Author: Cheryl

Koziar’s Christmas Village

Koziar’s Christmas Village

Koziars has been named the best light display in the world. It is absolutely worth the trip! Make it your new tradition.

The Mutter Museum

The Mutter Museum

A fascinating and unforgettable museum for most ages.

Altoona Railroad Museum

Altoona Railroad Museum

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.

GPS Address:
1500 Glenn White Road
Altoona, PA 16602

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!

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 

Mishler Theatre

Mishler Theatre

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.

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.

Reading Pagoda

Reading Pagoda

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

Roadside America Indoor Miniature Village

Roadside America Indoor Miniature Village

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.

Waldameer Water World

Waldameer Water World

Parking and admission to the park itself are free.

The Pottery Works

The Pottery Works

The Pottery Works is the place to go. Kids and growns-ups alike will enjoy finding something to brighten their day, then letting the painter inside free to express themself.

The Gazela

The Gazela

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!

Zippo Lighter and Case Museum

Zippo Lighter and Case Museum

The museum is 15,000 square foot and takes you through Zippos history from their contributions in WWII to their place in Rock-n-Roll to each time Zippo was in a Hollywood film.

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.

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.