Pennsylvania Things to Do

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Pennsylvania Things to Do

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Getting to appreciate art by what Id been seeing and experiencing in Europe it was great to visit here to see another Van Gogh ('Sunflowers' home is here!), Degas, Monet and Rodin amongst other notables! Marathon runners were outside running around Philadelphia and crossing the finish line somewhere near the museum which added an interesting event...

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  • Mount Washington

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    We took the Monongahela Incline to reach the top of Mount Washington, which is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's south city area. It is known for its steep hill overlooking the Pittsburgh skyline, which was rated the second most beautiful vista in America by USA Weekend (and the best urban vista). We really liked the views of Pittsburgh...

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  • Devil's Den

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    Known also as the Valley of Death and the Slaughter Pen, this strange large set of boulders and rocks at the base of Little Round Top was the scene of heavy fighting, when Union artillery batteries and infantry units were located here to protect the main lines. On July 2nd, the Confederates mounted a large attack on the Federal troops, forcing the...

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  • Presque Isle State Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Erie Things to Do

    On Erie's waterfront, overlooking Lake Erie and Presque Isle, is Bicentennial Tower. Built in 1995 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city's founding, it stands 187 feet high. The observation deck, at 138 feet, offers the best view of the city and the surrounding areas. It is one of the city's must-see attractions. Across the water is...

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  • Amish Farm and Home

    Lancaster Things to Do

    The difference between the Amish Farm (guided tour) in 1978 and revisited in 2006 was extremely little. There was the soft-spoken, stern-looking narrator in traditional clothing and beard (for the man) and cap and skirt (for the woman); the buggy tour around the farm with a look at all the hand operations (although i thought i spied an electric...

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  • Pine Creek Gorge

    Wellsboro Things to Do

    It may be located in a very quiet and rural area but its breath taking to say the least... I've lived in the area for 34 years and I still love going up to the look outs and walking the trails. My kids love going and seeing the eagles fly around the gorge and the numerous animals and birds that are about the area.

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  • Spillway

    Pymatuning State Park Things to Do

    The fish in the spillway are pretty big and so close together that it sometimes looks like a snake nest.... and they are packed so solid that ducks can walk over them. By the way fishing is absolutely forbidden directly at the spillway, only further out on the lower lake. Not all the bread is eaten by the fish, the geese and ducks get their...

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  • Kings Covered Bridge

    Somerset Things to Do

    We stopped to check out this bridge on our trip to Gettysburg Pa. It was a nice bridge .. there were several in the area and a nice piece of history. This bridge was built in the 1800's and repaired in 1905.

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  • Trostletown covered Bridge

    Stoystown Things to Do

    Another great bridge in our trip to Pa. We were heading to Gettysburg and to Amish country and stopped to see several very nice covered bridges. They are a great piece of history. This lovely bridge was built in 1873

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  • Fallingwater

    Pennsylvania Things to Do

    This is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most well-known designs. Prairie style meets forested canyon. In fact, the house is erected directly above a waterfall. Designed in 1935 and completed in 1939, the home still seems modern. Wright was well into a long career when he designed Falling water - along with much of the interior furniture. This design...

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  • ChinaTown

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Philadelphia Chinatown is a great place to go because it has over fifty different restaurants! I like to often go there with my friends for dinner. Many different types of Chinese food are offered, including Cantonese, Sichuan, and Taiwanese. There are also foods from other Asian cultures available. Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese food is available....

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  • Station Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    Station Square is a great mix of restaurants (over 20!!), shops, activities and attractions located on a 50+ acre site along the Monongahela River just opposite the Golden Triangle area of Pittsburgh and next to the Smithfield Street Bridge. It's the brainchild of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation which wanted to put to use the area...

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  • Battlefield

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    There are Battlefield Tours by Car, tour buses, walking tours, audio CD's available but we did the tour on our own. We purchased a map of the Military Park and stopped at the Auto Tour signs with numbers to the left coordinating with a map and guide navigating the battlefield tour and identifying historic sites. We stood at many of the markers or...

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  • Brig Niagara

    Erie Things to Do

    This is a great history lesson about the war of 1812. Ride in the brig Niagara,and help put up the sails by hand. The captain gives a talk of the battle for Lake Erie and the hero Comodore Perry. His battlecry was "Don't give up the ship"

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  • Penn's Landing

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    This is a must for any military history buff. A rare look and navel technology of the time between sail and modern fleets. Well maintained and not altered to suit tourist, as it should be. But no air-con or OSHA stairs so get a taste of what Dewey's lads lived and Spanish American War guns were. The sub tied up nearby is also of interest.

