We know how excited you are to be heading up to Penn State Worthington on Oct. 15th for NEPA Blogcon – It’s going to be fantastic! Maybe you’re an out-of-towner, looking to see a bit more of the area while you’re in town. Perhaps you’re a busy local blogger who never gets the time to look past device and explore your own backyard. Either way we’ve got you covered.
Here are 5 of our top picks for unique Northeast PA area “Must See” attractions all located within 5 miles of the Penn State Worthington Campus.…..
1. The Houdini Museum – 1433 N. Main Ave (NOT Main St), Scranton, PA 18447
A very unique museum dedicated to the life and magic of the famed Harry Houdini. The museum is a throwback to the days of vaudeville, when traveling performers like Houdini frequently visited the Scranton area. There are continuous guided tours, a film, and nonstop magic shows, along with Houdini memorabilia and exhibits about Scranton’s vaudeville past. A wonderful magic show is performed by nationally known magicians such as Dorothy Dietrich and Bravo the Great. Very intimate and engaging magical performances with live animals perfect for children of all ages (especially adults). You’re sure to leave here scratching your head and smiling.
2. NOTE Fragrances – 401 Spruce St. Scranton, PA (Corner of Wyoming + Spruce)
This custom perfume studio helps you discover your own scent story. You’ll be given your own “perfumer’s organ” with 50 essential oil scents or “notes”. The attentive staff will help guide you through the art and science of creating “emotion in a bottle”. You’ll leave with a new understanding of perfume and a one of a kind signature scent. This isn’t just a girly thing, men can also create their own fragrances too. Note also offers professionally created scents for purchase that make unique holiday gifts with a wonderful back story. (Editor’s note: Danielle Fleming was a presenter at NEPA BlogCon 2014! See her presentation here.)
3. The Circle Drive-In Theater – 1911 Scranton Carbondale Hwy, Dickson City, PA 18508
This is where old school Americana meets high tech Hollywood. The Circle Drive-In Theater one of the few places where 1000 cars GIANT 5,000 square foot screen complete with Digital projectors. The Circle Drive in has been continuously running first run movies since 1945, making them one of the longest running drive-ins in America. On Sundays the parking lot converts into a large flea market with over 100 local vendors.
4. Steamtown National Historic – Site 4 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
Steamtown is an operational railroad museum complete with turntable and roundhouse. On Sunday Oct. 16, You’ll be just in time to ride a historic diesel train from Scranton to Delaware Water Gap Station. Tour this historic town, experience the fall foliage and enjoy fall activities during your visit! Tickets are priced at $54, adults 16-61, $49, seniors 62 and older, and $32, children ages 6-15. Children to age 5 require a “no-charge” ticket.
5. Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour – McDade Park, Scranton, PA 18503
Imagine you’re a coal miner as you actually descend 300 feet beneath the earth through an anthracite coal mine originally opened in 1860. Your guide will show you veins of hard coal, past the mule boy and the nipper, past the monkey vein and the dead chute. Listen as he explains the fascinating methods used, and the heroic efforts involved, in deep mining’s history.
Editor’s Note: 2 bonus events to add to this list!
The Scranton Bonfire Festival – The Sixth Annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces will take place Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, a truly unique site with the remains of a standing blast furnace. The Bonfire Festival, a fundraiser for the Anthracite Heritage Museum, explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic culture and celebrates other cultural autumn festivals while highlighting Northeastern PA’s industrial past. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased through their website.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Opening Night – The WBS Pens will host the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:05pm at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster starting at $19.00. (Brian Coe was a presenter at NEPA BlogCon 2014! See his presentation here.)
If one of these activities looks like fun to you, why not use the idea to network with other attendees. Turn the idea into an event. Invite others to join you via social media, gather a group together and create some more time for blogging brain share. Fun and ideas always grow when they are shared.