Koziars has been named the best light display in the world. It is absolutely worth the trip! Make it your new tradition.
The Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, set in Altoona at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains, has duplicated life in Altoona when the Pennsylvania Railroad was booming, back in the early 1950s.
There are three floors to the museum and each floor has a unique prespective of Pennsylvania History. They allow you to take your time and explore what it was like to work in different areas of the Pnnsylvania Railroad.
Sit and watch the short films about railroading in the Altoona Railroad Museum Theater.
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.
1500 Glenn White Road
Altoona, PA 16602
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 …
The Historic Mishler Theatre, located at 1208 Twelfth Avenue, Altoona, PA, opened its doors on February 15, 1906. It carried the highest distinction by being the first structure of its kind in America to be completely devoted to theatrical pursuits. Albert Westover, a prominent theatre architect of the time, designed the grand house for Isaac Charles (Doc) Mishler, and his original plans remain on file, along with other theatre archived documents and memorabilia.
The theatre was the cultural center in Altoona for many years, bringing to it’s citizens many productions similar to those only reserved for Broadway.
Destroyed by fire nine months after opening, Isaac Mishler was not going to let that stop his dream. He built an exact duplicate within three months.
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.
The girl recalls befriending a very nice man when she was just 2. She visited the theatre often because her mother worked there. The man would always wear funny hats. One time he would show up in a floppy hat and the next time he might be wearing a tall black hat. He would talk to her about the theater, and tell her how pretty she was. They would go for walks around the theater and he would tell her of his love for the theater and the many productions there.
he man she described was Isaac Mishler, founder of the Altoona Historic Mishler Theatre. Isaac has been dead since 1944. It seems Isaac loved his theater so much he decided not to leave after his death.
In 1965 the Blair County Arts Foundation, together with Altoona Community Theatre, raised $47,500 to purchase the Historic Mishler Theatre, in order to prevent the playhouse from torn down and replaced with a parking lot.
Today the Mishler is still in the business of live theatre. So go and enjoy a great show. With over 900 seats, save one for Isaac.
This is an amazing piece of Americana! Built by hand starting at the turn of the century by Laurence Gieringer. Taking him 60 years to complete, the village is more than 8,000 square feet set at three different levels for optimum viewing.
Not only are there buildings and roads but trees, mountains, people and even plumbing!
The details are phenomenal! There are actual details inside the buildings, churches have pews and bibles, diners have booth, stools and plates on the counter. All of the trees are even hand made.
If you look well enough you’ll find a little girl holding her kitty with one hand and an ice cream cone with the other.
There are buttons that get kids to interact with the displays. They make lights blink and things move. Every half-hour there’s a light and sound show.
Laurence died in 1961 and the village remains untouched. It stays as he saw it last, with what he saw as the “modern” vehicles of the times.
For GPS directions use Bernville Pa.
The Gazelas records date back to 1901, it’s possible that she’s from 1883. The Gazela is listed as a Barkentine. She has three masts and is operated by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. She is one of the many “tall ships”
She was originally built in Portugal as a fishing boat to be used in New Foundland. Currently, she is the good-will ambassador for the port of Philadelphia, where she serves as a reminder of the city’s heritage as a great international port.
The Preservation Guild offers sailing classes and sailing opportunities aboard the Gazela. Check their website for a calendar of events and classes. If you’re not sure about the commitment they’ll be glad to take you on as a volunteer.
It’s a great chance for kids and adults alike to see first hand the history of a hand-made vessel. It might even bring out a little pirate in ya!
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.