Spring Break Ideas
Flowers are blooming as the weather heats up, and Happy Travelers are itching to get outside! From iconic biking trails to nature parks, Pennsylvania has attractions for everyone to enjoy the spring weather.
Whether you’re ready for windows down on your drive or still grabbing a sweater for the road, the covered bridges of Lehigh Valley set the stage for a lovely afternoon drive. Along the 50-mile, self-guided tour, you’ll get a view of the region’s seven remaining covered bridges. Turn off your GPS and go old school with turn-by-turn directions provided by Discover Lehigh Valley.
Greater Reading Trail System offers biking trails and experiences for all skill levels. It is the only International Mountain Bicycling Association Bronze Level Ride Center in the Northeast, and one of only 37 in the world. Bring your full arsenal of mountain bikes and ride trails that connect to one another, as well as cool urban centers. More than 125 miles of trails in five major preserves await!
Succop Nature Park, of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP), is an environmental and cultural education center for the Butler County community. Located near Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, Succop Nature Park features ponds, trails, and open natural spaces perfect for a variety of outdoor activities. A number of programs are offered at the park through the ASWP, such as the Master Birder program. Coinciding with the spring session of bustling birds, a portion of the Master Birder program takes a closer look at Succop Nature Park's birds and is designed to enhance avian identification skills including sight, sound, and biology.
Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Huntingdon at Mayfest of Huntingdon April 29. Stroll through and learn about the history of the town with a different historical theme on each block. Mayfest presents living history programs with period-correct costumes, music, re-enactors, and demonstrations. Children’s activities and educational fun are plentiful, along with great food, crafts, and more!
The Schuylkill River Boardwalk provides breathtaking views of the Philadelphia skyline as you walk or bike the 2,000-foot-long pathway that extends the Schuylkill River Trail, from Locust to South Street. The scenic path allows pedestrians, runners and bicyclists to literally walk over the river to some of the best skyline views around. The over-the-water path is 15 feet wide and includes four scenic overlooks for those who want to relax and take in spectacular waterfront views.
Cheer on the 2017 Big Ten Champions at the Blue-White Football Game in State College on April 22! The Penn State Nittany Lion Football team returns to the field for its annual springtime scrimmage. Families can enjoy events leading up to the game including autograph sessions, kid-friendly games and activities, tailgating, and much more.
Named one of the “10 Best Places to Get Away this Fall” by National Geographic Traveler, the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is one of America's best hiking and biking trails. Start from Pittsburgh and bike the trail, where you’ll explore charming trail towns like Ohiopyle, Confluence, Rockwood, and Meyersdale along the way. For the ultimate journey, bike the entire 150 miles from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, where the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath for a continuous trail experience — 335 miles long — to Washington, D.C.!
Sip your way into spring along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail when the Tour de Tanks signature event returns for its 12th year March 4-26! For just $30, you can visit 17 wineries and enjoy tours and educational presentations that will take you behind the scenes of the winemaking process at several award-winning wineries. At each stop, you’ll taste exclusive tank or barrel samples, enjoy light food, and receive a special discount on bottle purchases.
With rolling terrains, cascading waterways, and lush farmlands, Pennsylvania provides the perfect backdrop for golfers! Grab your golf clubs and head to one of the many iconic golf courses in PA, including the oldest course in America, Foxburg Country Club in Foxburg. Or, honor the legendary Arnold Palmer and take putt on the same course where he grew up, at Latrobe Country Club.