Author: Cheryl

Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning State Park

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!

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!

BWP Bat Factory Tours

BWP Bat Factory Tours

How cool is this? BWP makes baseball bats. The same bats used by Shane Victorino and Manny Ramirez. Not only that, but  they follow the process from the harvesting of the trees to the finished product

BWP produces about 2000 bats a week. Some of their best craftsmen are actually former baseball players. If they don’t know bats, who does?

BWP Bats start from select trees from Western Pennsylvania that are aged to maturity.  They harvest the trees and select which ones are suitable for bats, which is less than 20% .  Wood that will not make a bat go into some other products they make. BWP has a guided tour through their factory. It also has an outlet shop that offers personalized gifts.

Why not use the bat favored by some of the pro’s?

Simeone Automotive Museum

Simeone Automotive Museum

The Simeone Automotive Museum places each car into a display dipicting a scene in which they raced. They rotate the exhibits on a regular basis and take their cars out on their 3 acre lot for Demonstration Days.

Reading Pagoda

Reading Pagoda

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

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!

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.

Swigart Antique Car Museum

Swigart Antique Car Museum

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

Koziar’s Christmas Village

Koziar’s Christmas Village

Started  in 1948, William Koziar would decorate his house for his wife and children. Each year he would add to the display, decorating the barn, trees or lake. By now his neighbors nick-named it the “Christmas House”.  At this point, due to overwhelming demand, he would open the property to visitors.

Sixty-six years and several awards later, the Christmas House has grown into the Christmas Village. With over a million lights, hundreds of animatronic characters, multiple glass displays, plus the tried and true “Picture with Santa”; millions come from all over to walk through the village. Some make it a annual tradition.

Make sure to dress warm and have your walking shoes on, there’s a lot of ground to cover, so give yourself enough time and get there early because people will start parking before dusk. If you have little ones, I suggest a stroller.

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

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.

Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden

Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden

This is a wonderful place for the photographer, the hortoculturist, the devout or for anyone that just wants to see the true beauty that nature has to offer.

Kennett Underground Railroad Center

Kennett Underground Railroad Center

Kennett Square has the highest concentration of Underground Railroad Stations in the U.S.

Otherwise known as the “trackless trail”, the underground railroad was used by slaves on their quest for freedom to travel from the south safely to the north. Americans whose courage led them to risk much, just to live a decent life.

The Kennett Underground Railroad Center takes visitors  back in history to a time when slavery existed in our nation. Follow that trail, meet the people, hear the legends and learn the facts. Understand why the underground railroad is one of the greatest and most revered events in our country’s history.

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

Tours will depart from the Chester County Visitors Center at Longwood Gardens’ entrance, reservation required. Donation suggested.

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.

The Mutter Museum

The Mutter Museum

A fascinating and unforgettable museum for most ages.

Mount Hope Estate and Winery

Mount Hope Estate and Winery

If you’re looking for something to do that’s out of the ordinary, this is the place to go.

Mount Hope Estate has been the permanent home to thePennsylvania Renaissance Faire for more than 33 years ago,and is listed as one of the top 5 in the country.

The Faire is held on a 35-acre site with 90 shows performed daily on 12 stages, hundreds of costumed characters, and a recreation of a 16th-century English village with authentic Tudor buildings. But that’s not all.Each weekend during the festival is dedicated to a different theme. There are plenty of places to eat and drink. There’s even an area just for kids!

Not interested in the Reaissance? Then check out their other events through out the year. Some of them are free.

There’s the Celtic Fling Weekend or the FlavorFest. Or maybe you’re more interested in what takes place at the mansion, like Poe’s Evermore or a Dickens Christmas.

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!