Cats, Caves and Carousels

Kids will be kids and yours will have a wonderful time immersed in the natural wonders of the Susquehanna River Valley. Did you know that right here in Central PA you can come within feet of lions and exotic wildlife from all over the world, tour America's only all-water cave, and even spend a day at the country's largest free-admission/free-parking amusement park? Below are just a few suggestions to help you get your family adventure started!

After you arrive in the Susquehanna River Valley, head for T&D’s Cats of the World (Pictured above), one of the most interesting and unique places in Pennsylvania. More than 200 rescued bobcats, lions, tigers, leopards, and other exotic wildlife live on 35 spacious acres. After you’ve seen them all, head over to Sunbury to visit the Amateur Softball Association of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, which celebrates the history of softball in Pennsylvania.

Then make your way upriver toward Lewisburg, drive up through Shikellamy State Park. The Overlook section, one of the Top 20 River Spots, delivers wonderful views of the confluence of the North and West branches of the river. Make a pit stop for lunch along the way. We suggest Skeeter's Pit BBQ!

After lunch, choose your activity based on your time, interests and energy levels. You can take a self-guided walking tour of historic Lewisburg and then tour one of three historic homes—the Slifer House Museum, filled with all the finery of Victorian life, the Packwood House Museum, with its amazing collection of antiques and art, or the Dale/Engle/Walker House, which was built in 1793. If you feel like shopping, stop into Brushstrokes and the Purple Platypus, both of which are totally kid-friendly. Or you can let off some steam outside by renting bikes from Earl’s Bicycle Store to explore the 9-mile-long Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, or visit the park on St. Mary’s Street with skateboard ramps, tennis courts, pool, interactive playground, volleyball pit and ducks to feed! We recommend dinner at The Fence Drive In, the Lewisburg Hotel, or Siam Restaurant (Thai cuisine). After all that, you won’t even feel your head hit the pillow!

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On the morning of your first day, make your way to Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park and tour by boat America’s only all–water cavern. As you glide on an underground stream, you will be surrounded by limestone corridors, stalagmites, stalactites, flowstone cascades, and ice draperies. Below you, trout swim and jump for food.

Penn’s Cave is surrounded by a 1,600 acre wildlife park. Motorized 90-minute tours take you through forests and fields that have been carefully preserved as a natural habitat for bears, wolves, elk, deer, bobcats, bison, longhorn cattle, mustangs, and mountain lions. Click here for a video and a first-hand view of all the fun stuff in store at Penns Cave, including their new 2-1/2 hour jeep tour from the “cave rock to the mountain top,” negotiating obstacles, moguls, and ravines on the way to a spectacular mountain vista.

Nearby is Woodward Cave, one of the largest caves in Pennsylvania with five spacious rooms that include the 200-foot-long “Hall of Statues.” The Ballroom has actually been used for square dances and banquets. One stalagmite, called the Tower of Babel, is 14 feet high. The cathedral ceiling of the Upper Room rises 60 feet above the floor.

On your way back from the caves, grab lunch in Lewisburg or Mifflinburg before heading  to Williamsport for a river excursion on the paddlewheeler Hiawatha, which is anchored near Susquehanna State Park. As you cruise, the Captain brings to life the lumbering era in Pennsylvania and its connection to the river.

After a very full day, return to Lewisburg for dinner and a good night’s sleep. Rest up! Tomorrow, you’re off to play at one of Pennsylvania’s most famous amusement resorts.

The next morning load up the car and get going to Knoebels Amusement Resort  - with free admission and free parking - this world-famous destination has been awarded the “Best Park for Families” title by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Knoebels also won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards for Best Amusement Park Food and Best Carousel. The Haunted Mansion has been voted favorite traditional dark ride by the Dark Ride and Fun House Enthusiasts 10 years in a row.

The youngest children can enjoy the Kiddie Himalaya, Flying Tigers, and the Merry-Go Round. Older children will be thrilled by the StratosFear, Black Diamond (a spooky tour through a haunted coal mine), and Downdraft. Families can enjoy Paradrop, the Roto Jets, and Balloon Race together. Swim to your hearts content in Knoebels' giant Crystal Pool complete with waterslides, diving boards, and a play area just for the little ones! Cool off in the shallow water and the enjoy fountains!

Adults will enjoy the 3 Ponds 18-hole golf course, the unique skill game of Fascination, and the Carousel Museum.

The day will surely be filled with Fun, Food, and Fantasy! Enjoy the day and take home the memories!

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Day One

•   Walking Tour of Mifflinburg 

•   Mifflinburg Buggy Museum

•   Star Hollow Candle Company

•   Penns Creek Pottery

•   Pompeii Street Soap Company

  

Day Two

•    Packwood House Museum

•    Purity Candy

•    Four Friends Winery

•    Point Barn Antiques


Day Three

•    Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art

•    Millersburg Ferry

•    Hilsher’s General Store

•    Patchwork Farm Alpacas

 

Day Four

•    Susquehanna River Valley Wineries

•    Native Paths Driving Tour 

•    Heritage Trail Tour

•    Covered Bridges Tour


 

Fitness room, sauna, and hot tub; lavish indoor and outdoor swimming pools; family-style restaurant and country store.

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Award winning hotel minutes to Knoebels, Bloomsburg, Bucknell and Susquehanna Universities and Little League World Series. Amenities include Indoor Heated Pool, Exercise Facility, Business Center, Conference Room. Complimentary Hot Deluxe Breakfast. Free WIFI. Pet Friendly.

