Things To Do in Pennsylvania

"Walking With Dinosaurs" – Up to 46% Off

CONSOL Energy Center

$33.10 $18

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See realistic, life-sized dinosaurs roam the stage in a heart-pumping, educational spectacle for ages 3+

Piccadilly Circus – Up to 52% Off

ALLENTOWN FAIRGROUNDS AGRIPLEX

$51.70 $25

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Exotic animals, death-defying stunts, and chortle-inducing clowns roll into town for a 90-minute family-friendly spectacle

Up to 61% Off at Art of Yoga

Downtown Erie

$100 $39

Classes for both novices & experienced yogis include multilevel hatha & yin yoga classes such as Y12SR, which blends yoga & 12-step programs

Up to 66% Off Bowling for Six in Sinking Spring

Sinking Spring

$74.25 $25

48 lanes welcome up to six bowlers as they roll with optional bumpers, shoes & soda for two hours

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 53% Off Bowling at Town & Country Lanes

Bethlehem

$42.50 $19.99

Groups of 6 or 12 battle it out on polished lanes for two hours in smoke-free bowling alley

Up to 59% Off Discover Scuba Class

Lancaster Scuba Center

$120 $59

One-day classes introduce students to scuba techniques and equipment in an indoor pool

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$36 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

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

Up to 81% Off Paintball Package

Multiple Locations

$40 $10

Paintball Promos packages include choice of two area fields, admission, and all necessary equipment

51% Off Heated-Yoga Classes for New Students at Yoga Flow

Multiple Locations

$99 $49

Expert instructors lead fluid Vinyasa-yoga classes to strengthen and stretch muscles in a heated studio

Up to 55% Off Ice Skating

York

$20 $11

Public-skating sessions and seven-week lessons at an arena with two NHL-size ice rinks

53% Off at The Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast

The Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast Inn

$210 $99

A building constructed in 1887 now houses a charming B&B with a sprawling backyard garden and a hot tub in the mountains of central PA

Up to 50% Off Monster-Truck Show

LuLu Shriners Arena

$22 $12

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Drivers crush cars with monster trucks and perform stunts on motorcycles and bikes during show preceded by meet and greet with truck rides

ACC Men's Lacrosse – 52% Off Tournament Pass

PPL Park

$62 $30

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The nation's strongest conference in men's lacrosse invades Philadelphia to crown a tournament champion during three days of competition

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

58% Off Personal Training at V Trainers, Inc

Multiple Locations

$225 $95

Expert personal trainers design custom fitness plans for clients, fine-tuning the one-hour sessions as needed

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 63% Off Bikini Boot Camp Classes

Southside Flats

$100 $39

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Fitness studio dedicated exclusively to women helps clients tone up for summer with toning excercises

Up to 81% Off Gym Membership and Personal Training

Allentown

$135 $25

Gym memberships grant access to a plethora of equipment and classes; personal-training sessions include assessments and BMI measurement

Up to 52% Off Bowling and Shoe Rental

Erie

$22 $11

Bowling alley with 20 lanes features glow-in-the-dark bowling Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights

51% Off Kids' Dance Lessons

Reading

$80 $39

Lessons at the conservatory teach youngsters the fundamentals of dance and movement

Avenged Sevenfold, Korn & More – Up to 48% Off

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

$38.50 $20

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, and more

80% Off One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes

Multiple Locations

$239 $49

Channeling the art of muay thai, kickboxing classes train students to last through 60 minutes of intense hand, knee, and foot combat

Up to 77% Off Group Dance Classes

Multiple Locations

$72 $29

Nationally certified dancers teach students to execute salsa, hustle, ballroom, and swing moves in group classes

Up to 77% Off Personal Training

Lower Makefield

$150 $35

Certified personal trainers craft routines to meet client goals and specialize in Olympic lifting, strength training, weight loss, and more

