Despite the fact that the first day of spring saw snow for much of the state, summer is just around the corner. Now that the weather is beckoning us outdoors and our workloads are (maybe) slightly lighter, it’s time to venture out for some adventures. Here is your bucket list for summer 2016 in Pennsylvania.
1. Go to the drive-in.
The oldest drive-in in America is Shankweiler's, located in Orefield.
2. Go kayaking at Ohiopyle State Park.
This is for the more adventurous at heart, but something that everyone should try at least once. Ohiopyle is also a beautiful area for hiking or camping.
3. Go see an architectural masterpiece.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater is a marvelous structure, located in Mill Run.
4. Go to the beach.
Pennsylvania may be landlocked from the ocean, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the sun, the sand, and the surf.
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5. Go to one of the best music festivals in the country.
Musikfest takes place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania each August and includes international musicians, food, drinks, and fun for everynoe.
6. Take a hike.
Hawk mountain is just one of Pennsylvania's numerous state parks that offer amazing hiking trails.
7. Visit a unique aquapark.
Dutch Springs Aquapark in Bethlehem not only has an aquapark full of gigantic, inflatable structures for you to climb up and jump off of, but an extensive underwater scuba diving course.
8. Explore one of our state's best-kept secrets.
Check out Columcille Megalith Park in Bangor, which is inspired by the Celtic Isle of Iona. The stone structures and peaceful forest environment encourage visitors to meditate or quietly appreciate their surroundings.
9. Visit some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state.
Rickett's Glenn State Park is one of the most popular destinations in Pennsylvania to hike and see waterfalls.
10. Or, go on an entire waterfalls road trip.
11. See the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.
Pine Creek Gorge is a truly unique and striking vista.
12. Go stargazing under the darkest skies on this side of the country.
Cherry Springs State Park is a haven for astronomers and for anyone who loves pointing out constellations in the night sky. Of course, summer is the best time of year to lay underneath the stars.
13. Visit an historical, thrilling amusement park.
Knoebels is a bit smaller than Hershey Park or Dorney Park, but for many Pennsylvanians, it is the only amusement park to visit. It is unique in that admission is free; you simply pay per ride or attraction.
What else would you add? Share your ideas in the comments.