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Behind every great day is a great night at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Selinsgrove near Susquehanna and Bucknell universities. Make sure to soak in the charming, quaint city during a work-related or leisure getaway at the pet-friendly Comfort Inn Hotel.

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Only hotel in the area offering fully-equipped efficiency rooms. Sit by the poolside, relax in the game room, or work out in the fitness center. Guest laundry and free internet access in guest rooms and the business center are available.

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This 60-room all-suites hotel features an indoor pool, exercise room, guest laundry, complimentary wireless Internet access and a complimentary breakfast buffet. Located only two minutes from Bucknell University.

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This award-winning hotel is a home-away-from-home. Conveniently located near Bucknell University and Interstate 80, Country Inn & Suites offers an impressive selection of cozy rooms and spacious suites with breakfast included.

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Shamokin Dam hotel centrally located to Sunbury, Selinsgrove and Lewisburg.

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10 cozy affordable rooms in the heart of Central PA.

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Our hotel features 71 spacious guestrooms, all with microwaves and refrigerators. We offer complimentary hot breakfast and Free High Speed Wireless Internet. We also have an indoor pool & whirlpool, fitness center and business center.

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Guests choose Hampton Inn Lewisburg because of the tremendous value for the dollar, and because guests know what they'll get at Hampton with every stay, at every location....from signature hot breakfast and high speed internet access to crisp, clean beds and comfy rooms. Satisfaction is a Hampton Inn promise with an unconditional, 100% Hampton Guarantee. Recipient of the Lighthouse Award and the Circle of Excellence Award since 2008!

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On-the-house hot breakfast served daily 6-10 AM, indoor pool and hot tub, free wireless high speed internet, complimentary 24-hour coffee, juice, and fresh fruit in lobby.

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Located in a quiet, rural setting, this superb hotel has re-established itself as the premier choice of corporate and leisure travelers. We offer a complimentary Stay Smart Express Breakfast Bar in the mornings, free High Speed Internet access throughout the hotel, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and on-site fitness center. We are proud to serve our guests and happy to provide an exceptional service experience!

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This award-winning hotel provides a great night's sleep preparing guests for the next day's adventure. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and full hot breakfast make a stay at Holiday Inn Express & Suites the best!

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Established in 1834, this elegantly restored and remodeled hotel graces the main street of downtown Lewisburg, PA.

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Diverse selection of lodging choices, from recently remodeled single bedded rooms to lavish suites. Conveniently located on the Geisinger Medical Center Campus.

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Our hotel has 77 nicely appointed guestrooms. Suites are available. All rooms include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet and free wi-fi. We have a restaurant, lounge, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, and seasonal outdoor pool on premises.

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Beautifully appointed guestrooms. All rooms include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. We have free Wi-fi, an attached restaurant, lounge, business center, fitness center, guest laundry, and seasonal outdoor pool.

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Welcome to the newly-renovated, 100% smoke-free Red Roof Inn-Williamsport. Nearby attractions include Clyde Peeling's Reptiland and Zoo and the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Guests enjoy a seasonal outdoor pool, coin laundry, and guest rooms that offer free WiFi, a microwave, refrigerator and flat-screen tv. Located 1.5 miles southeast of downtown Williamsport, PA.

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A stay at the Selinsgrove Inn allows guests to enjoy downtown Selinsgrove's restaurants and shops. With the stylish country design, impeccable service and fine furnishings, the Selinsgrove Inn is the perfect place for your stay.

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Call it a night at the Super 8 Danville Hotel. Located off Interstate 80 at Exit 224, this pet-friendly hotel offers comfort and time-saving amenities like free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat-screen TV, game room, gym, laundry services, and microwaves and refrigerators in some rooms. A complimentary 8-item SuperStart breakfast bonanza is available every morning, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.

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Located in the heart of downtown Williamsport stands the 10-story historic Genetti Hotel & Suites. Boasting 205 sleeping rooms and 11,000 square feet of meeting space, the Genetti is the perfect place for weddings, conventions, annual meetings and trainings.

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Experience the ultimate in dining and lodging. Located just three hours west of Manhattan.

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Victorian Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of Danville. Seven blocks to Geisinger Medical Center. Former home of Abigail Geisinger, founder of Geisinger Medical Center. Restored in 2012. Bathroom, central air, wifi, TV, mini-fridge in each room. Gift shop recently opened (July 2015) , "open to public".

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Copper Beech Manor is a casually elegant bed and breakfast in the heart of Lewisburg's historic district and features five guest rooms each with private bath; within walking distance to shops and restaurants.

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Peaceful country setting. Four guest rooms with full private baths.Two upstairs rooms, one with Jacuzzi tub. One room, handicap friendly, on main floor. No TVs. Full breakfast with home baked breads and muffins.

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Family-friendly lodging located 1/4 mile from Knoebels Amusement Resort and Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course. Includes full breakfast and admission passes to Knoebels Crystal Pool (during pool season). Perfect for large groups.

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The Pineapple Inn is downtown Lewisburg's original Bed & Breakfast, having opened in 1985. The building was designed in the Federal Victorian style by prominent Philadelphia architect, Lewis Palmer, and constructed in 1857. Since it's beginning, the Inn has become known for its period antiques, unparalleled hospitality, and world-famous homemade country breakfast.

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The Tawsty Flower is Lewisburg's boutique hotel-style B&B located steps away from Bucknell University. Offers full, private baths in all rooms, and suites are available with fully-equipped kitchens for extended stay guests. An alternative option located just around the corner in the heart of downtown Lewisburg are the Haines Suites which offer extended-stay and two-night minimum accommodations.

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