Author: Cheryl

William Penn Memorial Fire Tower

William Penn Memorial Fire Tower

A spiral staircase containing 120 steel steps leads to an enclosed observation deck. The deck is encased in glass block for year round enjoyment. From there you’re able to see as far as 5th and Penn sts.

The Insectarium

The Insectarium

The second floor is where visitors are offered the opportunity to eat cheddar-flavored beetle larvae. They say the average American ingests up to two pounds of bug parts each year, mostly mixed in with their vegetables.

Waldameer Water World

Waldameer Water World

Opening in 1800 as Hoffman’s  picnic grove, Erie Electric Co leased the property in 1896 and renamed it Waldameer.  As the years went on they began to grow and with each decade they added new amusements and became one of the the oldest family owned theme parks in Pennsylvania.

They have a kiddie park and water rides as well as a roller coaster for those who dare!

There’s also midaway games, food and free shows.

Parking and admission to the park itself are free.

Rides and the waterpark charge admission.

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.

Mount Hope Estate and Winery

Mount Hope Estate and Winery

Whatever event you attend you’ll find the village authentic,the costumes stunning, the shows enjoyable and yourself transported to another era. It’s definitely worth the visit!

GoggleWorks Center for The Arts

GoggleWorks Center for The Arts

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is an entire city block where art happens, and this place fascinates me!

I can’t think of any other building where you can see the displays, talk with the artists or try your hand at their craft.  The six buildings and 145,000 square feet of space offer everything from 200 arts-based classes every 10 weeks, to 45 artists working in their professional studios.

They have a calendar that includes Glass Blowing and Ceramics to Metal Smithing and Poetry.  There’s a class level for every age so whether your taking your kids for the day or planning on starting a life-long hobby, you’re sure to find something for everyone.

Once you visit the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, you’ll want to go back again and again!

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey’s Chocolate World

It’s colorful and great for all ages! Best of all, you get a free sample when you get off!

Piper Aviation Museum

Piper Aviation Museum

The Piper Aviation Museum is expanding all the time. They’re constantly adding to their archives, records, journals and memorabilia. Visit often and see something new. Don’t forget to check out their event calendar before you go!

Sunnybrook Ballroom

Sunnybrook Ballroom

Built in 1931,  and one of the few remaining large dance halls of the pre-World War II era still in existence, Sunnybrook hosted  many of the great Big Band performers — Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and  Rudy Valli since the ballroom opened.

Now not only can you enjoy various live performers from different genres but indulge in a wonderful meal before the show starts.

Not interested in the show meet some friends in Chummy’s Lounge,with Trivia on Wednesday and Karaoke on Thursday. Don’t forget live music in the Tiki Hut.

Sunnybrook is more than a ballroom, it’s a concert hall, family night, a place for a romantic dinner or some comic relief. Check out their website for a calendar of events or for those of you that are a little more adventurous, sign up for one of their cooking classes.
And yes, there’s always dancing.
Childrens Museum

Childrens Museum

There is something here for all ages!

Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm

Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm

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

U.S. Mint

U.S. Mint

The Philadelphia Mint was the first mint to be opened but what you’ll be visiting is actually the fourth building to house the mint. The initial idea started in 1792 by President Washington. The mint first only produced coins as our currency and still, to this day, has the original machine used to press those coins.

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. All tours have audio.

While you’re there don’t forget to look for Peter. He’s the Mint Eagle. He made the first mint his home and the mint artists still study Peter when using new eagle designs.

You’ll see the coin presses in operation, the Mint key and the Mint deed signed by President Andrew Jackson along with many other artifacts on

Reading Pagoda

Reading Pagoda

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

Flagship Niagara and Maritime Museum

Flagship Niagara and Maritime Museum

Come see and hear U.S. history in the making!

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.