Things to Do in Northwestern Pennsylvania & Ohio

Things to Do in Northwestern Pennsylvania & Ohio
Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania are filled with adventures and natural attractions for those who enjoy the outdoors. With locations such as the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, Bushkill Falls and Serpent Mound, there is much to see and do in this section of the midwestern United States.

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

Learn about the nature and environment of the butterfly when you visit Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary. Featuring several butterfly varieties as well as programs, exhibits, camps and other learning environments, the butterfly sanctuary is a great place to explore their world. The Flutterarium allows children to hang out with the butterflies and to see the different colors and special markings of these insects. The sanctuary also provides a butterfly-release program for special events such as weddings and parties. The gift shop at the butterfly sanctuary carries butterfly hatching kits as well as butterfly jewelry, explorer kits and other products to help you understand the nature of butterflies.

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary
18 Church Road
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229
(570) 325 - 4848

Bushkill Falls

Referred to as the Niagara of Pennsylvania, Bushkill Falls is fed by Bushkill Creek, and the area is filled with wildlife such as deer, squirrels, wild turkeys, ducks and red fox, as well as native plants to explore and learn about. Bushkill Falls comprises eight separate falls, with the largest descending more than 100 feet. There also are several hiking trails winding through the wilderness alongside the falls. Bushkill Falls also includes such features as the Native American Exhibit, a Pennsylvania Wildlife Exhibit, paddle boats, a miniature golf course and even a fudge kitchen where you can sample homemade fudge. A trail guide map is available at the gift shop and provides clues for you to follow during your hike through the falls, where you can win prizes for locating different features along the trail.

Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls Road
Bushkill, Pennsylvania 18324
(570) 588-6682

Serpent Mound

This serpent effigy covers more than 1/4 of a mile and is commonly attributed to Native Americans who used the area as a burial mound. The Serpent Mounds are estimated to predate 1550 A.D. and represent an uncoiling snake. This mystery of the eastern Ohio area is one of the oldest unsolved discoveries and is 25 feet wide, standing 5 feet high along the entire length. The Serpent Mound has become a popular attraction for tourists and scientists around the world as they try to unlock the mysteries of this ancient landmark. The mounds are open each day from dawn to dusk and there are footpaths that follow the Serpent Mound to give you a close up view of this mysterious place.

Serpent Mound
3850 State Route 73
Peebles, Ohio 45660
(800) 752-2757


Article Written By Carl Pruit

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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