Month: August 2019

Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park consists of 1,711 acres in Bucks County. Park roads, trails, and facilities are carefully nestled within the original farm and woodland setting. Neshaminy Creek meanders through the park, dividing the land into several interesting sections.

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…

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.

Big Spring State Park

Big Spring State Park

Tucked in the side of Conococheague Mountain, Big Spring State Park is a quaint picnic and hiking area. A short loop trail leads to a partially completed railroad tunnel with historic interpretation at the trailhead. The park also provides access to the Iron Horse Trail…

Hershey Park

Hershey Park

HersheyPark, established in 1907 has some of the wildest rollercoasters around. Built in Chocolate Town for the workers of the Hershey Company, HersheyPark has grown into a huge complex of rides and attractions. My personal favorite, the Great Bear, (an aggressive thrill ride) is a…

Shocktoberfest

Shocktoberfest

Shocktoberfest has so many attractions you won’t know where to start. Once you get your wits scared out of you the spinning won’t stop either!

Try out your luck with the BioHazard Hay Ride, The Toxic Asylum, The Prison of the Dead, Club Shock (a haunted nightclub), and the Monster Midway – just like your local fair … just after they are supposed to be gone!

Open weekends from mid September through Halloween.

 

Swigart Antique Car Museum

Swigart Antique Car Museum

At this time the museum is now a non-profit and contains more than 140 cars.

National Civil War Museum

National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the largest museum of its kind in the world. As a museum dedicated to portraying one of the greatest American Tragedies, from beginning to end, the Museum takes the lessons of a textbook and brings them…

Sculpted Ice Works

Sculpted Ice Works

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.

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park

Since 1965 Lake Tobias Wildlife Park has been fascinating patrons with its wild, exotic animals and adventure-seeking safari tours. The safari tours are the most popular attraction at Lake Tobias – and you get really close to the animals. There are approximately 500 animals that…

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…

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.

Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum

Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum

Even if you’ve never played baseball or watched a game, if there’s one museum you visit this year, this has to be the one.

Ski Denton

Ski Denton

Ski Denton is located in Potter county – within the Denton Hill State Park. Denton has over 20 downhill trails, a snowboard park, snow tubing and 4 lifts to bring you back to the top. Lodging is also available on site.

Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden

Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden

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.