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10 Ways to Enjoy America’s Pastime

1. Little League World Series

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Little League World Series

Every year, the top 16 Little League baseball teams from more than 6,000 leagues across the country gather in Williamsport to compete for the World Series Championship title at the annual International Little League World Series! Enjoy watching some of the most talented teams play this year Aug. 17-27. Want to explore while you’re not at a game? Celebrate Little League Baseball at the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum in Williamsport! The recently updated museum and store are designed around a six-inning theme, and feature artifacts and archival materials from the world’s largest organized youth sports program. Baseball lovers can take a self-guided tour complete with a catcher’s station and home plate, or book a group tour in advance.

2. PONY Baseball

PONY Baseball, which stands for Protect Our Nation's Youth, began in Washington, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1951. Today, PONY organizes youth baseball and softball leagues and tournaments for over 500,000 players annually in over 4,000 leagues throughout the United States and over 40 countries world-wide. The 2017 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series will be played in Washington on Aug. 11 – 16.  In between games, fans can visit the PONY Baseball and Softball International Headquarters, where guests will be delighted by everything from game-used uniforms, to baseballs, photographs and more – the history of the PONY League World Series is enshrined right here. 

3. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Oink, oink! The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, are celebrating their 10th season at Coca-Cola Park. Bring along your appetite for countless bacon-centric goodies, plus the famous Aw Shucks corn on the cob!

4. The Reading Fightin Phils

The Reading Fightin Phils play at FirstEnergy® Stadium, the oldest stadium in the Eastern League. The Fightin Phils have one of the longest affiliations in Minor League Baseball™.

5. The Altoona Curve 

Altoona was built around railroading, and the Altoona Curve has not forgotten that! This Double-A Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated team was named after the curveball pitch and is sure to provide a fun night of baseball! Join them on Aug. 25th for a special Back to School night where the first 1,000 fans 12 and under will receive a Curve lunch box.

6. The Erie SeaWolves

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Erie Seawolves
Photo Credit: Visit Erie

The Erie SeaWolves are the Double-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The SeaWolves, named after a slang term for pirates, play 70 home games a season at Erie’s UPMC Park.

7. The Harrisburg Senators

Located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s state capital, the Harrisburg Senators step up to the plate at FNB Field. Enjoy a great game of baseball while also hanging out with the team’s friendly mascots, Rascal and Grrrrounder! On Aug. 19, the Senators will be promoting their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night with a free pink Senators jersey for the first 1,000 fans.

8. The National Museum of Industrial History

National Museum of Industrial History
The National Museum of Industrial History

Experience the history of baseball at the National Museum of Industrial History's newest exhibit, “Making America’s Pastime.” The exhibit features iconic memorabilia, including uniforms worn by Bethlehem Steel League players dating back a century, and an interactive section where you can spell out your last name on a jersey!

9. BWP Bat Factory Tours

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BWP Bat Factory Tours

Get an up-close look at the famous bats used by your favorite players on the BWP Bat Factory Tours in Brookville! Each bat is made from local timber and goes through a seven-step, hands-on quality inspection process that provides the highest quality bat for all levels of play.

10. The Williamsport Crosscutters

The Williamsport Crosscutters, named for the city’s prominent logging heritage that dubbed it “Lumber Capital of the World,” play at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field — the second-oldest minor league stadium operation in the United States. Since the park’s opening in 1926, the Crosscutters have brought and continue to bring great baseball and entertainment to fans.

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Happiness on the Horizon: Hands-On Learning Attractions

From weightlessness simulators used by NASA to hands-on interactive displays, Happy Travelers can find happiness through firsthand learning.

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center features four floors of interactive science exhibits to explore, including Roboworld, the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibit. While in Pittsburgh, head to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where dinosaurs and minerals collide! The museum has three interactive areas — Bonehunters Quarry, Discovery Basecamp, and Natural History Discover Carts & Exploration Stations, which engage scientists of all ages in the natural sciences and how to protect the Earth.

For a day trip that's both exciting and educational, visit Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in the Pocono Mountains. Step back in time and into the lives of 19th-century Pennsylvania-German farmers. Tour their buildings, meet their animals and get a sense of what life was like before the convenience of electricity.

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Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center
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Learn about Marilyn Horne, Bradford’s most famous native-born daughter, considered one of the world's premiere mezzo sopranos at the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center. Inside the 3,400-square-foot museum, displays capture the highlights of Horne's life and career, while interactive features teach visitors about vocal music and opera.

Want to feel what it’s like to be in a hurricane? The Da Vinci Science Center welcomes guests to climb inside The Hurricane Simulator, a tube in which visitors stand and experience wind forces accelerating up to 78 miles per hour - the minimum speed of a Category 1 hurricane. The hands-on learning opportunities continue at the PPL Electric Utilities E-Power House exhibit, where children can use bicycle pedal power to ignite side-by-side light bulbs, and at the Built Like a Mack Truck exhibit, visitors are challenged to build the most fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly truck and drive it through realistic work scenarios. 

