Forget the errands, the chores, and all that good stuff that usually occupies the weekend. Instead, dust off your suitcase and get ready for a weekend adventure. Stroll along the streets of a quiet village. Play music on a field of rocks. Or, zip down an indoor slide at America’s largest water park. These 10 quick road trips in Pennsylvania will lead to you some of the state’s many treasures.
1. Eagles Mere
An enchanting village that looks as though it's stepped out of the past, Eagles Mere sits not far from Worlds End State Park. Explore the village and its history at the Eagles Mere Museum and the Eagles Mere Air and Auto Museums. During the winter, Eagles Mere hosts a toboggan that glides down a hill on Lake Avenue.
2. Kalahari Indoor Waterpark – 250 Kalahari Boulevard, Pocono Manor, PA 18346
Escape the smothering heat or the freezing cold with a weekend away at Kalahari Indoor Waterpark. Known as America's largest indoor water park, Kalahari offers plenty of opportunity for thrills and relaxation. Water attractions include the wave pool, a lazy river, and the Screaming Hyena. Or, relax at one of the indoor spas.
3. Bilger’s Rocks – 1921 Bilgers Rocks Road, Grampian, PA 16838
Spend a weekend - any time of the year - among nature with a quick trip to Bilger's Rocks. The sandstone rocks, caves, and passages date back more than 300 million years. Explore the rocks or embark on one of the hiking trails. Picnic at one of the tables near the Old Saw Mill Pond. Camping is also permitted.
4. Ricketts Glen State Park – 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814
Connect with nature at Ricketts Glen State Park. The state park, spanning more than 13,000 acres, is home to 22 breathtaking waterfalls. Hike along Falls Trail to see 21 of the waterfalls, among them Ganoga Falls, which stands at 94 feet. Other popular activities at the year round state park include horseback riding, swimming, boating, snowmobiling, and camping.
5. Loyalsock State Forest – Fox Township, PA 18616
Embrace tranquility when you spend the weekend at Loyalsock State Forest. The sprawling state forest offers a huge variety of activities all year around. Explore on horseback, on foot, or by mountain bike. Go kayaking or canoeing, have a picnic, or admire the view from one of the numerous scenic overlooks.
Gettysburg promises something for everyone: history buffs, ghost hunters, food lovers, and more. Spend a jam-packed weekend wandering through the historic town. Gettysburg National Military Park, Jennie Wade House, and the Lincoln Train Museum are just a few of the attractions you might want to add to your itinerary.
7. Mount Gretna
Feel as though you've stepped into a fairy tale when you visit the enchanting town of Mount Gretna. Home to only 200, the charming town promises plenty to do. Go roller skating at the local roller rink. Learn more about Mount Gretna at the Historical Society. And, in the summer months, hit the beach for a day of sunbathing, swimming, and kayaking.
8. Hershey Park – 100 Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Be a kid again - even if just for the weekend - with a trip to Hershey Park. The park offers, of course, all of your favorite rides, plenty of delicious amusement park food, and entertainment. Nearby, you'll find ZooAmerica and Hershey's Chocolate World.
9. Ringing Rocks County Park – Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972
Grab your hammer and get ready to make music. That's right! Ringing Rocks County park is a unique weekend destination. The rocks make music when hit with a hammer. How awesome is that? The rocks, of course, are the highlight of the park. However, you might also want to go hiking or have a picnic. Attractions near Ringing Rocks County Park include Sand Castle Winery and the Crayola Experience.
10. Jim Thorpe
Journey to the Switzerland of America, Jim Thorpe, for a blissful weekend away. The town, nestled in Carbon County, features plenty of events year round, quaint shops, and delightful restaurants. Climb aboard the Lehigh Valley Gorge Scenic Railway for a scenic train ride. Play outdoors at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. Or, on those warm days, dine at one of the restaurants with outdoor seating.
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