Each year, thousands of baseball fans will travel to the town famous for hosting the Little League World Series. During the extra time between homeruns and double plays, hop on to U.S. Route 220 or U.S. Route 15 and check out some of these family friendly things to do only a short drive from Williamsport!
The World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum
Williamsport, PAwww.littleleague.org/learn/museum.htmA year-long attraction open to baseball fans, the Peter J. McGovern Museum strives to educate the general public about the history, service, goals and initiatives of Little League Baseball and Softball. The recently updated museum and store are designed around a six-inning theme that allows visitors to have a self-guided, educational and interactive experience, featuring 13 audio story moments and 9 video story moments, an interactive touchscreen table that connects every local Little League in the world, a catcher’s station and home plate to first base running exhibit.
The focus of the museum has shifted from simply telling the story of Little League’s past to a more dynamic presentation of how Little League has intertwined with U.S. and world history, and even help to shape it. The museum tells the reasons Little League has become the world’s largest and most respected youth sports program. Each year the museum also inducts past Little League graduates into the Hall of Excellence, the most prestigious honor in Little League Baseball.
Hiawatha Riverboat Cruise
Williamsport www.ridehiawatha.comCruise the Susquehanna River in style with a ride on the beautiful Hiawatha paddle boat just down the road from the Little League ball games. A journey on this reproduction of the original patriotic riverboat offers guest a taste of local heritage as they soak in the outstanding views of the surrounding banks. The “Hiawatha,”ť once used to transport residents to a park downriver, now delights its passengers with a number of theme cruises. From karaoke events to sunset concerts and dinner cruises, this paddleboat has something for everyone to enjoy.
Historic Trolley Tour
Williamsportwww.ridetrolleys.comThe Historic Trolley Tour is a delightful ride through Williamsport's areas of interest, featuring Millionaire's Row, where visitors will travel along and see impressive mansions built by the lumber barons of days gone by. Highlights of the tour include Memorial Park, where the first Little League baseball game was played, and Brandon Park, whose entrance is guarded by the magnificent tree sculpture of Chief Waopalanee.
Original Little League, Inc.
WilliamsportThis field is "The Birthplace of Little League Baseball.”ť Located on West Fourth Street near Memorial Park/Bowman Field, this field was the home of the first 12 Little League Baseball World Series from 1947 thru 1958. It was on a site now called Park Point–just several hundred yards away–that the first Little League game ever was played on June 6, 1939.
Clyde Peeling's Reptile Land
www.reptiland.comJust 15 minutes from Williamsport is Clyde Peeling’s Reptile Land, with more than 40 species of reptiles. For more than 50 years, visitors to this fun-filled park have had the chance to get up close and personal with slithering, crawling, and amazing creatures. There are not many places where guests can get such a close look at rare and beautiful snakes, giant alligators and colorful frogs. The park is open year round, but during the Little League World Series and the summer months, visitors can view the tortoises and aquatic turtles in their beautiful natural outdoor habitats.
Knoebels Amusement Park
www.knoebels.comJust an hour away from the stadiums is America’s largest free admission amusement park. A trip to the Williamsport area would not be complete without a day at Knoebels! With more than 60 rides, including the park’s new rollercoaster Impulse, and attractions for the whole family to enjoy, visitors can experience everything from hair-raising roller coasters to a beautiful 18-hole golf course. The fun doesn’t stop at the end of a long day of riding the rides. Guests can also spend the night at one of Knoebels’ famous cabins or pitch a tent at one of the campsites.
BWP Bats Factory Tour
www.bwpbats.comIt is well worth the two hour drive from downtown Williamsport to see how the folks at BWP Bats create superior bats for world class athletes. Whether a fan of Maple or Red Oak bats, the free BWP factory tour gives baseball enthusiasts a firsthand look at how the handmade bats are created from the “forests to the home runs.”ť