Long gone are the simmering days of summer. Now we’re preparing for the long, snow-filled and bitterly cold days of winter, to which we Pennsylvanians have certainly become accustomed. But just because daylight’s shorter doesn’t mean we can’t have a ton of fun and adventure – both indoors
and outdoors – this season. Here are nine winter attractions in Pennsylvania that will keep you moving all winter long.
1. Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide – Eagles Mere
Bundle up for your rides down Lake Avenue on the famous Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide. Of course, you're probably going to get a bit chilly when you keep flying down the hill. Sip a cup of piping hot chocolate as you snack on other goodies from the refreshment stand before heading back to the top of the hill for another ride. The Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide is open Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide is located at Lake Ave., Eagles Mere, PA 17731.
2. Blue Cross RiverRink – Philadelphia
Lace up your ice skates for a leisurely glide around the Blue Cross RiverRink in Philly for a truly unique winter experience. The ice skating rink provides a picture-perfect setting, boasting more than 100,000 twinkling lights and a 45-foot Christmas tree. Need a break? Warm up in one of the warming cottages. Or, grab a delicious snack or a meal at one of the rink-side eateries. Blue Cross RiverRink's Winterfest runs to March 3, 2019.
Blue Cross RiverRink is located at 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106.
3. Camelback Mountain – Tannersville
We don't have to stop playing outside in the snow just because we're adults, right? Spend a thrilling three hours zipping down Camelback Mountain on a snow tube. Even better? Camelback Mountain offers both day
and evening sessions (sessions are three hours each). And, the mountain resort boasts 42 snow tubing lanes, promising an epic experience.
Camelback Mountain is located at 107 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA 18372.
4. Kalahari Indoor Waterpark – Pocono Manor
Add a little summer fun to those long winter days with a visit to
America's biggest indoor waterpark: Kalahari Indoor Waterpark. Spend a day or two zipping down slides; meander down the lazy river, and relax in the spa. Of course, the indoor waterpark also features several swim-up bars.
Kalahari Indoor Waterpark is located at 250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA 18349.
5. Moraine State Park
Breathe in the fresh winter air with a vigorous hike at Moraine State Park (or any state park in PA, really). Moraine State Park boasts nearly 30 miles of trails. And, if there's snow on the ground, you can do a little cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or sledding after your hike.
Moraine State Park is located at 225 Pleasant Valley Rd., Portersville, PA 16051.
6. Street of Shops – Lewisburg
Stay toasty on those frigid winter days with a visit to the charming Street of Shops, a village of indoor shops. Meander through the indoor village that's home to 375 shops, where you'll find everything from vintage furniture and candles to glass work and original artwork. The Street of Shops also boasts a spectacular 40,000 square foot flea market. Then, when you need a break, stop by the old-fashioned Street of Shops Restaurant.
Street of Shops is located at 100 North Water St., Lewisburg, PA 17837.
7. Reading Terminal Market – Philadelphia
Shopping and winter just goes hand-in-hand. And, one of the most spectacular markets in the state is, arguably, Reading Terminal Market. In fact, you could wile away an entire day in this massive market that hosts a score of restaurants and shops. Take your appetite with you for a delightful snack or meal at Spataro's Cheesesteaks, Little Thai Market, or Molly Malloy's. Then, peruse the many shops - Contessa's French Linens and Amy's Place, for example.
Reading Terminal Market is located at 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.
8. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Pittsburgh
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is the ideal day trip destination, whether you want to spend time indoors or outdoors. During the holiday season, Phipps hosts a holiday lights show, with spectacular light displays outdoors. Indoors, explore the Cuban Tropical Forest and the Garden Railroad.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is located at 1 Schenley Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
9. Skytop Lodge – Skytop
The winter fun continues at Skytop Lodge, which boasts plenty to do - from winter hiking and snow tubing to tobogganing and snowshoeing. Or, embark on one of the miles of trails on cross-country skis for a unique view of the landscape.
Skytop Lodge is located at 1 Skytop Lodge Rd., Skytop, PA 18357.
What other winter attractions are your favorite in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments! And, if you’re looking for the perfect winter day trip destination, head to this charming shopping village.
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