Pennsylvania

Things to do in Pennsylvania

From characteristic must-see attractions to local hot spots, you won’t be left wondering what to do in Pennsylvania. There’s plenty to do whether you’re there for a romantic weekend getaway or a family trip. Sports fans will especially appreciate the state. There are plenty of passionate fans of hometown favorites like the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball), the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers (football), and the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey). Seeing one of their games or matches is one of the more popular things to do in Pennsylvania.

Hershey Park is a great choice for families. The theme park offers more than 50 rides and attractions for kids of all ages, even the Hersey’s miniatures. Whether it’s the Comet Coaster, Old Tyme Photo Shop or boardwalk, there’s something everyone will enjoy. Aaron and Jessica’s Amish Buggy Rides is a local favorite in Lancaster. The tour takes you through covered bridges of the Dutch-German countryside and a visit through working, non-commercial farms.

For three days in July, watch ragged “soldiers” fight the bloody Battle of Gettysburg— celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012—with cannons and bayonets. On your way out, grab a commemorative coffee mug or baseball cap at the Civil War store.

This hilly Phoenix coaster dates from 1947, and the nearly finished Flying Turns is an open-chute toboggan. Among the park’s more than 50 rides, there are also classics like retro bumper cars and a creepy haunted house.

This Old City clothes and accessories boutique stocks vintage and designer pieces from foreign labels, as well as up-and-coming domestic brands. Opened in 2004, the shop's interior has hardwood floors and round display tables showcasing shoes and accessories.

One-stop shop for fashion, body, home, and food in a converted ice factory. Products are sourced from artisans and fair-trade companies in over 40 developing countries.

A retail home for local cheesemakers, tea makers, and gourmet gift basket assemblers, DiBruno Bros now has several locations since opening its South Philly flagship in 1939 on Ninth Street, where the shelves are still stocked with rare, local, and international cheeses and meats (some hang from t

Anthony's, a wooden storefront located in Philadelphia's Ninth Street Italian Market, opened in the 1930s. The environment is Old World, with small, marble-topped tables, dark-wood wainscoting, and tall, wooden shelves stocked with sacks of coffee and baskets of cellophane-wrapped candies.

Snack on homemade shoofly pie while shopping for souvenirs such as scented candles and old-fashioned candies.

Insider Clout:Loupassakis arranges tours of World War II sites for clients staying at Le Manoir du Quesnay, in Normandy, owned by the family of a French Resistance leader. Years as agent: 48. Other specialty: Italy, Caribbean, Hawaii, France.

Penn State runs its own creamery, and it operates its own popular ice cream parlor with 18 flavors on rotation including cherry chip and peanut butter marshmallow.

Cutting-edge women’s boutique that helped jumpstart Old City’s fashion renaissance.

Created in 1955 to keep post-war businesses from relocating, Pittsburgh's Mellon Square not only accomplished that, but continues to attract city dwellers and tourists with live concerts and performances.

Though the ladies behind this Center City gift and housewares shop may be better known for their popular Philly restaurants (which include Lolita, Barbuzzo, and Grocery), Open House was actually their first joint venture.

Shadowy second-floor cloister

The Liberty Bell is exhibited at Independence National Historic Park inside Liberty Bell Center. The pavilion that houses it has interpretive exhibits, including an X-ray that reveals the bell's famous crack and a film documenting how it became a symbol of liberty.

Excited about: Thomas recently developed a nature tour, following Maori sacred paths in the northern Rotorua region; the journey includes a visit to the holy Hinehopu’s Tree.