Half Off High-Speed Ferrari or Lamborghini Drive

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

$249 $125

A closed-course drive in an exotic car with a 500 hp. engine is captured on film

Up to 84% Off at Paintball International

Multiple Locations

$150 $25

Equipped with rental paintball markers and masks, groups scatter into indoor arenas

Up to Half Off Movie Tickets for Two or Four

Penn Hills

$14 $7

Independently owned and operated theater shows first-run blockbusters complete with popcorn, drinks, and snacks

Arthur Murray Dance Studio - 82% Off Lessons

Multiple Locations

$270 $49

Instructors educate individuals and couples in Latin or ballroom during private or group lessons

Up to 67% Off at Bikram Hot Yoga State College

State College

$89 $29

Yoga students move through 26 postures and two breathing exercises in a space heated to 100-plus degrees

Up to 42% Off Major League Ultimate Frisbee Games

Multiple Locations

$17 $10

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In its second season as a competitor in Major League Ultimate, the Philadelphia Spinners square off against teams from across the east coast

Up to 61% Off Yoga Classes

Basement Yoga

$100 $39

Vinyasa flow yoga sessions lead participants through a series of yogic poses

70% Off at Integrated Fitness Training

Bethel Park

$100 $29.99

Group fitness classes build muscle and burn fat with scalable CrossFit exercises, kettlebells, and boot camps

Up to 61% Off a 3D Golf-Swing Assessment

Conshohocken

$160 $79

Physical therapist and trainers use motion-capture vests and a battery of movement and anatomical tests to analyze and improve golf swings

Uncover the Secrets of Philly’s Lost Waterfront District

Christ Church

$25 $25

Harry Kyriakodis leads you through Philadelphia's Waterfront District, revealing the area's lesser-known landmarks and history

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 59% Off Shihou-ken Karate Classes

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Students practice basic strikes and choreographed kata in traditional Japanese karate style that draws from several fighting disciplines

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" – Up to 61% Off

Warner Theatre

$47 $19

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Actors exchange comedic dialogue in a live-action parody of the racy best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey

Up to 82% Off Classes at Kickboxing.com

Multiple Locations

$148 $29

Pound the stuffing out of high-quality bags at eight locations in various kickboxing regimens

65% Off Fitness Classes

Hellertown

$400 $140

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64% Off Boot-Camp Sessions at McMillan Training Systems

Manheim Township/Lancaster City

$100 $36

Exercisers use sleds, medicine balls, tires, and battle ropes during challenging boot-camp workouts

Up to 63% Off Boxing Boot-Camp Sessions

Levittown

$89 $40

Boot-camp sessions teach boxing techniques and help participants reach fitness goals

Up to 88% Off at 13 Stripes CrossFit

CrossFit

$110 $19

Burner X focuses on fat loss, so students do more reps with lighter weights; Basics classes introduce newbies to CrossFit

Chanticleer – Up to 51% Off Choral Concert

The Pullo Center

$43 $21

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Grammy-winning ensemble of 12 male vocalists dissects the battle of the sexes with a scalpel made of drum-tight harmonies

Up to 57% Off Golf with Carts for Two or Four

West Beaver

$56 $28

The farming valley of western Snyder County offers a rustic backdrop for golfers playing rounds at the 18-hole, 5,456-yard course

Elmwood Park Zoo – 50% Off Anniversary Celebration

Norristown

$70 $35

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Zoo celebrates its 90th anniversary with a '20s themed party, featuring live entertainment, animal shows, and refreshments

Up to 75% Off at Frontline CrossFit

Trainer, PA

$150 $45

Personal trainers and coaches help students of all skill levels exceed fitness goals with high-intensity strength training and gymnastics

Up to 68% Off at Yoga Innovations 

Bethel Park

$100 $35

Instructors help foster flexibility and strength in Pilates, prenatal yoga, and heated Vinyasa yoga classes

52% Off at CrossFit Conshohocken

Conshohocken

$165 $80

CrossFit Elements classes teach the basics of gymnastic movements, weight training, and cardio exercises to achieve full-body toning

