Noemi Wilson-Debriano unfortunately couldn't fit her horses into the suitcase when she left to earn her degrees in animal sciences and psychology at Delaware Valley College. To make up for the lack of four-hoofed companions in her life, she traveled from door to door to find horse owners who needed help training and showing their steed, channeling the riding expertise she had honed since age 6. The same tenacity led her to purchase her own farm after graduation, where she and her staff now board and educate equines against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. They recognize that horses have distinct personalities and modes of communication with their riders, helping both human and animal establish strong connections. During lessons, her staff leads beginners and advanced riders alike through tailored routines that outline horse behavior and physiology as well as cover saddle-striding form. They open their farm doors to patrons of all stripes, ranging from those who mean to trot for pleasure to those who aim to unfairly dominate the next season of The Amazing Race.
The farm cultivates a quiet environment of total acceptance and calm, welcoming all breeds to the barn. They customize their boarding services to suit each horse's temperament and training regimen. A team of vets, chiropractors, massage therapists, and nutritionists on the verge of engineering apple-flavored hay tend to hoofed tenants for the duration of their stay.
In a go kart, you're much closer to the source of horsepower than when you're riding in a car. All that invisible force leaps to life when you hit the accelerator, gently pushing you back into the seat. Drivers at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix feel that pull as they whip around a quarter-mile racetrack in gas-powered Sodi GT5 Proline karts. They slip past one another while making 11 brake-stomping turns, all with a vantage point not afforded by watching races on TV.
The karts feature air-intake units that trap their exhaust and keep the atmosphere fresh, and the track—constructed from 1,300 used Goodyear tires and the shredded remains of Mario Andretti's learner's permit—is outfitted with three observation platforms for track marshals to regulate each lap and guarantee riders' safety. Three-point safety belts, roll bars, helmets, and neck braces also protect racers during their white-knuckle trips around the track. A full-time mechanic keeps finish lines crowded by calibrating karts to run within three-tenths of a second of one another and hanging hundreds of piñatas from the checkered flag. At the facility's bar, Octane, racers can refuel with drinks and food while watching stock-car races on the five 42-inch TVs.
During the Revolutionary War, the British pursued the Liberty Bell as one of the spoils of war, threatening to melt it down into weapons in the fight against their colonies. In turn, the colonists stashed the Liberty Bell somewhere here—at the site that would one day become the Liberty Bell Museum—which was a testament to their cunning and hardiness.
The Building: Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ is the site of Allentown's first church, which not only protected the Liberty Bell, but served as a hospital during the Revolutionary War and as a place to hear the Declaration of Independence being read. The church is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Eye Catcher: an exact replica of the original liberty bell, except this one can be rung.
Permanent Mainstay: trace the story of the bell's hiding via a mural hand painted by Wilmer Behler.
Don't Miss: every Christmas season, the museum hosts the legendary puppet show of Pip the Christmas Mouse, which dates back to 1962
As the sun rises over Manito Equestrian Center's sprawling farm, horses stir and whinny within their stalls. The steeds blink as they emerge from their stately, centuries-old bank barn to run and jump across 60 acres of land, including indoor and outdoor riding arenas.
A staff of seasoned horsewomen attends these gentle mounts, filling their stalls with fresh straw, feeding them nutritious oats, and reading aloud to them from Black Beauty every night. They also strengthen and expand the equestrian community, teaching students of all ages and experience levels riding techniques and horse-care fundamentals during lessons and camps. These sessions focus on dressage, hunt-seat, Western, and recreational styles, preparing riders for a fun trot through the woods or a career in competitive jumping. The trainers also conduct an innovative equine-assisted learning program that uses horse therapies and exercises to promote resilience and the development of life skills in children and adults recovering from trauma.
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.
"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in bowling, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature the latest technologies, from high-tech scoring systems to the ability to share experiences on social media. Bowlers can also refuel on a menu of American foods when they get hungry or the little heart-shaped meter above their heads begins blinking.