You’re bored? Not sure what to do this weekend? Not anymore. PA promises so much to do that, no matter what your interests, you’re sure to find something fun and exciting. In fact, you might just want to update your bucket list. Here are the 10 coolest attractions in Pennsylvania not enough people visit.
1. Hammersley Wild Area – Austin, PA 16720
Explore the most remote spot in Pennsylvania when you visit Hammersley Wild Area. The more than 30,000 acre park spans two counties and motor vehicles are prohibited. Wear comfortable shoes because you'll have plenty of opportunities to hike over footbridges, cross streams, and drink in the views from scenic vistas.
2. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – 1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Inspiration awaits at Philadelphia's Magic Garden, a unique gallery that celebrates folk art. Start with a stroll through the outdoor labyrinth, dotted with original artwork, before heading to the indoor gallery. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day but Tuesday.
3. Columcille Megalith Park – 2155 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, PA 18013
Plan a visit to what's often been referred to as "America's Stonehenge." Columcille Megalith Park features stone artwork and draws nearly 5,000 visitors each year. The park provides an idyllic setting for a peaceful walk as you discover the more than 80 standing stones.
4. Wolf Sanctuary of PA – 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz, PA 17543
Get an up close look at the majestic wolves that call Wolf Sanctuary of PA in Lititz home. The sanctuary, a safe haven for wolves and wolf-hybrids, provides tours of the sanctuary on select days. Private tours are also available when scheduled in advance. The Full Moon Night Tour, held once a month, is also a popular option that includes a tour of the sanctuary and a bonfire on which to toast marshmallows or hot dogs.
5. The Reading Pagoda – 98 Duryea Drive, Reading, PA 19602
Journey to the top of Mount Penn in Reading. There, you'll discover the breathtaking Reading Pagoda, a landmark for more than a century. Enjoy a snack or a light meal at the Pagoda Cafe before admiring the view from the mountaintop.
6. The Johnstown Inclined Plane – 711 Edgehill Drive, Johnstown, PA 15905
Climb aboard the stunning Inclined Plane, which boasts a 70.9 percent grade. The journey to the top culminates with spectacular, sweeping views of Johnstown. At the top, stop for an ice cream cone at Galliker's or dinner at Asiago's Tuscan Italian. The Johnstown Inclined Plane is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m through December 31 annually.
7. Chanticleer Garden – 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087
Find tranquility among nature at the nearly 30 acre Chanticleer Garden. The sprawling garden features an elevated walkway, flower-lined walking paths, and stone benches. Bring a picnic for lunch in a breathtaking glass house. Chanticleer Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The garden closes for the season on October 29, 2017.
8. Allentown Rose Gardens – Allentown, PA 18104
Stroll along a brick path at Allentown Rose Gardens. The stunning gardens feature a picturesque gazebo, a brook, weeping willows and, of course, an assortment of roses. Cross a wooden footbridge. Paint a picture. Or, celebrate a special occasion at the breathtaking gardens.
9. Carrie Furnace – Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Swissvale, PA 15218
Carrie Furnace played a significant role in Pittsburgh history. Today, the predominately abandoned furnaces welcome guests for guided tours. Photographers can also join a unique photograph safari of furnaces six and seven. Tours are available from May through October.
10. Mount Davis – Elk Lick Township, PA 15558
Hike or drive to the top of Mount Davis, the highest mountain in PA. Stand atop the highest point in Pennsylvania, where you'll be treated to spectacular views of the charming town of Salisbury (pictured above) below.
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