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14 Indoor Attractions to Escape the Cold

Brave the snowfall and venture into chilly conditions, but not for too long! Pennsylvania has plenty of indoor attractions to keep you warm and toasty this season. Whether you’re seeking thrills or relaxation, these top indoor attractions around the state are the perfect places for the Happy Traveler to chase away their winter blues. Take a break from the typical snow sports, dig out your bathing suit and leave the mundane behind as you pursue your happiness indoors at these cozy PA hotspots. 

1. Turkey Hill® Experience - Dutch Country Roads

Columbia

kids with interactive learning exhibits at Turkey Hill Experience
Turkey Hill® Experience

If you’re an ice cream lover, then you’ll have a blast at the Turkey Hill® Experience. With interactive learning exhibits and a chance to personalize virtual ice cream flavors, the Turkey Hill® Experience is a must-visit for anyone driving through Lancaster County. Enjoy indoor warmth for 90 minutes as you learn the history of Turkey Hill® Dairy and the creative development process for the brand’s most popular products. You’ll feel like a real employee as you milk mechanical cows, film a television commercial and concoct your own ice cream in the Turkey Hill® Taste Lab.

2. The State Museum - Dutch Country Roads

Harrisburg

inside The State Museum of Pennsylvania
The State Museum of Pennsylvania

In 1905, The State Museum of Pennsylvania officially opened to the public, allowing visitors to learn the Keystone State’s culture. Ranked the second-most visited museum in Pennsylvania, The State Museum annually welcomes more than 300,000 visitors in the state capital of Harrisburg. Winter break is the perfect season to test your history skills. Ditch the cold and discover all four floors of the Pennsylvania hub for unique artifacts and exhibits like a painting of the Battle of Gettysburg, a larger-than-life statue of William Penn and an exhibit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Changing exhibits such as “The Saga of the USS Pennsylvania,” “Pennsylvania at War” and “The Art of the State Purchase Award Collection” are focal points of the museum this winter season.  

3. Crayola Experience® - Lehigh Valley

Easton

kid doing painting at Crayola Factory
Crayola® Factory

Call timeout on the snowball battles and spend your afternoon with the crafty experts at the Crayola® Factory. Larger than an NFL football field, the Crayola Experience® offers colorful adventures to spark your little one’s imagination. You child can express their creativity at 4D color shows, indoor chalk walks and melted wax towers. With three hours of play time exploring four floors of interactive fun, you’ll forget all about the winter winds rolling outside and get lost in the power of color and creativity.

4. Kalahari Indoor Water Park - Pocono Mountains

Pocono Manor

girls playing at Kalahari Indoor Water Park
Kalahari Indoor Water Park

You’ll forget about the sweater weather and feel the summer vibes when you visit the heated indoor water park at Kalahari Resorts. Located in the Pocono Mountains, the 220,000-square-foot water park — which recently underwent major renovations — features a retractable roof and is the perfect place for water lovers to enjoy all day adventures. Experience wet and wild fun by body boarding on five-foot, ocean-like waves on the FLOWRIDER®, zip up and down on the water coaster Anaconda and spiral down the 40-mph flume Zimbabwe Zipper. New attractions such as the thrilling, near-vertical drop of the Screaming Hyena and The Dungeons of Hout Bay Wave Pool are just a few additions that helped make Kalahari the largest indoor waterpark in America.

5. Aquatopia Indoor Water Park - Pocono Mountains

Tannersville

family having lunch at Aquatopia Indoor Water Park
Aquatopia Indoor Water Park

Bring the family for a weekend stay at Camelback Resort, and unleash endless water excitement and unlimited access to the epic rides at Aquatopia Indoor Water Park. Voted the “#1 Indoor Waterpark in America” by USA Today, this 84-degree, Caribbean-like atmosphere is the best escape from the cold. Aquatopia’s natural lighting leaves visitors basking in warmth as they explore unstoppable thrills — from swirling in darkness on the Venus SlydeTrap, to playing with hundreds of aqua gadgets in Kartrite’s Quest and riding on America’s longest uphill water coaster, the Storm Chaser.

6. Omni Bedford Springs - The Alleghenies

Bedford

swimming pool at Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Omni Bedford Springs Resort

Balance the cold with pure relaxation at the 30,000-square-foot Springs Eternal Spa in the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Drawing inspiration from local Native Americans, the Springs Eternal Spa created treatments utilizing the resort’s eight mineral springs. Bedford Springs’ signature mineral treatments offer a purifying experience unlike no other, as Springs Eternal Spa is one of the few spas in the country that infuses natural spring water in all of its treatments. From specialized amenities like a gentlemen’s facial, mother-to-be massages, baths filled with indigenous products and reiki healing, it’s no wonder why guests love to unwind at Omni Springs.  

7. Andy Warhol Museum - Pittsburgh and its Countryside

Pittsburgh

Andy Warhol museum entrance
Andy Warhol Museum

Visit the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to explore legendary work of the pop art phenomenon Andy Warhol. As the famed illustrator of “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and the “Gold Marilyn Monroe,” Mr. Warhol is a creative genius who inspired artists across the nation. For an affordable escape from the brisk weather, you’ll get a first-hand look at Warhol’s art collection — including over 7,000 pieces proudly displayed in his hometown, Pittsburgh, Pa. Now through early 2018, guests can witness the “”Farhad Moshiri: Go West” exhibit. Curated by The Warhol’s chief curator, Jose Carlos Diaz, Go West reveals Moshiri’s evolution as both a painter and a sculptor.

