Month: May 2020

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park

This park is nestled in the gap of Tuscarora Mountain. Dedicated in honor of the 15th president of the United States, this narrow, peaceful hollow is the site of James Buchanan’s birthplace. A stone pyramid monument surrounded by majestic conifers stands on the site of 

Elk State Park

Elk State Park

The 3,192-acre Elk State Park is in the rugged mountains of northern Pennsylvania. The 1,160-acre East Branch Lake is large enough for unlimited horsepower boating and is great for water-skiing. The lake and nearby streams are stocked with warm-water and cold-water fish.

Memorial Lake State Park

Memorial Lake State Park

Memorial Lake State Park’s 230 acres is near the base of Blue Mountain. The park is surrounded by Fort Indiantown Gap, the headquarters for the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard.

Boat rentals, warm-water fishing, and light easy hiking are common activities at Memorial Lake State Park. There are picnic tables with charcoal grills, and pavilions with electrical service and trash cans are available with a reservation. Playgrounds and sports fields are nearby. Good birding opportunities arise during migratory season. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, ice fishing and ice skating.

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 

Terry Hill Waterpark

Terry Hill Waterpark

Terry Hill Waterpark was taken over by new owners and is going through a renovation. Plans are to re-open this park in 2012. However, Terry Hill Waterpark has quite a few slides, rivers, and pools, plus miniature golf.

Camelback Ski Mountain

Camelback Ski Mountain

Camelback Ski Area is the largest in the Poconos, with 33 trails & 13 lifts, plus a half pipe and terrain park – ALL LIGHTED for night skiing! Open during the normal Pennsylvania ski season, Camelback offers regular admissions, group and special admissions, plus rentals, ski school, a nursery and snow tubing.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park

The men and women of the Continental Army were ordinary, like many of us, but these ordinary people were thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation — it honors the ability 

Ford Loudoun

Ford Loudoun

Come out and walk in the footsteps our soldiers took more than 250 years ago.

Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

Kalahari Resorts includes an indoor Waterpark with a lazy river, body and tube slides, and plenty of indoor fun for the whole family.  The waterpark has a retractable roof, but regardless of the weather conditions outside, you’ll be able to enjoy comfortable air and water temps throughout the day.

Kalahari Resorts prides itself on an authentically-African themed experience.

Admission can be purchased by the day, based on availability and also via packages for stay-and-play through the attached hotel.

Heritage Discovery Center

Heritage Discovery Center

The Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center, part of the Johnstown Discovery Network, is a community center that contains several attractions: the “America: Through Immigrant Eyes” exhibit; the Johnstown Children’s Museum; the Iron & Steel Gallery; and two additional galleries. It also houses the 

AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills

AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills

One of the most popular winter attractions in the region! AvalancheXpress snow tubing is a thrilling downhill experience for the whole family! With multiple downhill runs, including “Xtreme”, intermediate and family lanes – there’s something for everyone! What’s better, tubers enjoy fast moving lines and 

America on Wheels Museum

America on Wheels Museum

America on Wheels is a  48,000-square-foot facility devoted to exhibits about “over the road transportation.” The museum allows visitors to inspect rare and historic vehicles up close, whether it’s a 1915 Model T roadster, an early motorcycle, or rare Mac Truck.

The Mack Truck corporation has a large presence in the Allentown area, and several of their trucks are on loan here (Mack Trucks maintains their own museum nearby, with limited days open, in its old customer testing facility). America on Wheels devotes lots of space to Mack Trucks, including a couple of interactive exhibits where visitors can sit in a driving simulator, or take quizzes.

Aside from the permanent displays here, there is a large section of temporary displays on loan from other museums and private collectors. In 2012 some of those included the 1930 taxi from It’s a Wonderful life and the 1998 VW Bug from The Spy Who Shagged me, among others.

Check out their calendar of events on their website before you go. You never know, you just might see the car or truck from your favorite movie there.

 

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of French power from North America. The stage 

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, 

Daffin’s Chocolate Kingdom

Daffin’s Chocolate Kingdom

The Chocolate Kingdom is a realm that is inhabited by a 400-pound chocolate turtle, a 125-pound chocolate reindeer and 75-pound chocolate frog. Chocolate castles, a train, a village, and a Ferris Wheel which brings this whimsical land to life.

The Daffin’s have been making chocolate for over 100 years, down through three generations.The original store was in Ohio in the early 1900’s and after the death of Alec Daffin in 1936, his son moved the store to Sharon in 1947 after serving in WWII.

Today there are three Pennsylvania stores, two in Ohio and a factory. Everything is still run by the Daffin family. They’re also the candy provider to all the Hallmark stores.

If you would like to visit the factory for a tour call 877-323-3465 and schedule a visit. Check the website for special events, like swizzle stick day. Every visit includes a sample, who could resist that?