- May 15, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Travel & Adventure
The idea of a Pennsylvania summer vacation may seem absurd.
After all, isn’t Pennsylvania a winter destination? The answer may surprise you.
A Pennsylvania summer is actually very beautiful and, even, equally beautiful to a Pennsylvania winter. There is plenty to see and do.
The City of Brotherly Love
A Pennsylvania Summer (or Winter) trip should include a trip to the birthplace of our country. The Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall, Rocky Balboa’s infamous steps (Philadelphia Museum of Art) and a myriad of art and culture awaits. Other interesting visits include the Please Touch Museum because, you know, the name is awesome. The first and oldest zoo in the country is also located here. After all that culture you may be ready for a bite to eat. Check out Reading Terminal Market. Food from around the world waits for you beneath Reading Railroad‘s 1891 train shed.
Pennsylvania Wineries & Breweries
There are over 200 wineries in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Wine Association is a great resource for choosing the region that will most please your palate. Once that is chosen you can map out which wineries you want to visit. The 27th Annual Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food festival is a not to be missed event for the wine enthusiast. It is also a great place to visit 28 wineries under one”roof” plus there is a Beer Tent, entertainment, games, giveaways and more. The event takes place June 24th to the 25th. Find more information HERE.
If you are more of a beer enthusiast then check out America’s Beer Trail. You will not run out of places to visit with 100 breweries including the oldest brewery in the United States, Yuengling Brewery. This Pottsville, Pennsylvania Brewery was established by David Yuengling in 1829 and to this day continues to be a family owned operation.
Pennsylvania boasts several amusement parks.
- The eighth oldest amusement park, Lakemont Park. This is closed for renovations so it needs to be saved for another year.
- National and State Historical Landmark, Kennywood Park. There is something for everyone here including three wooden roller coasters.
- One of the world’s top five children’s amusement parks, Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park. You can camp here too but make reservations early.
- The 118-year-old, family-owned, free-admission Waldameer Park & Water World. They offer a new outdoor giant wave pool and other new facilities.
- World renowned, Hersheypark. Rides, attractions, entertainment and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park are all offered in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
- Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street.® Say Hi to Elmo for me.
- Valley Forge Historical Park. 3,600 acres to explore by foot or bicycle.
- Delaware Canal State Park. This 60 mile linear park was once trod by mule teams pulling cargo boats.
- John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Ten miles of trails in 100 acres protecting the largest fresh marsh in Pennsylvania.
- Cook Forest State Park. June 10th to 11th journey back in time to the 18th century and witness life during the French & Indian war.
- Crystal Cave. Visiting the most popular natural attraction in Pennsylvania is an especially good way to escape summer heat.
- Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). 150 miles of biking and hiking from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Amish Village. Self exploration, an escorted Farmhouse tour and other tours are the options here. I recommend the Farmhouse tour.
- Intercourse, Pennsylvania. Yes, it is a real place. It is also a very cute town with plenty of opportunities for fun pictures. If you find visiting signs with interesting names to be fun then I also recommend Fertility, Pennsylvania and Virginville, Pennsylvania.
- Good ‘n Plenty Restaurant. AAA’s Top 10 Best “Down Home Dining” restaurants in North America. This restaurant has been offering traditional Amish family style dining since 1969. Keep in mind that traditional dining is not vegan or gluten free.
Clearly, I was not able to cover everything there is to see and do in Pennsylvania but I sure do hope this has piqued your interest. Please share your thoughts in the comments. I would also love to hear about your favorite Pennsylvania summer choices.
See you soon for our next summer travel destination.
I will be linking this post up to the parties that are listed on my Party With Me page. If you are a blogger you should go link up too. If you are not then you still should go there are check out all of the greatness. Also, check out We Are Pinnable. (I am guest host for July.) and my Tip Tuesday Link Party that runs every Tuesday through Friday.