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Region 1 - Northwestern Pennsylvania Attractions

Pennsylvania is a great and diverse vacationland. Northwestern Pennsylvania is a tranquil region of forests and farmland, lakes and streams. It incorporates Armstrong, Butler, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties. The region includes Pennsylvania's lakefront on Lake Erie, as well as Allegheny National Forest. And, of course, the region's Jefferson County is the home of everybody's favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. You'll find state parks, antique shops, fresh water lakes, golf courses, cultural festivals, museums, and much more throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Region 1 Counties

For more detailed information on any particular county, visit the following links:
Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau
Armstrong County Tourist Bureau
Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau
Clearfield County Recreation & Tourism Authority
Crawford Country Convention & Visitors Bureau
Erie Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency
Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Northwest Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau
(Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest & Jefferson Counties)

PA Route 6 Tourist Association

Arts & Cultural Attractions

Erie Philharmonic

Erie Philharmonic

Whether it's your first time or your 100th time attending a Philharmonic concert, it's a wonderful experience! One of the most exciting aspects of any orchestral season is the participation of distinguished guest artists. Throughout its 86-year history, the Erie Philharmonic has brought some of the world's greatest musicians to Erie to perform with our orchestra.

1006 State Street
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 455-1375

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Winkler Gallery of Fine Art

Winkler Gallery of Fine Art

From Stained Glass to original paintings in watercolor, acrylics and pastels, sculpture, photography, digital art, mosaics and blown glass, the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art offers the highest quality of art in DuBois and the surrounding area. Located in downtown DuBois, the gallery presents a formal yet relaxing atmosphere that allows visitors to become immersed in the many works of art on display.

36 North Brady Street
DuBois, PA 15801
(814) 375-5834

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Family Fun & Entertainment

Conneaut Lake Park

Conneaut Lake Park

Travel back in time to a century old amusement park that offers not only rides but a ride back in time. Ride 80+ rides, cool off in the lazy river or on the water slides, relax on the beach, or stroll down the 600-foot boardwalk. Hold on tight, and enjoy the ride!

12382 Center Street
Conneaut Lake, PA 16316
(814) 382-3999

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Erie Zoo

The Erie Zoo is home to over 500 animals, representing more than 100 species, from around the world. Winding walkways take visitors through the beautifully landscaped grounds which feature 2500 specimens from 600 species of plants. In fact, the zoo has expanded its name to include the Zoological Park and Botanical Garden of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508
(814) 864-4091

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expERIEnce Children's Museum

Come explore over 55 hands-on exhibits in a "please touch" environment Where Learning and Fun go Hand in Hand. Children and adults learn about the natural sciences, social studies, arts, and life experiences. A balance between education and entertainment is programmed to develop a sense of excitement and discovery.

420 French Street
Erie, PA 16507
(814) 453-3743

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Living Treasures Animal Park

Living Treasures Animal Park

Living Treasures Animal Park is a wonderful setting for a great family experience! The large petting zoo is the thrill of the day for young visitors, while the exotic animals fascinate young and old alike. Bring your camera for those once in a lifetime photo opportunities!

268 Fox Road
New Castle, PA 16101
(724) 924-9571

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Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad

Experience two great eras in America's development on the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad. Relive the days of rail travel in an open-air gondola car, or send mail to friends from America's only working railway Post Office car. An exciting 27-mile ride will take you through the "valley that changed the world," where the world's first oil boom created vast fortunes. Take a 2½ hour ride from Titusville to Rynd Farm.

7 Elm Street
Oil City, PA 16301
(814) 676-1733

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Waldameer Park

Waldameer Park

This family-fun complex combines a beautiful amusement park with one of the greatest water parks in the entire country. Offering over 75 rides, slides, and attractions, Waldameer Park & Water World is specifically designed to provide entertainment for your entire family - no matter what age or thrill level.

220 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
(814) 838-3591

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Museums & Historic Sites

DeBence Antique Music World

DeBence Antique Music World

See and hear over 100 old-time automatic musical instruments, including calliopes, carousel band organs, music boxes, nickelodeons and orchestrions.

1261 Liberty Street
Franklin, PA 16323
(814) 432-8350

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Eldred WWII Museum

Eldred WWII Museum

The Eldred World War II Museum is located in Eldred, Pennsylvania, 85 miles south of Niagara Falls, New York. During World War II, Eldred was the site of a British and American munitions plant that produced eight million bombs, mortar shells and fuses. Fifteen hundred people worked there, 24 hours a day, from January 1942 to May 1945, supporting the war effort. The Eldred World War II Museum opened on Memorial Day, 1996, dedicated to the memory of the local people who worked in the plant and those who served overseas during the war.

201 Main Street
Eldred, PA 16731
(814) 225-2220

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Harlansburg Station Transportation Museum

Harlansburg Station

Exhibits of transportation memorabilia, plus a unique gift shop.

