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. 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 Brushstrokes (a family-owned art supply store) and the Purple Platypus (a specialty children's toy and gift store), 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 a skateboard park, tennis courts, pool, interactive playground, volleyball pit and ducks to feed! 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.