Looking for a Small Destination with Big Adventures?
Located within the heart of Pennsylvania’s Alleghenies, Blair County offers a distinctive variety of authentic experiences from classic family fun, extensive railroading history, to an expanding performing and visual arts scene, all of this within outstanding outdoor recreational spaces.
Family fun includes two amusement parks – DelGrosso’s Park and Laguna Splash, America’s only Italian-themed water park; and Lakemont Park, home of the Leap the Dips, the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster. Exciting minor league baseball takes place inside one of the Mid Atlantic’s most stellar ball parks, with the Altoona Curve taking the field.
Unique, iconic sites include America’s only interactive railroaders museum at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, and the World Famous Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, an engineering marvel built by immigrants by hand in 1849 to traverse the Alleghenies during America’s westward expansion; this vital transportation artery became a target of the Nazis during World War II. In addition, Fort Robedeau, America’s western-most Revolutionary War site, was built to protect lead miners providing lead for ammunition during the War. Baker Mansion History Museum is the only Greek Temple-style home in Pennsylvania.
Excellent outdoor opportunities include Pennsylvania’s highest skiable mountain, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort offering a true Alpine experience, a visit to Canoe Creek State Park, one of “Twenty Must See State Parks” in Pennsylvania and the home of the historic, iconic Blair Limestone Kilns. The kilns are situated along the alignment of the September 11th National Memorial Trail evolving into an unbroken 1,300-mile system of roads, trails, and greenways that link the three 9/11 memorials in NYC, DC, and PA, running through the heart of Blair County.
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