Things to Do in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors

Things To Do

Attractions, activities and events in the PA Great Outdoors region include antiquing, art and galleries, wineries, elk viewing, and so much more.

Antiques

Antiques

Some have a gift of creating beautiful things with their hands and so many of these talented people are drawn to the Pennsylvania Wilds region and passionate about their work.  Browse the many shops, galleries and PA Wilds Artisans for unique souvenirs and one-of-a-kind gifts.

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Artisans, Galleries & Studios

Artisans, Galleries & Studios

Some have a gift of creating beautiful things with their hands and so many of these talented people are drawn to the Pennsylvania Wilds region and passionate about their work.  Browse the many shops, galleries and PA Wilds Artisans for unique souvenirs and one-of-a-kind gifts.

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Pennsylvania Elk Herd

Elk Viewing

Pennsylvania is home to the largest free-roaming elk herd in Northeastern United States.  Seeing an elk for the first time is an extraordinary experience and something you will never forget! The majestic elk tower over deer and have antlers so large they resemble tree branches.  Visit the PA Great Outdoors for many elk viewing opportunities!

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Family Fun

Family Fun

Sometimes it can be a challenge to find engrossing educational outdoor activities for children - but not in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors!

Petting zoos, discovery centers, museums, along with fun activities sure to entertain everyone in your family during your vacation!  Make some new memories and new traditions!

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Historical Attractions & Landmarks

Historical Attractions & Landmarks

The Great Outdoors is made up of 5 distinct counties, each proudly displaying their heritage and history. Whether you are taking the trek to Gobbler's Knob that has been made for well over 100 years or Ridgway's Lily of the Valley National Historic Register District, the region boasts many opportunities to take a step back in time.

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Museums & Centers

Museums & Centers

Museums are so much more than a columned building filled with paintings.  With a "touch-everything" atmosphere, learning can be fun!

Historical Societies and history centers offer a vast amount of information about the people that walked these lands before us.  Journey through the lifestyles of yesteryear with clothing, tools, furniture, paintings, and much more.

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Music & Theater

Music & Theater

Mix up your entertainment life and experience a live theater!  Wonderful performances by local actors, dancers, and musicians will keep you on the edge of your seat and feeling every emotion possible!

In the Great Outdoors region, we love the big screens, too!  How long has it been since you went to a drive-in theater and watched a movie under the stars?

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Services/ Education

Services/ Education

Chambers of Commerce and other professional businesses are available to help with information and assistance. Many local businesses offer fun classes on crafts and art, others teach techniques and shortcuts, and universities help further your education and career.

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Shopping

Shopping

Looking for that one-of-a kind gift to give that someone special? Our many unique shops and galleries have just what you’re looking for. From beautiful handmade jewelry, pottery, clothing, stained glass, carved landscape stones and more, we have just what you need.

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Wildlife & Animal Exhibits

Wildlife & Animal Exhibits

Feed a deer, come face-to-face with a bear, and meet the world-famous weather forcaster in Punxsutawney!  The Great Outdoors has tons of opportunities to see the wildlife with petting zoos, discovery centers, museums, and much more!

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Wineries & Breweries

Wineries & Breweries

There are many fine wineries located in our five-county region offering a delicious selection of red, white and fruit wines. No matter where your destination, you can enjoy tastings in the relaxing atmosphere of a local winery.  Visit the on-site gift shops filled with wine making supplies along with other goodies and take home a piece of your experience to share or keep for yourself.

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