Month: May 2019

Lost River Caverns

Lost River Caverns

Way back in 1883, while digging on a limestone quarry site, the Lost River Caverns was ‘opened’ up accidentally.  In 1930, handrails were added so that visitors and tourist could view the natural formations that have occured. Its Crystal Chapel has been the site of […]

Trough Creek State Park

Trough Creek State Park

The 554-acre Trough Creek State Park is a scenic gorge formed as Great Trough Creek cuts through Terrace Mountain and empties into Raystown Lake. Rugged hiking trails lead to wonders like Balanced Rock and Rainbow Falls. Rothrock State Forest and Raystown Lake Recreation Area border […]

Clear Creek State Park

Clear Creek State Park

Clear Creek State Park encompasses 1,676.29 acres in Jefferson County. The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River.

Cabins and Camping is available from early March to early December.

There is a 180ft sand beach that is open to swimming from late May until mid-September.

Hiking, picnicing and fishing are popular activities in the summer – while cross country skiing, sledding and tobaganning are popular in the winter.

Piper Aviation Museum

Piper Aviation Museum

The Piper Aviation Museum is expanding all the time. They’re constantly adding to their archives, records, journals and memorabilia. Visit often and see something new. Don’t forget to check out their event calendar before you go!

Mack Truck Plant and Museum

Mack Truck Plant and Museum

With more than 80,000 photos on file along with it’s exhibits, this museum would make anyone nostalgic.

Maurice K. Goddard State Park

Maurice K. Goddard State Park

Maurice K. Goddard State Park is 2,856-acres and features the 1,860-acre Lake Wilhelm, which is very popular with anglers. Many recreational activities attract visitors in all seasons. The large lake, abundant wetlands, old fields and mature forests provide a diversity of habitats for wildlife, especially waterfowl, eagles and ospreys.

Lake Wilhelm has an accessible fishing pier. For boaters, a mooring area is available from May 1 to October 31. Boat rentals including pontoon boats, row boats, motorboats, kayaks and canoes are also available and open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.

Bicyclers can follow a twelve-mile paved trail that traces the shoreline.

A popular winter activity is cross-country skiing: there are eight miles of trails marked for cross-country skiing for beginner to expert skiers. Other winter activities include ice fishing, iceboating, ice skating tobogganing, and snowmobiling.

U.S. Mint

U.S. Mint

All tours are self guided and you’ll see everything from large coils of copper and nickel to the seven glass mosaics the Tiffany created to celebrate the opening of the third building in 1901. Look for the areas designed for the kids

Terror Behind the Walls

Terror Behind the Walls

The massive Eastern State Penitentiary – a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood – was once the most famous prison in the world. It has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures as well as the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunter’s. With stark towers […]

Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Weyerbacher Brewing Company

This is a great adult outing to do with some friends. At Weyerbacher you’ll get to sample between 10-15 different draft and bottle beer selections. They give tours of the brewery on Fridays and Saturdays for anyone interested in the actual process of making beer. They’ll explain how they determine the different flavors and seasons for their products.

Fridays are their casuals tours depending what part of the brewery is active. Saturday is more formalized and in-depth. All tours run about 30-40 minutes and just like the tasting, you’ll be given the opporutnity to purchase anything at our visitors center when you’re done. Fr0m brewhouse to the glass, you will see how great beer is made right here in Easton.

Call or check the website for tour hours.

Hills Creek State Park

Hills Creek State Park

Located in scenic Tioga County, the 407-acre Hills Creek State Park abounds in wildlife. Osprey, loon and waterfowl visit the lake that boasts a variety of warm-water fish species. Beavers abound in the area with a large active colony. Camping, cabins, swimming and picnicking make […]

Old Order Amish Tours

Old Order Amish Tours

The tours are ideal for adults and children of any age. They can include a buggy ride and visiting a farm during milking time.

Point State Park

Point State Park

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.

 

Evansburg State Park

Evansburg State Park

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 […]

The David Bradford House Museum

The David Bradford House Museum

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.

Mishler Theatre

Mishler Theatre

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.


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