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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington offers not just pampered luxury, but a veritable feast for the eyes with spectacular artwork from the Hardy Family Art Collection on display throughout the resort. Open to guests and the general public alike, you can take a guided tour, wander through Nemacolin’s museums and gallery, or find your inner artist with classes offered in a variety of media and techniques throughout the year. Treat yourself at Lautrec, one of the finest dining experiences in the country with a name inspired by the six original Toulouse Lautrec lithographs on display.

The Maridon Museum

See some of the world’s finest Asian artwork at The Maridon Museum in Butler. In a beautiful example of “East meets West,” the Maridon’s focus on Chinese and Japanese art and culture — paired with its 300+ pieces of German Meissen porcelain — help to make this museum an art-lovers' dream.

Banana Factory

Banana Factory

Art abounds at the Banana Factory in historic Bethlehem. Home to 30 resident artists, three galleries, and a variety of public art including the Mr. Imagination Bus Shelter. You can also take a class or workshop and create your own masterpiece in drawing, ceramics, mosaics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, painting, or other media.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Immerse yourself in the works of Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and artwork showcasing the beauty and history of southwestern Pennsylvania at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg. Then get in tune with your creative side at one of the many art programs offered by the museum for both children and adults in a variety of media and styles.

Touchstone Center for Arts

Painting Pottery at Touchstone Center for Arts

For a true hands-on art experience, the Touchstone Center for Arts in Farmington is a must-visit destination. This unique craft school offers contemporary, experimental, and traditional techniques as varied as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals, textiles, glass, oil and watercolor painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

James A. Michener Art Museum

The buildings and grounds of the old Bucks County jail play host to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown featuring the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Bucks County and a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. Enjoy workshops, classes, programs, and events for all ages and experience levels at this must-see arts destination.

Allentown Art Museum

Allentown Art Museum

Discover more than 2,000 years of artwork – from Ancient Coptic textile fragments to an actual home library designed by renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, and works by American, European, and Asian artists at the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown.

Southern Alleghenies Musem of Art

Altoona’s Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art exhibits a collection of American art from across the country in addition to works by local artists. The permanent collection includes 19th and 20th century painting, sculpture, drawing, and prints with works by Mary Cassatt, Helen Frankenthaler, and Andy Warhol.

The Frick Pittsburgh

Art Piece at The Frick Pittsburgh
The Frick Pittsburgh

Be mesmerized by a portrait by Rubens and other European masterpieces from Helen Clay Frick’s personal collection of fine and decorative arts at The Frick Pittsburgh. Bonus: See even more when you tour the Henry Clay Frick family home, Clayton—one of the best preserved Gilded Age mansions in America. 

Erie Art Museum

As northwestern Pennsylvania’s premier museum, a trip to the Erie Art Museum does not disappoint! The museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions feature everything from antique duck decoys to the exquisite glasswork of Louis Comfort Tiffany, ensuring there something for palate. Visit on “Second Sundays” for a tour of a featured gallery and then make a cool creation of your own to take home.

Susquehanna Art Museum

Susquehanna Art Museum
Painting Pottery at Touchstone Center for Arts

See works by local artists from southcentral Pennsylvania at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg and a host of national and international artists featured in the museum’s special exhibitions now featuring early photographs of Ansel Adams and abstract paintings by Neil Anderson.

Pajama Factory

“Dream It. See It. Do It.” at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport. Home to a community of artists and a myriad of dreamers, inventors and visionaries, tour the gallery to see their one-of-a-kind visuals and artwork produced in the on-site artist studios, wood shop, clay studio, or darkroom. 

Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, & Art

kids at Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, & Art
Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, & Art

With its eclectic collection of African, American, Asian, European, and contemporary art, rocks, minerals, birds, plants, and Dorflinger glass, a trip to the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, & Art in Scranton is always memorable! Be sure to stop by the museum’s Open Studio to create your own inspired piece of art.

Pennsylvania State Capitol

Visit Pennsylvania’s own Palace of Art – the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Proclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation, the State Capitol building is a priceless architectural and artistic treasure featuring paintings, stained glass and furnishings by some of the best artisans of the day – from the Moravian tiles underfoot to awe-inspiring 272-foot, 52 million-pound dome inspired by Michelangelo's design for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

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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

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

BWP bats
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.

Marilyn Horne Museum
Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center
Photo Credit: Visit Allegheny National Forest

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
Photo Credit: Valley Forge Visitors Bureau

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
Photo Credit: Visit Penn State

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
Photo Credit: Visit Philly

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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