Best attractions to visit with kids in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania produces more than 400 million pounds of mushrooms a year and is a perennial coal and railroad industrial center. But if you’re traveling to Pennsylvania for a family outing and don’t feel like forcing the kids to taste mushrooms or explore railroad museums, the 33rd largest state in the US is home to plenty of options for family fun. .
Here are some of the favorites in America’s coal capital.
The goal of the Pittsburgh Zoo is to create positive relationships between patrons and the animals that inhabit the 77-acre park. The Pittsburg Zoo first cut its ribbons to the public on June 14, 1898, introducing the citizens of Pittsburg to wildlife depicted nowhere else. Throughout the evolution of the park, those responsible for the zoo chose to grow more as a conservation territory than as a tourist attraction.
Today, the Pittsburgh Zoo spends countless hours and millions of dollars conserving ocelots, elephants, armadillos, alligator lizards and corals. Workers dedicate their days to providing safe rehabilitation centers for injured animals such as manatees and sea turtles. They strive to save and foster a healthier future for wildlife, while also running educational programs and exhibits for guests. Visitors learn how to minimize household waste and recycle used items.
One of the unique programs that the Pittsburg Zoo contributes to the green community was last year’s Ugly Sweaters From Waste program. Just as it sounds, workers collected waste to create ugly sweaters for the holidays.
In addition to contributing to a cleaner, healthier society, the Pittsburgh Zoo’s exhibits include red pandas, ostriches, hippos, flamingos, turtles, and beavers. The wildlife sanctuary houses more than 8,000 animals and grows every year.
Critter Country Animal Farm
Critter Country is located in discreet downtown Smithton, Pennsylvania. The petting zoo and farm was created more than 20 years ago when Laurie and Rob Salvio wanted to promote animal health and safety.
This pet farm is different from others. It houses the typical farm animals, such as horses, cows and goats, but also welcomes animals from other continents, like a zoo. So if you’re in the mood to see a tiger or a monkey at an independently owned animal farm, Critter Country is the perfect destination for you.
The park opens every day at noon, accepts the last visitors at 5:00 p.m. and closes its doors at 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost between 12 and 10 dollars. Plus, for a few dollars more, you can feed the animals.
Knoebels Amusement Park
Have you heard of an amusement park in the heart of the mountains of Elysburg, Pennsylvania?
Knoebel’s Amusement Park has the highest rated wooden roller coaster in the world. As its name suggests, the Phoenix rose from its original ashes. The roller coaster, originally called the Rocket Roller, was at Playland Park in San Antonio, Texas, until it closed in 1984.
Dick Knoebel purchased the remains of the roller coaster, transported the Rocket Roller, and rebuilt it as The Phoenix, a high-speed ride.
Currently, the attraction costs $4 per person and shoots riders through the picturesque landscape of the Pennsylvania mountains. In addition, Knoebel’s has four slides, a pool with diving boards and a paddling pool for the little ones.
Take a look at their hosting options if you can’t get enough of Knoebel. Choose from two campsites, cabins, or a bed and breakfast for a more homey vacation.
The best thing about Knoebel’s is that admission is free. Free parking, free facilities and free fun. You only have to pay for attractions and food.
Kalahari Water Park
Kalahari welcomes visitors to explore 220,000 square feet of slides, pools, surf simulations, lazy rivers and spas. Victoria Falls and The Lazy River cater to visitors who prefer gentle water rides. The Screaming Hyena and Kenya Kork send visitors hurtling down steep drops and soaring over rugged terrain.
Additionally, Kalahari offers a ropes course to test your strength, an arcade to challenge your high scores, and a bowling alley. Plus, invite your friends and family over for a game of miniature golf or some virtual reality games to give yourself a break from pruned fingers and waterlogged ears.
While the kids venture out, adults can book an appointment at the halotherapy spa and revitalize their breath. Halotherapy uses Himalayan salt to open a clearer channel in the lungs, allowing you to breathe more deeply and more fully. If salt therapy isn’t for you, take a dip in hydrotherapy. The Kalahari’s steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzis allow guests access to rejuvenating and refreshing waters.
Hershey’s Park and Hershey’s Chocolate World
Milton S. Hershey, also known for inventing Hershey chocolate, founded Hershey’s Park in 1906. The park originally served as a gathering place for Hershey’s workers, complete with a zoo and carousel. Today, the amusement park is home to 15 thrilling roller coasters, chocolate-themed rides, original shows, a water park, and the world-renowned ZooAmerica.
Hershey’s World is located next to the park and does not require a ticket. Arguably the best attraction Hershey’s World has to offer is the “Make Your Own Candy Bar” station. Perfect for all ages, this candy invention stall lets visitors choose their base: milk, white, or dark chocolate. Once the base is selected, choose the type of consistency you want: Chocolate Chunks, Rice Crisp, Chocolate Cookie Chunks, Butterscotch Chunks, Butterscotch Chunks, Pretzels, and if desired, sprinkles. The last step is to design the wrapper. It can be smooth or with an extra touch.
Don’t want to create a chocolate bar? Nothing happens; make your own Reese’s instead! Add pretzels, marshmallows, cookies, Reese’s Pieces, sprinkles or caramel to your one-pound peanut butter creation.
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Pennsylvania is a perfect choice if you’re planning your next family vacation but don’t know where to take the kids. This highly populated state is a popular tourist destination, with revered zoos, infamous theme parks, popular water park resorts, and historic landmarks.
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