Explore the many corners of Pennsylvania this summer. Discover little known natural oases and wildly popular attractions. Spend leisurely days outdoors and a relaxing day indoors shopping at an enchanting village. Create a lifetime of memories when you embark on some of the 11 very best day trips in Pennsylvania.
1. Seven Tubs Natural Area – 900 Bear Creek Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Discover a tiny piece of natural heaven right here in Pennsylvania when you day trip to the Seven Tubs Natural Area. Dip your feet in the cool water of the enchanting pools. (Swimming, however, is prohibited in the tubs.) Stroll along the meandering Wheelbarrow Run stream and explore the area on the two mile trail loop.
2. Galen Glen Winery & Vineyard – 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, PA 18211
Sit back, relax, and lift your wine glass when you visit Galen Glen Winery & Vineyard. Admire the view of the unspoiled land surrounding the winery as you try one of five of wines. Spend two additional dollars to try the ice wine when it's available. The Galen Glen Winery & Vineyard welcomes guests at varying times during the year. Through October, however, the winery is open Wednesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
3. The Lehigh Valley Zoo – 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Spend a leisurely day getting an up close look at some of the Lehigh Valley Zoo's most famous residents. Watch the penguins waddle and the otters flip then feed the giraffes. Take a break for a meal or a snack at the Bison Prairie Grill or the Blue Ribbon General Store. Explore the Lehigh Valley Zoo daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 31.
4. Briar Bush Nature Center – 1212 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA 19001
Let the golden sunshine wash over you at the Briar Bush Nature Center, a charming natural oasis that features a museum, picturesque hiking trails, a spider house, a play and climbing area for the kids, and summer camps for kids. Briar Bush Nature Center welcomes visitors Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The walking trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
5. Penn’s Cave – 222 Penns Cave Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828
Visit America's largest all-water cave for an unforgettable day trip. Tour Penn's Cave in a boat before returning to land where you'll find plenty of activities, including the Farm-Nature-Wildlife Bus Tour, an off-road Jeep tour, the Miners Maze, and gem mining. Penn's Cave is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6. Indian Echo Caverns – 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036
Head underground at Indian Echo Caverns that date back more than 440 million years. Explore the caverns on a 45-minute guided tour then head above ground where you can have a picnic, let the kids play at the playground, go mining for gems, or visit the animals at the petting zoo. Indian Echo Caverns welcomes guests from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the remainder of the year.
7. The Famous Street of Shops – 100 North Water Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Spend a relaxing day browsing unique shops and dining at an old-fashioned diner when you visit the indoor Street of Shops. The indoor village boasts 375 shops and a 40,000 square foot flea market. The Street of Shops is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8. Dutch Springs Aqua Park – 4733 Hanoverville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020
Slip down slides. Go scuba diving. Swim in the clear, pristine water of the spring-fed Dutch Springs, an aqua park that features snorkeling, water attractions like the Summit, paddle boating, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Dutch Springs opens for the year on Memorial Day. Visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until July when the evening hours will be extended.
9. Shofuso Japanese House & Garden – Lansdowne Drive and Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Discover unspoiled beauty at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, a fairy tale spot in Philadelphia that features a picturesque waterfall, a footbridge, and a koi pond. Tour the house or attend one of the regularly scheduled Japanese traditional tea ceremonies. Visit the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October.
10. Coudersport Ice Mine & Gift Shop – Ice Mine, Sweden Township, PA 16915
Witness a natural phenomenon at Coudersport Ice Mine, where the water in the mine turns to ice during the summer and melts during the winter. The quaint spot also features a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs and a snack. Enjoy your snack on a charming patio. Coudersport Ice Mine welcomes guests Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
11. Treetop Adventures at Elmwood Park Zoo – 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown, PA 19401
Play among the trees on a Treetop Zoofari at Elmwood Park Zoo. The treetop playground features nine zip lines and 45 games. Soar over the the animals, including the bison, in the park while on the zip line. The adventure course offers a Full Treetop Zoofari, a Half Treetop Zoofari, and a night experience. Treetop Adventures at Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes guests daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Make memories this summer when you hit the road on these road trips in Pennsylvania or let someone else do the driving by embarking on one of the
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