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Pennsylvania State Parks:
Pennsylvania State Parks: This state not only houses many of the historic sites, battlefields, and museums of the Revolutionary War and the beginnings of our great country but has some magnificent state parks. There is winter skiing in some of the more mountainous areas, hiking and camping in other areas. Pennsylvania boasts of having 112 State Parks and 19 State Forests.
Ricketts Glen State Park– Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. This large park is comprised of 13,193 acres in Luzerne, Sullivan, and Columbia counties. Ricketts Glen harbors the Glens Natural Area — a National Natural Landmark. Hike the Falls Trail System to explore the glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. The 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls. The lower glen came to be called Ricketts Glen. Many of the magnificent trees in this area are more than 300 years old and 100 feet in height. The area is the meeting ground of the southern and northern hardwood types, creating an extensive variety of trees. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the beauty. The Park is open daily, sunrise to sunset however day use areas close at sunset, the beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours, while the park office is only open during specific hours. Feel free to contact Travelkatz for more information. This Park is found in Benton.
Tyler State Park: This Park is a great place to enjoy nature. They have canoeing, kayaking, fishing, grills for cook outs, picnic areas, horseback riding, bike trails and many walking and hiking trails with plenty of trail options of varying difficulty, length with breathtaking views. The nature trail is one of the best trails so far and leads up to the creek. The two small waterfalls are a great location to catch some fish and few moments of calm. The playground is perfect for young children and there are open fields for playing sports. The historic covered bridge is a must visit. Its Frisbee golf course is challenging and fun. It’s both beautiful and large enough that people do not feel hemmed in. There are multiple entrances to this park in Newtown.
Nockamixon State Park: This 5,286-acre State Park is in the rolling hills of scenic Bucks County, close enough to Philadelphia for a day trip, but far enough away for a vacation. Tohickon Creek, Three Mile Run, and Haycock Run feed the 1,450-acre lake, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and a destination for boaters and anglers. Visitors can stay the night in a cabin or enjoy the many activities of the park for the day. Popular activities are picnicking, swimming in the pool, hiking, biking, disc golf, hunting, fishing, and boating (permitted daily in designated areas). The Park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset however day use areas close at dusk. The Park office is open specific hours. Found near Quakertown.
Cherry Springs State Park: This Park is a certified dark skies park. You must cover all white lights including cell phones. Park rangers give an hour-long presentation of the constellations and stories and provide individual viewing through telescopes. Check your moon calendar and make sure you are there on a new moon night where you will see the most wonderful things in the night sky. You can look up and experience a feeling like you can reach the stars if you jump high enough! A lot of things need to be on point for it to be an amazing experience. So, plan to be there when the sky is clear; you can also track the moon phases through a link listed on the park’s website. Bring blankets because even in August it can get cold at night. Found in Coudersport.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park: This 696-acre state park has a historic charcoal iron furnace. It offers hiking, biking, camping, boating and two lakes. It’s the home to the Iron Master’s Mansion and the Appalachian Trail Museum. Museum volunteers do a great job focusing on history, hiking and the leaders and volunteers of the Appalachian Trail. The bottom floor has been renovated as a children’s area, encouraging hiking knowledge and motivation for families with youngsters. The Main floor has the visionaries and builders of the trail featured, along with important hiker memorabilia and stories. Found in Gardeners.
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Pennsylvania Museums – Because Pennsylvania is one of the 13 Original Colonies, you can expect to see some very historic museums, architecture, and coast line.
Flight 93 National Memorial: Experience a piece of our history in a small town in PA! Dedicated to the lost on flight 93 on 9/11, you can walk the area, and see memorabilia from the flight… feel the sadness and explore the Memorial wall and crash site area. There is a gift shop with lots of souvenirs and displays to see inside the visitor’s center at the top about the flight and passengers. This is a very emotional place when you walk down to the wall of names and the actual crash site which is marked with a large boulder. Inside the Visitor’s Center, they have several different things including pieces of the plane, timelines of the events, photos, news playing from that day, and even an actual answering machine that one of the passengers left a voicemail on to their loved one moments before the crash. Do not miss this piece of history if you are in the area of Shanksville.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center: “A New Birth of Freedom,” narrated by Morgan Freeman, orients you to the battle; then see the sights and hear the sounds of the battle in the historic Cyclorama Painting Experience. Finally, tour the museum, packed with original artifacts and interactive exhibits. Tickets can be purchased and a shuttle bus will take you to the Eisenhower National Historic Site and seasonal programs at Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital from the Visitor Center. Purchase tickets prior to your arrival through TravelKatz and reserve a Battlefield Guide (licensed through the National Park Service) through the Gettysburg Foundation, non-profit partner to the National Park Service at Gettysburg. Entry to Visitor Center, Museum Bookstore and Refreshment Saloon is free. Found in Gettysburg.
