Build Your Blair County Bucket List View All ItinerariesIt’s an exciting time to visit Blair County, PA and to build a bucket list that you can only put together here! First of all, a Roman splash bucket can be found at one of our major summer attractions, Laguna Splash at DelGrosso’s Park. The bucket is a part of the kids’ splash play area. Every two and a half minutes it dumps 300 gallons of water on the crowd anticipating that thrill standing underneath the bucket! Laguna Splash is America’s only Italian themed water park and is just the beginning of your exciting bucket list. The amusement park is part of the DelGrosso Family of Companies which is the oldest major family-owned manufacturer of pasta sauces in the United States. Additional bucket list experiences include sites exuding intriguing history, arts, and culture to discover, unique shopping experiences, and some of the most stellar outdoor recreation in the East. Some of these include the Wall that Heals, the only replica of the original Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial; the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, the country’s only interactive railroaders museum; the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, in operation since 1854 which was on the Germans’ top 10 hit list during World War II; Fort Roberdeau, the American Revolution’s lead mine fort and the westernmost Revolutionary War site; Lakemont Park, the home of Leap the Dips, the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster, as well as countless other sites and experiences to explore! Four seasons of stellar outdoor recreation include a portion of the 1,300-mile September 11th National Memorial Trail linking the three 911 sites, the Lower Trail and the Mainline Canal Greenway; Canoe Creek State Park, known for its historic limestone kilns, featuring kayaking, hiking, fishing, biking, and more; and Blue Knob All Seasons Resort which boasts the winter season’s highest skiable mountain with the most challenging slopes in PA! Day 1 Your first day is all about DelGrosso’s Park’s classic, authentic fun! It is the home of more than 30 great amusement park rides and attractions, including the park’s Herschell-Spellman Carouselle featuring 36 hand-carved and hand-painted horses; a beautiful Kids Kingdom full of rides to delight the little ones; Laguna Splash’s lazy river, wave pool, and exciting water slides. One of the park’s best features is it has been rated as serving “the best amusement park food,” many items of which feature the family’s own pasta sauces. After a full day at the park and Laguna Splash, take in an exciting minor league baseball game with the Altoona Curve, AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Their home field, Peoples Natural Gas Field, is known as one of the Mid Atlantic’s most stellar ballparks and is well known for being a leader in minor league game entertainment with mascots such as Loco and Al Tuna. Day 2 Tour the Railroaders Memorial Museum’s three floors of interactive displays and see why Altoona was known as the railroad capital of the world at one point during the heyday of railroading. Next experience the viewshed at the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark where you will see trains traverse the natural formation of the Allegheny Mountain range in the shape of a complete horseshoe on the face of the mountain. This engineering marvel, started in 1849, was completed in three years by 400 Irish immigrants using only hand tools which included picks, shovels, horses, and drags. You may ride the funicular or walk the 194 stone steps to the observation area to view the trains. Your next discovery will be Baker Mansion, the home of the Blair County Historical Society. This beautifully restored 1849 Greek Revival mansion was originally home to ironmaster Elias Baker and his family. The mansion features meticulously furnished period rooms, rotating historical exhibits, and a variety of lectures and outdoor events and concerts on its beautiful lawns. A bucket list for a visit to Blair County would not be complete without a drive through its rich farmland. Drive into Sinking Valley, home of Fort Roberdeau, the American Revolution’s reconstructed lead mine fort. You will be able to tour the fort and its buildings, learn how important this post was in protecting the lead miners, and hike a few beautiful nature trails. Finish your day with a visit to Gardners Candies and Ice Cream Parlor, a 115-year tradition in downtown Tyrone. This pristine retail establishment features the finest homemade chocolates, an old fashioned ice cream parlour, and a unique candy museum! Day 3 Start your third day of checking off your bucket list items with a bike ride along a portion of the 17-mile Lower Trail which is part of the 1,300 mile September 11th National Memorial Trail. Stop along the way to visit the historic limestone kilns within Canoe Creek State Park. Finish your day with some time at Lakemont Park riding the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster, Leap the Dips, playing a round of mini-golf, trying out your batting swing at one of four batting cages, and taking a ride on the Lake Monster paddle boats! We expect that you and yours had enough of a great time exploring this selection of Blair County’s classic, authentic fun that you will want to return to finish off your bucket list………we will look forward to the privilege of welcoming you again at some point soon!