Month: December 2019

Jennings Environmental Education Center

Jennings Environmental Education Center

Jennings offers a full range of educational programs. A unique attraction at the center is its relict prairie, which includes the spectacular and well-known prairie flower, the blazing star. The relict prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. Visitors should try to visit in late July…

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…

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the world’s major art museums.  It was established in 1876 and offers a wide variety of fine and decorative arts.  There are over 225,000 pieces of art work from artist in the United States, Asia and Europe.  The collection includes painting masterpieces, sculputres, prints and drawings in addition to furniture, silver, glasswork, architectural elements and rooms furnished from historic houses.

This must see attraction has 3 buildings.  Its Main Building is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  The Perelman Building is located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue.  The third building is the Rodin Museum.  It is located on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. All three locations are open year round.

School groups and other education groups are encouraged to visit.  All ages can together discover these fascinating pieces of art.  Teachers and other educators can ask about our videoconferencing and interactive programs.  Adults can ask about our lectures, hands-on workshops, and concerts.

 

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…

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.

Reading Pagoda

Reading Pagoda

The Pagoda was built in 1908 to cover the fact that the mountain had been mined and turned into an eye-sore. This new pagoda was intended to be a luxury hotel. The idea for a Pagoda instead of a traditional building came from a postcard the owner of the mines received from a friend during a trip overseas.

By 1911, the land and the seven-storied pagoda was sold twice,the last time to the City of Reading for one dollar.

By 1969 the Pagoda was in need of some TLC so Pagoda-skyline Inc, composed of private citizens, is the fund-raising group that now takes care of what has become the area now known as Mount  Penn.

Sitting 1200 feet above sea level, the panoramic view from the Pagoda is breath-taking.

Mt. Pisgah State Park

Mt. Pisgah State Park

Mt. Pisgah State Park is in the scenic Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier. Mt. Pisgah has an elevation 2,260 feet. A dam on Mill Creek forms Stephen Foster Lake. Boating is permitted on Stephen Foster Lake, with mooring spaces and boat rentals available.…

Chapman State Park

Chapman State Park

The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. Adjacent to state game lands and Allegheny National Forest, Chapman is an oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.

Old Order Amish Tours

Old Order Amish Tours

Old Order Amish Tours shows you beautiful Lancaster County the way you should see it. Simple and unchanged over the years.

All the tours are authentic, private, and respectful to the  Amish citizens. One of the guides will show you sites that are exclusive to Old Order Amish Tours.  You will get to visit a working Old Order Amish farm where you’ll see and learn how the people still plow their fields with Belgian workhorses and live without electricity.

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

Don’t know what to do after your tour? Why not let Old Order Amish Tours arrange for the dining, lodging, and entertainment for your group, which can include Sight & Sound, American Music Theater, or Dutch Apple Dinner Theater.

All tours are weather permitting.

Allegheny Islands State Park

Allegheny Islands State Park

Allegheny Islands State Park is in Allegheny County in Harmar Township, just southwest of the borough of Cheswick. Established in 1980, the park is composed of three alluvial islands in the middle of the Allegheny River northeast of Pittsburgh. The islands have a total area…

Boyd’s Bear Country

Boyd’s Bear Country

**According to their website, they are closed as of January 2011**   Just outside of Gettysburg, PA, amongst the beauty and history of the Pennsylvania countryside is a whimsical world of wonder, waiting for you to discover…a Big Ol’ Barn filled the rafters with family…

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site was the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.

Nescopeck State Park

Nescopeck State Park

Bordered on the south by steep Mount Yeager and on the north by Nescopeck Mountain, Nescopeck State Park encompasses wetlands, rich forests and many diverse habitats. Nescopeck Creek, a favorite of anglers, meanders through the park. Nineteen miles of hiking trails uncover unique wildlife habitats.…

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…

Drake Well Museum

Drake Well Museum

Did you know that you use oil or gas everyday? Even if you don’t drive or have oil heat, there thousands of things we use each day that are petroleum based.  We invite you to enjoy a visit to the Drake Well Museum, where in August of 1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the oil well that launched the modern petroleum industry.

For the past 80 years this site has been preserved. Though the original engine house didn’t survive,the heart of the museum is a board-for-board replica.  The site features operating machinery that shows how the oil was pumped, stored and transported and over 520 artifacts are exhibited. While you’re there see how the barrels are made by the cooper and check out the blacksmith.

When you’re done at the museum take the time to enjoy the rest of the 240 acres. Bring a picnic, take a hike, fish or ride a bike. Even take a ride on the Titusville Railroad.

Come early and make a day of it!