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Even More Vacation Destinations in our own “Backyard”

As promised, here’s our second batch of getaway ideas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia – recommended by Susquehanna employees. One of our employees even came up with a great family “getaway” option that’s literally in your own backyard. Read on to learn more!

Share a Little:
Summer means something different to everyone, but spending time with family and friends supporting community events tops the list for many.  Check your local news for events in your area.

Centre County Grange Fair in Centre Hall, PA – recommended by Jorgia in Lancaster: “… a large fair with lots of free concerts, tractor pulls, horse shows- something different every day. … they even decorate their tents and campers to win prizes.”

St Joan of Arc Carnival in Marlton, NJ – recommended by Krista in Marlton:
“Great old-fashioned summer carnival…runs Aug 27 thru Sep 3…rides for the whole family, live music, carnival games, 50/50 raffle…all proceeds benefit the school children of St Joan of Arc…”

Get Out a Little
Parks & Recreation is not just a TV sitcom.  Spend a day or spend a week.   You won’t suffer from a lack of activities.  Parks offer something for everyone

Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County, PA – recommended by Linda in Hazleton:
In addition to Boulder Field there are many things to do and see…swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping.  We love to visit for the day and or weekend.

Ricketts Glenn State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania – recommended by Oz in Vineland, NJ:
It’s a good hike traversing a number of waterfalls that cascade down from the campground.  There are 24 named waterfalls and a total of 26 miles of hiking trails.

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in Halifax, PA – recommended by Sharon in Halifax:
“The safari tour is well worth the cost.  It lasts about an hour and is so enjoyable…I have decided to make Lake Tobias an annual visit with my granddaughter who is 9 and lives in Massachusetts.”

R.B. Winter State Park in Union County, PA – recommended by Lynn in Sunbury, PA:
It gives you the beach experience right in the heart of PA.  Large lake area provides swimming and fishing opportunity while the sandy beach offers the feel of the coast.

Nolde Forest State Park in Berks County, PA – recommended by Anita in Adamstown, PA:
It’s free! It’s the perfect place to get some exercise, walk the dog, have a picnic lunch with the family or even spend some quiet time alone.

Mt. Gretna Lake in Lebanon County, PA – recommended by Ann in Lititz, PA:
Well known as a home for the arts, this community also sends you outdoors where “you can play miniature golf, bike ride on the Rails to Trails, visit the Jigger Shop for ice cream or go swimming at the lake.”

The New Jersey Shore – recommended by Theresa in Jamesburg, NJ:
“When is the last time you enjoyed a meal and watched the sunrise or set on the water?”

Last but not least…

Relax a Little
Whether at home or away, take the time to step back, relax, and soak in the beauty around you.

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA – recommended by Erin in Cherry Hill, NJ:
“ …the atmosphere is very picturesque and almost therapeutic. This is my favorite daytrip I take during the summer.”

Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA – recommended by Dan in Lititz, PA:
“This is the penultimate All-American garden.  If you like gardening you will not be disappointed!”

Backyard Movie Night — recommended by Melissa in Leola, PA:
This one “requires a white sheet, projector (you can rent one), DVD or game system, a family favorite movie, popcorn, hot dogs, s’mores, fire pit, etc.” and just you, your family and friends — as many or as few as you like.

What’s your favorite summer fun idea in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland or West Virginia?

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