MINI-VACATIONS AN EASY DAY'S DRIVE AWAY
by Doina N. Locke
If you want to drive a little ways, plan a trip to...
CEDAR POINT, Sandusky, Ohio (3-1/2 hours from Pittsburgh) - amusement rides, entertainment: Berenstain Bear Country, Kiddy Kingdom, Jr. Gemini roller coaster, Oceana, Jungle Larry's Safari, the Early Petting Farm. Admission. Call (419) 627-2350.
HERSHEYPARK, Hershey, Pennsylvania (about a 4-hour drive) - A theme park including German, English and Pennsylvania Dutch themes, with 4 roller coasters, 5 water rides, children's rides and live entertainment, including a dolphin show. Open daily at 10:30 Memorial Day through Labor Day; selected weekends in May and September. Call (800) HERSHEY or (800) 437-7439. To get there, take PA Turnpike to Exit 19, then SR283N to SR322E into Hershey. Park is just off SR743 and US 422.
LITTLE LEAGUE MUSEUM, U.S. 15, Williamsport. Adjacent to field where the annual Little League World Series is held. About 5 hours from Pittsburgh. Museum covers the history of Little League baseball, including some now-famous former Little Leaguers. Pitching and batting cases include videotape replay. Call (717) 326-3607.
OGLEBAY'S GOOD CHILDREN'S ZOO, Wheeling, West Virginia (about 2 hours from Pittsburgh) - Open year 'round. Includes a train ride. Open every day, hours vary. Call (304) 243-4030.
OGLEBAY'S INSTITUTE'S MANSION MUSEUM, Wheeling, West Virginia (about 2 hours from Pittsburgh) - Open every day. Call (304) 242-7272.
PICNIC AT THE BEACH - at PRESQUE ISLE STATE PARK in Erie, Pennsylvania. Located about 5 miles north on Peninsula Drive from Erie. Call (814) 871-4251.
Or, a little closer in, try these state parks: KEYSTONE, located 3 miles southeast of New Alexandria on SR981. MORAINE, 8 miles northwest of Butler off US 422. RACCOON CREEK, 2 miles north of Frankfort Springs on SR18. For more information about Pennsylvania's state parks, phone the Bureau of State Parks at (800) 63-PARKS.
ROSCOE VILLAGE, Coshocton, Ohio (about 3 hours drive) at 318 Hill Street. New Summerfest program of family activities; June is Family Month; mini-petting zoo. Open Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. General admission free. Fee for Living History Tour only. Call (800) 877-1830. Take Ohio Turnpike west to I-77N, take Exit 65, then US 36 west into Coshocton.
SEA WORLD OF OHIO, Aurora, Ohio (about 2 hours from Pittsburgh, 30 minutes northeast of Akron) - Opens May 20. Live animal exhibits and shows. New attractions: Dolphin Cove interactive habitat, Eagle Point for rehabilitated bald eagles, Wild Wings, and Hotel Clyde and Seymour. Admission charge. Call (800) 637-4268. Take Ohio Turnpike exits 12, 13 and 13A, follow signs on SF43.
SESAME PLACE, Langhorne, Pennsylvania - Daily through September 4; weekends only through October 8. Theme park based on Sesame Street; includes water rides, physical play activities, live entertainment and educational attractions. New Sky Splash with raft-like tubes for the whole family to ride in together, floating under the beak of an 8-foot tall Rubber Duckie and ending in a speeding plunge into a pool of water. (Note: Bathing suits are required for all water activities. Water shoes are recommended). Call (215) 752-7070.|
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