Earlier this summer, Alan, Daphne and I ventured to the PA Wilds to visit friends.
I always love traveling back to central PA. Living there for two years was a very special time in my life, and there’s no shortage of unique and charming places to visit.
We met our friends at Doolittle Station, located right off of Rich Highway (State Route 219) in DuBois. This roadside attraction is one of the most unique places I’ve visited recently. It features an eccentric collection of activities including a mini golf course, an ice cream stand (serving Penn State Creamery ice cream), a renovated boxcar brewery, and even a dinosaur museum called “Doolittle’s Dinosaurs.”
Daphne has liked dinosaurs for a while, so I knew she would enjoy the dinosaur museum. While traditional museums with fossils are interesting, the dinosaurs at Doolittle’s are animatronic and very realistic, which added a whole new dimension to the experience.
Doolittle’s Dinosaurs (and the rest of the Station, for that matter), is very budget-friendly. Museum admission is only $3 for adults and Daphne was free. If you have a little extra cash to spend, there’s also a cute gift shop at the museum where you can purchase dinosaur toys, shirts and even handmade soaps in dinosaur shapes.
Around the corner from the entrance, you are greeted by a large mom dinosaur and a baby popping out of an egg. To the right, there are 3 robotic dinosaurs with saddles that kids can ride Daphne’s favorite to ride was, to my surprise, the T-Rex.
As you walk through the museum, you’ll see several types of dinosaurs, each accompanied by facts and trivia so you can learn more about each one. The motion sensors kick on as you walk by, bringing the dinos to life. They even have various dinosaur noises playing through the speakers.
With all the motion and noises, I was a little worried the museum might too scary for Daphne, but it wasn’t. She loved it!
After we went through (it takes about 20 minutes to see the whole thing), we stopped at a few boxcar exhibits and grabbed some Penn State Creamery ice cream. The food at the diner was yummy and inexpensive: burgers are $2.25, hotdogs are $0.49, and sandwiches range from just $2.50 to $4.00.
When planning your visit, keep in mind that Doolittle’s Dinosaurs is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. On the other days of the week, the museum is open noon to six. The hours of operation vary for each attraction, so be sure to check out the Doolittle Station website for more detailed hours and information.
All in all, it was a great little adventure. I’d love to go back soon, especially to explore the sit-down dining car restaurant and the brewery.
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