Pennsylvania is home to many historical landmarks and museums. Lights of Liberty in Philadelphia let’s you experience the American Revolution through beautiful hand painted images that are projected up to 50 feet high onto the buildings where the events actually took place over 200 years ago. Visit the National Constitution Center where you can learn about the history of the Constitution through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historical Park. Go to Independence Seaport Museum and explore National Historic Landmarks such as Admiral Dewey’s 1892 cruiser Olympia and go below deck of the WWII Submarine Becuna. Learn astronomy, bioscience, electricity, mathematics, aviation and more hands-on science at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Then, see the many animals at Elmwood Park Zoo, the Lehigh Valley Zoo and Game Preserve, or visit The Philadelphia Zoo which was America’s first zoo. The kids will be sure to smile at Sesame Place where Sesame Street comes to life in a theme park with rides, attractions and entertainment. For more family fun, visit Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom amusement and waterpark with over 100 rides and attractions.
The Erie Zoo is home to over 500 animals, representing more than 100 species from around the world. Waldameer Park & Water World is an amusement park with one of the greatest water parks in the country with over 75 rides, slides, and attractions. Erie Maritime Museum presents the story of Niagara as the reconstructed flagship of Pennsylvania and the warship that won the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Then visit Presque Isle State Park which is a National Natural Landmark where you can relax on any of the 11 beaches, get on the multi-purpose trails, fish or go bird watching.
For family fun and lots of exciting rides visit Kennywood Park, Idlewild Park or sit in the world’s biggest hot tub at Sandcastle Waterpark. Surrounding Sandcastle Waterpark is the Lazy River, which is a gently flowing stream where you can float on an inner-tube for hours. Then visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium which is home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of species. See more than 200 species of birds up-close at the National Aviary. Stop at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and then the Carnegie Science Center where science comes alive with more than 250 exciting, hands-on exhibits. Visit Fort Ligonier and relive the stirring days of young Colonel George Washington, General John Forbes and the encounters of the British and Americans against the French and Indians. Then see the Fort Pitt Museum which is located where the British and French erected the fortifications that protected their claims to the early West and the Indian trade.