Still compiling your bucket list? Haven’t even started? Pennsylvania offers many unique, once-in-a-lifetime adventures that will inspire you to start or to finish that bucket list. See how many of these adventures in Pennsylvania you’re up for.
1. Visit Pennyslvania's most popular groundhog in Punxsutawney.
Other cities may claim to have a clairvoyant groundhog who can predict whether spring will arrive early, but there's only one Punxsutawney Phil and he belongs to Pennsylvania. Even if you can't make it to Punxsutawney for Phil's big day each February 2, you can still visit the lovable little fella at his den in the Punxsutawney Memorial Library any time of the year.
2. Go dogsledding in Skytop.
Forge friendships with friendly huskies when you join Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of dog sledding in the snow or dog training when there is no snow. Visitors have their photographs snapped with the huskies, will have time to visit with the dogs, will undergo brief training to ensure a successful experience, and will get to experience real dog sledding or dog training (depending on whether there is snow).
3. Race in an outhouse in Dushore.
Everyone wants to win the race in Dushore. After all, how many people can claim they placed first in an outhouse race? That's right – an outhouse race. Sure, you can be a spectator in this rarest of races but why watch when you can join in the fun? Channel your creativity when designing your outhouse on wheels because you'll be racing alongside outhouses with monikers such as Steiny's Heinys, Divas on Doody, and the Perfect Dump.
4. Walk or ride the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD.
Map out an epic journey – which you can take on foot or by bike – that will lead you on a scenic 150 mile trek from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. Your journey will take you through such towns as Boston, Connellsville, and Ohiopyle. If you're really up for the challenge, continue your adventure by continuing on the C&O Canal Towpath another 184 miles to Washington DC.
5. Explore Penn's Cave in Centre Hall.
Climb aboard a motorboat that will lead you through Penn's Cave, the only cave in the state to earn a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. During the 45 minute tour, you'll get a firsthand view of stalagmites and stalactites. Following your unique tour, head above ground and get lost in the Miner's Maze, pan for gems, or join a wildlife tour.
6. Cheer at the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
Cheer on the Little League's best teams at the Little League World Series, held in August each year and slated for August 18 this summer. You'll get to see the best young baseball players for a price you simply can't beat – free. Be sure to get to Howard J. Lamade Stadium early because the park only sits 3,300 fans.
7. Go horseback riding at Red Buffalo Ranch in Collegeville.
Indulge in a lovely picnic lunch while your horse rests on a lunch ride at Red Buffalo Ranch. Or, for a truly unique experience, saddle up for a Western Weekend where you'll bond with your horse as you join a guide and other horseback riders as you travel along winding trails. Enjoy fresh cooked meals and sleep in a two-man tent during your weekend adventure.
8. Drive a race car at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond.
Rev up your engine for an experience of a lifetime. You'll zip around an authentic racetrack during your Stock Car Racing Experience at Pocono Raceway. Not ready to zoom to speeds of up to 160 miles an hour? Just call shotgun and your race car driver will effortlessly maneuver you around the track. Bring your family or friends along to watch your racing debut from the stands.
9. Visit rare birds of prey at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton.
Point. Snap. And...capture once-in-a-lifetime photographs of rare birds of prey at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, where you may just spot bald eagles, black vultures, osprey, peregrine falcons, and red-shouldered hawks. Trails allow hikers of all skills and abilities to get spectacular views of the sanctuary. Visitors in wheelchairs or with children in strollers can travel the South Lookout for beautiful views.
10. Experience authentic Amish life at Plain & Fancy Farm near Bird-in-Hand.
See the Amish countryside aboard an authentic Amish buggy but, before you do, join Plain & Fancy Farm for a one-of-a-kind tour. Their unique VIP tour provides visitors with firsthand interaction with the Amish, including stops at a farm, a local business, and an Amish home. Plain & Fancy Farm also offers several other tour packages.
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