Month: November 2020

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. 

Lost River Caverns

Lost River Caverns

Way back in 1883, while digging on a limestone quarry site, the Lost River Caverns was ‘opened’ up accidentally.  In 1930, handrails were added so that visitors and tourist could view the natural formations that have occured. Its Crystal Chapel has been the site of 

Erie Art Museum

Erie Art Museum

In 1898 a group of artists came together to form The Art Club of Erie. The new organization met at the Art Gallery in the new Public Library on Perry Square, where it would make its home for the next half century.  The Art Club moved, together with the Erie Public Museum, to the Watson-Curtze Mansion on West Sixth Street in the 1940’s, and in 1956 moved to a building of their own. The building  gradually became known as the Art Center, and  the first professional Director was hired in 1968.

As the Erie Art Center expanded it now includes  a traveling exhibition program ,  a darkroom , frame shop, studios for artists , ceramics studio , and commenced the Contemporary Music Series.

What’s now known as the Erie Art Museum continues to grow and expand so you never know what you’ll find on your next visit!

 

Big Pocono State Park

Big Pocono State Park

Big Pocono State Park is in Monroe County in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. From the summit, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of a vast portion of eastern Pennsylvania and 

Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum

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

Archbald Pothole State Park

Archbald Pothole State Park

Archbald Pothole State Park is a 150-acre park in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park is named for Archbald Pothole, a geologic feature that formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period, around 15,000 years ago. The pothole is 38 feet deep and has an elliptical shape. The diameter of the pothole decreases downward. The largest diameter is 42 feet by 24 feet. At the bottom it is 17 feet by 14 feet. The pothole has a volume of about 18,600 cubic feet, so could hold about 140,000 gallons. It would take 35 fire truck tankers to fill the pothole.

Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning State Park

While you’re there you can visit the Pennsylvania Spillway and it’s incredible phenomenom of “ducks walking on water”, where the fish come to be feed by the visitors and are so dense, the duck walk along their backs to share the food!

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.

Hickory Run State Park

Hickory Run State Park

The 15,990-acre Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. This large park has over 40 miles of hiking trails, three state park natural areas and miles of trout streams. The Boulder Field, a striking boulder-strewn area, is a National Natural Landmark.

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Sitting astride South Mountain, Kings Gap offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley. Sixteen miles of hiking trails interconnect three main areas and are open year-round. Kings Gap offers environmental education programs from the pre-school environmental awareness program to environmental problem solving programs. The 

Laurel Mountain State Park

Laurel Mountain State Park

High atop Laurel Ridge at close to 3,000 feet in elevation, Laurel Mountain State Park features a family-oriented downhill skiing area and beautiful views of the rolling countryside of the Ligonier Valley. The slopes and trails provide opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all levels 

Hiawatha Riverboat

Hiawatha Riverboat

Hiawatha Paddleboat Tours is a paddlewheel excursion boat that cruises up and down the Susquehanna River. Built nearly 50 years after it’s namesake, the Hiawatha is one of the most popular attractions in central Pennsylvania.  The original Hiawatha was a steam-driven stern-wheeler that was one of the delights of the summer season.

Unfortunately, in the winter of 1914, the original Hiawatha was caught in ice at its Market Street mooring. During the break-up of the ice the following spring, it was crushed and carried away in the flood.

Rebuilding and launching the Hiawatha is a tribute to hundreds of Lycoming County businesses and private citizens who supplied money, labor and materials to restore this historic icon.

The Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat is just one way in which area residents and visitors can recall the remarkable heritage surrounding the Susquehanna River. The present-day Hiawatha docks, ticket office are located in beautiful Susquehanna State Park. The park has a pavilion and picnic areas complete with grills, restroom facilities, swings, a playground, a public boat launch and free parking.

Find out what a Boom Rat is and hear about how the Susquehanna River helped Williamsport become the richest city in America during the height of the Lumber Era! Bring your entire family on a fully narrated 1 hour cruise and make sure you check their events calendar before you go. You just might find something extra special going on aboard the Hiawatha!

Awbury Arboretum

Awbury Arboretum

Opened year round to experience the wonder of each season and the beauty of nature as it happens. It brings out the photographer in all of us.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The People’s Path, and America’s First National Scenic Trail `The body of the Trail is provided by the lands it traverses, and its soul is in the living stewardship of the volunteers and workers of the Appalachian Trail community.` -from the Appalachian Trail Management Principles, 

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.