We’re very lucky in this area – easy access to the ocean (although we won’t talk about the traffic involved) and the mountains all year round. Here are five more gems you may or may not know of for when you want to get out of the house but don’t have the time or the energy to go very far:
1) Peaceful gardens. Longwood Gardens doesn’t need much intro, but do you know about Chanticleer?It’s right in Wayne, and a perfect place to bring both your walking shoes and a good book.
2) Head up north of Reading for two great spots: the big Cabela’s store is worth a trip, especially with kids. The big aquarium and displays of animals are fun to see. If you’ve got a whole day and are up to a challenge, hike up to the Pinnacle while you’re in the area. It’s the highest point on the PA section of the Appalachian Trail, and the view is breathtaking.
3) Try out a new place to walk or ride your bike – Rails-To-Trails Conservancy has a fantastic website that helps you find trails in your own neighborhood or at a destination. You can see reviews from other trail users, and helpful notes about the trails themselves: surface type, availability & construction information, suitability for kids and dogs, etc.
4) Spend a day in one of our terrific parks. French Creek, Marsh Creek, and Green Lane Parks are all wonderful places to enjoy the great outdoors. Valley Forge is another personal favorite, sometimes it can be fun to play tourist in your own backyard!
5) Celebrate the weird & wonderful by visiting one (or more!) of the places featured in Weird Pennsylvania. The burning town of Centralia, Eastern State Penitentiary, or a Gettysburg ghost tour are great for anyone with a ghoulish streak. For those who aren’t looking for a spook, check out Roadside America (pictured right) in Shartlesville or the Haines Shoe House in York County.
Did I miss any of your favorites? Tell me about them!