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A totem pole shaped like a four-scoop ice-cream cone stands as a beacon in front of Jim Mack's Ice Cream, beckoning passers-by to experience the nostalgic establishment's homemade ice cream, 24-hole miniature-golf course, and resident black bear, Ricky. The ice-cream stand and snack shop, which opened in 1958, crafts a menu of ice cream, malts, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and other specialties. The outdoor picnic area allows guests to enjoy their treats to the sounds of chirping birds and whistling winds, which also serve as the mini-golf course's full-time commentators. The expansive, family-friendly facility also features a pinball arcade and a miniature zoo. Llamas and goats roam the petting-zoo area, grazing from the delicious pellets that grow in children's hands. The facility's mascot, Ricky the bear, also greets guests from inside of her large enclosure where she climbs on logs and tells jokes for nickels.
5745 Lincoln Hwy
York,
PA
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For most of the year, Smithfield Farms is a humble plot of arable land. But as summer becomes fall, it transforms into Fields of Adventure, an autumn-themed fun park. Here, families can ride the old-fashioned wagon to the pumpkin field, where they can pick out the perfect gourds for their porch or stoop. But as the name suggests, Fields of Adventure offers more heart-pounding action as well. Guests can ferret their way through the 7-acre corn maze (the farm also builds a much smaller version for children) or zoom down the 600-foot zipline. The many other activities available here include pony rides, a straw bale maze, and outdoor bowling. Hungry patrons can even choose an ear of corn for staffers to turn into fresh kettle corn. As night falls, guests can gather round the campfires' glow, enjoying snacks, s'mores, and drinks from the concession stand.
64 Tree Ln.
Aspers,
PA
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Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.
12234 Tullamore Road
Lutherville Timonium,
MD
US
On a 187-acre parcel of Gunpowder Falls State Park sits Graham Equestrian Center, a horse haven named one of the region's best places for horseback riding by CBS Baltimore. Here, trainers specialize in all facets of equine education, teaching students how to handle and ride horses in a way that's both safe and fun. Visitors can put these lessons to use in a number of settings; the center features access to many miles of tree-lined trails, as well as a large outdoor arena and training pen.
10301 Harford Rd
Glen Arm,
MD
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The Marshy Point Nature Center is enshrouded in nearly 3,000 acres of natural terrain from the combined Marshy Point Park and neighboring federal land. In this emerald oasis, a variety of wildlife including Barred Owls, Bald Eagles, and Red Fox make their home amongst the three miles of wooded trails and ponds. Hikers and birdwatchers can gather to see these creatures in their natural habitats or take a canoe out to the middle of the Dundee Creek and practice walking back to shore. Throughout the year, the Marshy Point Nature Center also runs activities including a spring festival with a muddy obstacle course and the Popsicle Plunge, which immerses swimmers into the Chesapeake Bay for the sake of charity or really sweaty tendencies.
7130 Marshy Point Road
Baltimore,
MD
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Home to more than 17,000 animals including jellyfish, blacktip reef sharks, and honeycomb stingrays, the exhibits here immerse kids in underwater life. Visitors can meet piranhas and caimans in the Amazon River Forest, or go eye-to-eye with ocean predators in the 225,000-gallon, ring-shaped Shark Alley.
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore,
MD
US
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