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Staycation destinations

Nicole Schaffer
Features Editor

With the money earned from selling school books in our pockets and the entire summer ahead of us, there are many places waiting to be explored throughout P.A. While our city of Lancaster is considered to be a unique place, there are several different areas nearby worth traveling to.
One place that is full of many interesting sights to see is the town of New Hope, PA. This town is located between New York and Philadelphia, and has a variety of activities that will satisfy every individual. If you are looking for some excitement, consider going on a one hour lantern-led ghost tour where you will walk the streets and stop at creepy destinations such as the historic old inn in town.

Lazy river rides on the Delaware Canal in New Hope, P.A. are a fun way to spend a summer day.
Lazy river rides on the Delaware Canal in New Hope, P.A. are a fun way to spend a summer day.

Another fun activity to try is tubing, rafting, kayaking or canoeing down the Delaware Canal. The ride down the river lasts three to four hours and comes with a free meal to enjoy as you relax on picnic tables next to the water. If you want to take a tour of the historic area, try going on a 90-minute trolley ride that shows the beauty of the surrounding area or go on a 45-minute boat trip across the Delaware Canal. Whichever way you choose, both of these rides will be a fun experience.
If you are interested in shopping, then you don’t want to miss visiting the Rice Market. This market has been open since 1860 and has an abundance of produce and baked goods, vintage items, clothing and other home décor. Overall, New Hope is a great historic town with both a city and country setting to enjoy.
Another great place to explore is Lackawanna County, PA. If you are feeling adventurous, you might want to go on a coal mine tour. “Descend slowly into the earth in a mine car as you enter the old Slope #190. Watch the sky slowly disappear. Soon you’ve reached ‘the foot’. Then explore 300 feet beneath the earth through an anthracite coal mine originally opened in 1860,” describes Lackawannacounty.org of what takes place on a tour. The descent down the slope takes about 3-4 minutes, the walk is about ½ a mile and the entire tour lasts for one hour. If you decide to embark on this journey, remember to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. A light jacket is also recommended because the cave maintains a temperature of 53 degrees.
Another unique place in Lackawanna County is the Houdini Museum. In honor of the famous magician, Harry Houdini, this museum includes a movie, a guided tour and a top professional stage show. The show will be performed by a professional and lasts 50 minutes long. It includes live animals such as doves, a rabbit, a duck and two poodles and is said to be great for all ages, “from 3 to 93.” If you are looking for some different places to explore, consider visiting Lackawanna County.
A final destination that you might want to consider is Jim Thorpe, P.A. It is a town full of history that has eight buildings listed on the national registry. Some places to visit include the “Jim Thorpe Victorian House Tour,” St. Mark’s Church or The Old Jail Museum. If you are interested in music, consider going to a concert at Penn’s Peak, which hosts national touring acts as well as luncheon/dinner shows; or if you are into opera you may want to visit the Mauch Chunk Opera House, which is an old vaudeville theater from the 1880s where performances take place daily. If you want to be one with nature, you may want to go to the Beer Mountain Butterflies Sanctuary which has an indoor butterfly garden and hosts educational tours.
Regardless of where you decide to go, all of these towns are unique places that will hold your interest.