Author: Cheryl

Shankweilers Drive-In Theatre

Shankweilers Drive-In Theatre

All shows are double features,one ticket! Load up the car and come on out!

Electric City Trolley Museum

Electric City Trolley Museum

While your’re there take a Trolley Excursion Tour. After seeing the sites of the museum, you’ll see the sites of Scranton for a nominal fee. It’s definitly fun for all ages throughout the year.

Jimmy Stewart Museum

Jimmy Stewart Museum

Jimmy Stewart was actually 4th generation Pennsylvanian. He was born on Pennsylvania St in Indiana Pa. He was a boy scout, went to Princeton and studied architecture. He also played the accordian and served in the service.  Most  people don’t know that Jimmy also wrote poetry, some of which was published.

You’ll see modern art of his work and old awards that actually started back when he was in the Boy Scouts.

Stewart made a total of 81 Featured Films during his career. As you browse through the museum you’ll see original movie posters and photos that start from the 1930s.

The Universal City Studios of Hollywood donated the state-of-the-art sound and projection system to the Indiana Free Library in memory of Jimmy Stewart. There’s scheduled viewings of his movies on the weekends when the museum is open.

This is great for the film buff or just someone who’s just nostalgic.

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.

Swigart Antique Car Museum

Swigart Antique Car Museum

At this time the museum is now a non-profit and contains more than 140 cars.

Elk Country Visitor Center

Elk Country Visitor Center

Here is something that you don’t get to do everyday and seeing elk firsthand is undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to Pennsylvania Elk Country.
Here are a few pointers that might make it easier spotting elk.

During mating season, bull elk can often be seen at the forest edge preparing to battle other males for the right to mate. This happens in the Fall.
In colder months, elk typically seek warmth and shelter among the trees. The evergreen forests provide good cover, and trees provide cold-weather food for these animals.

As the weather gets warmer and food becomes more plentiful, elk move to the meadows to feed on the grasses. The center plants alfalfa, timothy, clover, and winter wheat to name a few.

The best times to view are early in the morning, just after day light and in the hours before dark. Just remember, like us, wildlife does not like the heat. They will bed down in the shade where it is coolest during the day.

Kennett Underground Railroad Center

Kennett Underground Railroad Center

If there’s one tour you take before school starts,this one is it.This is a great experience for kids and adults alike.

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.

Old Order Amish Tours

Old Order Amish Tours

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

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.

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!

Drake Well Museum

Drake Well Museum

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!

Sunnybrook Ballroom

Sunnybrook Ballroom

It’s more than a ballroom, it’s a concert hall, family night, a place for a romantic dinner or some comedy 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.

The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion

The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion was the home of Richard Peters. Peters was the son of an English lawyer who acted as a land agent for the Penn family. Buying the property in 1742, the senior Peters designed and built the mansions and the surrounding gardens.

After Richard recieved the Mansion from his father he went on to serve the Pennsylvania commonwealth and to become the Judge that passed the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavary bill.He worked with many of the founding fathers at the estate.

After his death, the property became part of Fairmount Park in 1869 as part of a program to preserve the quality of water. The site continued to be used for public entertaining until it became an historic house museum under the management of the American Women’s Heritage Society in 1986.

Recently, after extensive renovations, Belmont Mansion reopened in the summer of 2007 as The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion.