Little League World Series: Top 5 Things to See and Do in Williamsport
By: Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Tourism, Marketing and Film
August 18, 2016
Planning a trip to Williamsport this summer to take in some top-notch youth baseball at the Little League World Series? Make sure that’s not all you do while you’re in town! During extra time between homeruns and double plays, hop on to U.S. Route 220 or U.S. Route 15 and discover some of the area’s finest destinations.
Check out this list of diverse attractions only a short drive from Williamsport — there truly is something for everyone!
Recently named Pennsylvania’s top family attraction worth traveling for by FlipKey, this destination is perfect for baseball lovers of all ages. Open year-round, the Little League Museum is designed to educate visitors about the history, service, goals, and initiatives of Little League Baseball and Softball. The recently renovated museum and store are designed around a six-inning theme that allows you to have a self-guided, educational, and interactive experience, featuring 13 audio stories and nine video stories, an interactive touchscreen table that connects every local Little League in the world, a catcher’s station, and a home plate-to-first base running exhibit.
Water lovers can cruise the Susquehanna River in style with a ride on the beautiful Hiawatha paddle boat just down the road from the Little League ball games. A journey on this reproduction of the original patriotic riverboat offers you a taste of local heritage as you soak in the outstanding views of the surrounding banks. The “Hiawatha,” once used to transport residents to a park downriver, now delights its passengers with a number of theme cruises, including karaoke events and sunset concerts.
History buffs won’t want to miss this delightful ride through Williamsport’s areas of interest, featuring Millionaire’s Row, where passengers travel along and see impressive mansions built by the lumber barons of days gone by. Highlights of the tour include Memorial Park, where the first Little League baseball game was played, and Brandon Park, whose entrance is guarded by the magnificent tree sculpture of Chief Waopalanee.
As a world-class specialized zoon, Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland offers an unparalleled educational adventure for the whole family! Exotic reptiles and amphibians from around the world await discovery in stunning, naturalistic habitats. Explore the world of mambas, cobras, vipers, pythons and other rare and beautiful snakes, and experience alligators, gentle tortoises, curious lizards, and colorful frogs on this zoological journey. Do you have someone that is also a dinosaur lover? Reptiland has some of those as well. Dinosaurs Come to Life is an outdoor, animatronic dinosaur adventure. A visit to Reptiland explodes common myths and inspires scientific curiosity.
Hankering for something tasty to drink or sweet to eat? Williamsport boasts a number of destinations to satisfy any appetite, and a few make the can’t-miss list. For the adults who enjoy a good craft beer, Bullfrog Brewery has you covered. This award-winning microbrewery and bistro is located in the heart of downtown. Established in 1996 well before craft beer was a trend, this brewery has taken home many high honors, including medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Try the local favorite, the Edgar IPA — a tribute to Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “Hop Frog.” For those with a sweet tooth, the Sunset Ice Cream Parlor has been serving frozen treats since 1977. Newer to the scene, but equally delicious, Sprinkled Sweet offers artisan ice cream and homemade bakery items.
For other suggestions on what to do and where to go in Williamsport, check out visitPA.com.
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