The day-to-day can get to be a drag, and especially now that the weather is beginning to perk up, you might be wanting to get out for an adventure. Why don’t you mix things up a little bit? Here are some excellent places in Pennsylvania to visit if you want to feel a little bit brave…or just exhilarated.
1. Lost River Caverns, Hellertown
Lost River Caverns is named as such because the source of the river that runs through its five chambers has yet to be discovered. Enjoy a tour of this mysterious limestone cave system, and don't forget to check out the museum before you leave.
2. Glen Onoko Falls, Jim Thorpe
Glen Onoko Falls is one of the most popular hiking destinations in eastern PA, and also one of the most dangerous. If you choose to visit, be very careful! Don't do what
this couple did
, for instance... Or else you might not get to see any of the gorgeous waterfalls which this trail is famous for!
3. Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pittsburgh
The Three Rivers Trail spans about 25 miles along Pittsburgh's rivers and offers gorgeous views of the city, as well as a fabulous alternative route by which to get from point A to point B. You can walk the trail, but I'd recommend biking it-- and you can even take it onto the Great Allegheny Trail which will take you all the way to Washington, D.C.!
4. Lil Lehigh Trout Hatchery and Museum of Indian Culture, Allentown
This is a unique, peaceful stop in the Lehigh Valley. Feed the fish and marvel and their sheer numbers, and check out the taxidermy animals inside the bait shop at the fish hatchery. At the Indian Culture Museum, which is located right down the street, you can learn about the area's rich history.
5. Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden, Centre Hall
Here is one of Pennsylvania's best-kept secrets. This pristine property will sooth your spirit, with its plentiful plant life and many statues. There is even a labyrinth-like structure to explore.
6. Penn's Cave, Gregg Township
There are a few caves in Pennsylvania worth visiting, but what makes Penn Cave so special is that its the only one that includes an underwater river. You will enter the cave by boat-- how neat.
7. Mütter Museum, Philadelphia
The Mütter Museum might just be one of the creepiest places in the state, definitely not for the faint of heart. Explore this massive collection of medical oddities, including skulls, deformed skeletons, and preserved tumors.
8. Ohiopyle State Park
Do you like white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, or camping? Ohiopyle is the perfect spot for these adventurous outdoors activities. Located in western Pennsylvania, it's definitely worth a visit.
9. Cherry Springs State Park
Cherry Springs is home to some of the darkest night skies on the eastern side of the country. Come here for stargazing, whether you be an amateur astronomer or simply a person who can appreciate a stunning view.
10. Dutch Springs, Bethlehem
There's really no place quite like Dutch Springs. The aquapark includes an assortment of gigantic inflatable structures that will allow you to bounce, slide, climb, and fling yourself into the water from on high. If you like scuba diving, this is also a must-visit destination; the scuba course includes submerged airplanes and buses for you to explore.
11. Bake Oven Knob
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Bake Oven Knob is located near Hawk Mountain and is a hugely popular destination for hikers. It offers an unbelievable view of the surrounding lands-- and is also rumored to be haunted.