424 Old Rte. 19
New Castle, PA 16101

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John Brown Farm, Tannery, & Museum

In Pre-Civil War Crawford County, Pennsylvania, the farm of the great abolitionist John Brown played a strategic role in the Underground Railroad. Disbursing "depots" in the area, John Brown aided in the passing of an estimated 2,500 slaves. In the town of New Richmond, his farm and tannery was a major stop on the Railroad, marking its place in history from 1825 to 1835. The farm, now a museum, proves to be an educational, exhilarating experience as you learn more about this great man of history and his many heroic efforts.

17620 John Brown Road
Guys Mills, PA 16327
(814) 967-2099


Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum

An adventure in photographic history and binocular vision awaits you at the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum. The Museum features the collection of the Keystone View Company, formerly of Meadville, Pennsylvania. For more than 80 years Keystone View Company was the largest domestic producer of stereographic materials. Stop in to view the past!

423 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335
(814) 333-4326

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Harmony National Landmark District

Harmony National Landmark District

Harmony was founded in 1804 as the first home of the German communal Harmony Society. Washington visited an Indian village here and survived a shooting during his 1753 mission, an event that precipitated the French & Indian War. Museum Exhibits include: Native Americans, Washington, Harmonists, Mennonites, Charles Flowers long rifles, the oil era, Victoriana.

218 Mercer Street
Harmony, PA 16037
(301) 722-8226

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Marx Toy Museum

Erie, the birthplace of the Louis Marx Toy Co., is now the home of the Marx Toy Museum, displaying hundreds of toys from the 1920s to the present. Marx Toy Exhibits spanning the company's 50 years of manufacturing, includes collections, original photos, prototype drawings, train exhibit, and a gift shop.

50 E. Bloomfield Parkway
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 825-6500


Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village

The Old Economy Village was the home of the nineteenth century Christian communal group, the Harmony Society. Established in 1824, Economy was known worldwide for its piety and industrial prosperity. The Village, a National Historic Landmark, is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

270 Sixteenth Street
Ambridge, PA 15005
(724) 266-4500

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Outdoor Sports

Erie SeaWolves

Erie SeaWolves

The Erie SeaWolves are the Double-A affiliate of the American League's Detroit Tigers. The stadium at historic Jerry Uht Park features six luxury suites, a picnic area, three main concession stands, and a raised upper deck of seats along the first base side. But perhaps the most unique feature of the park includes a "short porch" in left field where numerous home runs are belted over the fence just 312 feet away from home plate.

110 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 456-1300

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Lake Erie Speedway

Lake Erie Speedway

A 3/8-mile semi-banked asphalt oval track. The weekly racing series consists of Late Model Stock cars, Trucks, Super Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros, 4 cylinders and Figure 8's on Saturday nights.

10700 Delmas Dr
North East, PA 16428
(814) 725-3303

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Lernerville Speedway

Lernerville Speedway

Lernerville Speedway is the only track in the nation to present the top three paying divisions: Sprints, Late Models and Modified, plus the popular Pure Stocks every Friday evening.

313 North Pike Road
Sarver, PA 16055
(724) 353-1511

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Parks, Lakes & Outdoor Attractions

Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest sits in the rugged plateau country of northwestern Pennsylvania. Many creeks and streams cut deeply into the plateau, creating a rolling and sometimes steep topography ranging from 1046 feet to 2263 feet above sea level. The forest includes 6 boat launches, 6 canoe access sites, 2 nationally designated wildernesses and many miles of hiking, snowmobiling and ATV trails.

222 Liberty Street
Warren, PA 16365
(814) 723-5150

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Bilger's Rocks

Bilger's Rocks

Bilger's Rocks is a geological phenomenon of massive sandstone formations secretly nestled in the mountains of Central PA. Called "rock city" by geologists, this ancient rock formation covers some 20 acres and has been preserved as a public park. Some of these giant sandstone formations tower 30-50 feet and weigh hundreds of tons. Visitors can wander around, through, over and under these massive boulders and imagine a different place in time. Exploring the Rocks at Bilger's Rocks can be exciting and fun for the whole family.

P.O. Box 133
Grampian, PA 16838
(814) 583-7179 or (814) 236-3508

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Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest State Park

The 8,500-acre Cook Forest State Park lies in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Once called the "Black Forest", the area is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest's "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River is along the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and rafting.

P.O. Box 120
Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120
(814) 744-8407

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Erie National Wildlife Refuge

Erie National Wildlife Refuge

The Erie National Wildlife Refuge offers 8,777 acres of recreational enjoyment. The diverse habitat types found on Erie Refuge attract over 237 species of birds, 47 species of mammals, and 37 species of amphibians and reptiles. Bird enthusiasts may readily see Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, blue-winged teal, hooded mergansers, and many others. Come enjoy the visitor center, nature trails, hunting, fishing, and take in nature's beauty!

