This time in our What to do When in… Pennsylvania, the Keystone State! Whether you are a student-athlete visiting for the first time or planning an epic road trip, there is plenty to see and do in Pennsylvania. From charming towns to historic landmarks and sporting events, there is something for everyone. Here are ten activities and attractions that you must not miss during your visit to Pennsylvania. First, check the Slamstox map to see where the state is located.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Have you ever heard of Hershey’s Chocolate World? It’s a fantastic place for student-athletes to visit during their trip to Pennsylvania. Chocolate is not only super delicious, but it can also help with getting an energy boost for training and competitions. At Hershey’s Chocolate World, visitors can learn all about the history of chocolate, from the very first time it was made to modern production methods. There are plenty of interactive attractions that are both fun and educational, and visitors can even make and decorate their own chocolate bar! The highlight of the visit is, of course, the chance to taste the chocolate that has made Hershey’s so famous.
Gettysburg National Military Park
It’s time for a very important history lesson about America! A visit to Gettysburg National Military Park is a great way to learn more about the American Civil War and pay tribute to the soldiers who fought there. It’s an opportunity to explore the battlefield and imagine what it was like during one of the largest and most decisive battles in American history. The museum in the park also offers an in-depth look at the war and its impact on the United States. It’s not only educational but also respectful to see how the United States was formed and how our freedom and democracy have come at a great cost.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
With an impressive collection of over 240,000 works of art from different time periods and cultures, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more, the museum is one of the largest art museums in the United States. It offers an incredible opportunity to experience and appreciate art from all over the world. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum is also regularly changing exhibitions of leading artists and cultural movements. And the museum building itself is also iconic, with its majestic stairs that have become famous from the movie “Rocky”. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a photo on the stairs and have an unforgettable experience at the museum.
Presque Isle State Park
Presque Isle State Park is located on Lake Erie and offers a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing. The park has beautiful beaches and trails for hiking and biking. For anglers, the park is a popular destination due to the fish species that inhabit the lake. In short, the park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the nature of Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Science Center
Do you love science and technology? Then the Carnegie Science Center is a must-visit destination! The museum has interactive exhibits that bring science to life and make it easier to understand. There are exhibits on everything from the human body and the cosmos to robotics and the industrial revolution. And if you’re ready to head for the stars, the planetarium and IMAX theater offer a spectacular experience that can enhance your knowledge and understanding of science. If you want to learn more about a specific topic, educational programs are also available that are perfect for student-athletes.
Do you want a sports experience that you will never forget in Pennsylvania? Then you definitely have to visit PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates! Baseball games in this stadium are the biggest events in the city and offer a great opportunity to feel the energy and excitement of the sport. The view from the stadium is breathtaking and offers a beautiful view of the Pittsburgh skyline and nearby rivers. And don’t forget to check out the countless restaurants and bars for great food and drinks during the game! Whether you’re a seasoned baseball fan or just looking for a fun and exciting experience, a visit to PNC Park is a must-see destination for any sports enthusiast and student-athlete in Pennsylvania. So, grab your gloves and bats and go for it!
Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park
This park is the only underground boat adventure in the country and offers an unforgettable experience. Take a boat ride through the cave and view stalactites, stalagmites, and other geological features that are millions of years old. The park also has a wide range of wildlife, including elk, wolves, bears, and cougars. Discover these animals on the numerous trails and routes the park offers. Don’t forget to participate in educational programs and demonstrations to learn more about the park’s flora and fauna and its history. Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park is a unique and educational destination that will surely captivate and challenge student-athletes.
The Pocono Mountains are the ultimate destination for adventure and nature. Here you will find countless opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and skiing. In the summer, you can hit the numerous hiking trails and bike routes through the mountains. There are also plenty of places to fish or kayak on the lakes and rivers. In the winter, it’s time for snow fun and you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and sledding at one of the many resorts. And when you’ve had enough of all that sports, you can relax at a wellness center or go shopping at one of the boutiques. Don’t forget to indulge in delicious meals at the many restaurants too. The Pocono Mountains are the perfect destination for student-athletes looking for adventure and relaxation in the great outdoors.
Philly Cheese steak
Looking for a delicious dish that will make your taste buds dance? Meet the Philly Cheesesteak, the legendary sandwich from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! It’s a soft bread roll, filled with thinly sliced steak, fried onions, and melting cheese. This sandwich has been a favorite of Philly residents for decades and now you can find it elsewhere too. If you’re ever in Philadelphia, be sure to try a Philly Cheesesteak at famous cheesesteak restaurants like Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s Steaks.
Strasburg Rail Road
If you’re looking for an adventure in Pennsylvania, you definitely have to take a ride on the historic Strasburg Railroad! This cool steam train is one of the oldest and most well-preserved railroads in the United States. It offers a great opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery of Lancaster County while enjoying the unique charm of a historic steam train. During the ride, you will learn more about the history of the railroad and the important role it played in the development of the United States. The Strasburg Railroad Museum also offers a chance to learn more about the railroad industry and the technology that made the steam train possible. It’s an unforgettable experience that student-athletes will surely be inspired and entertained by!
Whether you’re interested in history, art, sports, or nature, Pennsylvania has something for everyone. Don’t forget to add these ten activities and attractions to your itinerary during your visit to the Keystone State!
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