Sightseeing in Pennsylvania

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

Bar Louie

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Up to 50% Off Transportation-Museum Admission

1st Ward

$16 $8

Sprawling transportation museum hosts exhibits of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles

The Electric City Trolley Station & Museum – 50% Off

Downtown Scranton

$12 $6

Museum displays a variety of vintage trolleys, interactive exhibits where visitors can generate electricity, and the story of the third rail

Up to 54% Off Tours at Kreider Farms

Kreider Farms

$38 $19

90-minute tour provides a close look at the farm's massive loafing barn and high-tech carousel used for milking cows

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

East Harrisburg

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

40% Off 2014 Chester County Antiques Show

Phelps School

$15 $9

The Chester County Antiques Show, presented by PECO, will be held April 5–6 at Phelps School

Glencairn Museum – Up to 50% Off Tour

Bryn Athyn

$20 $11

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Medieval-style castle houses religious art dating from ancient Egypt to the 20th century

Up to 46% Off Segway Ride Through Gettysburg

Gettysburg

$45 $27

Guests step on Segways and glide through historic Gettysburg escorted by a staff member

Up to 52% Off at The Hershey Story, Museum on Chocolate Avenue

Hershey

$39.90 $19

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Guests sample sipping chocolates sourced from around the world and explore the culinary and philanthropic legacy of Milton S. Hershey

Up to 50% Off at Debence Antique Music World

Franklin

$16 $8

Explore the world of antique auto music players at a museum stocked with nickelodeons, music boxes, and phonographs

$599 for One Hour of Flight Time in a Helicopter

Chautauqua

$840 $599

Robinson R44 flies up to three passengers at a time over the Chautauqua Lake region for panoramic views of landmarks and natural wonders

Up to 55% Off at Stone & Key Cellars

Montgomeryville

$50 $25

Guests view a live demo of a 6-gallon wine production, experience hands-on bottling session, and sip four samples; receive custom label

Up to 48% Off at Tyler Arboretum

Media

$33 $17

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Explore 650 verdant acres with 17 miles of hiking trails, 9 unique tree houses, a 1,400-sq.-ft. butterfly house, and educational exhibits

Venango Museum – Up to 53% Off Visit or Membership

Oil City

$18 $9

Museum showcases the art, science, and industry of Oil City with exhibits focused on the discovery of oil and the oil industry

National Watch & Clock Museum – Up to 53% Off Visit

National Clock & Watch Museum

$16 $8

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The continent’s largest collection of timepieces includes the massive Engle Clock, hands-on exhibits, and George Washington’s pocket watch

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

Tir Na Nog

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

McFadden's

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 64% Off Winery Tour with Wineglass

Allentown

$35 $15

Each tour-goer receives one wineglass with The Colony Meadery logo

50% Off Phenomacon

Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center

$50 $25

Activities for paranormal enthusiasts include ghost hunts, lectures, and costume party stationed in reportedly haunted Eisenhower Hotel

Up to 57% Off a 90-Minute Paranormal Walking Tour

Center City East

$22.49 $10

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A university professor guides tours past a variety of historical and haunted sites such as Surgeon’s Hall and Dock Creek

Up to 50% Off Water Taxi

Lockwall One Marina

$10 $5

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Water limo takes guests to and from the Pirates game

Museum of Indian Culture — Up to 55% Off Admission 

Allentown

$10 $5

Museum explores the life of the Lenape tribe through historic artifacts, cultural lessons, and hands-on activities

Up to 46% Off Guided Tour of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Germantown

$14 $8

Guides lead groups through 17-room restored Victorian mansion

$12 for a Three Rivers Gateway Clipper Boat Cruise

Station Square

$20 $12

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During one-hour sightseeing tour, guests learn about landmarks and history, or sail with Pirate Black and Goldbeard for views of city

