Month: July 2020

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

The 1,168-acre Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center offers programs for pre-schoolers through college students. Center staff also provide community programs on many subjects like natural and cultural history and outdoor recreation. The 1,168-acre Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center offers programs for pre-schoolers through college students. Center staff 

Hidden Valley Resort

Hidden Valley Resort

Hidden Valley Resort has a vertical fall of 476 feet and has 28 trails and 9 chair lifts. Trail Ratings: Novice: 11 (easiest) Intermediate: 10 (more difficult) Black Diamond: 5 (most difficult) Double Diamond: 2 (expert)

No.9 Mine and Museum

No.9 Mine and Museum

The No.9 Mine and Museum is the world’s oldest continuously operated anthracite coal mine!  You can take a tour of the mine by jumping into one of the coal cars.  On the tour you will see original tools of the miners, an elevator shaft and much more.  After the tour you can stop by the souvenir shop for your very own pieces of coal or other mementos. If you want to make a whole day of it there are plenty of picnic facilities.

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens, located in the Brandywine Valley and situated on 1050 acres. With 20 outdoor gardens and 20 indoor, heated greenhouses, plus meadows, fountains and over 11,000 different types of plants, Longwood Gardens will occupy a full day of exploring. Go to the website to 

Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla Orchards

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

Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm

Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm

Started in the 1930’s the Wooden Nickel is a working Buffalo farm. When arriving you’ll be welcome from the third generation of owners. First they’ll give a quick history on the relationship of the buffalo and the Indians. Then a hands on of pelts, bone and a full sized stuffed buffalo. After that onto  the tour of buffalo. If  your lucky you’ll get to  meet Sierra, the pet buffalo and her newborn calf Dakota.   If you’re inclined, there’s the Wooden Nickel Clover Leaf Motel right off the property.

Self tours are free.

Come for an experience you won’t get anywhere else!

Colton Point State Park

Colton Point State Park

On the west rim of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, the 368-acre Colton Point State Park resonates with the rustic charm of the Civilian Conservation Corps era of the 1930s. The rugged overlooks offer great views of the canyon. On the other side of the 

Upper Pine Bottom State Park

Upper Pine Bottom State Park

Upper Pine Bottom State Park is surrounded by the huge Tiadaghton State Forest and provides visitors with a welcome rest area. Visitors often use the parking area of this small roadside picnic site for access to hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and hunting on forest land.

Tussey Mountain

Tussey Mountain

Tussey Mountain was originally operated as a public ski area under the name of Skimont during the 1960’s. After sitting idle for a few years, the mountain was re-opened as a private club in the mid 1970’s under the name Bald Knob Ski Club. In 1981-82 the mountain was reorganized and opened again publicly as Tussey Mountain Ski Area, a name now synonymous with quality skiing to area residents. Since then the mountain has grown both in size and sophistication of operation.

Today, Tussey Mountain has skiing on 50 acres with 3 ski and snowboard lifts and 2 snowtube lifts. Our snowmaking system covers 90% of our skiable terrain, as does our slope lighting. Instruction is offered through our PSIA member Snow Sports School, first-aid services through our NSP member Ski Parol, a complete Rental Shop, on-site Ski Shop, as well as well-organized junior racing programs.

We are typically open for skiing, boarding, and tubing in December (or January), running through middle (to late ) March.

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

Martin Guitar Factory

Martin Guitar Factory

At the Martin Guitar factory tour, you will see how guitars are made by skilled craftsmen using old world tools. Tours are on a first come, first served basis. Group tours can be scheduled at different times (check the website). Non-flash camera photography is allowed. 

Codorus State Park

Codorus State Park

The 3,452-acre Codorus State Park is in the rolling hills of southern York County. The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg has 26 miles of shoreline and is a reststop for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. The lake is also popular with sailboaters and motorboaters. Anglers love the lake for warm water fishing and can also fish Codorus Creek for trout. Picnicking, swimming in the pool and camping are popular activities.

The swimming pool is quite large at almost a half acre, can accomodate up to 1,900 swimmers and gets to capacity near holidays and weekends. Plan accordingly.

Disc Golf
Codorus state park is also known for its disc golf course – which was the venue for the 2005 state championships.

The Bates Motel

The Bates Motel

On the fields of the Arasapha Farm in Glen Mills, PA, you can take a ride on one of the scariest hayrides around. This is the signature attraction at the Bates Motel and Haunted hayride. It features a 20 minute ride with computer controlled animations 

Mishler Theatre

Mishler Theatre

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.

Oil Creek State Park

Oil Creek State Park

The Oil Creek Valley is the site of the world’s first commercial oil well. The primary purpose of Oil Creek State Park is to tell the story of the changing landscape. The early petroleum industry’s oil boom towns and important oil well sites are in contrast with clean trout streams and forested hillsides seen today throughout the park.

At the Train Station Visitor Center, displays and programs illustrate the early oil boom, including an informative historical slide show. The train station is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. At the Train Station Visitor Center, a train with the same historical route is available for rides. Historical tableaus show landscapes that contain buildings, machinery, equipment and materials that replicate the landscape.

Today the park is pleasantly used for picnicking, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Grills, drinking fountains and restrooms are readily available.