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Find the best day trip ideas in Eastern PA! These day trips are a short drive away from New Jersey and New York.

Crystal Cave Park

One of the Most Unique Day Trips in Eastern PA!

Visit PA’s greatest natural wonder.  Discovered in 1871, Crystal Cave has delighted tourists for over 140 years.  Underground tours lead by knowledgeable and courteous guides, movie presentation about caves, souvenir and rock shops, panning for gemstones, nature trail, picnic facilities, 150 scenic acres, and historical exhibit.  Miniature golf, ice cream parlor, Crystal Cave Café, and museum are open seasonally.


Crystal Cave is open daily March 1 thru November 30th, 9 AM to 5 PM with extended summer hours.  Closed December, January, and February.  Crystal Cave is a great family and fieldtrip destination.  Special group rates for 15 people or more.  For additional information visit our website at or call 610-683-6765.  963 Crystal Cave Road  Kutztown, Pa 19530.    Located midway between Reading and Allentown.


See their full page listing to find out more information on the coolest cave in PA!

Bushkill Falls

One of the Best Day Trips in Eastern PA!

Behold the "Niagara of Pennsylvania"!  One of PA's most famous attractions, Bushkill Falls contains a series of eight beautiful waterfalls.  Achieve fabulous views of the waterfalls and the surrounding forest, through a network of well-marked hiking trails and bridges.


Bushkill Falls is perfect for day trips and romantic getaways.  In addition to exploring the lush scenery, you can stop by the fascinating Pennsylvania Wildlife Exhibit or the Native American Exhibit.  You can also fish at the Twin Lakes, taste delicious sweets in the Wagon Wheel Pavilion, take a paddle-boat ride, or enjoy a game of miniature golf.

Crayola Factory

One of the Top Family Day Trips in Eastern PA!

An exciting, hands-on discovery center for children, the Crayola Factory allows your kids to let their imaginations run free through numerous activities and crafts.  Watch as they color, draw, and create with the latest Crayola products.  On the factory tour, you can even see how crayons are made. 


The Crayola Factory is not the actual manufacturing plant where all Crayola products are made, but it's a fun-filled visitor center meant to unleash your children's creative spirits.  Explore many cool souvenirs at the gift shop.  Witness the largest crayon in the world!  Do not pass up this great PA day trip!   

Dorney Park

One of the Best Eastern PA Day Trip Ideas!

Dorney Park in Allentown, PA features thrilling rides, fabulous food, award winning entertainment, and much more!  If you are feeling daring, ride one of the thrill-seeking roller coasters that will make your head spin, heart throb, and hair stand straight up. 


On hot days, Dorney Park's signature water rides will come in handy.  There are more than 40 food locations throughout the amusement park, which include restaurants, fun foods, meals for kids, and great refreshments!  A variety of live shows take place every day at Dorney Park.  Enjoy four major strips of games with multiple challenges gathered in one area, as well as individual skill sites scattered throughout the park.

Harry Houdini Tour & Magic Show

One of the Most Exciting Eastern PA Day Trips!

One of the most unique museums and attractions in the world, the Houdini Museum contains some of the most fascinating (and terrifying) exhibits you'll ever see!  Within the historic, 150-year-old refurbished home, you will explore an entire building devoted to the greatest magician of all time.  View the rarest film footage of Harry Houdini performing his daring escapes! 


After the museum tour, check out the thrill-a-minute magic show!  It features two of the most talented, nationally known magicians, Dorothy Dietrich and John Bravo.  Watch Dietrich make doves and rabbits appear out of thin air, and transform ducks into poodles!  

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Best Family Day Trip in Eastern PA!

Lehigh Valley Zoo is a renowned game preserve that houses more than 250 animals representing 70 different species, including African penguins and zebras.  Open to the public all-year round, the zoo hosts more than 100,000 guests annually and offers a multitude of educational programs.


Take your children to "Feeding Time at the Zoo," where they can watch the animals being fed.  Get an up-close-and-personal view of penguins and other animals, at one of the awesome exhibits!  The zoo was voted as the "Best Family Day Trip" in The Morning Call's Reader's Choice Awards.

Longwood Gardens

One of the Most Beautiful Day Trips in Eastern Pennsylvania!

The world's premier horticultural showplace, Longwood Gardens is one of the most beautiful day trips in Eastern PA.  Explore the many exquisite flowers, majestic trees, interesting fountains, and wonderful architecture.  Longwood Gardens' 1,077 acres contains 20 indoor and outdoor gardens.  The ideal time to visit is late summer, when everything is in full bloom.


The Terrace Restaurant at Longwood Gardens is a certified "green" restaurant, through the Green Restaurant Association (GRA).  Choose from a huge selection of fresh local salads, soups, sandwiches, hot entrees, pastries, children's meals, and more. 

Lost River Caverns

A Fun Day Trip Idea in the Poconos

 Embark upon a journey through the Lost River Caverns and experience a magical land of crystal formations.  You'll be tempted to take photos of the dazzling array of gems, minerals, and crystals.  According to geologists, the caverns began forming within the last 250,000 years.  Over time, water dissolved the limestone to form this marvel of nature.


The tour guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and patient with all their groups.  The temperature is constantly 52 degrees, so be sure to bring a jacket or sweater along with you on the trip.  At the gift shop you'll find all sorts of custom-made jewelry, semi-precious and precious stones, mountings, and supplies for reasonable prices.

Sesame Place

Best Eastern PA Day Trip for Kids!

Play all day at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA!  A mixture of amusement park and water park, your kids will have so much fun they'll never want to leave!  Let your kids explore a fun array of rides and attractions, including the action-packed steel rollercoaster Vapor Trail.  

You little ones will adore the shows, parades, and games.  They will especially love Elmo Rocks!, a hilarious musical show starring Elmo himself!  Don't miss the new Neighborhood Street Party Parade, where your children can dance along with their favorite characters.  If you get to the park early, you can enjoy breakfast with the characters.

The Franklin Institute

One of the Most Educational Day Trips in PA!

The Franklin Institute of Pennsylvania has been a national landmark since 1934.  In the year of its opening, it was one of the first hands-on science museums in the U.S.  Due to its engaging approach to science and technology, The Franklin Institute continues gaining in popularity and remains a must-see Philadelphia day trip for the entire family. 


The Tuttleman IMAX theater continues to amaze viewers, presenting them educational films in a panoramic format.  Whether you listen to one of the insightful lectures, visit the Fels Planetarium, take part in exciting discussions, or participate in the interactive presentations, you will always find ways to entertain yourself at The Franklin Institute!