Pennsylvania is a state of enormous diversity with the thriving cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as well as incredible mountain vistas, dense forests and beautiful countryside. For a fun vacation, Pennsylvania has something to offer everybody whether you are a culture vulture, an adrenaline junkie or a city sightseer. We all know about the Liberty Bell and Lake Erie but what about taking a look at these activity ideas which are just that little bit more off the well-beaten tourist track.
The Seven Gates Of Hell
In the Hellam township in York, PA, there is a particularly gruesome urban legend that involves a former insane asylum. The story goes that this asylum burnt down revealing the seven gates of hell through the center of the town. This myth has perpetuated over time to give Hellam quite the cult tourism. Satanic groups visit frequently resulting in complaints from locals and law enforcement involvement. If you aren’t on the hunt for Lucifer’s humble abode, Hellam is still well worth a visit for its beautiful countryside, great walks, and picturesque waterfalls.
If you are looking for fun things to do in Lancaster, take a look at heading down a network of zip lines. The adrenaline junkie of your group will be in their element with instructor led tours across a range of outdoor activities including archery, horseback riding, and climbing. For those less inclined to feel the rush of endorphins through physical exertion, there is a luxurious pool to while away the hours in as well as a relaxing walking trail and nature tours.
If you find yourself venturing into the city, make sure you don’t miss ‘The Dream Garden’ glass mural. A feat of human ingenuity and creativity, the vast mural is made out of 100,000 pieces of glass and was installed in 1916. A huge piece of art, this mural attracts visitors from far and wide to admire its beauty.
Indian Echo Caves
Used by the native on your travels.
Haines Shoe House
Mahlon Haines made his fortune making and selling shoes so why wouldn’t he build a shoe house? Known for his eccentricities, Haines allowed any newlywed couple to stay in the shoe house provided they resided in a town where one of his shoe stores was situated. An odd honeymoon, but one that had all expenses paid! In more recent times, the shoe house has been a fun ice cream parlor and a museum dedicated to Mahlon Haines. If you’re after a unique tourist experience, the shoe house would be hard to beat.
Pennsylvania is full of odd, eccentric and undiscovered tourist havens; you just need to know where to look!