New Castle Things to Do
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McConnells Mill State Park offers scenic views of the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge natural area, the McConnells Mill Covered Bridge and a gristmill built in the 1800s.
Hours: Sunrise – Sunset year round
McConnell’s Mill – The mill was originally built in 1852 by Daniel Kennedy, but was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1868. Thomas McConnell bought the mill in 1875, and made some improvements to make it one of the first rolling mills in the country. It processed corn, oats, wheat and buckwheat for local customers. Though the inside is not always open to visitors, the scenery around the mill makes a visit worthwhile.
McConnell’s Mill Covered Bridge – The bridge is one of two covered bridges in Lawrence county. It was built in 1874. It is drivable and serves on a major route through the park.
Slippery Rock Gorge Natural Area – The natural area consists of 930 acres of rocky outcrops, boulders, old-growth forests, waterfalls and rare plants.
Cleland Rock Vista – Provides an amazing view of the Slippery Rock Gorge.
Hells Hollow – A half-mile trail leads you over Hells Run and to the Hells Hollow Falls and the site of an old limekiln. Essential hike for visitors to the park.
Alpha Pass Scenic Vista – Another place to view the gorge- this view would be better in the fall, winter or early spring after the foliage has fallen.
You can read about our experience at McConnells Mill at my Blog.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
- Historical Travel
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Living Treasures Animal Park in Moraine, PA is designed to allow visitors to get up close to the animals and interact with them. Most of the time, feeding and interaction is encouraged. The zoo's feature a wide variety of animals- from common PA animals to white tigers.
Hours: April 1st - Mid November from 10 am - 6 pm, Memorial Day - September 1st from 10 am - 8 pm
Costs: Adults (12 & over): $8.50, Children (3-11): $5.50, Seniors (62+): $7.00, Children under 2: Free, $3.00 for carrots/pellets to feed the animals, $0.75 for a visitors guide, $5.00 a person for the Safari Ride, $4.00 a person for the camel ride and $2.00 a person for the pony ride.
Estimated Time Needed: 3-4 Hours
Get there early and expect to spend 3-4 hours. Definetly get a bag of carrots and a bucket of pellets (multiple buckets for multiple kids). Definitely do the Safari Ride- it was well worth the $5. The only thing that seemed not worth the value was the camel/pony ride. And bring quarters- you need them to buy a handful of feed for the animals that don't eat carrots/pellets. You can read about our experience at Living Treasures at my Blog.Related to:
- Family Travel
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