Month: October 2019

Colonel Denning State Park

Colonel Denning State Park

Colonel Denning State Park, in north central Cumberland County, is in Doubling Gap, so named by the `S` turn where Blue Mountain doubles back on itself. This feature may be seen from the Doubling Gap Vista in adjacent Tuscarora State Forest. The park has 273…

Bald Eagle Valley

Bald Eagle Valley

The 5,900-acre park lies in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania. Two geologic provinces create Bald Eagle’s scenic beauty. The Allegheny Plateau to the north and west holds smooth, undulating uplands. The Ridge and Valley Province to the south and east contains numerous…

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 and soaring fortress walls, Eastern State was designed to intimidate. It was home to such frightening characters as Al Capone and the flamboyant bank robber, `Slick` Willie Sutton, but stands today in ruin, a lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. This is the home of the nationally renowned haunted attraction Terror Behind the Walls, ranked 6th best haunted house in the United States by AOL.

With the addition Intake, a huge new attraction for 2005, the event now has five separate haunted houses within the 11-acre complex. The other attractions are Maximum Security, 13 Rooms, The Experiment (in 3-D!), and Tunnel Escape. Designed to be high-startle and low-gore, Terror Behind the Walls includes Hollywood-quality special effects and lighting, digital sound, animatronic creatures, and custom props.

All five haunted attractions are included in the admission price. Advanced ticket sales begin September at TicketMaster outlets, by phone at (215) 336-2000, or online at www.TicketMaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the door on each evening of the event. Reservations are highly recommended for weekends in October.

The penitentiary is also available for guided tours year round between 10am and 5pm
Terror Behind the Walls is one of the nation’s largest and best-known haunted attractions. HauntFreaks.com named the event `The Best Professional Haunted House,` and The New York Times described Eastern State Penitentiary as `perfect for Halloween.`

All proceeds from Terror Behind the Walls benefit the preservation of Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. The haunted attraction does not affect operation of the historic site, which remains open for daytime tours eight months a year. For more information, the public can visit the penitentiary’s website at: www.EasternState.org or call 888-763-NITE.

Altoona Railroad Museum

Altoona Railroad Museum

The third floor is the Children’s Museum and hands on! They have toy trains the kids love playing with while mom and dad go browse the museum.

Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 20,500 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands. The Youghiogheny River provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern United States, as well as spectacular scenery. Ohiopyle State Park offers an…

Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla Orchards

In 1914 Arthur Linvil purchased a small parcel of land and barn and began selling milk and cream, but he wanted to grow peaches.

Now Linvilla Orchards is a 300 acre, family run farm that specializes in family fun.

Open year round, Linvilla offers more than just the standard pick-your-own fruit and farmers market. They’re known for their various festivals throughout the year, their massive Halloween Haunted house and pick-your-own pumpkin.

They have hayrides, a lake for fishing, a playground, a swim team. They even offer classes periodically.

Linvilla is free to get in but there may be an additional cost for some of the events. It’s well worth the visit,the place is beautiful.

GPS Address: 598 Linvil Rd Media pa

 

Whipple Dam State Park

Whipple Dam State Park

The 256-acre Whipple Dam State Park is a delightful and quiet place to visit. The lake is the perfect place to indulge in a refreshing dip, bird watch or just relax. The beautiful day use area is wonderful for a picnic or hike. In 1927,…

Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum

the Rodin Museum was again one of the jewels of the Philadelphia Parkway.

Firefighters Historical Museum

Firefighters Historical Museum

In 1873 the Eagle Hose Company built their first fire house. The first floor housed four, wheeled hose carts the second the firefighters quarters.

In 1903 it was decided a new building was needed, which is the current structure, when they began using the steam engine. At that time the name was changed to Engine Company #4 to represent  the district they covered.

By  1974 the city closed the station along with a number of others. It officially became a Museum in 1976.

What a great way to honor our heroes by visiting their beginnings.

 

 

 

Kooser State Park

Kooser State Park

In the heart of the Laurel Highlands at an altitude of 2,600 feet, Kooser State Park attracts visitors year-round to its 250 acres of forest and the beautiful trout stream that flows the full length of the park. The park’s original design character was stamped…

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…

Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

Gloria Dei is an active religious congregation, and is home to the parish minister. For more information about visiting, contact the Rector at (215) 389-1513

Before William Penn, the Swedes were here, building log homes and a brick church, GLORIA DEI. Imagine the transformation – town becomes city – 13 colonies become a nation – Swedish Lutheran church becomes Episcopalian. Re-discover Patriots and ordinary citizens buried in the cemetery. Enter Pennsylvania’s oldest church and feel 300 years of history welcoming you.

Conneaut Lake Park

Conneaut Lake Park

Opened in 1892, a gem survives to this day as a trip back in time. Not a manufactured museum or contrived in any way, Conneaut Lake Park now represents a real alternative to today’s frenetic and agitated lifestyle. Conneaut Lake Park is more than an…

Jean Bonnet Tavern

Jean Bonnet Tavern

So if you have an interest in the paranormal or if you’re just interested in “things that go bump in the night”, have a meal, get a room and see if any spectres keep you awake at night.

Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art

Established in 1895, by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Museum of Art is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works.

The museum focuses not only on the masters of years past, but also leaves room for the “Old Masters of Tomorrow”.

The Heinz Architectural Center, opened as part of the museum in 1993, is dedicated to the collection, study, and exhibition of architectural drawings and models.

The museum is one of four in the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh group. The others are the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Carnegie Science Center (reviews will be linked when live)