Museum of the American Revolution: This is an informative and interactive chronological journey through the years before, during and after the American Revolution. A great mix of exhibits with historical information, artifacts, interactive exhibits and films gives a good timeline of the revolution. The journey begins with introductory film and end with the film and glass case viewing of the Washington’s tent. Worth a trip to Philadelphia to see the newest museum! The exhibits and great stories throughout the museum is enhanced with the staff retelling a more detailed information of some of the artifacts at various times during the day. They are friendly and open to answer any questions you may have. The exhibits are a combination of artifacts interspersed with excellent audio-visual presentations harnessing the latest technology. The basement is dedicated to mostly hands on activities for the kids of all ages. The scavenger hunt throughout the museum can be a fun game to play with the prize as being an old map of Philadelphia during those times. Definitely worth a trip to the historical city of Philadelphia.
Barnes: The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists that is unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution, the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum. The Barnes is an art museum where even just a “regular person” can get a lot out of a couple of hours. Also in Philadelphia.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History: This is the place for kids to discover science and the wonders of the natural world. Dig for bones in Bonehunters Quarry, get hands-on with real and replica specimens in Discovery Basecamp, grind corn in a Hopi home, and more. Dinosaurs are just the beginning! Free family-activities, and touchables, are available each weekend and weekdays during the summer. The dinosaur exhibit alone makes this museum a must-see, but it is also attached to the art museum (same ticket). You could spend the entire afternoon there. The staff is friendly, and the museum is careful about safety. Parking was simple. Besides the dinosaurs, they had good displays on native cultures as well as insects. Visit this museum in Pittsburgh.
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Pennsylvania Festivals will welcome all who enjoy festival hopping in the 13 colonies. Call TravelKatz – we will assist you in planning your vacation to include these and other festivals. 352-277-7300
2nd Annual Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival: Join us as we turn the North Shore Riverwalk and Great Lawn into a Pumpkin Patch of Prodigious Proportions—with fruits weighing from 1,000 to over 2,000 pounds! We drop them, carve them, and in one of the most “pumpkin-sanity” activities ever…create the silliest seascape possible with “The Great Gourd Race”—humongous pumpkin boats paddling the Allegheny River competing in Pittsburgh’s fruitiest regatta! And, NEW this year…enter the LECOM “Costume Caper” 5K Run/Walk as you race along the river in your favorite Halloween garb; with special prizes for best costumes as well as top finishers. North Shore, Pittsburgh; Sat, Oct 19 – Sun, Oct 20
25th Annual Enchanted Halloween Trail and Festival: Shaver’s Creek comes alive in late October with this community festival that celebrates the fall harvest and includes pumpkin carving, face painting, music, entertainment, activities, natural history programs, and the Enchanted Halloween Trail! The tradition of the Shaver’s Creek Halloween Trail does not portray the typical scariness with which Halloween is normally associated. The Shaver’s Creek Trail is truly a family event! Children (and their families) are led by guides to different sites along the trail with costumed characters who help children understand the season and the cultural items we use to depict it. Children learn about natural history associated with Halloween, like why we use images of owls, spiders, corn stalks, and pumpkins during this time of year. The walk lasts about 45 minutes to one hour. The Halloween Trail stations are staffed by Penn State students, bringing outstanding energy and creativity to the festival. Each year they create new, exciting, and activity-filled stations that cover topics such as pumpkin and jack-o-lantern folklore, the non-scary truth behind bats and spiders, the origin of trick-or-treat, and more. Festivalgoers are invited to participate in the Children’s Costume Competition and the Pumpkin Carving Contest during the festival! Children are encouraged to attend the festival in a creative costume for entrance in the costume competition. Entry forms will be available on-site the day of the festival. We will be accepting entries for both contests Saturday and Sunday during regular festival hours. Judging will take place and winners will be notified on Oct. 31. Petersburg; Sat, Oct 26, and Sun, Oct 27.
PA Bacon Fest: This fest has grown into one of the region’s most popular events. With 150+ vendors, 12+ musical acts, and several stages, the two-day festival is sure to leave an impression. PA Bacon Fest was named one of the Top 300 Festivals in the world by FEST300.com! Regionally, the event won a Townie Award from Pennsylvania Downtown Center. And locally, PA Bacon Fest was voted Best Culinary Event in Lehigh Valley Style magazine’s Best of the Lehigh Valley. Easton; Nov. 2, 2019 – Nov. 3, 2019.
Christmas Market Festival: The Harmony Museum’s annual WeihnachtsMarkt, a Christmas market in the German tradition that has become a major regional attraction, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 to 10th in the heart of Harmony’s National Historic Landmark District. The festival has become the museum’s prime annual fundraiser while presenting seasonal gift-shopping in a family-fun atmosphere. The thousands of visitors who attend each year find handcrafted and German imports. Artisans and vendors are chosen to participate based on the quality of their offerings; no stereotypical “shopping mall festival” stuff here. Entertainment, food and refreshments also reflect Harmony’s German heritage. Almost 50 artisans and specialty vendors provide the market part of WeihnachtsMarkt. Museum quilters and weavers demonstrate their work. Harmony; Sat Nov 9 – Sun Nov 10.
LIGHT-UP FESTIVAL: Beaver, PA welcomes Santa during the annual holiday parade. Relish in our traditions of horse drawn carriage rides, live entertainment and fireworks. Nov. 29th, Parade at 6pm, Fireworks at 9pm.
