Appalachian Trail Museum – Gardners, Pennsylvania

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Appalachian Trail Museum – Gardners, Pennsylvania

When you are visiting Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park you will want to visit the Appalachian Trail Museum which is located about two miles from the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, halfway between Maine and Georgia.

So where do you house a museum to the history of the Appalachians?  In a historic building of course.  The one chosen for the honor is a grist mill that was built more than two hundred years ago.  It is located across the road from the Pine Grove general store, it is a place of hiker lore since it is here that thru-hikers traditional stop to celebrate reaching the midpoint in their journey.

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Lake Tobias Wildlife Park – Halifax, Pennsylvania

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Lake Tobias Wildlife Park – Halifax, Pennsylvania

Spend the day at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park where, since 1965, the park has fascinated patrons with its wild, exotic animals and adventure-seeking safari tours.  The park has six continents designed for the animals, reptiles and birds from around the world to live in and be seen by you as you visit.  There are 50 acres of zoo-type settings for you to enjoy.

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Dutch Wonderland, A Kingdom for Kids – Lancaster, PA

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Dutch Wonderland, A Kingdom for Kids – Lancaster, PA

Every family likes an amusement park where the kids can have a great time and the parents can too.  The Dutch Wonderland has 30 fun-filled rides, including 2 kid-friendly coasters, water rides and a merry-go-round.  Those rides are just for the kids.

The rides are varied.  There is the Astroliner which is a rocket ride sure to please all ages (under 42″ tall must be accompanied by a responsible rider).  The Bumper Cars which is a classic favorite with everyone.  Take the Capital Bluecross Monorail for a bird’s eye view of the park, it will give you an opportunity to plot out where you want to go next.

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Museum of Indian Culture – Allentown, PA

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The Museum of Indian Culture is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to presenting, preserving, and perpetrating the history and cultural heritage of the Northeastern Woodland Indians and other American Indian tribes. It accomplishes this mission through educational exhibits, cultural heritage programs, a comprehensive resource center, and special events.

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Annual Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Annual Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 11 AM to 7 PM in Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side. 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of this growing event that attracts over 5,000 people, hosted annually by Greater Pittsburgh Sister Cities Association.

The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival celebrates Asian culture, art and traditions, some of which date back thousands of years. The event includes both land and water activities that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Performances include the traditional Lion Dance, Taiko Drumming, Shaolin Kung Fu, Japanese Sword Dancing, and folk dances executed in traditional costume by local Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Filipino organizations. Demonstrations of Furoshiki (tying of Japanese cloth bags), Tai Chi, Yoga and others will be available, or paddle a dragon boat on the Mon.

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Curtin Mansion and Eagle Iron Works Historic Site, Milesburg, PA

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Curtin Mansion and Eagle Iron Works Historic Site, Milesburg, PA

Guided tours of the Roland Curtin Mansion (built in 1830) and the Historic Eagle Iron Works iron furnace are given every weekend from Memorial Day to the end of October. The tour of the beautifully restored mansion includes 10 of the mansion’s 15 rooms. The home is furnished with period pieces and some authentic family furniture and china. Some of the pieces come from the Governor’s Mansion in Harrisburg, PA since the son of Roland Curtin, Andrew Curtin, served as Governor of Pennsylvania during the Civil War years. The kitchen includes furniture and cookware authentic to the original home. The tour shows how the Ironmaster and his family lived in the 1800s.

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Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square, PA

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Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square, PA

The land that now is home to Longwood Gardens was once the home of the native Lenni Lenape tribe who hunted, fished and farmed on this land.  It was in 1700 that a Quaker family named Peirce purchased the property form William Penn and established it as a working farm.  Joshua and Samuel Peirce began planing an arboretum on the farm in 1798.  In 1906 the farm was purchased by Pierre du Pont who worked the land into what is available for you to see today.  The gardens were turned over to a foundation in 1946.  With dedication and devotion the gardens have been expanded and have matured into the magnificent horticultural showplace it is today.

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Eagle Rock Winery – Williamsport, PA

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The Falat family looks forward to welcoming you to Eagle Rock Winery. Whether you prefer enjoying their award winning wines in the post and beam elegance of their wooded Laporte location, or in the whimsical artistically refurbished factory location in Williamsport, they can’t wait to see you! They love to help determine your “taste” in wine if you haven’t got a clue or reinforce your love of great wine if you already have preferences.

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Oregon Hill Winery – Morris, PA

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Oregon Hill Winery, a family-owned business, has been producing Pennsylvania Mountain Wines since 1983. Enjoy the scenic drive through the picturesque mountains of north central Pennsylvania to the village of Oregon Hill and discover their award winning wines. Oregon Hill offers an extensive selection of wines to please any palate.

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Pine Creek Rail Trail – Jersey Shore, PA

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The Pine Creek Trail is a 62-mile, gently graded, graveled path that winds through the spectacular Pine Creek Gorge. Here, you can bike, hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe through some of Pennsylvania’s most dramatic scenery. Raft or canoe the Class II and III waters of Pine Creek. Horseback ride on riding trails in designated sections of the route.

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