Pennsylvania is pretty much an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise all year around. But, the winter landscape promises an extra bit of excitement and magic. Here are 10 perfect things to add to your winter bucket list in Pennsylvania.
1. Go dog-sledding.
Lead your own team of stunningly beautiful huskies when you go dog sledding with Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours. You'll engage in training before you head out on your dog sledding adventure. Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours will begin accepting reservations for Training Tours on December 15. Tours leave from Skytop Lodge at 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop, PA 18357.
2. Zip down a mountain on a snow tube.
The largest snow tubing park in the United States is right here in Pennsylvania. Head to Camelback Mountain Resort for a thrilling winter adventure. Zip down the 42 snow tubing lanes, which are also open in the evening. Camelback Mountain Resort is located at 301 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372.
3. Try snowshoeing.
Explore Promised Land State Park on snowshoes. Conservation Island and Bruce Lake Natural Area boast the best snowshoeing conditions. Visitors to the park can borrow snowshoes at the park office, provided at least six feet of snow are on the ground. Promised Land State Park is located at 1 Boat Rental Road, Greentown, PA 18426.
4. Slide down a hill on a toboggan.
Join a 112 year tradition when you toboggan down a hill at Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide. Enjoy speeds of up to 45 miles an hour and, when you need to warm up, sit in front of the fire or purchase a hot drink from the snack stand.
Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide is open Fridays (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and Sundays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Rent your toboggan at Route 42 Lake Avenue, Eagles Mere, PA.
5. Climb aboard a sleigh ride.
Sleigh bells ring as your sleigh pulls you through Northern Star Farms for a unique winter adventure. Opt for either a private ride or a group ride, the latter of which includes up to 12 adults. Bring your own blanket to keep you warm aboard your approximately hour long ride. Reservations are required. Snuggle up on your own sleigh ride at Northern Star Farms at 97 E 3rd Avenue, Collegeville, PA 19426.
6. Ice skate.
Lace up your ice skates (or rental skates) at Schenley Park Skating Rink, which offers regular public skating sessions as well as special skates, including a Skate with Santa and a Mascots Skate. Enjoy a session on the ice at Schenley Park Skating Rink in Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
7. Stop by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.
Grab your hiking boots for a spectacular hike on one of the trails at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Embark on an autumn hawk watch hike through December 15. Plan your visit to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary at 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA.
8. Visit the Wolf Sanctuary of PA.
Enjoy roasted marshmallows over a roaring fire after visiting the majestic residents of Wolf Sanctuary of PA in Lititz. Join a Full Moon evening tour on select days throughout the year with the final special tour of 2016 slated for December 10. Join the one-and-a-half hour regular tour at noon on Saturday or Sunday through May. Discover a wolves paradise at Wolf Sanctuary of PA at 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz, PA 17543.
9. Embark on a Snowcat Tour.
Cap off a day of skiing at Seven Springs with a unique tour of the mountain on a Snowcat Tour. The 45 minute tour departs evenings at 11 p.m., midnight, and 1 a.m. Make reservations for your own Snowcat adventure by calling 800-452-2223, extension 3000. Reservations must be made by 10:30 the evening of your desired tour.
10. Consult Punxsutawney Phil.
Only that lovable groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, knows how much time you have to finish your winter bucket list. Plan a trip to Gobbler's Knob, even before Groundhog's Day, and visit Phil in his burrow. He might just let you in on whether we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Gobbler's Knob is at 1548 Woodland Avenue, Punxsutawney, PA 15767.