The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge sits high in the forests of the Pocono Mountains, spanning nearly 6,000 acres that include zipline courses, Old West–themed paintball fields, and a rock-climbing wall more than 30 feet tall. There's also an onsite golf course, where golfers can practice their swings on 18 holes arranged to resemble Arnold Palmer's face. In addition to these land-based adventures, customers can kayak or cast out for rainbow trout or bass on one of the pine-fringed lakes.
After a day of recreation, visitors can head to the lodge. The comfy accommodations let customers recharge, and offer access to a swimming pool and full-service spa, where therapists soothe muscles with aromatherapy massages and shiatsu or lavender-infused reflexology treatments.
Located just outside picturesque Millersburg, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is dedicated to connecting people with nature and the arts. With twelve miles of hiking trails, art gallery, gift shop, and unique special events; the Ned Smith Center is your destination for family fun… just 30 miles north of Harrisburg.
You wake up at sunrise to sunlight filtering through a canopy of towering oak trees. In the distance, you might hear the cry of a hawk, or the laughter of children. Those visiting Trail Blazers share this experience each morning as they emerge from their canvas-covered shelters?part of a rustic experience designed to immerse them into the outdoors. Since 1938, the more than 120-year-old American Camp Association?accredited camp has occupied 1,000 acres of Mashipacong Bogs Preserve, a slice of wilderness encompassing a 55-acre lake and access to the Delaware River and the Appalachian Trail.
The certified counselors guide campers in a decentralized camp experience focused on outdoor education and survival-skills development. They coordinate a range of outdoor programs, including youth camps in which children learning about the ecosystem and honing skills from swimming to outdoor cooking to backpacking. Camps culminate in the Vagabond trip: an extended hike, bike, or canoeing excursion designed to test each camper's abilities when not relying on squirrels for directions. Trail Blazers also coordinates school day trips and full-day or overnight custom lesson plans aligned with the New York and New Jersey State Learning Standards.
A lot has changed since Camp Vacamas’ founding in 1924—for one, the camp is now co-ed—but its number one mission persists: to empower young people. Spread across 230 wooded acres, the camp offers ample opportunity for children to develop relationships with nature and one another, whether going an on overnight trip, swimming in the private 50-acre lake, or while biking through Pennsylvania Dutch country. Parents can enroll their children and teens in one of several programs, including two- or three-week sleep-away camps, day camps, day trips, and overnight retreats. No matter the program, campers will be exposed to a wealth of learning experiences pertaining to social skills, confidence, making new friends, and best practices for roasting marshmallows.
Philadelphians and out-of-towners alike can find refuge from the city by way of the Forbidden Drive, a scenic expanse that extends from Chestnut Hill to Manayunk, yet feels miles away from urban life. As part of the Wissahickon Valley Park?which covers 1,800 acres?the wooded trail shelters joggers, cyclists, hikers, and even those on horseback as they explore the area's natural flora and fauna. A frequent spot for organized races, the trail is also marked by historic and geological sites.
The Friends of Wissahickson, or FOW, is a non-profit organization that started in 1924. With over 1,600 members, they work in conjunction with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical structures, eliminate invasive plants, monitor watershed management, and restore trails with the Sustainable Trails Initiative.
The Fulper Family Farmstead's journey started in 1909 when Mary Fulper brought one cow with her to a patch of land in New Jersey and started growing vegetables with her family. Over time, her family grew and so did their business. Throughout the next century, they developed their farm, growing tomatoes for Campbell's Soup, building a state-of-the-art milking parlor for their 80 cows, and installing solar energy and soil conservation methods.
Today, you can visit the farm that is still thriving under the gentle guidance of the fifth generation of Fulpers. Explore the farm facilities to see the milking parlor and newborn calf barn up close, or learn about sustainable farming from the compost barn and solar energy system. Visitors can even follow in the farmers' footsteps by making their own butter, ice cream, or milk paint. Farm activities also get kids out in nature with hayrides, an obstacle course, and scavenger hunts.