US Army  Heritage and Education Center
U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
Photo Credit Cumberland Visitors Bureau

The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle is dedicated to educating visitors about the culture and experiences of American soldiers. Learn and explore the interactive Soldier Experience Gallery, where you journey through the life of a soldier and simulate actual battle skills. Outside, there is a one-mile Army Heritage Trail filled with tanks, trenches, Civil War cabins, and helicopters.

Arts + Education at the Hoyt in New Castle features rotating exhibitions, a permanent collection of fine art and decorative art, and a Shenango China house, plus various school and after-school programs. It also holds several annual festivals, including the Wine Festival, Brew-Fest, Children’s Summer Arts Festival, and Arts on the Riverwalk; and

Step back in time as you enjoy a peaceful ride on the Josiah White II, the state’s only functioning mule-drawn canal boat. At the National Canal Museum in Easton, you’ll get a glimpse of the key role that the waterway played in industrial history. During the summer months, Hank and George (the mules) pull the boat down the canal, allowing guests to experience a bit of the past. The surrounding Hugh Moore Park provides the perfect backdrop for a family picnic after your ride has come to an end.

GlenCairn Museum
Glencairn Museum
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Glencairn Museum, part of the Bryn Athyn Historic District in Montgomery County, is home to religious-themed art that reflects a host of faith traditions from across the ages and the globe. Artifacts, icons, painting, sculptures, and tapestries are on display in the former home of industrialist Raymond Pitcairn, who made his family fortune in the burgeoning plate glass industry in the early 19th century. Visitors can take a vintage elevator to the four-story tower for stunning views of the local landscape.

The town of Punxsutawney is famous for the prognosticator of prognosticators, Punxsutawney Phil, but did you also know you can also learn about weather at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center? At the museum, guests can learn about tornadoes, thunderstorms, meteorology and more through a series of interactive exhibits, including a new one about storm shelters.

Old Mill Village in Susquehanna County offers workshops and themed weekends at this state museum celebrating the agricultural heritage of Northeastern Pennsylvania. During the summer months, you can experience an old-fashioned ice cream social or learn the handcrafts of quilting and rug braiding.

Get the buzz this summer with a visit to Drapers Bees in Tioga County. The honey bee is one of the hardworking insects vital to the health of the environment; their tenacious work produces the sweetest of all made in Pennsylvania products – local honey! As you tour Draper's Bees, you’ll learn the history of beekeeping and see the process for producing the sweet nectar.

Discovery Space
Discovery Space
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Discovery Space in State College is a favorite among children ages 2-12. Each hands-on exhibit and activity is related to a scientific or mathematical concept to spark creativity, curiosity, and imagination.

Have you ever wanted to come face-to-face with an ancient Egyptian mummy? Are you inspired by the original works of Degas, Rodin, Warhol, and Haring? Do you love discovering mysterious Mayan treasures and American Indian artifacts? The Reading Public Museum has these and more in its collection of more than 300,000 art works, antiquities, cultural and natural artifacts!

Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center both offer educational hikes, demonstrations and programs. Kids can explore an eco-discovery room with hands-on exhibits or get an intro to orienteering at PEEC. Families can take a walk through the Tannersville Cranberry Bog, or learn about the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.

Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute
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Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is one of America’s oldest premier centers of science education and development in the country. Think about how you think at the Franklin Institute's biggest exhibition, Your Brain. Explore the brain at the cellular level, learn how it controls your body and cognitive functions, and consider the field of neuroethics as the discoveries in brain science rapidly advance.

Harlansburg Station Museum of Transportation is in a replica train station with four Pennsylvania passenger cars at the intersection of Route 19 and Route 108. All forms of transportation are represented, including planes, trains, cars, trucks, trolleys, buses, boats, and bikes. An extensive display on the history of aviation dating back to 1903 is featured in the main room, complete with uniforms, models, and other artifacts. 

Steps from the State Capitol explore Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts with three floors of imaginative, engaging exhibits, the center is an irresistible invitation to explore science, perform experiments, and discover more about the world around you. This summer catch Dinosaur Discovery: Where Science Comes Alive, with 12 interactive, life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that roar, feed, fight, and care for their young.

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The Turkey Hill® Experience Taste Lab

The Turkey Hill® Experience in Lancaster allows visitors to learn everything there is to know about dairy culture and the history of Turkey Hill® itself. Through interactive exhibits, you’ll discover the intricate details of creating Turkey Hill® ice cream and tea. Children and adults alike can even take a shot at the process themselves by milking mechanical cows or concocting their own ice cream flavor in Turkey Hill’s® Taste Lab.

For more than 20 years, expERIEnce Children's Museum in Erie has been providing an educational, creative and interactive environment where learning and fun go hand in hand. Children can discover the History, Mystery and Magic of Magnets exhibit, featuring six interactive stations demonstrating the power of magnets. New daily educational programs filled with exploration and learning are available to tiny tots (children 6-24 months) and parents.

Located in the Heritage Discovery Center, the Johnstown Children's Museum encourages children to learn about Johnstown's geography, history and culture through fun and interactive exhibits. Families are sure to enjoy The Water Room where they can learn about rain in mountains and valleys as well as acid rain and dam-building. During the visit, take a walk out onto the rooftop terraces for a spectacular view of Cambria County and learn about the growth cycle of Pennsylvania’s native plants.

