Pennsylvania Things to Do

  • Battlefield
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  • Battlefield
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    Wheatland - home of James Buchanan
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Pennsylvania Things to Do

  • Independence - Carpenter's Hall

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    The most historic building and one of its oldest. Independence Hall is famed as the birthplace of America. It is here in 1776 that the Declaration of Indepencence was ratified at the start of the American Revolutionary War. One can visit the inside of this historic building and see the way it was and envision the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pine Creek Gorge

    Wellsboro Things to Do

    Railroads seem to have went everywhere once-upon-a-time in Pennsylvania. The Jersey Shore, Pine Creek and Buffalo Railroad, created in 1883, used to haul timber, coal and passengers along the floor of the Gorge. The railroad was phased out in 1988 and the rail line has since been absorbed into the vast network of Pennsylvania's railtrails. Pine Cr

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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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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    With a splendid location this immense building easily reached by the hop-on hop-off bus, provides great views. Without time to enter and admire its collection, one of the greatest in USA, we could only appreciate the site, but it deserves the trip, specially if you have time to enter, of course.

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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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  • Battlefield

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    The Battle of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania). Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee concentrated his full strength against Union Gen. George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac at the crossroads county seat of Gettysburg. BTW, General Meade had been given command of the Army of the Potomac only three days before this fateful battle began. On July 1, Confederate...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Liberty Bell

    4 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Yes, it is there. Yes it is broken. Yes it is well guarded, forcing us to the now common gymnastics of taking off belts, shoes, and everything suspicious or not. I know, that, despite having less than three centuries, it means, for the American, the same than D. Afonso Henriques sword for the Portuguese. So, my dear Americans, be prepared to...

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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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  • 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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  • Waldameer Park

    Erie Things to Do

    Waldameer Park is a nice amusement park for children. Sometimes at amusement parks, people with children find that there are too many rides for adults. This is not the case at Waldameer! In fact, none of the rides are too much for a child. If the child likes to ride rides, then they'll love Waldameer! Adults who don't like rides that are too...

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    The centre of town is dominated by this huge building, that really impressed me. I'm not going to write about it, but strongly advice to follow the link bellow, where all the details are explained by someone more qualified than me.

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  • Zoo

    4.5 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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  • National Cemetary

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    Site of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as well as the resting place for many soldiers (3555?). As I have said before I tend to avoid cemeteries in general. However, it is worth stopping and taking a look around. It is a very humbling sight that puts things into perspective of just how many lives were lost. If you find the somber surroundings a little...

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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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  • Reading Terminal Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    I thoroughly recommend Frank's Wings. The wings are delectably delicious and the cornbread is to die for. The service is fast and efficient. They serve other dishes like perogies and hotdogs but the wings are the best.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Betsy Ross House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    My grandfather sent my grandmother this card in 1907 from Philadelphia. My grandmother had gone home to her parent's house in Henderson NC. He writes "9/2/07 Although this is a holiday [Labor Day] came in from Berwyn to see what was doing & will write later in the day. The front of the card calls Betsy Ross's house THE WORLD'S MOST NOTED...

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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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  • National Miltary Park

    5 out of 5 stars

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    Impressed with the enormous Visitors center. The orientation theater provided a :20 introduction before the fabulous. The Cyclorama was very impressive, a massive 360 degree oil-on-canvas paintings with cannons, grasses, fences and even life-sized figures. We walked around a central platform, literally in the center of a three-dimensional Civil War...

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  • Elfreth's Alley

    4 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Elfreth's Alley is commonly regarded to be the oldest continuously inhabited street in America. Most of Colonial Philadelphia looked like this: cobblestone lanes between the major thoroughfares, small two-story homes, and pent eaves over doors and windows, a local trademark. Since 1702, Elfreth's Alley has been home to more than 3,000 people....

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  • PNC Park

    5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    Baseball is quoted as "America's Past Time". Although technically this isn't true now, there is nothing better than a Pittsburgh Pirates home game in the early evening or early afternoon. PNC Park was made in 2001 and has since hosted multiple "Special" Major League Baseball events. It has been consistantly voted as one of the best baseball...

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  • Jenny Wade Museum

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    The Jennie Wade House Museum and Gift Shop is a very quaint museum with a big story! This is the home where the only civilian was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg! Jennie Wade was at her sisters home when a stray bullet came through two tours and killed her instantly! The home is in the same condition it was in on that fateful day in 1863. There...

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  • Muetter Museum

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    I got to visit the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia a couple of months ago. It has lost of amazing, interesting and freaky things on display. I wrote a post with some photos (not allowed in the museum but I couldn't resist)- http://michaelwtravels.blogspot.com/2011/11/mutter-museum-museum-of-medical.html

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  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass Place - PPG

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    In the summertime, PPG Place is a great place just to sit, eat, and relax. There is a fountain around the central obelisk that is like a little water show. Children often like to come to play in the water. In the wintertime, the fountain area is converted into an ice skating rink with a Christmas tree in the center. It's beautiful to look at, and...

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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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  • 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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