Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn
Temperatures are rising as COVID-19 restrictions are falling, meaning that attractions across Pennsylvania are opening up for those of us that are sick of being indoors. Here are four places to visit at the start of summer.
- Kalahari Waterpark at Pocono Manor, PA
One of America’s largest indoor water parks, the Kalahari resort also offers rope courses, ziplines, and an arcade. Day passes are available for purchase for those who don’t want to stay overnight, and the indoor park opens at 10am each day.
- Visit the Pine Creek Gorge, Watson Township, PA
The Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is a 47 mile long gorge dug by the Pine Creek. It is recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the National Parks Service and by Pennsylvania’s Scenic River Program. There are hiking and biking trails throughout the gorge, which is 4,000 feet wide and 1,450 feet deep at its deepest point.
- Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, Lititz, PA
The Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania was started by two people in 1980, and over the past 40 years their family has overseen the protection of wolves and wolf dogs in the sanctuary. The Wolf Sanctuary is largely supported by the guided tours offered to visitors. As a COVID-19 precaution, tours are currently by reservation only, and public tour tickets start at $13. Tour guides will lead you to several of the wolf packs, teach you about wolves and wolf conservation, and allow photography with some restrictions. You can see the wolves from behind fences.
- Hershey Gardens, Hershey PA
The Hershey Gardens started more than 80 years ago as a simple rose garden, and has grown into a 23 acre botanical garden, including the butterfly atrium and a hands-on children’s garden. There are regular events at the gardens, including guided tours every Saturday morning through the months of May and June.