Penn’s Cave is the only all-water cavern in Pennsylvania. The guided tour lasts one hour through the limestone cavern. The cavern tour is by motorboat which winds through the caverns and passageways. Don’t forget your camera or video camera, but you will definitely need […]
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.
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.
Lakemont Park dates back to 1894 is the proud owner of the world’s oldest roller coaster, “Leap-the-Dips”. Built in 1902, it is now a national historic landmark and has been recently restored and available for rides! Lakemont Park has rides and attractions for the whole […]
The Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour and Ice Harvest Museum is located in Lakeville, PA off route 590.
This two-part attraction includes the factory tour, where you can see how an ics sculpture is created. From the process to freeze water into crystal clear blocks of ice for carving to the finished product, you will see the tools used, and the process followed to create each work of frozen art.
In the Ice Harvest Museum, you will learn how ice was harvested and stored for use in the time before refrigeration.
To make your plans most effective, call before your trip so you can schedule during an ice carving.
Straddling Peters Mountain, the 370-acre Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Area is dominated by large hardwood trees. This large block of nearly unbroken forest is a haven for wildlife like forest warblers and other deep-woods animals. A main attraction to the conservation area is the elaborate […]
Great Wolf Lodge in the poconos is the regions first indoor waterpark featuring Bear Track Landing. Bear Track Landing is a 78,000 square foot waterpark with 11 waterslides, 6 pools, and an interactive activity center. Slides include the Hydro Plunge, Coyote Cannon, Alberta Falls™, Totem […]
Evansburg State Park is in southcentral Montgomery County between Norristown and Collegeville. Evansburg offers a significant area of green space and relative solitude in an urbanized area. Its main natural feature, the Skippack Creek, has dissected the land into ridges and valleys that create feelings of enclosures and provide scenic views.
The narrow valley was first settled and farmed by Mennonites who also powered their industries with the water of the Skippack. Even now, mill remnants, mill buildings and houses from the eighteenth and nineteenth century dot the park landscape and serve as reminders of early American life.
Today, the park is a quiltwork of cropland, meadows, old fields and mature woodlands that attracts day use visitors from the Montgomery County and Philadelphia areas. People come to the open play fields, picnic areas, trails, golf course and the relatively tranquil, natural environs.
The David Bradford House is full of 18th Century History, Architecture, and Antiques. The House is lovely and filled with lovely things. Appreciate the history as you tour the beautifully decorated house. Step out back to the kitchen and see what foods are being prepared and then make a stop at the Sign of the Seven Stars Tavern where the Rebellion began.
The Historic Mishler Theatre, located at 1208 Twelfth Avenue, Altoona, PA, opened its doors on February 15, 1906. It carried the highest distinction by being the first structure of its kind in America to be completely devoted to theatrical pursuits. Albert Westover, a prominent theatre architect of the time, designed the grand house for Isaac Charles (Doc) Mishler, and his original plans remain on file, along with other theatre archived documents and memorabilia.
The theatre was the cultural center in Altoona for many years, bringing to it’s citizens many productions similar to those only reserved for Broadway.
Destroyed by fire nine months after opening, Isaac Mishler was not going to let that stop his dream. He built an exact duplicate within three months.
The Mishler Theatre is well known through Pennsylvania for not only being a beautiful building with first class live entertainment but also for it’s ghostly tales. There have been many testimonies of the hauntings at this historic theater yet none as credible as the testimony of a local 12 year old girl.
The girl recalls befriending a very nice man when she was just 2. She visited the theatre often because her mother worked there. The man would always wear funny hats. One time he would show up in a floppy hat and the next time he might be wearing a tall black hat. He would talk to her about the theater, and tell her how pretty she was. They would go for walks around the theater and he would tell her of his love for the theater and the many productions there.
he man she described was Isaac Mishler, founder of the Altoona Historic Mishler Theatre. Isaac has been dead since 1944. It seems Isaac loved his theater so much he decided not to leave after his death.
In 1965 the Blair County Arts Foundation, together with Altoona Community Theatre, raised $47,500 to purchase the Historic Mishler Theatre, in order to prevent the playhouse from torn down and replaced with a parking lot.
Today the Mishler is still in the business of live theatre. So go and enjoy a great show. With over 900 seats, save one for Isaac.