On this page we have listed many great attractions in nearby Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. There is so much to explore in these areas. Some of the attractions may be a good drive but most of these day trips are less than a couple of hours from most parts of central and Northern NJ
Only 90 minutes from NYC and Philadelphia
Blue Mountain Ski Area is located along the Kittatinny Ridge, which is part of the far-reaching Appalachian Mountains. The 164-acre ski area is best known for skiing, snow tubing and snowboarding adventures. Blue Mountain Ski Area is the home of Pennsylvania's highest vertical and most varied terrain, with some of the longest runs in PA! During the winter months beginner and experienced skiers, tubers and boarders can enjoy 39 ski trails, 22 tubing lanes and 16 convenient lifts. Extend your stay with one of their Ski and Stay Packages. The ski resort has 12 winter dining locations and exceptional local lodging partners. The scenic beauty of the Blue Mountain is unparalleled.
In the spring and summer, discover new adventures at Blue Mountain at their brand-new Mountain Adventure Center. The Adventure Center boasts Disc Golf, Mountain Biking Trails, Outdoor Laser Tag, a 3-level high and low ropes course, climbing wall and ziplining. Challenge yourself to the climbing wall, which consists of 3 levels of difficulties for all abilities, bring a group to build camaraderie and self-confidence. The laser tag park has two unique playing zones and three types of games, reservations are required. Come out for the day or make it a weekend adventure getaway!
Visit PA's greatest natural wonder! Discovered in 1871, Crystal Cave has delighted tourists for over 140 years. Underground tours lead by knowledgeable and courteous guides, movie presentation about caves, souvenir and rock shops, panning for gemstones, nature trail, picnic facilities, 150 scenic acres, and historical exhibit. Miniature golf, ice cream parlor, Crystal Cave Café, and museum are open seasonally. Crystal Cave is open daily March 1 thru November 30th, 9 AM to 5 PM with extended summer hours. Closed December, January, and February. Crystal Cave is a great family and field trip destination. Special group rates for 15 people or more. For additional information visit our website at www.crystalcavepa.com or call 610-683-6765. 963 Crystal Cave Road ,Kutztown, Pa 19530. Located midway between Reading and Allentown.
Ride or Drive on the Famous NASCAR Track, Pocono Raceway!
We provide a first-class driving experience on a huge 2.5-mile NASCAR track. We offer stock car experiences ranging from a 3-lap Ride to an 80-Mile Drive. So if you have ever dreamt of taking the checkered flag in a real racecar on a real racetrack, now you can turn that dream into a reality. That's right! The staff at StockCar Racing Experience will suit you up, teach you what you need to know, and put you behind the wheel of a SPRINT Cup style stock car on the super speedway at Pocono Raceway. This is the experience of a lifetime and makes a great gift!! Or race wheel-to-wheel only 1 inch off the ground in our 50 MPH karts on a road course inside Pocono Raceway. We also specialize in corporate events and can accommodate groups of all sizes. Give your guests an experience they will truly remember and always associate with your business.
Nature's underground wonderland
Take a day trip to Hellertown, Pennsylvania and discover a natural underground wonderland you never knew existed! Hellertown's Lost River Caverns was discovered in 1883 when quarry workers ignited black powder in order to remove limestone from the cliff face. In the years following, the caverns have been detailed by Lehigh University in 1886, used as a ballroom by locals looking to escape the summer heat, used by local fraternities for initiation ceremonies and by bootleggers to store their illegal liquor.
In 1930, after the installation of handrails, lights and walkways, the caves opened to the public. For almost 100 years, guided tours have been offered to the all who want to discover this natural landmark. Tours are 30 to 45 minutes long and cover about 1200 feet of the caves. Once inside, you will discover rare and magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations. Outside of the caves, The Gilman Museum houses fossils, antiques, gems and minerals dating back to the 17th century. The Gem Mill is a functioning reconstruction of a 19th century mining operation; uncover your own gemstones! 1800 feet of nature trails traverse the grounds, take a nature hike and discover the surrounding beauty or enjoy a picnic outside.
Open all year!
Bushkill FallsClosed December through March Bushkill PA (717) 588-6682
The "Niagara of Pennsylvania". Bushkill falls is among the Keystone States most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the waterfalls and the surrounding forest. Bushkill falls is the most impressive, picturesque romantic attractions on the entire east coast.
Penn's CaveOPEN YEAR ROUND except January Centre Hall PA (814) 364-1664
One of Americas only all-water cavern and Wildlife Park. The Cavern tour is an awesome guided one-hour tour by motorboat on an underground stream. The farm and wildlife tour is a guided 90-minute motorized tour over the thousand acres of Penn's cave forests and fields which have been carefully preserved as a natural habitat for birds, plants and animals. Animals such as deer, elk, wolves, bears, bison and mustangs are often seen on tours. This is a must visit if you are in the Centre Hall area!
The 15,500-acre Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. This large park has over 40 miles of hiking trails, three state park natural areas and miles of trout streams. The Boulder Field, a striking boulder-strewn area, is a national Natural Landmark. Camping is also available.
