Take a break from the typical snow sports, dig out your bathing suit and grab a fellow art or history lover. Leave the mundane behind as you pursue your happiness indoors at these cozy hotspots in Pennsylvania – the perfect places for Happy Travelers to chase away their winter blues!
Kalahari Indoor Water Park - Pocono Mountains
You’ll forget about the cold and feel the summer vibes when you visit the heated indoor water park at Kalahari Resorts. Located in the Pocono Mountains, the 100,000-square-foot water park features a retractable roof and is the perfect place for water lovers to enjoy all-day adventures. Experience wet and wild fun by body boarding on five-foot, ocean-like waves on the FLOWRIDER®, zipping up and down on the water coaster Anaconda or spiraling down the 40-mph flume Zimbabwe Zipper.
Aquatopia Indoor Water Park - Pocono Mountains
Bring the family for a weekend stay at Camelback Resort, and unleash endless excitement and unlimited access to the epic rides at Aquatopia Indoor Water Park. Voted the No. 1 Indoor Waterpark in America by USA Today, this 84-degree, Caribbean-like atmosphere is made to escape the cold. Aquatopia’s natural lighting leaves visitors basking in warmth as they explore unstoppable thrills, from swirling in darkness on the Venus SlydeTrap to playing with hundreds of aqua gadgets in Kartrite’s Quest and riding on America’s longest uphill water coaster, the Storm Chaser.
Splash Lagoon’s Indoor Water Park - Pennsylvania Great Lakes
From twisting domes of water to speedy slides, lazy rivers and a six-foot wave pool, Splash Lagoon’s Indoor Water Park is a top destination on any water lover’s bucket list. Encounter incomparable family fun at Splash Lagoon with a host of attractions like Tree Tops indoor ropes course, island arcades and dining options, conveniently located next to the water rides. Forget about the outdoor pools of the summer – Splash Lagoon maintains its 87-degree temperature year round to keep you splashing inside.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Philadelphia and the Countryside
King of Prussia
Winter is the perfect time for skydiving! Head to King of Prussia to learn about the new sport of bodyflight and advance your flying skills. Since 1999, iFLY has modernized the idea of flying with customized wall-to-wall cushioned flight chambers to create a realistic adventure for thrill seekers. Whether you’re a first-time flyer or an aviary expert, all packages include the support of a certified flight instructor. Spread your wings and soar in the 14-foot recirculating wind tunnel at iFLY for a unique getaway from outdoor chills.
Museums and Tours
Turkey Hill® Experience - Dutch Country Roads
It’s never too cold for ice cream if you’re indoors! Ice cream lovers will have a blast at the Turkey Hill® Experience. With interactive learning exhibits and a chance to personalize virtual ice cream flavors, the Turkey Hill® Experience is a must-visit for anyone driving through Lancaster County. Enjoy indoor warmth for 90 minutes as you learn the history of Turkey Hill® Dairy and the creative development process for the brand’s most popular products. You’ll feel like a real employee as you milk mechanical cows, film a television commercial and concoct your own ice cream in the Turkey Hill® Taste Lab.
Crayola Experience® - Lehigh Valley
Call timeout on the snowball battles and spend your afternoon with the crafty experts at the Crayola® Factory. Larger than an NFL football field, the Crayola Experience® offers colorful adventures to spark your little one’s imagination. Your child can express their creativity at 4D color shows, indoor chalk walks and melted wax towers. With three hours of play time exploring four floors of interactive fun, you’ll forget all about the winter winds rolling outside and get lost in the power of color and creativity.
Andy Warhol Museum - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Visit the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to explore legendary work of the pop art phenomenon Andy Warhol. As the illustrator of “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and “Gold Marilyn Monroe,” Warhol is a creative genius who inspired artists across the nation. An affordable escape from the brisk weather, you’ll get a firsthand look at Warhol’s art collection, including more than 7,000 pieces proudly displayed in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Frick Art & Historical Center - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Famous industrialist Henry Clay Frick made his fortune and legacy in Pittsburgh. While he had an aptitude for business, Frick always had a fondness for the arts, an appreciation he would pass on to his daughter, Helen Clay Frick. Helen eventually inherited Henry’s estate and the now renowned “Frick Collection” of works of art. To honor her family tradition and passion for art, Helen Clay Frick opened The Frick Art Museum to the public in 1970. Today, visitors can tour the Clayton estate including the family’s original 22-room mansion, playhouse and greenhouse, as well as the Italian Renaissance-style museum, housing the famous art collection featuring works from famous painters like Claude Monet and Peter Paul Rubens.
The State Museum - Dutch Country Roads
In 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania officially opened to the public, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Keystone State culture. Ranked the second-most visited museum in Pennsylvania, The State Museum annually welcomes more than 300,000 visitors in the state capital of Harrisburg. Winter break is the perfect season to test your history skills. Ditch the cold and discover all four floors of the Pennsylvania hub for unique artifacts and exhibits, like a painting of the Battle of Gettysburg, a larger-than-life statue of William Penn and an exhibit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia and the Countryside
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has evolved from the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 to a world-renowned art collection in the City of Brotherly Love. Situated on nine acres above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases numerous creative masterpieces including paintings, sculptures and decorative art. In 2017, exhibitions at the museum vary from from an extensive collection of European paintings to art that tells Philadelphia’s story of active resistance and radical community building. Visitors will love to walk around one of the country’s largest museums for a history-themed afternoon fleeing winter snowstorms.
The Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia and the Countryside
In 1922, popular impressionist Albert Barnes established The Barnes Foundation to express his appreciation for fine arts. Housing old master paintings, antiques from the Mediterranean area and more than 2,500 species of trees and woody plants, The Barnes Foundation has proudly welcomed more than 1 million visitors to see its masterful collection and arboretum. Guests can dive into the fine arts on a daily collection tour sure to highlight all of the foundation’s masterpieces. Be sure to check out this year’s exclusive photography exhibition, Live and Life Will Give You Pictures, a display of the evolving culture in France.
Railroaders Memorial Museum - The Alleghenies
Since 1980, the Railroaders Memorial Museum has told the story of Altoona’s impact on America’s transportation infrastructure. As you travel back in time to learn the evolution of Pennsylvania’s legendary railroad, you will discover more than just model train exhibits. Visitors can participate in numerous attractions, like railroad trivia tests in The Bar, documentary presentations in the Norfolk Southern Theatre and sample driving tests in the Transportation Division. Conclude your tour with a search in the Railroad American Heroes database and grab a warm treat from the gift shop.