11296 Wood Duck Lane
Guys Mills, PA 16327
(814) 789-3585

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Jennings Environmental Center

Jennings Environmental Center

Jennings offers a full range of educational programs. A unique attraction at the center is its relict prairie, which includes the spectacular and well-known prairie flower, the blazing star. The relict prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the prairie is in full bloom.

2951 Prospect Road
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 794-6011

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McKeever Environmental Learning Center

The McKeever Environmental Learning Center is folded into a natural wooded setting about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania near Sandy Lake, Mercer County. The center is administered by Slippery Rock University of PA as a public service institute of the PA State System of Higher Education. Four miles of trails meander through hardwood forests with streams, meadows and hemlock ravines that are open to the public sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

55 McKeever Lane
Sandy Lake, PA 16145
(724) 376-1000

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McConnells Mill State Park

McConnells Mill State Park

McConnells Mill State Park, in Lawrence County, encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steeps sides and the valley floor is littered with huge boulders and is a national natural landmark. A gristmill built in the 1800s is open for tours. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, year-round.

RR 2 Box 16
Portersville, PA 16051
(724) 368-8091

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Moraine State Park

Moraine State Park

Moraine State Park features 3,225-acre Lake Arthur, an outstanding warm water fishery and great sailing and boating. Visitors sometimes see osprey that were reintroduced to the park. Of special interest is the Frank Preston Conservation Area and a 7-mile paved bike trail that winds through the north shore of the lake. Another unique park attraction is the Muddy Creek Oil Field, a preserved and restored original oil well site which is open for demonstrations throughout the summer and fall. The mechanism is powered by a one cylinder Bessemer gas engine which runs just like in the old days.

225 Pleasant Valley Drive
Portersville, PA 16051
(724) 368-8811

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Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. Pymatuning Lake is especially lovely in late spring evenings when the sunset gilds the water and colorful sailboats appear to slide across a lake of gold. Non-powered boats and boats to 10 horsepower are permitted. There are three Pennsylvania boat marinas where floatboats, motorboats, rowboats, canoes and motors can be rented.

2660 Williams Field Road
Jamestown, PA 16134
(724) 932-3141

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Shenango River Lake

Shenango River Lake

The Pennsylvania Game Commission manages approximately 3,000 acres of project land for wildlife purposes including a waterfowl propagation area at Shenango River Lake. History buffs will enjoy exploring the remnants of the Erie Extension Canal, sections of which are located on project property. Portions of the canal's towpath are maintained for hiking and are part of the Shenango Trail. The well-preserved remains of Lock Number 10 are found in Sharpsville, approximately one-half mile downstream of the Shenango Dam.

2442 Kelly Road
Hermitage, PA 16148-7308
(724) 962-7746

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Unique Shopping Destinations

Prime Outlets at Grove City

Prime Outlets at Grove City

Prime Outlets - Grove City is rated as one of the top 20 Outlet Centers in the United States by Value Retail News. With over 140 brand named outlets, Prime Outlets - Grove City customers realize savings from 25% - 65% off retail every day, making it a bargain shopper's paradise!

Intersection of I-79 & Rt 208
Grove City, Pennsylvania 16127
(724) 748-3875

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Wining & Dining

Conneaut Cellars Winery

Award winning wines cover a broad spectrum of tastes from traditional favorites to unique regional Wines to the noble vinifera of world fame. All are made in the distinctive style compatible with the Lake Erie microclimate.

12005 Conneaut Lake Road
Conneaut Lake, PA 16316
(814) 382-3999

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North Country Brewing Company

Welcome to the North Country Brewing Company, Western Pennsylvania's very own beanery, eatery, brewery, and community center. It is our mission to serve the finest food and drink in the region while also serving as a focal point for community service and outdoor recreation.

141 S Main St
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 794-2337

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Starr Hill Winery

Starr Hill Winery

Ken Starr learned the art of making wine by his father's side in 1952. Today the romance and the talent are passing once again to Ken's son and his sons. When stationed in Europe in the early 60's, Ken appreciated the German style of wine making and has brought the Old World ambiance to Curwensville. Open daily for tours and tasting, come and enjoy a tour of an Old World style winery and enjoy tasting award-winning wines.

861 Bailey Road
Curwensville, PA 16833
(814) 236-0910

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Wilhelm Winery

Established in 2000, Wilhelm Winery was created from a passion for winemaking that started in a basement and grew into a full-scale business. The Wilhelm winemakers share a philosophy on wine that begins with growing and using only the finest quality grapes, without which making fine wine is impossible. Open for tours year round.

590 Georgetown Road
Hadley, PA 16130
(724) 253-3700

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Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association
P.O. Box 5, New Tripoli, PA 18066
(610) 767-5026 / Fax: (610) 767-5034