Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas

Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas #1: Roadside America Indoor Miniature Village, in Shartlesville, is a huge 8,000 square foot slice of America that is the result of the life's work of one man. This massive miniature display is complete with everything from planes, trains, and automobiles to a waterfall and working cable car. When simulated night comes the room goes dark except for the glitter of street lamps and house lights. It's a true wonder.

#2: Gettysburg National Military Park is the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and the turning point of the war for the North.

There are two must see exhibits at the Visitor Center. The giant Electric Map uses lights to walk you through the whole three day battle.

The Cyclorama is a dramatic 360 degree painting depicting Picket's ill-fated charge across the wheat field. Take a bus tour or a self-guided auto tour of the 26 miles of park roads.

The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center is a must see. The quality of the exhibits and presentations make this so real that you’ll feel as close to history as you will ever get.

Historians all agree that the Battle of Gettysburg was the Civil War’s turning point. The victory by the Union Army in 1863 stopped General Lee's assault into Northern territory. It is frequently called the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion".

Be sure to start your visit at the Visitor Center. This center is also a museum which has a very large collection of Civil War mementos plus many interactive programs and some excellent multi-media displays. The center also shows the film, "A New Birth of Freedom". It’s twenty minutes long and the well-known actor Morgan Freeman narrates it.

The center also has the Gettysburg Cyclorama, which is a huge, dramatic in-the-round painting of "Pickett's Charge". There is a Resource Room in the museum with a bank of computers where you can research questions regarding the battle and check on soldiers who served at Gettysburg.


Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas #3: Longwood Gardens, located in Kennett Square just west of Philadelphia, is 1,050 acres of landscaped flowers, gardens and woods.

The 4 acre heated greenhouse has 20 gardens inside with another 20 outside. There are some 800 horticultural and performing arts events throughout the year. The Christmas season is especially delightful.


Pennsylvania Vacations #4: Philadelphia birthplace of the nation, has numerous historical sites all within walking distance in an area now designated as Independence National Historical Park.

Independence Hall where delegates from the 13 Colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Liberty Bell was rung for the public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776 .


Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas# 5:
Cove Haven Poconos Sign
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My favorite place to vacation is in the Poconos. There are so many different activities, events, and places to stay. One unique location is a destination called Cove Haven. This is a good romantic getaway with several locations which are close to each other. They are an all-inclusive resort for couples. There are three main room options at each location. Two of these rooms include a pool and sauna room within the room.

At night there are usually events where stars are invited as entertainment. One thing I did not like about them was that they did not include lunch as one of the meals of the day (breakfast and dinner are included). This makes sense though because the resort expects you to go out and enjoy the activities in the area.

We love the firing range in the area where you get to shoot real guns! The weapons they have range from a sniper rifle to a shotgun to several hand guns. With the amenities of Cove Haven and the activities nearby, how can people not love vacationing here? - By Jeff from New York



Pennsylvania Vacations # 6: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, in Elverson, was an operating rural iron plantation until 1883. Situated in the middle of beautiful wooded French Creek State Park, the site now has 14 restored buildings including a rebuilt furnace complex with a functioning water wheel. Take a self-guided tour and attend the summer demonstrations of iron making techniques, blacksmithing, charcoal making, baking, farming, spinning, weaving, and other historic trades.
Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas# 7: The Quest for Freedom Trail, in Pennsylvania, is an Underground Railroad tourism program that can guide you to some 20 different historic sites involved in the famous Underground Railroad.

The full trip will take you from Philadelphia and Valley Forge then west through Lancaster and York and then to Gettysburg. Pennsylvania was very active in the anti-slavery movement and this tour will bring to life the stories and places where ordinary people with extraordinary determination changed our nation’s history.


Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas #8: Since 1796 Bedford Springs, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, has been attracting visitors with the healing and restorative water of its' eight mineral springs. You can enjoy these natural wonders during a stay at the Springs Eternal Spa.

This 30,000-square-foot destination spa uses the natural spring water in all of its treatments. It is one of only a few spas in the country that can boast of this unique amenity. This vacation idea will have you partaking in a relaxing curative treatment that has been used by native Americans for centuries.


Pennsylvania Vacations #9: A bicycle tour in Pennsylvania might be just the vacation idea you are looking for. Laurel Highlands Cycling Tours has a 4 day, 3 night bicycle tour of historic Ligonier in Southwest Pennsylvania. Ligonier has a turn-of-the-century atmosphere with loads of quaint shops.

You will be bicycling in and around Laurel Mountain and Chestnut Ridge Mountain and through the beautiful and historic areas of Fort Ligonier, Linn Run State Park, Idlewild Park, and Compass Inn. This cycling vacation with a distinct historic flavor is a great Pennsylvania vacation idea.


Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas #10: The Pocono Mountains, in north central Pa, is the perfect PA vacation idea for a winter vacation. You will find over 146 ski slopes and trails representing all levels of difficulty.

