The start of a new year marks the perfect time to start planning an amazing 12 months of adventure. Not sure where to start? No worries. Here are 15 epic things to do in Pennsylvania that will make your year amazing.
Tamaqua Railroad Station- 18 North Railroad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252
Embrace a unique dining experience at Tamaqua Railroad Station. The former railroad station turned restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant boasts an expansive menu with such dishes as filet mignon, sesame scallops, and crab cakes and homemade desserts.
Deer Path Riding Stable - PA-940, White Haven, PA 18661
Climb on a horse and enter a virtual winter wonderland when you go horse riding in the winter at Deer Path Riding Stable. Offering horseback riding all year around, the riding stable features guided tours seven days a week. Advanced reservations are recommended.
The Famous Street of Shops - 100 North Water Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Stroll through the Street of Shops, a quaint indoor village that features more than 375 shops, a sprawling flea market, and an old-fashioned restaurant. Wander in and out of the individual cottage-style shops as you discover the many handmade and original products, including pottery, glass work, and artwork.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse - 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Everyone needs to channel their inner child every now and then. Smith's Memorial Playground & Playhouse - an impressive 6.5 acre indoor and outdoor playground - promises adventure at every turn with its giant wooden slide, butterfly garden, and replica ship, all of which give children the opportunity to expend their energy and to use their imagination.
Playthings Etc. - 2483 William Flynn Highway, Butler, PA 16001
Enter a world of childhood magic when you visit Playthings, Etc., a spectacular toy store that looks like a shiny stealth bomber. Browse the more than 3,000 toys that includes old favorites and the newest creations. Try out toys and watch as employees demonstrate some of the most popular toys.
T&D’s Cats of the World - P.O. Box 186, Mountain Road, Penns Creek, PA 17862
Discover the sheer beauty of the animal kingdom when you visit T&D Cats of the World, an animal sanctuary that houses big cats, primates, bears, and raccoons, to name just a few. One of the highlights of the sanctuary is the free flight aviary that more than 300 birds, from parakeets to parrots, call home.
Wissahickon Valley Park Trail – Valley Green Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy stunning scenery when you hike the Wissahickon Valley Park Trail, a seven mile trail open to hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and cross country skiers in the winter. The picturesque trail will lead you over footbridges, by rushing waterfalls, through a covered bridge, and along the creek.
Rockhill Trolley Museum – 430 Meadow Street, Rockhill, PA 17249
Climb aboard an old-fashioned trolley for a memorable ride at the Rockhill Trolley Museum, which houses a stunning collection of historic trolleys. In addition to regular trolley rides during the year, the museum also hosts such special events as the Easter trolley (featuring the Easter bunny), Santa's Trolley, the Polar Express, and a Halloween trolley.
Dinosaurs Alive – 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA 18104
Start counting down the days until summer when Dorney Park's Dinosaurs Alive opens for the season. Come face-to-face with more than 40 dinosaurs. Visitors can control the movements of some of the dinosaurs.
Cucumber Falls - Sr2010, Dunbar, PA 15431
Walk behind a waterfall - Cucumber Falls, to be exact - at Ohiopyle State Park. The gushing waterfall, which drops 30 feet, offers picture perfect views all year around. Visitors can also view the waterfall from above or from the foreground.
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine - North 19th Street & Oak Street, Ashland, PA 17921
Journey 1,800 feet into the side of Mahanoy Mountain when you visit Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, which operated until the beginning of the 1930s. Once inside the mountain, get out of your car for a unique history lesson from seasoned tour guides.
Ole Covered Wagon Tours - 1538 Marsh Creek Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901
Everyone wants to drink in the unparalleled beauty of Pine Creek Gorge - that Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania - from above. But, don't forget about the spectacular views you'll enjoy from the canyon floor. Ole Covered Wagon Tours take tourists on a journey along the canyon floor during a two hour tour. Or, you can join the Waterfall Wagon Tour, which lasts between 3.5 and four hours, that includes a stop at Little Four Mile Falls.
Lake In Wood - 576 Yellow Hill Road, Narvon, PA 17555
Plan a magical summer adventure at Lake in Wood, a sprawling campground brimming with activities, including paddle boating, fishing, swimming in the pools, and shooting hoops. Camp out in one of the unique cabins: Noah's Ark (featuring a giraffe), a tree house, a covered wagon, or a traditional cabin by the lake.
Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk - 296 Viaduct Road, Mt Jewett, PA 16740
Stand on the glass floor at Kinzua Bridge Skywalk and look down 300 feet to the lush floor below. Once a spectacular bridge that was partially destroyed by a tornado, the skywalk now spans 600 feet and provides sweeping views of Kinzua Bridge State Park.
Seven Tubs Natural Area – 900 Bear Creek Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Cool off next summer with a trip to Seven Tubs Natural Area, a breathtaking oasis that features natural tubs for swimming, natural water slides, tree-lined hiking trails, and a flowing stream.
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