Thrill seekers will find 7 coasters at Dorney Park, including Possessed, described as a U-shaped, suspended impulse coaster; other rides include Dominator’s 2 towers, where you are either blasted upward or thrust downward, a traditional 1921 Dentzel carousel and Planet Snoopy's 16 new rides and an ice show. Visitors have access to Wildwater Kingdom’s 22 waterslides, two wavepools and two lazy rivers; take the whole family whitewater river rafting through realistic Thunder Canyon. Find Discount Hotels near Dorney Park.
Gettysburg National Military Park
The Union victory, bloodiest battle of the Civil War and site of President Lincoln’s immortal Address are memorialized in this Park. Choose a self-guiding auto tour, a guided bus tour, or explore by hiking, biking or horseback. The Visitor Center presents extensive exhibits, relics and presentations; there are 6 galleries in historic David Wills House as well. Shuttle buses to Eisenhower National Historic Site are provided. Find Discount Hotels near Gettysburg National Military Park.
This sweet park offers 65 rides, some offering sheer excitement and others just for beginners. Among the rides are 11 coasters: the extremely popular Great Bear, featuring an immelman loop, Fahrenheit, a vertical lift inverted loop coaster, and Storm Runner, an 18 story, faster than lightning coaster, boasting 0-72 mph in 2 seconds. Stages and venues offer live family entertainment plus a summer amphitheatre lineup. The Boardwalk, located within the park, offers a zero-depth pool, surfing, a lazy river and thrill rides guaranteed to be wet and wild. Find Discount Hotels near Hersheypark.
Independence National Historical Park
Twenty city blocks of Philadelphia preserve sites from the earliest days of the country, including the President’s House and the First and Second Banks of the United States. The most popular site is Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, the design of the flag selected and the Constitution written. Be aware that Tickets are required for tours, so plan ahead! The famously-cracked, one ton Liberty Bell is found here, and a new Benjamin Franklin Museum is in the works. This park is a fine primer in early American history. Find Discount Hotels near Independence National Historical Park.
Founded in 1898 and designated a national historic landmark in 1987, Kennywood is a traditional amusement park which continues to thrive. Phantom’s Revenge, one of six coasters, has a second drop of 230 feet and boasts speeds of 85 mph, while Skyrocket is guaranteed to induce an extreme adrenaline rush. Visitors still enjoy the walk-thru attraction, Noah’s Ark, the traditional Plunge which is likely to get you wet, and Kiddie Land, which provides over a dozen tot-sized rides. Enjoy popular family-friendly stage shows and an evening laser display. Find Discount Hotels near Kennywood.
Touted by the Travel Channel as one of the Top Ten Amusement Parks in the U.S., this family-oriented park is a blast from the past in atmosphere. There is no charge to enter, you pay as you play. The Grand Carousel with brass rings and organ music gets you in the proper frame of mind, then move on to The Phoenix Roller Coaster and possibly the best bumper cars anywhere. The food is great, adding to the typical park fare you might expect. The Crystal Pool is available to cool you off – the kids will love the twister and tube waterslides. Find Discount Hotels near Knoebels.
Ohiopyle State Park
Youghiogheny River Gorge is stunningly beautiful, and the river sets the background for active recreation. Navigate exciting class III and IV whitewater rapids or slip down two natural waterslides. Visitors thrill to the powerful 20-foot Ohiopyle Falls waterfall, following the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, which is part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, investigating the botanical diversity of Ferncliff Peninsula, mountain biking, horseback riding and taking popular scenic driving tours. Find Discount Hotels near Ohiopyle State Park.
Presque Isle State Park
This sandy beach peninsula provides a plethora of water-related recreation, with its nearly 500-slip marina and four boat launching areas. Take a sightseeing cruise on Lake Erie to view lighthouses, the Isle shoreline and Gull Point Nature Preserve. Tom Ridge Environmental Center offers free admission to interactive exhibits and a 75-foot observation tower. Get active on the Karl Boyes Multi-purpose National Recreation Trail’s almost 14 miles. Scuba diving, ice fishing and fishing are all popular. Find Discount Hotels near Presque Isle State Park.