There’s something for everybody in this Northeast American State and if you are visiting it with your family, there’s no end to the list of sites you can explore and fun activities you can partake in.
So if you are planning on visiting Pennsylvania this summer, here is a list of the top attractions that you most definitely would not want to miss out on!
Things To Do In Pennsylvania
Your kids would love it for sure! Founded by Milton S. Hershey, the Hershey Theme Park is a very popular attraction in Pennsylvania, owing to its central theme, ‘Chocolate’.
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Although this does not imply that you can eat everything and anything present in the park, it does point out the fact that you can let your taste buds go on overdrive as you enjoy the multitude of rides present in the expanse.
Founded in 1921, the Kennywood Park is one of the oldest amusement parks in the entire country and caters to guests of all ages. While kids can enjoy the smaller, less gentle rides in Kiddieland, adults can get downright adventurous with some of the park’s signature rides.
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These include the very old but still exciting Jack Rabbit rollercoaster, the monstrous Exterminator roller coaster and the thrilling 70’ double dip drop, all of which will leave you out of breath and pretty hoarse from all that screaming.
The fun just doesn’t seem to end here! Located in Allentown, the Dorney theme park is an appropriate blend of land and water games which make sure that everyone in the family gets his/her share of the fun.
In addition to plenty of little rides and attractions for kids, the park boasts of housing two of the biggest roller coasters in the entire region (which can be seen from miles away). Called the Mega-Coaster and the Dominator, these rides would leave visitors gasping for breath.
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If that’s not enough, the water kingdom has more than 15 rides that would leave you ecstatic and drenched for sure. If the thrills are more than you can handle, you can always opt for a relaxing train ride or a swan boat ride past some beautiful natural scenery.
Home to the Phoenix, one of the ten best roller coaster rides in America, the Knoebels Park has a variety of rides and activities for the entire family, ranging from rides on the classic Giant Wheel, Skooter Bumper cars and the Giant Flume to activities like boat rides, swimming in the Crystal Pool.
Remember watching Sesame Street for hours on end as a child? If you still have a fascination for the show, make it a point to visit Sesame Place, a park that brings all your favorite cartoon characters from the show to life.
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Hang out with your furry friends, play fun games with the show’s puppet people, and have a blast riding the park’s humongous water raft slide that towers over 6 storeys or the giant roller coaster that would make sure your heart lurches into your mouth as you spin along with it.
King of Prussia Shopping Mall
You name it and they would have it! Everything you would ever want to buy is available under one roof at this giant shopping mall that houses over 400 different stores and 40 restaurants.
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The mall is open all 7 days of the week and offers a spectacular treat for the avid shopper with shops selling anything and everything from sunglasses, designer labels, and jewelry to even crayons and paints. Walk into this mall and you will never leave empty handed!
Liberty Bell, Independence Hall
Located in Philadelphia, the Independence Hall is home to some of the most prized treasures of American independence. A visit to the legendary hall would enable you to catch glimpses of historic artifacts like the first American Flag (1777), the Articles of Confederation (1781) and the U.S. Constitutional document (1787) etc.
Voted as the “Best All-Time Work of American Architecture’, the Falling Water estate was the brain child of Frank Lloyd Wright, and stands today as a testament to architect’s legendary skills. The building showcasing the architect’s work was completed in 1939 and is open to the public.
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Walk into it and you will be amazed at the originality of the design. With the interiors (designed by the architect himself) still intact, the place is a feast for the eyes if you are a lover of nature, art and history.
For the slightly adventurous souls, the Pocono Mountains located in North Eastern Pennsylvania offer plenty of daredevil activities that can keep you occupied throughout your trip.
Choose from over 150 natural lakes, riverheads coursing for over 170 miles, 18 stupendous waterfalls to start your adventure.