51% Off Ghost or Historical Walking Tour

Outside the National Constitution Center

$35 $17

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Guides lead the way through more than 20 sites tied to ghost stories and folklore or the city’s role in the American Revolution

Half Off Cartoon-Museum Visit at ToonSeum

Downtown

$28 $14

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Museum dedicated to art of cartooning brims with rotating exhibits and workshops for all ages

Up to 53% Off from Chew Philly Food Tours

Manayunk

$74 $36

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Groups taste cheesesteaks, tomato pie & other Philly specialties at six family-owned establishments & guides offer historical facts

Up to 56% Off Cruise from “The Ben Franklin Yacht”

Northern Liberties - Fishtown

$85 $40

Modern, three-deck yacht hosts narrated tours of Philadelphia harbor, departing each Sunday at 1 p.m., from April 6 through October 26

Up to 56% Off Cruise from “The Ben Franklin Yacht”

Northern Liberties - Fishtown

$85 $40

Modern, three-deck yacht hosts narrated tours of Philadelphia harbor, departing each Sunday at 1 p.m., from April 6 through October 26

50% Off Segway Tours

Center City East

$90 $45

Philadelphia natives lead tours that pass sites like Liberty Bell and Independence Hall; may exchange for a personalized gift certificate

Up to 46% Off Admission to National Liberty Museum

Center City East

$14 $8

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Museum celebrates American freedom with a collection of glass artworks, paintings, and sculptures

Up to 45% Off Children's Birthday Parties at Insectarium

Holmesburg

$120 $66

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Encounter some of nature’s smallest creatures with a party that includes tour

Half Off Historical Pedicycle Tour

Center City East

$100 $50

Riders power a pedicycle through Philadelphia's streets, seeing 10 historic sites, such as Elfreth's Alley, and stopping to visit four

Up to 55% Off Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Washington Square West

$28 $16

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Colorful tiles stretch across 3,000 sq. ft. work of mosaicked art that includes indoor and outdoor spaces with whimsical accents

Up to 45% Off at Philadelphia History Museum

Center City East

$20 $12

Opened in 1941, the museum showcases more than 100,000 artifacts, including George Washington's writing desk and Joe Frazier's boxing gloves

Up to 45% Off at Philadelphia History Museum

Center City East

$20 $12

Opened in 1941, the museum showcases more than 100,000 artifacts, including George Washington's writing desk and Joe Frazier's boxing gloves

Up to 52% Off Architecture Walking Tour

Center City East

$30 $15

Guides relay expertise as up to 25 guests stroll past notable architecture dating back to 1870

African American Museum in Philadelphia – Half Off

Center City East

$56 $28

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Museum dedicated to the preservation of African American heritage through exhibits, cultural programs, and historical artifacts

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The Franklin Institute brings hands-on science fun at Pennsylvania's most visited museum. Spanning three floors, the Institute gives a voice to human ingenuity—past and future—with hundreds of interactive exhibits such as The Giant Heart, Changing Earth, and Sports Challenge, as well as explosive live science shows, an indoor SkyBike ride, and the city's tallest IMAX theater,which is 5 stories high. Though now filled with a range of space-age attractions, the Institute began with single purpose.

The Background

Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating established The Franklin Institute in 1824, to honor the life and achievements of Benjamin Franklin. In the following decades, the Institute hosted forward thinkers such as Nikola Tesla, who gave a demonstration on wireless telegraphy in 1893. In 1930, the board decided to expand the space into a new science museum—and raised the funds in 12 days. The museum opened to the public in 1934—and in the same year hosted the first public demonstration of an all-electronic TV system.

The Highlights

A visit to The Franklin Institute’s includes access to three floors of permanent interactive exhibits including the iconic, two story tall Giant Heart. Other exhibits include Space Command, which invites visitors to recover an unmanned space probe and examine real astronaut equipment. At Changing Earth, visitors create their own weather patterns, play with steams of water, and build structures that can stand up to earthquakes or all-elephant 5Ks.