Enlist TravelKatz to help you plan for this festival by scheduling your vacation around the Fall of 2020. Call us at 352-277-7300 to get started!
Pennsylvania State Capital: Harrisburg
Harrisburg began as a ferry stop and trading post, run by John Harris Sr., and colloquially known as Harris Ferry. Briefly renamed Louisbourg after Louis XVI of France, the town’s founder (and son of John Harris Sr.) John Harris Jr. insisted the town be renamed after his father, the first white settler in the region—and so, Harrisburg was founded.
Pennsylvania State Capitol: Beautiful architecture throughout! Don’t miss this! Photos do not capture the reality! The details are incredible. The State Capitol Building is open for tours Monday thru Friday and it’s free of charge. There’s a nice restaurant on grounds. Lots of history inside that building. You can easily spend 3 hours there. The building itself is ornate and spectacular. The artwork and the architecture are breathtaking. The building was completed in 1906, designated U.S Historic Landmark 02/13/2013. Tours are given and it is family friendly.
State Museum of Pennsylvania: This museum has an interesting mix of science and history. The museum has an impressive collection of Indian artifacts. Everything from simple scrappers to ornate hand carved jewelry. The skill these people had with the use of stone is hard to believe sometimes, very impressive. There is something for everyone, from bugs to an “Old Town” display. Native Americans displays are superior. Archaeology provides a structure, so lessons about the importance of excavations and the way that sites encode and preserve information is excellent too.
National Civil War Museum: The is a great museum for Civil War fans. It puts the history of the war in chronological order. It also compares both north and south. (Not one sided). Also has videos and military firsts. Some great artifacts you don’t see at other Civil War battlefields. It does a thorough job of touching on major events, battles and people. They also have a lot of photographs and touch on the human side of the war as well. The series of facts about “firsts” in the civil war is interesting. You also get to see a good amount of equipment, guns, gloves, swords etc. that were used during the war. Exhibits are a mix of plaques, videos, dioramas and maps. Good place for a picnic outside if you want to bring lunch.
Fort Hunter Mansion and Park: Fort Hunter Park has a lot of inviting features for the entire family to enjoy! Mansion tours begin in May for a small fee. This is a beautiful riverfront property with gorgeous architecture making this location ideal for family photos! There’s comfy bench swings to cozy up with your Sweetheart and watch the sunset over The Susquehanna River! Solo picnic tables are perfect for romantic picnics on the water’s edge or a very nice pavilion with fireplace for family gatherings also overlooking the river! You can see the longest stone arched train bridge in the WORLD, that crosses over The Susquehanna River! There’s a dear little church for intimate waterfront weddings too! The park is on both sides of North Front St. There’s a restored stable that is very pretty, the old historical tavern to view and a lovely covered bridge that takes you to the canal front path! Both sides of the road offer a playground for children and picnic areas with plenty of free parking! The mansion is lovely, and has lots of history. The tour guides are well-informed, and makes for a great tour!
Pride of the Susquehanna: Like traveling on the water? Well, you just might like the idea of jumping aboard the Susquehanna river boat. There are daily tours in the summer, and the ride is very relaxing. You can see a great view of the city as you travel slowing up the river. There are also reservations you can make, if you’re hosting special festivities of any kind as well. Harrisburg is a part of history and it will be described to you onboard this trip. The City Island is an experience. It is a great way to spend your day. Take the boat ride and then the Train Ride around the Island. Let the kids play and just enjoy the River.
Pennsylvania National Fire Museum: The fire museum is interesting for all ages. A dedicated group of volunteers have preserved and displayed artifacts from years of fire-fighting. Besides the equipment, you can go upstairs to see where the firemen lived while on duty. The staff is super friendly and very knowledgeable. They explain the history of the building and exhibits. The place has some working pieces of equipment that kids (big and small) love. You learn about the history of the fire service and equipment. There is a very good scavenger hunt for children to really explore the displays.
Flights from Tampa are readily available. TravelKatz suggest renting a car and you may want to extend your vacation and go to Hersey, PA where the amusement park and Hersey chocolate is made. Just give us a call and we will make this vacation happen for you and yours.
**As a side trip, one could venture to Gettysburg, PA (south and west of Harrisburg) to visit The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Adjacent to the battlefield of Gettysburg, this museum is one of the largest in the area, with twelve different galleries encompassing the five years of the American Civil War. Starting in 1860 and culminating with the Restoration, the museum offers different artifacts and videos describing various battles, highlighting the three days of battle at Gettysburg.
The Living History series kicks off June 9 (running through mid-August on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays). Visitors can take a shuttle bus to one of the best preserved and significant Union field hospitals from the Battle of Gettysburg. The George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital site treated 1,800 Union soldiers and 100 Confederate soldiers. This summer, there will be doctors and soldier reenactments, historian lectures, and a Women’s Relief Association discussion about the importance of female contributions during the war, among other series at the farm.
Where to stay: The Federal Pointe Inn is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the Gettysburg historic district.
Where to eat: Fidler & Co. Craft Kitchen is located in Adams County and serves rustic, local cuisine from the surrounding farmland.
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