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  • Duquesne Incline

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    Pittsburgh is quite an old city with a history reflected in its old neighborhoods, old buildings, old streets and a reputation for once being THE leading steel and glass producing city in the country. In other words, Pittsburgh has a particular identity. The Duquesne Incline is part of Pittsburgh's historical identity and also a unique mode of...

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  • Little Round Top

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    The peak of Little Round Top is 650 feet above sea level. It rises 150 feet above nearby Plum Run to the west and is covered with large boulders. During the battle, the western slope was generally free from vegetation, while the summit, eastern and southern slopes were lightly wooded. On 2 Jul 1863, it was the key point in the Union Army's...

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  • Waldameer Park

    Erie Things to Do

    This is an awesome park for children and adults! The water park is great, it has something for everyone. The only problem I have with it is it should be open the entire week before Labor day as normal. If you check some other parks in the area they are still open.

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  • Independence - Carpenter's Hall

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    We waiting on line at the visitors center for free timed tickets to go inside Carpenters Hall. It is opened Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-4pm. We then walked behind Carpenters Hall and got in line for our tour. Initially we sat and watched a brief video and were given facts from our guide before we were given facts and information about signers...

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  • Strip District

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    The Senator John Heinz History Center is located in Pittsburgh's Strip District just a few blocks from Downtown. The museum building opened in April 1996 in an abandoned Chautauqua ice warehouse to recognize and present Western Pennsylvania's unique heritage. The Today the museum occupies 275,000 square feet on six floors, making it the largest...

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  • Pennsylvania Memorial

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    Dedicated to both the 11th PA Infantry as well as their mascot "Sallie." To be honest the reason I wanted to find this monument was because of the stories I had heard about Sallie. For the full story about Sallie. For those looking for this monument it is easy to over look it. The "back" of the monument is facing the road so if you did not know...

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  • Erie Maritime Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Erie Things to Do

    This museum on the lakeshore is dedicated to Erie's history as a Great Lakes port with emphasis on Erie's role in the War of 1812. The highlight of the museum is a tour on a recreation of the Brig US Niagra, which was commanded by Oliver Perry in the war of 1812.

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  • Liberty Bell

    4 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Go to the web site to read more about this important American Icon. You can find information about the inscription on the bell from Leviticus 25:10: "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof." This Old Testament verse refers to the "Jubilee", or the instructions to the Israelites to return property and free slaves...

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  • Kennywood Amusement Park

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    This is a lovely amusement park with fun rides (unless you are a roller-coaster buff) and great food. The only down side is the price, which has increased greatly over the past 5 years. I typically took the night-rider specials (come in after 5pm and pay less), but the price of this has increased from 12.99 about five years ago to 19.99 now. As...

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  • Cemetery Hill

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    The cemetery is location Cemetery Hill in Gettysburg. Cemetery Hill was actually named before the battle because of a small city cemetery called Evergreen Cemetery that was established in 1854. Cemetery Hill also played a role in the Battle of Gettysburg. On the first day of battle, 1 July 1863, Union lead elements under the command of General...

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  • Erie Peninsula

    Erie Things to Do

    When in Erie, a great thing to do is take a small trip to the peninsula. It is a popular place for walks, swimming, fishing, bike rides, picnics, boat rides, and so on. Also, being a peninsula, it provides very nice views of Lake Erie. If you are planning to spend some time in Erie, the peninsula is well worth the visit.

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  • City Hall

    4 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    We toured City Hall the largest and tallest City Hall in the United States. The tower reaches 548’ to the top of William Penn’s statue. The bronze statue of the founder of Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania is 37’ tall and weighs 27 tons. There are over 250 marble statues ornamenting the exterior of the building. The observation deck is just...

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  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    I will never learn! Sorry, but there's nothing to do! I will never get acquainted with American scale. Having a day in Pittsburgh to visit a school, I used my Portuguese sense of time, size and distance, and optimistically planned a visit to the library... the museum... "I would try to use time as accurately as possible". I did! I had the exact...

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  • National Miltary Park

    5 out of 5 stars

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    The tremendous Visitor Center features a huge gift shop, lots of bathrooms, restaurants, coffee shops, maps and information. Movies and activities introduced us to the Battle of Gettysburg and will prepare you for a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield. The Film and Cyclorama includes A New Birth of Freedom, a film narrated by Morgan Freeman and...

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  • Warner Theater

    Erie Things to Do

    Located in downtown Erie at 811 State Street, the fabulous WARNER THEATER bears the name of the famous Warner Bros. who commissioned it to be built in 1929. The theater provides more than 2,250 seats. Designed by the famous Rapp & Rapp Company of Chicago, the theater opened its doors in 1931. Furnished and decorated in the Art Deco and French...