Up to 50% Off Admission to Philadelphia Sports & Education Expo

Pennsylvania Convention Center

$20 $10

Learn about health and wellness including sports and higher education through speakers, interactive activities, and a college planning fair

Up to 47% Off Erin Foley Standup Show

Cruze Bar

$54.50 $29

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Erin Foley brings TV- and club-sharpened skills seen to pride weekend, with an afterparty featuring DJ's and a drag show

Up to 59% Off NERF Games

East Allentown

$40 $19

NERF blasters let loose foam ammo for competitive play

Up to 56% Off River Tubing with Reading Rivertribe

Reading

$20 $10

Up to eight tubers take a 2.5-mile, two- to three-hour float down the Schuylkill River

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

Up to 76% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Middletown Township Community Park

$75 $25

Damien and his instructors lead participants of all ages and skill levels through outdoor boot-camp workouts that slim and tone physiques

50% Off Services

Linglestown

$50 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

50% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Stormstown

$30 $15

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 71% Off CrossFit Classes. Three Options Available.

Plymouth Meeting

$125 $39

Certified instructor leads motivating, intense group classes scalable to different fitness levels, with focus on functional movement

Up to 71% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Naamans Road Business Park

$50 $15

Boot-camp workouts seek to improve power, strength, and overall fitness under the tutelage of a certified personal trainer

Half Off Martial-Arts Classes Plus Uniforms

Radnor

$258 $129

Seasoned martial-arts instructors teach self-defense techniques; lessons include uniforms

InterAct Theatre Company – Up to 51% Off Plays

InterAct Theatre Company

$100 $49

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World-premiere plays set in Pennsylvania explore responsibility, family, and nationality in an increasingly globalized world

Up to 52% Off 18-Hole Rounds of Mini Golf

Neville Island

$24 $12

Putt-putt posses roll spheres across an 18-hole mini-golf course packed with waterfalls, streams, and slopes on shores of Ohio River

Up to 76% Off at CrossFit Lehigh Valley

Hanover

$200 $49

Gritty, outside-the-box approach to fitness provides new challenges every day in a community of likeminded exercisers

Up to 59% Off Bowling for Six at Bowl-O-Rama

Exeter

$61.50 $25

Bowling shoes and soda keep bowlers clad and hydrated as they bowl for two hours

Up to 78% Off Mixed Martial Arts Classes

Levittown

$150 $49.99

Master Tom McGonigal leads students of all ages in mixed martial arts classes that focus on respect, discipline, and self defense

Up to 66% Off CrossFit or Burner X Classes

Harrisburg

$100 $39

CrossFit classes scale exercises to each individual's level; Burner X classes incorporate kettlebells, tires, and ropes into routines

Up to 77% Off 5 or 10 Tabata Boot-Camp Classes

King of Prussia

$75 $20

Certified personal trainer Denise O’Neil leads energetic boot camps that focus on high-intensity interval training and nutrition

85% Off Kickboxing or Karate Classes

Swarthmore

$100 $14.99

Fifth-degree black belt uses karate to help tone bodies and build mental focus; kickboxing classes burn calories through interval training

EgoPo Classic Theatre – Up to 40% Off Three Plays

EgoPo Classic Theatre

$80 $48

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Repertory theater's 2013–14 season puts provocative spins on a series of Henrik Ibsen classics

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

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

62% Off at CrossFit Rhythm

Reading

$50 $19

Newly opened CrossFit gym also offers Metcon class that's a hybrid of CrossFit, kickboxing, and cardio techniques

42% Off Services

Langhorne

$12 $7

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50% at Kundalini Yoga and Wellness

New Cumberland

$120 $60

Passionate yoga instructors help students manage stress and unlock the body's potential through a variety of yoga classes

Up to 88% Off Fitness Classes at Action Karate

Multiple Locations

$200 $29

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Instructors blend self-defense and fitness into kickboxing and strength-training classes for adults

Hand-Roll Savory Pasta and Feast with Russet's Head Chef

Philadelphia

$85 $85

Award-winning chef Andrew Wood shows you how to hand-craft your own pasta before you taste your work in family-style, seasonal dinner

