We have 2 "musuem" here, but you know what's funny? I can't for the life of me tell you what their exhibits are. You know what's even funnier? I have been to them a million times. There is a reason for this, though...everytime I have gone, the exhibits have changed. I think mostly, they are trying to show Victorian era things or Central PA artifacts. Furniture, architecture, quilts...I have seen Christmas trees here too. I looked at the websites hoping for additional information, but there is really nothing about permanent exhibits--just a 2001 calendar of events. I do know they are cheap to get into, though...and well decorated for whatever they might be showing.
The Slifer House is a beautiful mansion like house and it part of a health care facility...I am pretty sure that's what it was to begin w/ also. It's located on River Road...from rt. 15 at the hospital, turn right and it's down the road about 1/2 mile or so. You'll see it on the hill, it's huge.
The Packwood house is located right in downtown Lewisburg. "It's one of the oldest log structures of it's kind in PA" (quoting the website) and is almost 30 rooms or something. It's at 15 N Water St. right before the bridge on Market st., turn left. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm, but the last tour leaves at 4pm.
The heart of Little League
Williamsport, PA, about 25 minutes north of Lewisburg is perhaps best known for being the site of the Little League World Series. The stadium, headquarters and museum are located in South Williamsport, technically and is definitely a place worth checking out. The museum holds different hours throughout the year and has exhibits geared mostly to kids of Little League Age--there are interactive exhibits on safety, proper nutrition, history and even a room where you can practice and get feedback on pitching and hitting. I would imagine it's very crowded during the time of the World Series, so if possible, I would recommend checking out the museum at some other point in the year.
Knoebles Grove Amusement Park
Fun, Food & Fantasy, it's a great, refreshing place to be for summertime. Knoebles, an amusement resort!
THIS used to be their theme song, and I'm sad it's not anymore. It was a good one. It's still a good place to go despite their questionable marketing decisions...free parking, free admission...pay as you go or get a handstamp. Also much cheaper than hershey park. They have some great rides too--one of the top 10 wooden rollercoasters called the phoenix. The salt and pepper shakers are a but questionable but we still go on them anyway--even when the doors open and you're facing death:) Good times!
Seriously, this place is great b/c there's camping, a pool, kids stuff, miniature golf, good food places. Highly recommended by anyone from central PA, I am willing to bet.
It's about 1/2 hour from Lewisburg...directions on the website:)
Until this past weekend (April 04), I hadn't been to Reptiland since I was a kid and wow, it's really improved!!
They have 4 presentations a day, I believe where you get the chance to touch some of the reptiles they have. When we went, they let us "pet" a 2 year old alligator and a 12' Boa. It was great! I remember as a kid, they would drape a constrictor over 4 of us when we were there for field trips. It's amazing that some kids really don't like that:) I loved it!
In addition to the snakes, which are plentiful, there are also lots of frogs and lizards...
We were fortunate to see one of the traveling exhibits which was in between locations. This one, obviously features frogs...it was really interesting and is on its way to the American Museum of Nature History in New York City. Additionally, there is a reptile traveling exhibit that just came back from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is on its way to Kansas City in June. It's entitled The Beautiful and the Deadly
This particular frog is called a Waxy Monkey frog and is found in S. America. What a great name!
We got to hear a little bit about the American Alligators, too. The one of the left, is the female and the one of the right is the male. Apparently they are in their semi-hibernation and haven't eaten since the fall. All these do during the winter and early spring is walk from the water to the sand (which is heated from underneath). However, when the guide got in the little area, the female wasn't at all happy as he got close to the male. She made some unpleasant noises that I wish I could mimic...it would be a good defense to use at a bar sometime.