Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Here is a list of my top 5 favorite PA day trips!!
1) Lake Tobias Wildlife Park–Halifax
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park is a hidden gem in Central PA. The main attraction is the safari tour. Patrons sit in open –air busses while a guide provides expert information about the variety of wildlife that live at the park. You can get up close to such animals as water buffaloes, elands, alpacas, ostriches, bison, and deer. Hint: Purchase a pack of crackers at the concession stand before going on the safari tour! Other attractions include a petting zoo, reptile house, and zoo exhibits.
2) Longwood Gardens–Kennett Square
Over 1000 acres make up one of the country’s finest botanical gardens, Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square. Be sure to visit the Conservatory, the various water gardens and fountains, and the indoor children’s garden. In the children’s garden, children can explore and discover hidden secrets with a scavenger hunt, “paint the walls” in the Grotto Cave and enjoy jumping water fountains.
3) Please Touch Museum–Philadelphia
The first museum in the country specifically designed for children is located in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Two floors of interactive exhibits help children to do what they do best – play! Children can play music on nature-inspired instruments; pretend to shop in a grocery store; imagine being a doctor, nurse, or construction worker; race sailboats or play with bubbles; and have tea with the Mad Hatter in Wonderland. Make time to watch a show in the Please Touch Playhouse Theater and take a ride on the Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel.
4) Cherry Crest Adventure Farm–Paradise
Kids of all ages enjoy the challenge of the Amazing Maize Maze every year at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Paradise, PA. In addition to the maze, there are over 50 activities in the Courtyard and Barnyard. Families can take a farm wagon tour, ride pedal carts, slide down a straw bale racer, hit targets with a giant slinger, or bounce on the jumping pillows. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is open from May to November and hosts special events in the fall.
5) Hershey Gardens–Hershey
Originally created as a rose garden in 1937, the Hershey Gardens overlooks the town of Hershey and the famous, Hershey Park. In addition to the beautiful roses, two main features of the garden include the Children’s Garden and the Butterfly House. The Butterfly House is open from May to September and is home to more than 300 beautiful butterflies. Children are greeted by Hershey Kiss shaped misters and an alphabet trail of plants in the Children’s Garden.