C.C.E.E.C. Wildlife Rehab Residence
This is part of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. There are three enclosures along a boardwalk. The first enclosure housed several types of Hawks, Owls and a Raven. The second set of enclosures housed more Owls and the last only had two pens. One housed an American Bald Eagle and the next had a Golden Eagle. These last two are very large. I was able to capture some video of the Bald Eagle squawking or calling out for some reason.
All these enclosures housed birds of prey. They had been injured at some point and rescued by the C.C.E.E.C. They were then rehabilitated but found that they could not be released back into the wild due to the extent of the injuries.
I found the pen that housed the Red-tailed Hawks to be the most interesting. They had 5 hawks and they were all very active, hoping or short flights onto a perch. Out of all the enclosures this was the one you can get closest to.
All the birds are now used for educational purposes. The center is open year round.
- Family Travel
Carbon County Environmental Education Center
The CCEEC is dedicated to educating the public about human impact on the environment. They also provide a number of environmental services like wildlife emergencies, wildlife rehabilitation and residence for non-releasable animals, especially birds of prey.
Inside the main building are a number of stuffed animals that are local to the area. They also have a small library and offer classes on the environment. When I was there they were teaching a class on how to preserve dead animals. Not really sure what they meant by this but there was a group that looked like they were dissecting some animals.
- Museum Visits
- Family Travel
Big Creek Winery
This is a little shop for a winery that is located about 18 miles outside of Jim Thorpe. For the wine tasting you can to try 4 wines free. Their dry wines, both white and red were very good but I am partial to dry.
My favorite was the 2012 Frontenac. Very similar to a Shiraz. I purchased a bottle, only $16 usd. It was good as is but should age nicely.
Their wine is not available in stores and can only be purchased online, this store or the vineyard.
The actual winery is in Kresgeville, PA.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Wine Tasting
Harry Packer Mansion
The mansion was built in 1874 as a wedding gift for Harry Packer from his father, Asa. The Asa Packer Mansion is directly next door and now serves as a museum. The home is beautiful! It fell into disrepair and in 1983 was bought and restored.
The mansion is now a Bed and Breakfast and specializes in Murder Mystery weekends.
Definitely worth the short walk up from Broadway to check out.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
St. Marks Episcopal Church
I was not able to go inside but the architecture of the church is beautiful. The architect was Richard Upjohn Sr. and designed in 1867. The current building was completed in 1869. Definitely worth checking out if you stroll down Race St.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
The activity that my brother in law raved about to us before coming was the train trip so we made sure that we had tickets to go on this. After we were done, he said that the route was not the normal route and that he had been disappointed, apparently this was a shorter route for the Fall Foliage Festival due to the number of people who show up.
We did see some pretty scenery along the river, lots of people kayaking, rafting and riding their bikes along the riverfront trail. The leaves weren't quite changed yet due to the abnormally warm fall but we did see a hint of what was to come along the way.
Be sure to sit on the side of the train on the river side for the best view.
Carbon County Civil War Memorial
There were many soilders from Carbon County that served during the Civil War. In the center of Jim Thorpe, there is a statue honoring the victims from Carbon County. It is a very impressive memorial. Much larger than most areas.
This is the place to go to get a great panaramic view of Jim Thrope and the surround narrow Lehigh Valley. The best view is at the former nightclub/restaurant on Flagstaff Mountain. The area unfortunately is kind of run down. But the view is great.
Hiking the Lehigh Gorge
The second best way to see the Lehigh River Gorge is to walk along the old railroad bed. You can access the old railroad bed in White Haven, Rockport, and Jim Thorpe. There are many little waterfalls that come off the mountains to the river, which are spectacular.
Rafting the Lehigh Gorge
The main attraction for tourist to the Jim Thorpe area is rafting. The Lehigh River between White Haven and Jim Thorpe is one of the most challanging rivers for rafting. This draws thousands of rafters a year. There are 3 major companies that rent rafts that go down the river. These companies have busses to take you to a point on the Lehigh River, which is usually somewhere near White Haven. The shop across the street from the railroad station sells rafting tickets.
Rafting the Lehigh River is a...
Rafting the Lehigh River is a relaxing way to spend a hot Summer day. For those who want a more challenging trip, try the true whitewater trips in the Spring (There's a dam upstream that has scheduled 'releases' at this time).
We've been on the Summer trips at least 4 times over the years and enjoyed them all. A few small sections of easy rapids, several deep slow moving areas for swimming, and lunch along the shore, makes for a fun experience. You're also provided with the tools to thoroughly soak you river rafting companions (especially those that don't want to take a swim)
Walking along Broadway Street
Broadway Street in Jim Thorpe has many historic buildings and shops. You get a real feel here for Pennsylvania architecture.