At various daily showtimes, the Franklin Theater’s high-contrast screen displays 3D films on animals, earth ecosystems, and human history. In the recently renovated Fels Planetarium, the second oldest in the nation complete with a rooftop observatory, audiences witness projections of weather and space spread across a 60-foot seamless aluminum dome. Daily live science shows draw an enthusiastic crowd, and interactive science carts invite visitors to observe a live heart dissection or try their hand at paper-making.

222 N 20th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Rising six floors above the historic Strip District, the Senator John Heinz History Center's handsome, redbrick exterior houses 275,000 square feet of exhibits and materials devoted to Western Pennsylvania. Long-term exhibits include From Slavery to Freedom, which traces the quest for equality from the antislavery movement to the modern struggles for Civil Rights, using indenture, manumission, and freedom papers from the Allegheny County recorder of deeds as starting points. Pittsburgh: A History of Innovation highlights the land's original inhabitants, the journey of Lewis and Clark, and the modern superhighways, whereas the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum delves into the history and lore of local athletics, from the Steelers’ Immaculate Reception to Bill Mazeroski's title-clinching home run in game seven of the 1960 World Series. The museum also hosts nationally renowned traveling exhibits; its current offering is 1968: The Year That Rocked America which explores this decade-defining year using evocative objects, multimedia displays, and more than 100 artifacts related to 1968’s seminal moments.

1212 Smallman St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Facing down winds of up to 78 mph. Controlling a robotic dinosaur with the same hydraulic technology behind amusement park rides. Such experiences only skim the surface of the 100-plus attractions available in Da Vinci Science Center's 10,000-square-foot, two-story exhibit space. Here, other hands-on activities run the gamut from assembling models of carbon nanotubes to navigating a 72-foot tunnel in complete darkness or with the aid of a friendly firefly.

But exploring exhibits isn't the only way to interact with science at Da Vinci Science Center. For visitors of all ages, the center sponsors nearly three-dozen programs including Science on the Move, which brings experiments directly to schools and community centers. In addition, Da Vinci Science Center hosts several events throughout the year such as Ice Cream Wars, where participants create tasty treats using liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent.

3145 Hamilton Boulevard Byp
Allentown,
PA
US

The Erie County Historical Society doesn't preside over just one museum—it maintains five of them. Of course, four of the museums are relatively small-scale, seeing that they're housed in former homes. Two homes from the Civil War era, known as the Battles Museums of Rural Life, feature historical gems as well as gardens and outdoor trails. Alternatively, the Cashier's House showcases relics related to the CFO of Erie's federal bank branch, who built the townhouse in 1839. At Watson-Curtze Mansion, the resplendence of the industrial era in Erie shines. And the Museum of Erie County History, exhibits pay homage to local history from pre-settlement to present day.

419 State St
Erie,
PA
US

Framed by unfiltered wilderness and the occasional supports of a crossing bridge, the Schuylkill River is a secluded getaway for water lovers looking to float down nature’s slow-motion roller coaster. Reading Rivertribe shuttles aqueous adventurers to chosen points along the river for leisurely kayaking, canoeing, or tubing, with each trip ending where it started: in the stomach of a dreaming whale or next to a CPR-certified shuttle driver.

545 Canal St
Reading,
PA
US

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail's picnicking spot. The University of Scranton's hallowed halls. The Hill Section's architectural marvels. Touring these popular sites on foot would take hours, but Segway of Scranton offers sightseers a more efficient way to pound the pavement. Sensitive to the body's movements, the two-wheeled segway speeds up and slows down based on how its helmeted rider shifts and can reach speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour. The vehicles glide collectively on guided tours that pass filming locations for The Office, navigate Nay Aug Park's paths, and head to tranquil spots such as quarry outlooks. Along with conducting group tours, Segway of Scranton rents its rides for self-guided excursions, corporate events, or private get-togethers.

Scranton
Scranton,
PA
US

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