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  • South Street

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Parked at New Market Garage around the corner from Cafe Nola on a Saturday night, after I had a wonderful meal (I highly recommend Cafe Nola, the food and the staff were great!) I proceeded to take a very brief stroll down South Street to walk off my dinner. When I retrieved my car and was ready to pay to exit, the girl mumbled my total, having...

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  • Andy Warhol Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    To many, the name Andy Warhol is synonymous with the popular 1960s Pop Art movement! And indeed, he was one of the most influential artists of his time. His artwork, as well as he himself, has stood the test of time to become quite iconic! He even coined the phrase "15 minutes of fame" with his quote, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous...

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  • High Water Mark Memorial

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    When I left the new visitors' center, I decided to start the self-guided auto tour from Pleasanton Avenue, since I had already seen the Cemetery Hill portion by foot. The Pennsylvania Memorial (#12) is the first thing you see. You may actually park and start there if you turn on the little road before Hancock Avenue (which is one-way north). It was...

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  • Erie Zoo

    Erie Things to Do

    Hey, I am kind of an animal person... I don't really agree with keeping animals caged in an environment that isn't natural to them. I do think that in order for knowledge and awareness to occur, there has to be a grey area. I have mixed feelings. I just hope that the animals are well taken care of, loved, and kept in environments that are at least...

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    The Reading Terminal Market opened in 1892. The street-​level Market reverberated with the sound of trains rumbling overhead. The stalls were laid out in a grid pattern with twelve aisles running east-​west and four wider avenues running north-​south. Sawdust was spread on the floor to absorb spills and moisture rising from the...

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  • Point State Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    Fort Duquesne located at the confluence of the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio Rivers gave the French control of the Ohio River Valley, that is until the British took it and named it Fort Pitt in 1758. Today, the Fort Pitt Blockhouse is what remains of the fort, other than the archeological evidence, and is regarded as the oldest structure...

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  • National Cemetary

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    The gravestones are laid out in rows, marking the graves for over 3,500 Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg. Over 10,000 died at Gettysburg alone, during the four years of the Civil War, over 620,000 Americans perished. The graves are arranged in a wide semi-circle that radiate out from the Soldiers’ National Monument, which marks the center of...

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  • Seawolves, Minor League Baseball

    Erie Things to Do

    Well, I couldn't really tell you much about this because we actually got rained out of a game, I still had fun. I got to meet the mascot. and take a picture with him, but unfortunately those were in the days before I had a digital camera so I don't get to show you me and the mascot... : (

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  • Center City

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Among Center City's neighborhoods are Penn's Landing, Old City, Society Hill, South Street, Washington Square West, Market East, Chinatown, Logan Square, the Museum District (located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway), Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square, the Avenue of the Arts (South Broad Street), and Jewelers' Row. Center City is home to most...

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  • Cathedral of Learning

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    The Cathedral of Learning is the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh's campus. Rising over 500 feet tall, with 42 floors, it is the second-tallest academic building in the world. It houses a number of departments within the university, including Philosophy, History, English, and Religious Studies. The cathedral of learning was built in the...

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  • Hall of Presidents

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    The Hall of Presidents is a collection of wax figures that represent Presidents of the United States. Each is complete with a backdrop that represents their time period they served as President. Their is even a collection of wax figures of The Hall of First Ladies. We didn't get the chance to visit it, but wanted to include it because neat places...

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  • Christ Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Christ church (pic 1) is a protestant Episcopal church that was built in 1754 in Georgian style (replacing the old wood and brick church) and it is one of the historic churches in US. Many famous figures, from B.Franklin, G,Washinghton to Betsy Ross worshipped here of course. I didn’t really feel impressed by the simple interior (pic 2) so we...

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  • Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    One of the finest zoos in the Northeast is the Pittsburgh Zoo. With over 6,000 animals, it is a must-see for families. Here are exhibits of animals from all over the world--Africa, the Amazon rain forest, North America, Asia, and elsewhere.

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  • Peace Light Memorial

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    The Peace Light was dedicated in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is a memorial to the fighting that ensued during the Battle of Gettysburg on this area referred to as Oak Hill. It was dedicated on the 75th anniversary of the battle with more than 1800 Civil War veterans attending the ceremony. The monument is comprised of Maine...

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  • Boathouse Row

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Boathouse Row is a historic site consisting of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. Each of the boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on both Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive. Boathouses #2 through #14 are part of a group known as the Schuylkill Navy, which encompasses several other...

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