There is also plenty of opportunities for downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Try Lake Wallenpaupack for some excellent ice fishing and ice skating. The Poconos is also a very popular romantic getaway spot.

Bucks County Pennsylvania

Bucks County Pa
Pennsylvania Vacations #11: Jeremy from Ohio - We enjoy vacationing in Bucks County Pennsylvania. This is a wonderful destination with many things to do and see while you are there.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express just outside of Quakertown, PA near the turnpike which allowed us easy access to the area and a nice place to come back to after driving around all day.

While in Bucks County PA we visited Nockamixon State Park which is a great place to picnic, launch a boat from or just wander the many hiking trails that they have around the lake. Some of the trails are paved so biking was an option for us too.

We also visited a little tourist town right on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey called New Hope and it is a great place to shop, dine and even take in some live shows on the weekend and we always enjoy visiting when we are in the area.

There is a bridge in New Hope that you can take over to the New Jersey side and we did some shopping over there as well. We finally ended up at Ralph Stover State park and took in some awesome scenery. It was fall when we were there last and the forest was aglow with the orange, red and gold leaves of autumn.

The view was the best from a place in the park called High Rock Vista. Although I don’t rock climb if I ever felt like it you can actually climb up or down the rock face there at High Rock Vista. Bucks County Pennsylvania is definitely one of our best vacation ideas ever.


Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas# 12: For sweet vacation ideas in Pennsylvania there is a town that is so sweet that you can smell the sweetness in the air. You guessed right. It’s Hershey PA and maybe you can also guess that a great vacation idea would be to spend a couple of days there.

First and totally famous is the Hershey Amusement Park with its sixty-five different rides including eleven roller-coasters. The new Chocolate World attraction includes seeing how chocolate bars are made and creating your very own chocolate bar.

You choose the things that go onto it and then watch it being made. You can even design your own wrapper. Adjacent to the Park is Zoo America with hundreds of North American species just waiting to be appreciated by you.

At Zoo America the animals are the show. You’ll see alligators, lizards, crocodiles, porcupines, mountain lions, bobcats, bears and wolves plus many others.

The neat thing is that with your park ticket you can visit the zoo several times. You’ll find that in Hershey Park and Zoo America there is something to entertaining every age in the family.


Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas# 13: The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA is exactly what the doctor ordered for a mini vacation ideas. Jumping back in time is a great way to forget the trials of the present. If only for a day, it’s just darn good therapy and darn good fun.

For the uniformed a present day renaissance faire is a recreation of a 16th Century English festival including period dress-up characters who all speak in the manner of the period.

The mood is always upbeat and gay with many activities of the period. One of the most outstanding games and the one most watched is the brilliantly choreographed jousting matches. The whole cast of performers put great enthusiasm into their work. You can easily believe that you are back in merry old England.

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire goes one step beyond their competition by adding elephant rides and demonstrations of falconry.

Where else can you enjoy a complete meal of roasted turkey leg, swashed down with a bit of ale and not feel guilty. It has been rumored that this fair has been honored for its high level of entertainment value.


Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas# 14: The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has just about every animal you would want to see on your Pennsylvania vacation. There are enough animals here to keep you entertained for days.

The Zoo provides a home to more than four hundred species which adds up to thousands of animals. There is a Kids Kingdom where the kids can get up close with reptiles, small animals and more.

The children’s section has been ranked as one of the top three children’s zoos in the country. Some of their animals that are favorites with the visitors are gorillas, orangutans, elephants, leopards and tigers.

The zoo and the aquarium sit on 77 acres so there is plenty of room for all. The PPG Aquarium has a Pennsylvania Waters Exhibit that flows by the building with water falling into a pool of fish. They also have a 100.000 gallon tank which is home to sharks and fish of many types.

The Two Oceans exhibit features a special window with allows you a close up look at the swimming creatures. They also have a transparent stingray tunnel which allows children to crawl through and see the stingrays and other fish very clearly.


Pennsylvania Vacation Ideas# 15: The Reading Museum and Planetarium in Reading, Pennsylvania is a great family oriented place and it just might be a perfect place to stop at during your vacation in Pennsylvania. It features displays about civilizations, science and outer space using their own planetarium.

The frosting on the cake is a 25-acre arboretum. The museum also provides educational programs for children, adults and families plus an annual cultural festival. The galleries feature a variety of artifacts such as classic art, armor and samples of the culture of Native Americans. Their Planetarium is well used for teaching the science of the stars to both adults and children.

The following are some of the family activities that are sponsored by the museum. They periodically have a full day of planned fun for the whole family. In the summer they organize Yoga sessions for personal development.

They have a very popular Lecture series. Thursday is story time for the kids with the addition of hands-on activity and with parents invited. The popular Sunday morning breakfast and music series will start up again in October.

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