Spring’s almost here! After a roller coaster of a winter, we can finally look forward to mild days, flowers blooming, and the prequel to summer. As we prepare for the turn of the seasons, there’s no better time to start planning our to do lists for spring. Here are just 11 of the must visit spring destinations in Pennsylvania.
Chanticleer Garden – 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087
Stroll through an enchanted garden, bathed in golden sunlight, when you visit Chanticleer Garden. Picnic in the warmth of a glass house. Listen to the melody of the babbling brook. And, sit on a perfectly placed stone bench or comfy wooden lounge chairs to admire your surroundings. Chanticleer Garden opens for the season on March 29, and will run through October 29, 2017. Visit the charming garden Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday has extended hours to 8 p.m. through Labor Day.
Bear Creek Preserve – 47 Rabbit Run Lane, Bear Creek Twp, PA 18702
Lace up your hiking boots, pack your water bottles, and prepare for a breathtaking journey into a tiny piece of paradise when you visit Bear Creek Preserve, a sprawling natural area spread across 3,400 acres in the Lehigh River Watershed. Hike along one of the unpaved hiking paths that span 31 miles. Cross over a picturesque footbridge as you view local wildlife, including turtles, porcupines, owls, and bald eagles. Discover a breathtaking gushing waterfall at Bear Creek Preserve, which is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Lehigh Valley Zoo – 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Breathe in the fresh spring air as you get a close up look at some of the world's most adorable animals, like the handsome little fella in the photo above, when you visit the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Stroll the 29 acre zoo that's home to more than 275 animals, including penguins, otters, giraffes, and raccoons. Enjoy a quick snack or a meal at the zoo, which is open all year around. The Lehigh Valley Zoo, through March 31, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and welcomes visits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from April 1 through October 31 annually.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071
Meander along a storybook fairy trail at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Sit in an over sized bird's nest. Inspect the picturesque fairy homes. Cross a pond on stepping stones. And, feel the sun's rays that sneak through the trees that line the walking paths. Arrive at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at least an hour and a half prior to closing to get admission tickets for that day. The breathtaking garden is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse – 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Spring means warm weather, gentle breezes, and trips to the park. You'll definitely want to add Smith Memorial Park and Playhouse to your places to visit this spring. The 6.5 acre park features plenty to do both outdoors and indoors, including a giant slide perfect for kids of all ages, a butterfly garden, and a 16,000 square foot indoor playhouse. Smith Memorial Playhouse is open daily, except on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 31. Hours change with the seasons.
Wolf Sanctuary – 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz, PA 17543
Journey to the storybook small town of Lititz, home to Wolf Sanctuary of PA. The 80 acre sanctuary houses abandoned, neglected, and abused wolves, providing them with a lifelong care and a safe home. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for your guided tour of the sprawling sanctuary. Watch as keepers feed the wolves and learn more about the residents wolves. Reserve a spot to tour the sanctuary Tuesdays or Thursdays. Regular tours are also held on Saturdays and Sundays but reservations are not necessary.
Tree Tops Restaurant – 187 Evergreen Lane, Acme, PA 15610
Dine outdoors on a beautiful spring day at Tree Tops Restaurant, a spectacular eatery nestled among the trees in Acme. The remote restaurant features an impressive menu that's geared toward all food lovers - carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans - and includes such scrumptious dishes as the smoked chicken sandwich, the grilled vegetable sandwich, chicken capers, and portabella ravioli. Eat among the trees at Tree Tops Restaurant, which serves lunch daily, except on Wednesdays. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hidden restaurant welcomes dinner guests from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Thursday through Monday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Bilger’s Rocks – 1928 Bilger’s Rocks Road, Grampian, PA
Discover the simple beauty of one of Pennsylvania's most spectacular natural wonders when you visit Bilger's Rocks. The rocks boast a series of passageways, caves, arches, and cliffs that date back more than 300 million years. Hike on the trails around the rocks then enjoy a picnic at the pavilion, watch the kids at the playground, or camp out overnight or for a weekend. Bilger's Rock is open from dawn to dusk all year around.
Turkey Hill Experience – 301 Linden Street, Columbia, PA 17512
Ice cream really is one of those treats that's just perfect any time of the year. Celebrate the start of spring 2017, however, with a visit to the Turkey Hill Experience. Learn about the history of Turkey Hill and its ice cream as you embark on a self-guided tour then create your very own ice cream flavor, star in your own television commercial, and enjoy ice cream samples. The Turkey Hill Experience welcomes visits daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Plan a delightful weekend spring getaway to the quaint village of Eagles Mere. Boasting a year round population of less than 120 full-time residents, the charming village is dotted with picturesque shops and museums and offers plenty of outdoor activities, including boating on Eagles Mere Lake. Eagles Mere is within easy driving distance of Worlds End State Park.
Salt Springs State Park – 2305 Salt Springs Road, Montrose, PA 18801
Soak up the gentle spring sunshine with a trip to Salt Springs State Park, which boasts more than 700 acres of pristine land. Stroll along a picture perfect wooden boardwalk as you're flanked by towering trees. Discover a gushing waterfall. And, become one of nature's artists by adding a rock formation to what is known as the park's Stonehenge. Salt Springs State Park is open all year around.
What’s the first thing you want to do this spring? Are any of these 11 must visit spring destinations in Pennsylvania already on your calendar? Spring’s also the perfect time for a quick weekend getaway.
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