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.
The 43,000 square-foot facility of America On Wheels is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the expansive history of American transportation. Within that, 23,000 square feet are devoted entirely to exhibit space, where guests will find a variety of classic cars, racing vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. Rotating exhibits have included topics such as classic cars of the 1930's (including a 1933 Buick), muscle cars, and trains. In addition to offering family memberships and group tours, the facility hosts rentals of its space and a museum store, as well as a classic caf? complete with ice cream, shakes, floats, and hot dogs.
In early 2014, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs made a major off-season acquisition: bacon. Although the team's name is a reference to pig iron—used in the manufacturing of steel—bacon speaks a universal language. In addition to its many culinary uses and getting sprinkled at newlyweds, it can now be found in the lockers of IronPigs players, emblazoned on their hats, sizzling across their jerseys, and waving down their pant legs on certain game days. Such creative innovations speak to the IronPigs' culture, which is a mixture of fan-friendly fun off the field and winning baseball on the field. The formula certainly keeps the seats filled at Coca-Cola Park, which was chosen as "Ballpark of the Year" in 2008 by Ballpark Digest.
When the car industry was just blossoming, many vehicles were manufactured in Pennsylvania. The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles preserves that legacy, with exhibits stretching back through the 19th and 20th centuries. Established in 1965 by Paul Hafer?a 57-year industry vet?and his wife Erminie, the museum exclusively features vehicles produced in Pennsylvania and none that simply had "Pennsylvania or bust" scribbled on their rear views.
At the turn of the 19th century, it became all too clear to historian and archaeologist Henry Mercer that handmade objects were being cast aside for machine-made things. He wanted to help preserve the pre-industrial way of life, and so he built a museum for his artifacts adjacent to his own home, Fonthill Castle. Today, Fonthill Castle is a National Historic Landmark and a museum in its own right, displaying handcrafted art both made by Mercer and collected by him during his world travels.
Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum is a time capsule from the '50s and '60s, filled with classic and muscle cars and collectible Americana and memorabilia. More than just a display, the museum takes you back in time to the middle of the century. Start at the Atlantic Gas Station mural on the first floor, play pinball, wander around the bandstand and drive-in theater on the second floor, and order up a make-believe black cow at the soda fountain.