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Things to do in Schuylkill County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park
“Great park - free to get in! You buy tickets for rides. Love the food too! Also has a water park!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Gorgeous waterfalls after an invigorating hike! this is a more challenging hike than Hawk falls, but worth it. We've seen everyone from four legged children to 5 year olds to grandparents on this trail, so if you are at all adventurous this is the place for you. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Park
“Great for hiking and nature conservancy and education. A world famous sanctuary for raptors.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“The Mauch Chunk Lake Park is a great place to rent a boat, go swimming at a sandy beach, or go hiking. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Fantastic geology, 55 minute tour. Considered one of PA's greatest natural wonders.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Tours into an actual coal mine; souvenirs; locomotive ("loki") ride around the mountain.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
“Escape to the vineyards with panoramic views of the Appalachian's Blue Mountain. Tasting rooms and vineyards are open Monday- Sunday during 11am- 6pm.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Sporting Goods Shop
“It's the best sporting goods store around. To get there you take Route 895 to 61 South and you will see it on your right in no time. It's about a 10 minute drive from the farmhouse. Others stores here include Lowes, Pets Plus, Five Guys Hamburgers, Walmart, Dunkin Doughnuts, Liquor store, Sally's Beauty and more.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
“A trip to Galen Glen Vineyards will make you feel like you're in California Wine Country. The views, the rolling hills, the wine. It's a beautiful setting about 12 miles away and will provide a scenic drive and beautiful refuge to spend a few hours. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Trail
“Famous Hawk Mountain Sanctuary See visitor center for history Short hike to look out - beautiful view See Hawk migration across the Blue Ridge Mountains”
  • 5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“Ride by rail into the mountain then depart on a guided walking tour. Bring a sweatshirt - 50 degrees in mine”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Craft beers and casual menu. My favorite dish is polenta with cheese and wild mushrooms topped with fresh broccoli. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Winery
“This place offers daily wine tastings and a big old barn that hosts bands and food trucks on the weekends. It's part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail so you can make a whole day out of winery hopping (just make sure you have a DD, the tastings add up rather quickly).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Great place for locally grow organic produce, freshly baked sour dough bread and local crafts. Deli sandwiches, limited breakfast sandwiches. Locally produced Kombucha. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Antique Shop
“Lots of antique booths to browse. Also Pennsylvania Dutch eateries, local butcher shops, coffee, baked goods, fresh veggies and fruit. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Craft beers and casual menu. My favorite dish is polenta with cheese and wild mushrooms topped with fresh broccoli. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Worth the splurge. Upscale Italian. Route 903 south to Jim Thorpe, the. Right onto Route 209 south. Try the chicken Milano. Outside patio in the summer. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“1 of 2 breweries in town that offer a Gastropub experience. Great selection of tasty beers. The space is quite unique because it's a converted brewery | restaurant | gastropub inside of an car dealership. You will have to drive down the street past Kutztown University about a few miles.. you will see it on the left side. Opposite side is a farm and cornfields. Good for a family dinner, a couple, or just a solo evening at the bar. Closes at 10pm and 11pm on the weekends.”
  • 2 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“Historic inn with bar and full menu for dinner. Less than 20 minute drive from the Shanty. P”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Ponduce offers country charm through its market, restaurant, catering hall, and special family events. Don't miss the all-you-can-eat buffet Thursday through Sunday nights!”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“This quaint bar is typically the haunt of 'townies' and KU grad students and professors. ”
  • 1 local recommends
American Restaurant
“This unassuming restaurant is in a small strip mall just off the highway in the cute town of Orwisgsburg. It looks average in appearance, but the food is way above. Mostly New American. It’s carefully and creatively prepared with lots of refined flavors and menu options. You’ll love eating here.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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