If you saw my column last month, you know that I am on a mission to help local parents survive summer break by offering some ideas for weekly outings to break up the routine and give the family a change of scenery and a chance to have fun while making some lasting memories.
This month, I have four more suggestions. Two of them involve some beloved local landmarks that have each added new attractions this summer.
This summer, it has added a zip line to the list of warm-weather activities. The zip line is open on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and also during special events. It’s a twin line, which means two people can ride down side-by-side, and it’s $10 for two rides.
New this year to the Penn’s Cave experience is Prospector Pete’s Miners Maze, which is kind of like a corn maze without the corn. It’s a 4,800 square foot maze with four checkpoints and an observation deck for spectators to watch the maze-goers as they fumble their way through the twists and turns. The maze is $5.95 for teens and older, and $2.95 for kids.
This accredited zoo is not for anyone who is “ophidiophobic,” i.e. severely afraid of snakes. But my kids always found it to be extremely cool. Not only will you find snakes of every color, shape and size, you’ll get up close and personal with alligators, komodo dragons, lizards, turtles and frogs.
During the summer, Reptiland features an animatronic dinosaurs show and a butterfly garden. Visit reptiland.com for more information.
We are so fortunate here in central Pennsylvania to have such a wide variety of experiences so close by. Hopefully you’ll find a few of these ideas appealing enough that you won’t have to hear those two forbidden words of summer: “I’m bored.”