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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 

Montage Mountain Water Park

Montage Mountain Water Park

Montage Mounatin Water Park, nestled in the hills of Montage Mountain Ski Resort, is a true family friendly resort! Located only 2 hours from Philadelphia and New York, the water park features the thrilling “tundra tornado”, slippery water slides, and a giant wave pool with 

Little Buffalo State Park

Little Buffalo State Park

Little Buffalo State Park is a place where people have met for centuries. Besides having extensive picnic areas, hiking trails and a lake for fishing and boating, the park is steeped in history. Historical features include a covered bridge, a restored, operating grist mill, an old farm house built on the site of a colonial tavern, and a narrow gauge railroad trace which feature one of the original railroad cars.

A state-of-the art swimming pool which is nearly half an acre in size sits along Holman Dam and features waterslides and a sprayground. The pool has a capacity of 1,285 swimmers. The summer hours are 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest State Park

The 8,500-acre Cook Forest State Park lies in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Once called the `Black Forest,` the area is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest’s `Forest Cathedral` of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River 

Field Of Screams

Field Of Screams

Field of Screams has Three Awesome Attractions: • The Original Haunted Hayride • The Den of Darkness • The Frightmare Asylum in 3-D The Haunted Hayride is a 20 minute fright filled journey aboard a tractor pulled wagon through the tall swaying rows of corn. 

Koziar’s Christmas Village

Koziar’s Christmas Village

Started  in 1948, William Koziar would decorate his house for his wife and children. Each year he would add to the display, decorating the barn, trees or lake. By now his neighbors nick-named it the “Christmas House”.  At this point, due to overwhelming demand, he would open the property to visitors.

Sixty-six years and several awards later, the Christmas House has grown into the Christmas Village. With over a million lights, hundreds of animatronic characters, multiple glass displays, plus the tried and true “Picture with Santa”; millions come from all over to walk through the village. Some make it a annual tradition.

Make sure to dress warm and have your walking shoes on, there’s a lot of ground to cover, so give yourself enough time and get there early because people will start parking before dusk. If you have little ones, I suggest a stroller.

Koziars has been named the best light display in the world. It is absolutely worth the trip! Make it your new tradition.

McConnells Mill State Park

McConnells Mill State Park

McConnells Mill State Park encompasses the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steeps sides and the valley floor is littered with huge boulders. The operational gristmill built in the 1800s, shows how 

Franklin Institute

Franklin Institute

Imagine walking through a beating human heart. Watching science in motion. Discovering the body, electric, the stars and more all in the same day! The Franklin Institute offers 3 floors of learning, including 9 permanent exhibits and many traveling exhibits. Visitors can learn about the 

Appalachian Trail Museum

Appalachian Trail Museum

Located in Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park, about two miles from the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, the Museum is halfway between Maine and Georgia. Appropriately, the Museum is housed in a building that is itself a historical artifact, a structure built more than two hundred years ago as a grist mill. It stands across the road from the Pine Grove general store, a site famed in hiker lore. It is here that thru-hikers traditionally stop to celebrate reaching the midpoint by eating — or attempting to eat — a half gallon of ice cream in one sitting.

The Old Mill is owned by the State Park, but has had limited use in recent years. Following the negotiation of a lease agreement that allowed the building’s use for museum purposes, extensive renovations were undertaken — mostly with the use of volunteer labor. The result is that the main floor is now up to code requirements and is in use as the Appalachian Trail Museum. Plans are in the works for future renovations, as funds become available, that will make space available on another floor.

Current exhibits include a trail shelter that was built by hiker legend Earl Shaffer. The shelter, which has been replaced with a more modern one, was painstakingly disassembled at its former site on Peters Mountain in Pennsylvania and reassembled in the new Museum. In addition, there are artifacts that belonged to other hiking pioneers such as Grandma Gatewood, Gene Espy, and Ed Garvey. In the Museum computers display the more than 12,000 photos that have been taken of thru-hikers as they reached Harpers Ferry on their journeys either north or south. There is also a children’s discovery area and hiker welcoming areas both inside and outside.

 

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The People’s Path, and America’s First National Scenic Trail `The body of the Trail is provided by the lands it traverses, and its soul is in the living stewardship of the volunteers and workers of the Appalachian Trail community.` -from the Appalachian Trail Management Principles, 

Hayman Farms

Hayman Farms

Hayman Farms has two different offerings – the daytime, family friendly attraction that you will read here – and the nighttime Hayman Halloween Farm – if you want to scare yourself silly! During the day, you can bring your kids out to enjoy hayrides, pumpkin 

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 a swimming pool which is open 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. In the winter months, ice skating and ice fishing are popular activities.

Mont Alto State Park

Mont Alto State Park

The 23-acre Mont Alto State Park is in Franklin County, near Caledonia State Park and one mile from the town of Mont Alto. The West Branch of Antietam Creek flows through the park and offers excellent trout fishing. Short hikes offer wildlife viewing especially woodland 

Castle Blood

Castle Blood

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 

Dutch Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland is one of the top parks in the US for kids and it is no ‘Wonder’!

Most of the rides at Dutch Wonderland are suited for children of all ages, from roller coasters, to a merry-go-round, a steamboat, flumes and bumper cars.

The park is quite scenic and realy lends itself to a nice stroll and great family time.

As always, don’t forget to check out the website for more information.