Some people, and chances are that you’re one of them, would say that they wouldn’t trust a person who doesn’t like their dog, but they’d always trust their dog if it didn’t like a person. Well, I can relate. Animals are the best, and there’s nothing better than spending the day among them. Here are some of the best places to admire animals in the state of Pennsylvania.
1. The National Aviary, Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh aviary is the largest in the country and the only one accorded the title "national." They have a marvelous array of birds from all parts of the world.
2. Lil' Le-High Trout Nursery, Allentown
The Fish Hatchery, as it is affectionally known by locals, is home to thousands of fish. Come here to feed them and admire the stock.
3. Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, Allenwood
If reptiles are up your alley, this is the place for you. More than 40 species make their home here, some of which you can touch and hold.
4. Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville
Previously known as the Lehigh Valley Game Preserve, the Lehigh Valley Zoo works towards many conservation efforts and has the only captive colony of Mexican Gray Wolves in the nation.
5. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Originally opened as the Highland Park Zoo, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is one of the best hidden treasures of Western Pennsylvania. Both are impressive, but the aquarium in particular houses an amazing diversity of species.
6. Pymatuning Deer Park, Jamestown
Located at the southern tip of Pymatuning Lake, the family owned and operated deer park has something for everyone... Of course you can pet or feed the deer, but there are many other animals to admire if you happen to be a deer-a-phobe.
7. Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus
Located in the scenic Lehigh Valley, this land trust is home to many protected species. Along with many trails, the Wildlands Conservancy is host to a bird rehabilitation center.
8. Land of Little Horses Farm Park, Adams County
Though it is called Land of Little Horses, it has many animals beyond just horses. Come here to frolic with a variety of barnyard species that you may pet and feed.
9. Hawk Mountain, Kempton
Hawk Mountain is a popular destination for hikers and bird enthusiasts alike. Come in the fall for spectacular views and encounters with our feathered, migrating friends.