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.
Then make your way toward Shamokin Dam for some family recreation at Hooplas Xtreme Family Fun where you’ll find a trampoline park, Sky Rail Ropes Course, Toddler Zone, Arcade and miniature golf. Make a pit stop for lunch Skeeter's Pit BBQ! Skeeter's is a family-owned fast, casual dining establishment with seasonal outdoor dining, local craft beers on tap, live music every other Sunday and it’s located on a bluff overlooking the scenic Susquehanna River.
After lunch, choose your activity based on your time, interests and energy levels. We suggest driving north to Lewisburg. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lewisburg's vibrant downtown features more than 40 specialty retail stores, friendly restaurants, museums, and the Campus Theatre, an authentic Art Deco movie palace showing movies nightly. Lewisburg is a friendly walkable downtown with a self-guided tour of historic Lewisburg.
If you feel like shopping, stop into Street of Shops, located completely indoors in a restored historic woolen mill, this indoor country village offers one of the most unique shopping experiences in the east. Open 7 days a week year-round, featuring a wide selection of merchandise including art glass, artwork, custom jewelry, baskets, primitive country, candles, tin ware, antiques, pottery, vintage furniture, Pennsylvania handcrafted items, historical collectibles and much more. Street of Shops has a sister store, Roller Mills, a 5-story restored historic flour mill located on St. Mary Street in Lewisburg which features over 400 dealers displaying a variety of furniture and collectibles. Antiques at 221 is located on Lewisburg's Market Street and offers an extensive selection of estate jewelry and vintage watches, as well as fine Victorian antiques.
Fun sweet treats can be found at Purity Candy. Founded in 1907, Purity candies are hand-dipped the old-fashioned way. The Cookie Dude specializes in artisan cookies and desserts crafted by hand in a variety of traditional and unique flavors using only fresh, local and gourmet ingredients. Sweet Frog is a premium frozen yogurt shop with 16 flavors and 70 toppings to create personalized combinations.
Among other shops in downtown Lewisburg visit:
Brushstrokes Gallery, Art Supplies, & Framing offering a full array of the best and latest art supplies and a knowledgeable staff, Brushstrokes works to help their customers create their visions. They offer custom framing to help display and preserve artwork, memorabilia and mementos. In addition, they have a wonderful selection of artsy greeting cards, journals, puzzles and gifts to appeal to the art lover in everyone.
The Open Door Gallery by Lori. The gallery showcases works of art and offers custom framing and restoration services for frames, photos and paintings. Located in the same space is Mondragon Books, a treasure house of used books.
Dwellings Boutique - Dwellings offers unique and trendy merchandise including causal wear, jewelry, handbags, accessories, drink and bar-ware, candles, home decor, seasonal decor, and more. Dwellings is the perfect place to shop for a birthday, graduation, anniversary, holiday or just for fun!
Retrah - offering high-quality clothing brands for both men and women that covers everything from formal suits to causal wear. Retrah also is the place to go for all your Bucknell and Lewisburg branded souvenirs including pottery dishes, hand towels, tote bags, keychains, postcards and more! There is a wide array of jewelry lines, seasonal decor, dishes and drink ware, and a wonderful bath, body and relaxation selection.
Art of Living Design – a beautiful assortment of furniture, rugs, lighting, window treatments and accessories.
If art is your pleasure, visit the Samek Art Museum's downtown gallery, a program of Bucknell University that creates meaningful encounters between artists, students, scholars, the public and works of art. The downtown gallery is a secondary location to the main gallery located on the campus of Bucknell university.
Or you can let off some steam outside by renting bikes from Link Cyclery LLC, to explore the 9-mile-long Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, or visit the park on St. Mary’s Street with a skateboard park, tennis courts, pool, interactive playground, volleyball pit and ducks to feed! Do you feel like a leisurely walk in the woods? Located just minutes from downtown, the The Dale’s Ridge Trail at 1471 Strawbridge Road, off Route 192 next to the historic Dale/Engle/Walker House is a two-mile trail loop trail. A trailhead kiosk contains a descriptive brochure specific to the property, which borders Buffalo Creek. Enjoy scenic ridge-top views of the Buffalo Valley, wildflowers, and birding within a variety of habitats including streamside (riparian) buffer, mature woodlots, and open fields.
We recommend dinner at one of the many favorite local restaurants located in Lewisburg's downtown: the Lewisburg Hotel, Siam Restaurant (Thai & Indian cuisine), Brendan's Towne Tavern, Bull Run Tap House, Elizabeth's An American Bistro, or Mancini's Wood Fired Pizza & Italian Restaurant.
, a unique bar with 50+ self-pour taps including craft beer, cider, seltzers, prosecco, red wine and white wine.
Make it a Weekend
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 to watch videos 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.
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!
The day will surely be filled with Fun, Food, and Fantasy! Enjoy the day and take home the memories!
Stay for the Week!
- Walking Tour of Mifflinburg
- Mifflinburg Buggy Museum
- Pompeii Street Soap Company
- Penns Creek Pottery
- Shade Mountain Winery
- Samek Art Museum
- Lewisburg Downtown Partnership Shops and Restaurants
- Purity Candy
- Campus Theatre
- Fero Vineyard & Winery
- Susquehanna River Valley Wineries
- Native Paths Driving Tour
- Heritage Trail Tour
- Covered Bridges Tour
Wine Tasting Tour- Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Susquehanna River Valley on a tour of wineries. Stroll through a vineyard surrounded by glorious views, relax on the deck while enjoying local musicians and enjoy tastings of favorite locally crafted varieties. The Susquehanna River Valley is home to eleven family-owned wineries, all of which offer unique vintage wines, fun seasonal events and beautiful picturesque settings.
River Rat Brew Trail - Treat yourself to a self-guided tour of the award-winning breweries on Central Pennsylvania’s only craft brew trail. Discover distinct and unique craft brews that will tantalize your taste buds and senses. Click here to learn more about the Breweries and Distilleries of the Susquehanna River Valley
Let a driver from one of the premier limo companies in the River Valley provide a fun and safe tour.
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