Author: Cheryl

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 

Laurel Mountain Vineyard

Laurel Mountain Vineyard

Are you curious about wine and how it’s made? Or maybe you’re just interested in the history and the tools that are used. How about trying to find that one special bouquet without buying bottle after bottle.

The Insectarium

The Insectarium

The Insectarium,  was opened in 1992 by Steve Kanya, who owned Steve’s Bug-Off Exterminating Company.

Imagine, if you can, a kitchen deliberately infested with big cockroaches. Thousands of big cockroaches, scuttling across every surface. The kind of roaches that turn into an airborne swarm when conditions are right.

And then the power goes out.

Actually, this amusing scenario hasn’t happened. Yet. Which is why we should all hope that the power never goes out in 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.

The third floor of the attraction houses live exhibits: terrariums of centipedes, beetles, stink bugs, tarantulas. The Black Widow and Ecuadorian Bird-Eating spiders are cozy neighbors. In one corner is a pet-a-bug table, where visitors are invited to stroke a Madagascar hissing cockroach and a whip-tail scorpion. Kids can pose as insects or can crawl through a bungee-cord spider’s web. Hand-painted murals of oversized ladybugs, caterpillars, and spiders fill the walls.

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.

Shankweilers Drive-In Theatre

Shankweilers Drive-In Theatre

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

Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning State Park is the largest state park in Pennsylvania and anything you could possibly want to do, it’s here!

With three campgrounds it has more than any other park. Along with boating, fishing and swimming , at Pymatuning you can enjoying plenty of summer recreational opportunities.

More of a fall or winter vacationer? Then enjoy the parks seven mile hiking trail or picnic while sight-seeing. If you’re the sportsman try ice-fishing, hunting or cross-country skiing.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission operate a fish hatchery and visitor center, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission has wildlife viewing areas and a learning center.

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!

Hartwood Acres

Hartwood Acres

This is the site I would recommend saving in my favorites. It would be my first go to when looking for some fun!

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.

Smoketown Airport Tours

Smoketown Airport Tours

What a great way to see the Amish country.

Smoketown Airport Tours offers you the opportunity to book any of their four sight seeing tours.

You have your choice of the  Amish Country Tour, an Aerial Tour over the heart of the Amish country, covering such areas as Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, Strasburg, and Dutch Wonderland. Then there’s the Susquehanna River Tour, a tour over the mile wide Susquehanna River from Columbia to the Safe Harbor Dam.

Smoketown Airport Tours also offers a combination tour of the first two, the Amish Country and River Tours combined.  And the last tour is the Chesapeake Bay Flight. A Scenic flight west to the Susquehanna River then south following the river all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.

The Amish Country tour is great for seeing the patchwork and colors of the fields and farmlands of Lancaster. This is a wonderful trip for the photo enthusiast.

All tours require reservations.

Eagles Mere Air Museum

Eagles Mere Air Museum

There are approximately 20 airplanes currently located at the field and several more in restoration nearby. All of which you’re able to see up close and personal.

Double Diamond Deer Ranch

Double Diamond Deer Ranch

Along with the Ranch and The Barn, there’s also the Glow-In-The-dark-Mini-Golf. The Double Diamond wanted to offer indoor family fun year round with this addition but there is an additional charge.

Piper Aviation Museum

Piper Aviation Museum

Did you know The Piper Aircraft which was started in 1929, was originally built right here in Pennsylvania? Piper Aviation maintained its headquarters in Lock Haven from 1937 until its closing in 1984, is well known for its “Cub” and for a series of aircraft bearing Indian names such as Aztec, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Comanche, Navajo, and Pawnee.

In 1997, the Piper Aviation Museum acquired the former Piper Engineering building, which is located adjacent to the William T. Piper Memorial Airport. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Piper Aircraft. Many Piper Aircraft can be seen in action during “Sentimental Journey”, an annual “fly-in” event at the William T. Piper Memorial Airport, held each year since 1985. The 2010 Fly-In celebrated the 25th anniversary of this popular event.

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!

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!

George’s Furniture & Wood Shop

George’s Furniture & Wood Shop

It’s amazing how they start with simple wood and turn it into a beautiful piece of furniture that will surely become the next antique to be past down in your family. It’s an experience you will always remember.

The Mutter Museum

The Mutter Museum

Featured on the Discovery Channel,this Museum was started through donations by  Dr. Thomas Mutter. His intent was to improve medical education. Since 1858 the college has kept its’ promise to Dr. Mutter, but some of the displays, though all are real, border on the macabe.

The donations left by Dr. Mutter stipulated that the college continue to expand the collection,which they did, build a brick building to house and maintain it, and provide lectures on the contents.

All of the displays contain natural phenomenon, some which grew unnaturally. The Mutter Museum of The College of Physicians is also known as the museum of Medical oddities. A fascinating and unforgettable museum for most ages.