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10 Awesome Water Parks in Pennsylvania

Cool off at one of these watery playgrounds. 

1. HersheyparkHershey

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The Boardwalk at Hersheypark

The Boardwalk at Hersheypark boasts 14 water rides and attractions, including high-speed tubing rides, a “Sprayground” for younger swimmers, and a colossal wave pool. During the Coastline Plunge Vortex ride, brave tube riders slide down a steep tunnel, swirl around a colossal bowl, and exit into a landing pool. 

Dry Fun: Hersheypark has 13 roller coasters and tons of other sweet rides.

2. Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, Tannersville

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Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

Pennsylvania’s largest water park has 37 rides, slides, and attractions. Float past waterfalls, geysers, and bubbling waters on the Blue Nile River Adventure; ride the waves at Kahuna Lagoon Wave Pool; or experience plunging drops and whipping turns on one of three body slides.

Rainy weather? Try Aquatopia, Camelback Lodge’s new indoor waterpark with 13 water slides, seven pools, and private cabanas – all within walking distance of Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark.

Dry Fun: Head to the Adventure Park for a climbing wall and free fall tower, where you can jump off a platform on to an enormous stunt airbag. 

3. Waldameer Park & Water WorldErie

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Waldameer Park & Water World

Sixteen water slides, a new giant wave pool, and kiddie play areas make Waldameer’s Water World a refreshing warm-weather stop. The Fall Slide offers a 228-foot rush, while Midnight Plunge sends riders through dark tunnels.

Dry Fun: Experience the wooden coaster, log fume ride, or drop tower, just a few rides for those who don’t want to get soaked.

4. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park ResortErie

Reach speeds of more than 40 miles per hour on a swirling body coaster, play water basketball, experience the largest indoor wave pool on the East Coast, or simply relax in multiple whirlpools. 

Dry Fun: Test your balance on tight ropes, rickety bridges, and balance beams at Tree Tops Indoor Ropes Course. Or choose from more than 100 games at the 6,500-square-foot Treasure Island Arcade.

5. Dorney Park & Wildwater KingdomAllentown

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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

A football-field-size wave pool, more than 36 water slides, and a cool fun house provoke squeals of delight at Wildwater Kingdom. The Aquablast, a multi-person raft ride, is one of the longest elevated water slides in the world. 

Dry Fun: Dorney Park has an animatronic dinosaur park and eight thrilling roller coasters, while Planet Snoopy offers tamer amusements. 

6. Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor 

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Kalahari Resort

This new 150-acre complex in the Pocono Mountains will have indoor and outdoor water parks. Unique indoor features include a retractable roof for all-season fun, Anaconda water roller coaster, and a FlowRider body-surfing experience. Book a stay at the resort to slumber in African-themed rooms.

Dry Fun: The 30,000-square-foot Family Entertainment Center has arcade games, Mini Bowling, Blacklight Mini-Golf and an XD Dark Ride 5-D Theater.

7. Idlewild & SoakZoneLigonier

This historic theme park dates back to 1878 and is perfect for families with young children. SoakZone attractions include Wowabunga Family Wave Pool, FloatAway Bay lazy river, and four head-first racing slides. Little ones adore Captain Kidd’s Adventure Gallery, where they can glide down six waterslides and dodge water guns, spray jets, and a 500-gallon tipping bucket.

Dry Fun: Idlewild has an antique merry-go-round and roller coaster, Tilt-a-Whirl, and a mix of other kid-friendly classics.

8.Dutch Wonderland and Duke’s Lagoon, Lancaster  

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Dutch Wonderland and Duke’s Lagoon

Get Wonder-fully wet at Duke's Lagoon, which features a multi-level waterplay platform, kid-sized slides, a variety of spray nozzles, jets, tipping cones, and a large tipping bucket. The new area also includes a lounge area in keeping with the tropical paradise theme of Duke's Lagoon, which includes palm trees, thatched umbrella shaded areas and plenty of seating.

Dry Fun: With over 35 rides, attractions, and shows, Dutch Wonderland is the perfect place to spend family time.

9. Sesame Place®, Langhorn

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Sesame Place®

Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®! Discover water attractions that are great for both young and old. Find water rides, lazy rivers, slip and slide, splash castle, and more!

Dry Fun: Don’t miss Cookie’s Monster Land, the park’s furriest land ever, or the special opportunity to meet, greet and eat with Elmo and friends.

10. Delgrosso’s Park & Laguna Splash Water Park, Tipton

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DelGrosso's Water Park

Laguna Splash is the newest addition at the park and includes a lazy river, water slides, a wave pool, cabanas, and great food! Combined with the Park’s current rides, it’s a great way to tame those summer heat waves.

Dry Fun: Delgrosso’s Amusement Park has more than 30 rides and attractions, including Kid’s Kingdom for the little ones. Both children and adults enjoy thrilling rides, fun midway games, entertainment, and great food.

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