Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Trains Are Back!
Just in time for fall foliage! Colebrookdale Railroad Excursions, Boyertown, include holiday excursions and Secret Valley Expeditions. colebrookdalerailroad.com/ WK&S Railroad, Kempton, offers 40-minute journeys along the scenic Ontelaunee Creek. kemptontrain.com/ Allentown and Auburn Railroad, Kutztown, features "A sweet taste of Kutztown Countryside Fall." allentownandauburnrailroad.com/ Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ, serves up a bunch of themed trips and adventures, including the famous Polar Express and Mine Train! nyswths.org/index.htm
Historic Crystal Cave
This underground cave, located near Kutztown, is known for milky white formations that have thrilled visitors for over 145 years. The crystalline formations on the walls and ceiling gave it its name. The one hour tour includes a movie in the Crystal Cave Theater, presenting the history of Pennsylvania's First Show Cave and geology of caves. Courteous guides lead you 125 feet underground while displaying and explaining the fascinating creations. The temperature is a comfortable 54 degrees, however, a light sweater or jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 610-683- 0070 | crystalcavepa.com/home/
Grim's Fall Festival
Grim's Orchard and Family Farms in Breinigsville has fun for everyone! There is a corn maze, kitchen at Scarecrow Cafe, donut and beverage shops, and some farmin' activities. Pick your own potatoes and they will fry them on the spot! Pick your own apples, veggies, and pumpkins, and enjoy some great farm food. Contact them for dates, times, and regulations. 610-395-5655 | grimsorchard.com
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Lehigh Valley’s Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton is a wild bird sanctuary located along the Appalachian flyway. It’s an outdoor destination for hikers, birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Hawk Mountain is a great place to learn about raptors and see them in person. Trails and lookouts offer beautiful scenery and access to nature every day of the year. 610-756-6961 | hawkmountain.org/
Traverse the Trail
Take a leisurely walk along the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. (Hugh Moore Park, Easton | 610-923-3548 | delawareand lehigh.org) You can stroll, bike, or run, while enjoying serene scenery, as well as the canal, a locktender’s house, historic sites, and more.
Blue Mountain Resort
This Palmerton resort offers the best view of the Pocono Mountains from the Comet Quad Lift. Four passengers at once can ride up and down the lift for a scenic view of the fall foliage. Dine at the Slopeside Pub & Grill, be challenged at the Bike Park, or play Disc Golf. 610-826-7700 | skiblumt.