Sometimes there’s more to your surroundings than what meets the eye; in these cases, that could mean there’s more waiting for you underground. Here are some of the coolest places to check out in Pennsylvania that are beneath the surface of the Earth.
1. Penn's Cave, Centre Hall
Penn's Cave is one of the largest and most impressive caves in Pennsylvania, complete with rare limestone formations. You'll have to explore it by boat.
2. Mines and Meadows ATV Riding Resort, Wampum
Maybe you like driving an ATV, but I bet you've never driven one underground. Try it out here in an old limestone mine. The amazing underground trail includes a giant subterranean lake.
3. Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, Ashland
Coal mining is a huge part of Pennsylvania's industrial history, and here you can get the chance to learn about it firsthand. Take a tour through Pioneer Tunnel, a, 1,800 foot drift mine in Mahanoy Mountain.
4. Catacombs Restaurant at Bube's Brewery, Mount Joy
The Catacombs Restaurant is one of a few different dining attractions available at the historic Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy. Enjoy your meal underground, and you might never want to see the sun again.
5. Iron Mountain, Boyers
Despite its exciting name and weird location, Iron Mountain is nothing more than a giant bureaucratic office where federal employees process retirement paperwork. The space is located 20 miles underground in an abandoned coal mine.
6. Downingtown Tunnels
If you're drawn to spooky or haunted locations, check out the Downingtown Tunnels. Many local legends circulate around the creepy, abandoned twin tunnels.
7. Market East Station, Philadelphia
Septa stations aren't exactly known for being beautiful, but Market East Station is adorned with a gorgeous tile mosaic, created by by Verlin Miller in 1984.
8. Coral Caverns, Manns Choice
Coral Caverns displays evidence from over 400 million years ago, when what is now Pennsylvania was covered by the ocean. The coral reef is a massive wall of fossilized remains that is a rare and almost unbelievable sight.
9. Liberty Bell Museum, Allentown
Some people don't know that the Liberty Bell was removed from its home in Philadelphia and hidden in Allentown for a few years during the Revolutionary War, to keep it safe from the British. Today, this part of history is commemorated by the Liberty Bell Museum in the basement of Zion's United Church of Christ, where it was kept at this time.
10. Coudersport Ice Mine
The cool thing about the Coudersport Ice Mine is its inversion of normal seasons. The mine is full of ice in the summer months, and devoid of ice during the colder winter weather. Unusual ventilation in the cave causes this strange phenomenon.
Do you like being on fire? If you enjoy this sort of thing, then you should definitely check out the mines in Centralia.
Have you been to any of these places – or are there any others that you would suggest? Share in the comments below.