Pennsylvania Things to Do

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Pennsylvania Things to Do

  • Independence - Carpenter's Hall

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Revered by the American, this old (very old, in American scale) building is a landmark in their history, and a reference to democracy. Don't expect astonishing sights, just the authenticity and the respectful image for a short but brilliant history.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Washington Crossing Historic Park

    Washington Crossing Things to Do

    Before we went up and climbed the Bowman Hill Tower, we visited the Historic Park. We saw the Old Ferry Inn, and we went into the visitor's center and saw the replica of Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River. I also took some photos of the houses in the village

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Devil's Den

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    Ok .. Im really not a history buff like my husband and I was very concerned this area would prove boring like back in school. Wow was I wrong . . yeah lots of history here but even without the history this area is so scenic it's a joy to drive and walk around. This was my favorite are in Gettysburg ... so pretty and fall was a great time to go....

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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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  • Bowman's Hill Tower

    Washington Crossing Things to Do

    One of the places we visited in 1969 when we lived near Philadelphia was Washington Crossing and of course we had to climb the 125 foot tower that was on top of Bowman’s Hill. On a clear day, you can see 14 miles. This wasn't a tower that was here when Washington made his crossing - it was built in 1929-31 to commemorate what may have been a...

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  • Liberty Bell

    4 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    When asked what’s there to see and do in Philly, the first answer is almost always the Liberty Bell. And often, the first thing to see in Philly, before going on to other attractions. Brief history - Commissioned in 1751, the bell was rung to make public announcements. It cracked upon its first use, when it was hung in the Pennsylvania State House...

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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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  • 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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  • City Hall

    4.5 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 able to write about it, but I dare to transcribe visitphilly: Overview City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out. The public rooms are among the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Betsy Ross House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    The Betsy Ross house has a self guided tour that exhibits period style furniture are informative signage through three floors of the dwelling. It is very interesting to see the size of the rooms as compared to what people are used to today. There are two upper levels and a basement area. Photography is permitted and there is a $5 fee per person to...

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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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  • 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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  • Christ Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Christ Church was founded in 1695 as an extension of the Church of England. The church building opened in 1727 as a small brick structure. The structure here today was built in 1744. The steeple came later, in 1754, and was funded by a lottery that Benjamin Franklin initiated. After the Revolutionary War, Christ Church became the birthplace of the...

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  • Phipp's Conservatory

    5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    too early for butterflies but nice gardens and art glass. worth the visit and cost. There was a charge for parking and had to walk a block or so. I think parking was around 3 dollars and had to go back a put a ticket on our dash. Didn't see others doing this but didn't want to take a chance for a fine. We spent 2-3 hours exploring. Came...

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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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  • 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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  • Elfreth's Alley

    4 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    This is a small alley way on the north side of Elfreth's Alley. It is easy to walk past as I did and only noticed it when walking back up Elfreth's toward 2nd Street. There is only three homes down this short quiet alley. At the end the alley turns left into a circular courtyard. I nice quiet surprise. In 1946, two of the houses were saved from...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rodin Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Philadelphia Things to Do

    Halfway of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a building was built to expose the private collection of Jules Matbaum, donated to the city. It's the largest collection of Rodin outside Europe, and it's easily accessed by all the touristic transportation. Unfortunately, we had no time to enter!

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  • Carnegie Science Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh Things to Do

    This showing is very good. it happens to be in Pittsburgh for a few months and we made a point to see this fascinating show. If it visits a city near you or if your visiting Pittsburgh, Pa. take the time to look at this work it's really amazing.

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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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  • Penn's Landing

    4 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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  • 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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  • Willis House

    Gettysburg Things to Do

    Erected ca 1814, this building is the best know in Gettsburg. In 1863 it was the home of David Wills and family. Wills, a local attorney, is traditionally given credit as being the father of the Soldiers National Cemetery, for propsoing the Pennsylvania provide,....a common burial ground for the Union dead." This idea was supported by all the...

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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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  • 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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