Amazing Houdini Tour and Fun Magic ShowOPEN YEAR ROUND 1433 North Main st Scranton PA 570-342-5555 Houdini Tours and magic shows are great fun for the family. The Houdini Museum has been called one of the most unique museums and attractions in the world. The show also includes two of the best, nationally known magicians, Dorothy Dietrich and John Bravo.
Amish Experience TheatreOPEN YEAR ROUND
Plain & Fancy Farm, Route 340, Bird-in-Hand PA 717-768-8400 Located at the Plain and fancy farm in Lancaster- People from around the world come here to journey and explore the natural beauty of the Amish farmlands. Take Bus tours of the surrounding Amish farmlands, have a mouth watering all-you-can-eat family style meal, take a tour of an Old Order Amish House and enjoy the spectacular F/X Theater production of "Jacob's Choice". Wonderful day trip for the whole family.
The Amish VillageOPEN YEAR ROUND 199 Hartman Bridge Rd. Ronks, PA 17572, 717-687-8511
Located in beautiful Dutch County PA. The Amish Village is a magical place where you can experience the Amish way of life in a true authentic Amish Village and farmhouse. Experience the real way that the Amish thrive and work within their community. See a culture that hasn't changed much in over 300 years! There are several unique tours to choose from and all tours are well suited for children of all ages.
Cherry Crest Adventure FarmOPEN SEASONALLY FROM SPRING TO FALL 150 Cherry Hill Rd. Ronks, PA 17572, 717-687-6843
The Cherry Crest Adventure farm is one of the first farms that started the infamous corn maze craze. There are many activities for the children including the barnyard and private campfires. Plan to set aside 4 to 5 hours for this awesome PA day trip idea. The Amish Village is nearby so you can make this a great one day, day trip to Pennsylvania!
Lehigh Valley ZooOPEN YEAR ROUND 5150 Game Preserve Road Schnecksville PA 610-799-4171 The Game Preserve features 1,200 acres of a delightful experience for all the senses. You can relax as you walk through two miles of beautiful grassy and wooded areas, complete with flowing streams and an authentic old-fashioned covered bridge or can enjoy the many animal's in the zoo. A favorite program is ""Feeding Time at the Zoo"" were children can watch animals being fed!
Fernwood ResortOPEN YEAR ROUND 2157 River Road East Stroudsburg, PA 18302, 570-588-6661
Where do we start when it comes to things to do at the Fernwood Resort? Come and stay at one of their Tree top Villa's and enjoy everything from snow tubing, zip lining, skiing, horseback riding, canoing, golfing and much more! Everything is located nearby in the beautiful Pocono Mountains!
Catacombs RestaurantOPEN YEAR ROUND Bube’s Brewery, 102 North Market Street, Mount Joy, Pa 17552, 717-653-2056 in Lancaster is several stories below the surface of the street in the aging cellars of Bube's Brewery. A costumed guide will greet you and lead you on a tour of the brewery on your way to dinner. You will descend 43 feet into the stone-lines vaults of the Catacombs. There you will find a unique fine dining experience, with a menu that includes a variety of traditional and gourmet dishes.
Dutch Wonderland 2249 Lincoln Hwy. E. Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-291-1888
This is the dream of all dreams for kids! Kids can enjoy over 30 rides and attractions including Duke's Lagoon water play area. There are shows, events and camping nearby which makes this a great Pennsylvania day trip or overnight getaway for the entire family.
Sesame PlaceOPEN MAY THROUGH OCTOBER
100 Sesame Place Langhorn PA (215) 757-1100 Sesame Place is a wonderful place to spend a weekend with your younger children in Eastern Pennsylvania. The all-time classic icons of children's television comes alive before your very eyes, and there's so much to see and do that the whole family will have no problem spending an entire day here. The Parade is awesome and not to be missed. The kids get to touch and play with the characters.
Crayola FactoryOPEN YEAR ROUND 30 Centre Square Easton PA (610) 515-8000 The Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing is a hands-on discovery center for children that provides educational and creative personal development experiences. You will be able to participate in numerous activities and crafts where your only creative limitation is your imagination. You will color, draw and create with the latest Crayola products. Best of all take a tour of the factory and see how Crayons are made.
The great amusement parkKnoebels is located in the gorgeous Susquehanna valley -For those of you not afraid to venture out a little
The Choo Choo Barn Trainstown, USA in Strasburg, PA will allow you to witness a 1,700 square foot model train layout with amazing miniature scenery. Open year round. Check their website for rates and hours.
Have you always wanted to hike theAppalachian trail? You can find all the info at this great link. Find out the best spots to get on the trail and go for a day or a week long adventure!
The ACAA Museum located at Hersey Park in Hershey PA, is a unique museum featuring vintage restored vehicles set in time period scenes as they would have been when the vehicles were made. The museum offers many awesome events throughout the entire year. OPEN YEAR ROUND