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Kennywood Park :: West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

July 15, 2010 by  
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In the 1800s before “motor cars” became widely available one of the more common modes of transportation between cities were trolleys.  As passenger loads increased, entrepreneurial spirits came up with the idea of “trolley parks” which were amusement and recreation areas located at the end of the streetcar lines.  This not only increased ticket sales but also brought economic viability to what were once small, out of the way towns.  Some of the more famous of these trolley parks include Coney Island and Rye Beach Playland (located in Brooklyn and Rye New York respectively). Read more

Philadelphia Museum of Art :: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

July 8, 2010 by  
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Founded in the 1870s, the Philadelphia Museum of Art that most visitors are familiar with today was actually constructed in the early 20th century. The original gallery at Memorial Hall was part of the Centennial Exposition of 1876 (the first official World’s Fair) and lies about two miles west from its current location across the Schuylkill River. When it was first built, the intent was to highlight the technical and industrial arts of Pennsylvania with a specific emphasis on educating future generations via their school (thus the original name Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art). It quickly came to garner additional attention as a center of the fine arts as collections and donations to the museum improved. Read more

Independence National Historic Park :: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

July 4, 2010 by  
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On Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th streets sits an amazing United States national landmark that is pictured on the back of the US $100 bill, Independence Hall. Independence Hall is famous for being the place that both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted. It was also the main meeting place for the Second Continental Congress and the site of the Constitution Convention of 1787. The hall is part of Independence National Historic Park and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1979, as it is a bastion of the history and culture of the United States. Independence Hall was also the original home of the Liberty Bell and currently holds in its bell tower a Centennial Bell created for the United States Centennial Exposition in 1876. Read more

Knoebels Amusement Resort :: Elysburg, Pennsylvania

April 27, 2010 by  
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Opened in 1926, Knoebels Amusement Resort is a family owned amusement park, picnic grove and campground with more than fifty rides including two wooden roller coasters, the 1913 Grand Carousel featuring sixty three hand-carved horses, and a haunted house dark ride that has been featured on the Discovery Channel. The park has won awards from all kinds of organizations like American Coaster Enthusiasts and The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Knoebels has also won the Amusement Today Golden Ticket award for best amusement park food each year since 1999. With a wide variety of both sit-down and counter service dining options there is something here for everyone. The park’s Cesari’s Pizza as well as the International Food Court have even been featured on Read more

Mütter Museum :: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 10, 2010 by  
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When most people think of going to a museum, they typically have visions of grand paintings, ancient Egyptian artifacts, or perhaps a celebrity wax figure or two. Rarely do they imagine encountering a preserved nine foot long two foot in diameter human colon, a mysterious deceased woman composed of adipocere, and the skeleton of two children born with separate bodies, but one head. No, you will find these unique and somewhat disturbing oddities nowhere else but at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1859 by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter via his donated collection of medical curiosities to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; it was originally intended to function as a medical research facility. It got its first permanent home at Locust and 13th Street nearly five years later with close to 1800 one of a kind specimens, skeletons, models, and illustrations. It has since Read more

Hershey Park :: Pennsylvania

January 29, 2010 by  
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From roller coasters to the museum, there is some delicious fun for everyone at Hershey Park! The park opened in Hershey Pennsylvania in 1907 for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company, and has expanded to over 110 acres with over sixty rides and attractions available to the public. Included with your admission to Hershey Park is entry into ZooAmerica, an 11-acre zoo featuring creatures from the farthest reaches of the globe including everything from alligators to owls. Also adjacent to the park is Read more

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