If you are looking for an inexpensive fun vacation, look no further than Northwestern Pennsylvania and Ohio. There are plenty of enjoyable yet affordable things to do in this area. Whether it is amusement parks or museums, hiking, biking, camping or fishing you will find activities for the whole family.
Amusement Parks - Northwestern Pennsylvania
Dorney Park located at Allentown Pennsylvania is a big roller costar park. It is owned and operated by the same company as world-famous Cedar Point. This park has some great rides and a water park as well. A recent park addition is the 600-seat Good Time Theater, where the whole family can enjoy world class entertainment.
Amusement Parks - Ohio
One of the biggest and best amusement parks in the county is Cedar Point. This park is located at Sandusky, Ohio, on Lake Erie. Known for its roller costars, Cedar Point has some of the biggest in the world. While some of the family is riding roller costars others can be enjoying the water park or lounging on the beach. Cedar Point is a must-do for the family it makes for a nice weekend vacation.
Museums and Tours - Northwestern Pennsylvania
The Crayola Factory Tour is a fun day trip for the whole family. Located in the Poconos Mountains there are plenty of things to see and do. The Crayola Factory is actually an interactive center with several stations for kids and adults to learn all about crayons and to get creative. With all of the art work on display the kids will certainly get some ideas for school. After the factory tour take in the scenery of the Poconos, with some hiking or climbing. There are plenty of cabins and cottages to rent nearby. Hershey's Chocolate world, in Hershey PA., is another great place to visit. The Chocolate World tour is free and "features animated characters, innovative special effects and a spectacular finale!" The town of Hershey is packed with things to see and do so plan to stay a couple of days at the world class resort complex. Nearby is the breathtaking Indian Echo Caverns and the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad. In October the Antique Auto Club of America hosts one of the world's biggest antique auto shows at Hershey.
Museums and Tours - Ohio
The wilds in Cumberland Ohio is a spectacular wild life conservation center. This non-profit conservation center is located on approximately 10,000 acres in Southeastern Ohio. There are rare and endangered species from all over the world living in natural open range habitats. Activities include: safari tours; mountain biking; fishing; birding; butterflies; photography and many other educational and fun events. There is a private lodge available that sleeps twelve. The wilds is a great experience for both kids and adults. While in the area visit the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Paterson Air Force Base near Dayton Ohio. The admission to the museum is free. There are self tours and guided tours. The heritage guided tour is free and the behind the scenes guided tour is also free. Participants of the behind the scenes tour must be at least 12 years old and advanced registration is required. There are some security issues to be aware of so visit the website to find all the information you will need. They also offer tours of the presidential and R& D galleries, which are on the controlled access portion of the base.
Museums and Tours - Northwestern Pennsylvania
Brookville, in Northwestern Pennsylvania, is listed on the national register of historic towns, The restored Victorian main street has won the town recognition as a Pennsylvania outstanding community. Each year there is an elaborate Victorian Christmas celebration. Nearby Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Parks are the setting for the annual Laurel Festival. Side trips include Amish country in Smicksburg where the largest population of Amish in Western Pennsylvania lives. Also visit downtown Clarion "The Autumn Leaf Capital of the World"
Parks and Historical Places - Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, near Cleveland and Akron, is 33,000 acres with the Cuyahoga River running through it. There is an abundance of activities including hiking, biking, fishing and golfing. You can ride the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad, study the history of the Ohio & Erie Canal or attend educational programs.
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