With winter’s short days and cold temperatures, it’s easy to think about settling down for a long winter’s nap or hibernating until spring. But before you curl up by the fire and nod off, take a look at these ideas from Susquehanna employees to keep fun and adventure going all year long. Our employees share budget-friendly ways to beat post-holiday blues and nip cabin fever in the bud.
Baby it’s cold outside…so take advantage of the cold temperatures, bundle up and give these suggestions a shot.
Wolf Sanctuary of PA: recommended by Tracey in Lititz
Full moon tours each month are a fun way to learn about the wolves and their habitat. If you’re not into moonlight, you can also tour the sanctuary during the day.
Philadelphia Zoo: recommended by JoEllyn in Phoenixville
I love going to the zoo when the weather gets cold! A lot of the animals are more active in winter. The polar bears roam their enclosure, the penguins are more playful, and there are lots of indoor areas for us humans to warm up.
First Friday, Lancaster City: recommended by Crystal in Lancaster
Most people think of farms and Amish when they hear the words “Lancaster County,” and sure, both are here en masse. But in the past couple of years, Lancaster City’s (yes, there’s a small city) art scene has grown to include more than 100 innovative and eclectic venues with something to suit any and everyone’s individual taste. And the best time to experience it is on a First Friday, when the galleries bring out the food and drink, entertainment and the artists, and the foot traffic spills out onto “Gallery Row,” aka Prince Street, just up the road from one of the most majestic theaters in the country, the Fulton. And best of all, it’s FREE!
Fort McHenry National Monument and State Park: recommended by Mark in Hunt Valley
For the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, take a tour of Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key wrote our National Anthem during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.
Chambersburg Ice Fest: recommended by Christine in Chambersburg
January 26-29, 2012, you can stroll downtown Chambersburg to view the ice sculptures and participate in lots of activities and events, many of which are free.
Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival: recommended by Patti in Sunbury
February 3-5, 2012, Ice Art lines Market Street and you can watch ice carvers create giant sculptures in Hufnagle Park. Kids can touch, sit and crawl on some of these sculptures in the park. On Saturday they have games in the Park, a Polar Bear Plunge and a Chocolate Lovers Festival. Yum!
Clipper Magazine Stadium: recommended by Anne in Lititz
Home to the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team, the stadium transforms into an ice park in the winter. So strap on your ice skates and start moving.
Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide: also recommended by Patti in Sunbury
Rent toboggans by the hour (there are two sizes of toboggans) and slide down the slide which ends on the ice-covered surface of the lake. Proceeds benefit fire companies in Sullivan County. Make sure if the slide is open before you set out.
If dashing through the snow is not your idea of a good time, fun and adventure is still right around the corner. Check out these great suggestions to that keep you warm and inside.
www.PaRivertowns.com: recommended by Bill in Columbia
Take a day trip to Columbia, Wrightsville, and Marietta, PA. Visit The Turkey Hill Experience and take a virtual tour of the making of Turkey Hill products including their world famous iced tea, ice cream and milk. Then stop by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Museum with watches, clocks and time pieces from all over the world in an interesting exhibit, including historical information in each display.
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway: recommended by Eric in Morgantown
Take a train on a ride through the gorgeous Lehigh Gorge State Park. It’s a beautiful ride, and they have special events through out the year.
Historic Bucks County: recommended by Michael and Leanne in Chalfont
Located in Doylestown, PA
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle: Find thousands of early American tools, vehicles, cooking pieces, looms, and even weather vanes.
James A. Michener Art Museum: Check out exhibits, lectures, and creative art classes.
Finally for those who still want to enjoy some fun from the comfort of your own home, take this recommendation from Dawn in King of Prussia- stock up on good old fashioned card and board games and gather ‘round the table with family and friends.
What budget friendly wintertime ideas are happening in your neighborhood?