty seven years the care takers of the garden have been not only maintaining the plants but also have been renewing the gardens of the bible,bringing the plants here before the first frost.
With over 1oo tropical plants and a new theme represented each year, Rodef has attracted thousands of visitors from around the world. Each of their plants has the distinction of either having a Biblical name or being named in the bible itself.
This is a wonderful place for the photographer, the hortoculturist, the devout or for anyone that just wants to see the true beauty that nature has to offer.
In 1970 Helen Frick decided to share her childhood home and its contents with the world.
Open to the public in 1990, Clayton now welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year and provides them with an intimate glimpse into the life of the Frick family a century ago. The Center has continued to grow in the years following Clayton’s opening. It now contains The Frick Art Museum, Car and Carriage Museum, and Greenhouse. Not only does it contain their personal automobiles but shows how they intertwined with the manufacturers of Pennsylvania.
Come and enjoy the beauty of the Greenhouse, the sleekness of Cars and appreciate the Art Museum and all the history they brought with them!
You want the best free ride on earth? Then you have to go to Hershey’s Chocolate World. There’s a track that runs through a simulated factory. It holds about 15 roller coaster like cars, though the track is flat it does wind back and forth and is a lot of fun. There are songs,characters and a narrator that tells you about the life of the cocoa bean, from the tree to the candy bar. It’s colorful and great for all ages! Best of all, you get a free sample when you get off!
Parking is free under 3 hours. All other activities cost.
Once the site of three forts, the park was completed and dedicated in 1974. In 1975, Point State Park was designated a National Historic Landmark. Today you can still see the outlines where the original structures stood.
After you’re done, you can enjoy fishing, boating and hiking. Bring a picnic and make a day of it!
Point State Park is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks and works in collaboration with the Heinz History Center and the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
It also has two museums, Fort Pitt Museum and the Fort Pitt Blockhouse. Call for tour times.
Moraine State Park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement, as it has been restored from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices.
Swimming is permitted at two sand beaches in the summer: Pleasant Valley Beach, and Lakeview Beach. Showers, changing facilities and food concessions are available. Pleasant Valley Beach has a sand volleyball court, and a disc golf course is located in the Lakeview Day Use Area.
Sailboats, rowboats, paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, motorboats and pontoon boats may be rented in the summer. Races and regattas for sailboats are held throughout the summertime. Windsurfing, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and trail biking are commonplace, with bike rental available.
The waterfowl observation deck will provide viewing of frogs, great blue heron, short green heron, belted kingfisher, loons, osprey, and bald eagles.
A backpacker shelter exists, and organized group tenting with water, tables, and grills, but no showers can be reserved in the summer. Eleven modern cabins are available for rent year-round. These electrically heated cabins sleep six people and have two bedrooms, bathroom with shower, kitchen, and dining/living area.
Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, iceboating, ice fishing, and ice skating.
The 1,341-acre White Clay Creek Preserve is in southern Chester County, three miles north of Newark, Delaware. The White Clay Creek Valley, which forms the core of the Preserve, varies from steep to gradually falling terrain with some flat bottomlands. White Clay Creek Preserve shares boundary with White Clay Creek State Park of Delaware.
Because White Clay Creek posses outstanding scenic, wildlife, recreational and cultural value, it has been designated by Congress as a National Wild and Scenic River, and shall be preserved in free-flowing condition for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Coral Caverns is located close to exit 11 of the PA Turnpike. Follow the directions closely and bring cash to this attraction.
The coral reef is one of the most distinctive features in the cavern.
You will also see a towering fossil wall, containing the fossil remains of coral and other sea-creatures buried over 400 million years ago.
Note: Only open on weekends!
Tip: Get a free child admission with a paying admission – if ordered in advance, see the website!
Lyman Run State Park, a 595 acre facility, is in Potter County.
The state park offers camping – with flush toilets and hot showers, hiking and swimming in the summertime.
During the winter there are snowmobile trails, and ice skating is available, weather permitting.
Fishing is available year round, including on the lake when it is frozen solid.
Maples and cherries dominate a mixed northern hardwood forest that surrounds the 45-acre Lyman Run Lake.
The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty, and Independence Hall echoes the words, `We the People.` Explore Franklin’s Philadelphia and learn about the past and America’s continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders’ Declaration that `all men are created equal.`Access to all park sites within the National Historical Park is free, there are also group tours available at Independence Hall which require tickets. For more information on tickets and group tours please see the Independence National Historical Park website.
Featured on the Discovery Channel,this Museum was started through donations by Dr. Thomas Mutter. His intent was to improve medical education. Since 1858 the college has kept its’ promise to Dr. Mutter, but some of the displays, though all are real, border on the macabe.
The donations left by Dr. Mutter stipulated that the college continue to expand the collection,which they did, build a brick building to house and maintain it, and provide lectures on the contents.
All of the displays contain natural phenomenon, some which grew unnaturally. The Mutter Museum of The College of Physicians is also known as the museum of Medical oddities. A fascinating and unforgettable museum for most ages.
Set on 92 Acres, the Morris Arboretum is Pennsylvania’s Official Arboretum. Open all year, patrons can experience all the seasons and see some of Pennsylvania’s oldest trees. There are over 13,000 plants to explore and learn about.
There are many attractions included in the arboretum, but the favorite is “Out on a Limb”, the tree house, 50ft in the air. With netting and a human-size nest, visitors can get a birds eye view of the facility.