Pennsylvania June 21, 2017
10 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Pennsylvania
Make adventure your top priority this summer by creating an epic summer itinerary that will take you to some of Pennsylvania’s hottest places. Whether you prefer to take things slow by meandering down a lazy river or you’re in the mood for fast-paced excitement by zooming down a mountain slide, these 10 day trips in Pennsylvania will make your summer magical.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Float down a lazy river.
Spend a leisurely day meandering down the lazy river on an inner tube. Rent an inner tube - only $10 during the week and $15 on the weekend - and hitch a shuttle ride with Coal Tubin' for a day of adventure. Short runs down the river take approximately 90 minutes while long runs last around three hours.
Click here for more information about Coal Tubin'.
2. Splash at a water park.
Editor's Note: Dutch Springs Aqua Park is closed for the 2020 summer season.
Channel your inner adventurer with a visit to Dutch Springs Aqua Park. Play on the spring-fed lake that hosts a variety of water attractions, including snorkeling, slides, an iceberg, and scuba diving. The water park also features bathhouses with hot showers.
Click here to learn more about Dutch Springs Aqua Park.
3. Zoom down a mountain coaster.
Climb aboard the Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster and zip and zoom down hills and around corners. After riding Pennsylvania's only mountain coaster at Camelback Mountain Adventures, try another outdoor adventure such as zip lining, riding a segway, and a taking on the treetop obstacle course.
Click here to leanr more about the Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster.
4. Feel the mist of a waterfall.
Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of Dingman Falls Waterfall, the second largest waterfall in Pennsylvania, and guess what? You don't even have to hike to get there. Simply follow the wooden boardwalk, wheelchair and stroller accessible, for .04 of a mile. Take a rest on one of the benches along the way before the waterfall comes into full view. For an overhead view of Dingman Falls, climb the wooden staircase.
Click here to plan your visit to Dingmans Falls.
5. Toast the summer aboard a wine trolley.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride aboard Flagship Trolley's six-hour winery tour. Sip samples of wine at the four or five wineries you visit along the way and get to know your fellow passengers. Tickets for the wine trolley tour cost $40 and the trolley is set to take off on July 15 (wait list), July 30, August 19, September 17, and October 21.
Click here to read more about PA's wine trolley.
6. Explore a secret garden.
Stroll through the enchanted Chanticleer Garden where water gently rolls in the brooks and bright flowers sprout in the Asian garden, the teacup garden, and the pond garden. Relax on a stone bench or a wooden chair as you admire your surroundings. Join a guided tour of or explore Chanticleer House on your own after wandering through the gardens.
Click here to learn more about Chanticleer Garden.
7. Play among the treetops.
Play among the trees on this treetop obstacle course in Elmwood Park Zoo. The Treetop Zoofari features 45 games and nine zip lines, one of which will take you directly over the bison exhibit. Adult and kids adventures are available and for an even more thrilling experience, try the Night Adventures when the sun sets.
Click here for more information on Elmwood Park Zoo.
8. Pick your own lavender bouquet.
Breathe in the sweet aroma of lavender as you enjoy a relaxing stroll through the lavender fields at Peace Valley Lavender Farm. Pick your own bouquet from more than 3,000 lavender plants and stop for a quick visit with Lily, the resident pooch. Peace Valley Lavender Farms also features a gift shop.
Click here to learn more about visiting Peace Valley Lavender Farm.
9. Visit the smallest city in America.
Spend a delightfully relaxing day in America's smallest city - Parker, PA. The enchanting city of a little more than 800 residents sits along the Allegheny River and offers boating, canoeing, and kayaking. Stop by one of the cozy restaurants for lunch or explore the town on foot.
Click here to plan your visit to Parker, PA.
10. Climb aboard this mountain train for a scenic tour.
Soak up breathtaking views of the Pennsylvania's mountains and Lehigh Gorge aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railroad. The 70 minute train ride will take you from Jim Thorpe to Lehigh Gorge State Park and back. Well-behaved dogs are permitted on the train.
Click here to learn more.
Gear up for a
summer of adventure by hitting the road on these amazing day trips.