8. Frick Art & Historical Center - Pittsburgh and its Countryside

Pittsburgh

inside frick art and historical center
Frick Art & Historical Center

Famous industrialist Henry Clay Frick made his fortune and legacy in Pittsburgh. While he had an aptitude for business, Frick always had a fondness for the arts — an appreciation he would pass on to his daughter, Helen Clay Frick. Helen eventually inherited Henry’s estate and the now renowned “Frick Collection” of works of art. To honor her family tradition and passion for art, Helen Clay Frick opened The Frick Art Museum to the public in 1970. Today, visitors can tour the Clayton estate including the family’s original 22-room mansion, playhouse and greenhouse, as well as the Italian Renaissance-style museum, featuring works from famous painters like Claude Monet and Peter Paul Rubens. Pay a visit to one of the best-preserved historic homes in the country and experience its interchanging exhibitions.

9. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Laurel Highlands

Farmington

spa at Nemacolin Woodlands resort
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Reserve a winter vacation at the Nemacolin Woodland Resort to pamper yourself and your little ones with calming sensations. As a family-friendly resort, Nemacolin focuses on the well-being of children ages 5 to 13 at The Grove Children’s Spa with salon, massage and facial services. Don’t worry, adults — you can relax at the Woodlands Spa and enjoy full-body pampering from the Mystic Touch package, or cleanse your spirit with the Dream Catcher massage. With access to the 2,400-square-foot fitness center, as well as steamy hot tubs and saunas, Nemacolin’s cozy hospitality will warm your entire afternoon. For some added entertainment, you can explore the resort’s $45-millon art collection in the 24-hour Nemacolin Gallery, and antique automobiles in the Woodlands Auto Toy Store, both located inside the resort.  

10. Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia and the Countryside

Philadelphia

art hagging on walls inside The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has evolved from the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 to a world-renowned art collection in the City of Brotherly Love. Situated on nine acres above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases numerous creative masterpieces including paintings, sculptures and decorative art. The museum’s exhibitions showcased a variety of artwork in 2017, from Philadelphia’s changing landscape Inside Out — which places large-scale replicas of museum favorites in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods —  to Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain scandal. Visitors will love to walk around one of the country’s largest museums for a history-themed afternoon fleeing the winter chill.

11. The Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia and the Countryside 

Philadelphia

people experiencing art inside The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation

In 1922, popular impressionist Albert Barnes established The Barnes Foundation to express his appreciation for fine arts. Housing old master paintings, antiques from the Mediterranean area and more than 2,500 species of trees and woody plants, The Barnes Foundation has proudly welcomed more than a million visitors to see its masterful collection and arboretum. Guests can dive into the fine arts on a daily collection tour sure to highlight all of the foundation’s masterpieces. The upcoming Kiefer Rodin exhibition is to take place mid-November through March and will showcase works by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, which were created in response to sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin.

12. iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Philadelphia and the Countryside

King of Prussia

kid experiencing indoor skydiving at iFLY indoor skydiving at King of Prussia
iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Winter is the perfect time for skydiving! Head to King of Prussia to learn about the new sport of bodyflight and advance your flying skills. Since 1999, iFLY has modernized the idea of flying with customized wall-to-wall cushioned flight chambers to create a realistic adventure for thrill seekers. Whether if you’re a first time flyer or an expert, all packages include the support of a certified flight instructor. Spread your wings and soar in the14-feet recirculating wind tunnel at iFLY for a unique getaway from outdoor chills.

13. Railroaders Memorial Museum - The Alleghenies

Altoona

Railroaders Memorial Museum
Railroaders Memorial Museum

Since 1980, the Railroaders Memorial Museum has told the story of Altoona’s impact on America’s transportation infrastructure. As you travel back in time to learn the evolution of Pennsylvania’s legendary railroad, you will discover more than just model train exhibits. Visitors can participate in numerous attractions like railroad trivia tests in The Bar, documentary presentations in the Norfolk Southern Theatre and sample driving tests in the Transportation Division. Conclude your tour with a search in the Railroad American Heroes database and grab a warm treat from the gift shop.

14. Splash Lagoon’s Indoor Water Park - Pennsylvania Great Lakes

Erie

pool at Splash Lagoon’s Indoor Water Park
Splash Lagoon’s Indoor Water Park

From twisting domes of water to speedy slides, lazy rivers and a six-foot wave pool, Splash Lagoon’s Indoor Water Park is a top destination on any water lover’s bucket list. Encounter incomparable family fun at Splash Lagoon with a host of attractions like Tree Tops indoor ropes course, island arcades and dining options conveniently located next to the water rides. Don’t stress because the winter weather closed the outdoor swimming pool. Splash Lagoon maintains its 84-degrees temperature year round to keep you splashing inside and out of the cold. 

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