Exotic Cats in Central PA Day Trip

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? Check out this great trip idea below that is sure to be a day you and you're family will never forget!

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. They just rescued five new tigers in the 2020 season.  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. Head north to Lewisburg. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is home to Bucknell University and its vibrant downtown features more than 40 specialty retail stores, friendly restaurants, museums, B&Bs and an authentic Art Deco movie palace. You can take a self-guided walking tour of historic Lewisburg and then tour one of two historic homes— the Packwood House Museum, with its amazing collection of antiques and art, or the Dale/Engle/Walker House, which was built in 1793. You can also drive by the the Slifer House Museum, a beautiful Italianate mansion that recalls the Victorian era and turn of the century.

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. The Purple Platypus is a specialty children's toy and gift store. This totally kid-friendly unique destination for baby and child, offers specialty toys, games, puzzles and developmental products. Another fun store is Purity Candy. Founded in 1907, Purity candies are hand-dipped the old-fashioned way.

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. Just a short walk down the street from the Samek, find the Open Door Gallery. The gallery showcases works of art and offers custom framing and restoration services for frames, photos and paintings.

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 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 Fence Drive In, the Lewisburg Hotel, Siam Restaurant (Thai cuisine), Brendan's Towne Tavern,  Bull Run Tap House, Elizabeth's An American Bistro, or Mancini's Wood Fired Pizza & Italian Restaurant.

COVID- 19 Tourism Alert

COVID- 19 Tourism Alert

The Susquehanna River Valley is currently in Green Phase and open for business. However, please be aware that some of our businesses may be closed or operating with varying schedules and reduced capacities. Be sure to contact a business prior to visiting for the latest information on their offerings and hours of operation, along with safety measures currently in place for both employees and guests. For help planning your trip contact the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.

Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau
81 Hafer Road, Lewisburg, PA  17837
Toll-free: (800) 525-7320
Phone: (570) 524-7234
Fax: (570) 524-7282
[email protected]