$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

55% Off

West End Theatre District

$75 $34

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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,
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Designed by Mark Ormison in 1897, the fairways of Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park sprawl over 51 acres and invite linksmen to frolic among foliage that has been flourishing for more than a century, while also gazing out on metropolitan views. Players find themselves challenged right from the get-go with a second hole that is also the toughest, but can strive for birdies at holes 8 and 17 to recover. At the 11th hole, golfers encounter a quirky rectangular green, whose geometric origins are likely found in a house having occupied the space long ago. The course is managed by the local charity The First Tee Pittsburgh, which strives to encourage good character, values, and healthy life choices in children through the game of golf, and proceeds from the course benefit its programs.

Before hitting the course, players can hone their form at the course’s driving range in good weather, take lessons with a Class A PGA professional, or strengthen their swings at the Full Swing simulator, which tracks ball flight, speed, and distance in real time. The simulator offers high-definition projections of more than 35 notable courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont Country Club, Pinehurst Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links, and lets golfers sharpen their swings in the dead of winter without fear of losing a limb to frostbite or abominable ground squirrels.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 67 course
  • Length of 4,620 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 63.3 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 104 from the farthest tees
  • See helpful course notes
  • 18 hitting stations at driving range

5370 Schenley Dr
Pittsburgh,
PA
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Since 1979, the staff of Lehigh Valley Racquet and Fitness Clubs has made it their mission to obliterate any barriers keeping their members from working out. Each club is open 24 hours a day year-round, with free childcare available during specific times of day. That commitment to availability helps even the busiest people find time to hop on Hammer Strength and Cybex strength-training circuits, StairMasters, and other equipment. Group fitness classes get students sweating as they execute punches in Turbo Kick cardio-kickboxing sessions or dance to Zumba's Latin-inspired workouts. Full-body boot-camp workouts are also available, mixing in calisthenics, strength training, and agility drills to continuously challenge bodies. All of the clubs’ personal trainers hold bachelor's degrees in health-related fields or have national certifications from accredited organizations.

After their workouts, members can unwind in the whirlpool, sauna, or steam rooms, then drop off their free rental towels for cleaning. For sports lovers, the Allentown location also boasts basketball, volleyball, squash, and badminton courts, as well as 11 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis courts.

4636 Crackersport Rd
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

In 1989, Dan Gallagher and Dan Smith joined their respective names and began pursuing one common goal: to bring a contemporary alternative to Berks County's dining scene. The 40-seat eatery was successful in the Dans' hands until 2005, when Bill Woolworth and MD. Monir stopped in for dinner, fell in love with the place, and decided to buy it.

Though much of the space's original charm remains intact, the new owners gussied up the decor with white tablecloths and floral arrangements, and they solicited the help of executive chef Jason Hook to lighten the rotating menu. Jason draws on his experience studying in France and working at The Four Seasons in New York to craft healthful, contemporary French- and Californian-inspired dishes. In every preparation, he highlights the ingredients' natural tastes, often pairing local cuts of meat and poultry with fresh, seasonal ingredients and luxurious flourishes such as truffles or Lamborghini-scented foam.

Hook, Woolworth, and Monir also frequently evaluate their wine selections to ensure that they pair well with the evolving menu, which changes every week. While sipping glasses of red or white, diners can question servers about the building's rich history in the Penn's Common Historic District. Before the restaurant settled into the space, it was inhabited by an old-style soda dive, a prison doctor's home, and a grassland populated with roaming dinosaurs.

1049 Penn St
Reading,
PA
US

• For $20, you get a general-admission lawn ticket (a $29.50 value before fees, or up to a $40 value online, including all ticketing fees).

 • For $31, you get a ticket for seating in sections 201–202 or 205–206 (a $49.50 value before fees, or up to a $62.50 value online, including all ticketing fees).

1000 Montage Mountain Rd
Scranton,
PA
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