Pennsylvania | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Pennsylvania is filled with amazing attractions. For visitors looking for the quirky, interesting and even strange attractions, the following certainly fit the bill.
Crayola Factory, Easton
Although this destination is not the actual manufacturing plant, it is a fun place to learn all about Crayola Crayons. The visitor center has all sorts of interactive and creative activities. Throughout the visitor center children and adults alike will find all sorts of fun realities and history of Crayola Crayons. Best of all, visitors can learn about how Crayola Crayons are made.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Visiting a former penitentiary may not be the first place you consider visiting while on vacation, but a visit to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is different and interesting way to learn about local history. Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 and closed in 1971 due to overcrowding. The penitentiary was re-opened as a tourist attraction, but it was kept in its current condition. Visitors can take guided tours or simply walk through to explore the exhibits and art installations at the penitentiary.
Crystal Cave Park, Kutztown
This cave was discovered in 1871, and it is an amazing underground natural wonder. Visitors to the cave can take tours of the cave, where they can see the calcium crystals and the formations created by water flowing down the walls of the cave. On the 125 acres of Crystal Cave Park, visitors can also enjoy the restaurant, miniature golf course and the sluice, where visitors can purchase some dirt and pour it down the sluice to discover gemstones, emeralds or fossils.
This Cabela's retail store isn't a regular Cabela's retail store. Within the 250,000 square foot location visitors will find some very interesting displays in addition to the usual outdoor merchandise. There are displays of animals, re-creations of natural habitats, aquariums and trophy animals.
Punxsutawney is the site of the famous yearly Groundhog's Day weather prediction. Visitors to Punxsutawney do not have to visit on February 2 to enjoy the fun of the local Groundhog's Day prediction. Visitors can see statues of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, throughout the town. A visit to Gobbler's Knob, where Punxsutawney Phil makes his yearly weather forecast is also great fun. Of course, the best attraction is Punxsutawney Phil himself. He spends his year with other groundhogs in the Groundhog Zoo in their natural habitat.