1. Glen Onoko Falls – Jim Thorpe, PA
Glen Onoko Falls Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
2. Falling Waters – Mill Run, PA
Fallingwater, often referred to as the “Kaufmann Residence”, is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. It has been dubbed Frank Lloyd’s best work by many world renowned architects. It is nuzzled in the Southwestern corner of Pennsylvania close to the West Virginia border. Remember to purchase tickets in advance to ensure a spot. Guided tours are offered everyday except Wednesday.
3. Indian Echo Caverns – Hummelstown, PA
Not more than 30 minutes East of Harrisburg lie Indian Echo Caverns. Explore ancient rock formations with the whole family! Children under 2 years of age get in FREE! The tour is informative, and about an hour long- it is well worth the money. If you are sensitive to the cold, be sure to bring a sweater as it is a consistent 52 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Peddler’s Village – New Hope, PA
Located roughly 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Peddler’s Village is a quaint town supplying interesting retail shop, delicious restaurants and seasonal entertainment! The Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival is held annually on the first weekend of May.
5. Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg, PA
Get lost in some Civil War history at Gettysburg National Military Park. Observe the battlefield and monuments against a gorgeous landscape. Check out https://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/interpretation.htm for FREE guided tours and more!
6. Seldom Seen Tourist Coal Mine – Hastings, PA
The Seldom Seen Mine is a tourist mine since it closed its doors for production in 1963. Special guided tours are available May-August. Make sure you call ahead to book a tour as the hours are limited 12-noon on certain days.
7. Wissahickon Valley Park – Philadelphia, PA
Bring your feet, bike or horse to this park located in the Northwestern corner of Philadelphia county. With 2,042 acres and 50 miles of trail to explore, you will never want to leave! I recommend parking near the Valley Green Inn.
8. Kinzua Bridge State Park – Mt Jewett, PA
Just east of the Allegheny National Forest lies Kinzua Bridge State Park. It is noted as the site of the Kinzua Bridge, built in 1882, was the highest and longest railroad bridge in the world. It was destroyed by a tornado in 2003, but the ruins still remain and show the forces of nature at work.
9. Knoebels Amusement Resort – Elysburg, PA
A family owned amusement park and campground located between Wilkes-Barre and Harrisburg is a fantastic way to spend a day or two this summer. You can pay as your ride or pay one flat admission free to gain access to most, if not all, of the rides.
10. World’s End State Park – Forksville, PA
With 20 miles of trails and tons of water activities like fishing, boating and swimming, World’s End State Park takes the cake. Be sure to pack a solid pair of shoes for hiking. Pennsylvania is nicknamed “Rocksylvania” for a reason!