Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau, 501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, (800) 723-8824, www.padutchcountry.com.
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association, 902 N. Second St., Harrisburg, (717) 232-8880, www.patravel.org.
Pennsylvania Visitors Guide, (800) 847-4872, www.experiencepa.com.
Pennsylvania Visitors Network, www.pavisnet.com.
State Ventures Inc. Pennsylvania, www.pennsylvania.com.
Brandywine Museum, Rte. 1, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, www.brandywinemuseum.org, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, $8, seniors, students, and ages 6-12 $5, ages under 6 free, (and free 9:30 a.m.-noon Sundays in June and Sept.). This museum presents the art of the Brandywine region within the context of American art, the art of Howard Pyle and the Wyeth family (as in N.C. and Andrew), and the development of American illustration.
Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton, (601) 515-8000, www.crayola.com/factory. Well, who doesn't love crayons? Thanks to the "factory," kids and their parents can see hands-on demonstrations on how the markers and crayons are made and play around with the numerous interactive exhibits.
The Franklin Mint Museum, Franklin Center, Rte. 1, Franklin Center, (610) 459-6168. A fine museum collection of all things Franklin Mint. You can see everything from Jackie O's fake pearls to Star Trek memorabilia. Wait, Jackie O owned even one fake pearl? Hard to believe.
Gettysburg National Military Park, 97 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, (717) 334-1124, www.nps.gov/gett. What trip to Pennsylvania would be complete without a stop at Gettysburg?
Hershey Park, Hershey, (800) 437-7439, www.hersheypa.com. Remember riding the Sooper Dooper Looper or the sidewinder, while stuffing your face full of chocolate? If not, you've got some catching up to do.
Indian Echo Caverns, 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, (717) 566-8131, www.indianechocaverns.com. Make it a point to stop by on your way to Hershey Park. Everyone else does.
Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, (717) 569-0401, www.landisvalleymuseum.org. A recreation of a 19th century Pennsylvania Dutch village. Children can learn woodworking, play with animals, take buggy rides, and explore the one-room schoolhouse. Parents can do all of this as well.
Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, 6019 Chambersburg Road, Orrtanna, (717) 352-3792, www.mistereds-elephantmuseum.com. Did you love Dumbo as a child? Mister Ed's got just the thing for you: over 6,000 elephant sculptures, figurines, and doohickeys from around the world, made from about anything you can imagine.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, (215) 763-8100, www.philamuseum.org. For all art lovers visiting the Philly area. Expand your mind with a visit to the museum.
Pocono Mountains, Northeastern Pennsylvania, (800) 762-6667, www.800poconos.com. White-water rafting, skiing, golf, pretty much endless outdoor activities. One of the most popular places to visit in the state.
Yuengling Brewery, 5th and Mahantongo streets, Pottsville, (570) 628-4890, www.yuengling.com. Take a tour of the brewery and learn a bit about its history. A cold beer is a mighty fine thing on a hot summer night. Provided you're of age, of course.
Zippo Lighter Visitor's Center and Museum, 1932 Zippo Drive, Bradford, (888) 442-1932, www.zippo.com. If you really like these lighters, Bradford is the place to be. The museum is a look at some fine Americana. Remember, no smoking.
Confluence 2004, July 23-25, 1 Industry Lane, Pittsburgh, (724) 695-0002, $30-$40, children $15-$30, ages under 5 free, trfn.clpgh.org/parsec/conflu. It may be geeks that unite in this conference focused on science-fiction and fantasy literature, but loads of kids get turned onto reading through exactly these genres of books, so quit judging.
Fourth of July Celebration, 6-11 p.m. June 28-July 3, Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, 201 S. Walnut St., Martinsburg, (814) 793-2176. Ride the rides, eat the eats, lose the games, and fire the fireworks (or maybe let the professionals do that one).
Garden Art Exhibit, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays June 30-July 30, Bedford County Arts Center, 137 East Pitt St., Bedford, (814) 623-1538. If you enjoy looking at or buying garden related artwork, you'd be crazy not to go.
Hot Glass Demo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 29-30, 25579 Plank Road, Cambridge Springs, (814) 734-8800. Watch Herb and Colleen Thomas as they shape and mold glass. Just remember to let the glass cool before you touch it.
Pittsburgh Folk Festival, May 28-30, 11 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, (412) 278-1267, www.pghfolkfest.org. For three days you can enjoy international music like never before. Barto the Belgian comic acrobat will be there too. You know, the Barto the Belgian comic acrobat.
Pocono Mountains Film Festival, July 7-11, Chateau Resort and Conference Center, 300 Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 619-4102, www.chateauresort.com. Screw Sundance. Features, shorts, documentaries, and screenplays are the focus of this independent film pow wow in the mountains. Hit the scheduled events to take full advantage of this filmmakers' networking haven.
Tip-A-Canoe and Barbecue too!, 2 p.m. July 17, Brandywine River, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-8315, www.youngfriends.org, $60, ages 12 and under free (ticket covers canoe, paddles, personal floatation devices, and barbeque). The Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy put together this good time benefit that includes a canoe ride down the river to a barbeque and live music.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Crooked Creek Horse Park and Trail, R.D. 6, Box 279 G, Friendship Plaza, Kittanning, (724) 295-3294, www.crookedcreekhorsepark-faha.com. Don't let the name fool you, people are allowed there, too.
Hiking and Recreation, pavisnet.com/hiking. Take in the grandeur of Pennsylvania while rafting, fishing, backpacking, or watching elk. Because if you don't watch the elk, who will?
Hopewell Recreational Area, Bradford, (814) 723-5150, www.fs.fed.us/r9/allegheny. Do you like camping? Fishing? Restroom facilities? Of course you do. Just remember to leave the car behind, since the grounds are only accessible by walking or by boat.
Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, (215) 247-5777, www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum. Beauty and knowledge come together at this University of Pennsylvania attraction. Thank goodness ugliness and ignorance didn't come together, because that'd be one sketchy arboretum.
Adamstown Antique Flea Market, Rte. 272 Adamstown, (215) 484-4385. Find furniture, books, jewelry, and other stuff to fill your garage or attic.
Choo Choo Barn and the Shops of Traintown, Rte. 741 East, Box 130, Strasburg, (717) 687-7911. All aboard to see life in a microcosm of model trains and tiny plastic train conductors.
Greene County Pottery Works, 147 E. High St., Waynesburg, (724) 627-9565. You know, pots. Whatever.
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