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Adventures in the Susquehanna River Valley With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 13752RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014; 7/10/2016 - 7/15/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,029.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Kosher    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 12 years of age.

Learn about the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley with a grandchild on this memorable, active learning adventure. Visit Hyner View State Park to take in one of the most scenic overlooks in the state, and try to catch a glimpse of hang gliders in action. Local fishing professionals share tricks of the trade at one of the area’s best-loved fishing locales, Bald Eagle State Park. Experience the Susquehanna River aboard the Hiawatha, an authentic paddle wheeler. See fun exhibits about baseball and softball at the Little League Museum in Williamsport, site of the Little League World Series.


• Explore Lock Haven and its history with a visit to the Piper Aviation Museum.
• Enjoy an underground motorboat excursion in Penn’s Cavern, learning about stalagmites and stalactites and spotting leaping cave trout.
• At Reptiland, enter the world of giant alligators, gentle tortoises, curious lizards, colorful frogs and rare snakes like cobras, vipers and pythons.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven terrain.

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.

Coordinated by Lock Haven University.

Lock Haven

Situated on the Susquehanna River within the Allegheny Mountains of picturesque central Pennsylvania, Lock Haven is a historic city with a quaint downtown, and just a short drive from the Little League Museum in Williamsport.

Comfortable, centrally located hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
  Lock Haven, PA 5 nights
 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Indoor pool and whirlpool. Fitness and Business Center. No Pets allowed. Brand new hotel in Fall 2009.
  Contact info: 50 Spring Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745 USA
phone: 570-748-1580
  Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms with a well-lit work desk, two phones and data ports Free High Speed Internet Access, in-room coffee, in-room hair dryer, iron and ironing board This hotel has a smoke-free policy
  Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk) Coffee in lobby Coffee/tea in-room Continental breakfast Gift/newsstand Housekeeping service daily Laundry on-site Local restaurant dinner delivery Newspaper in lobby Phone calls: toll-free Safe deposit boxes, front desk Valet dry-cleaning Vending machines Cardiovascular equipment Free weights Swimming Indoor Pool Towels provided Whirlpool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $95.00 plus tax Must indicate they are staying at the hotel prior to/after the Lock Haven University Sponsored Road Scholar Program - Adventures in the Susquehanna River Valley.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $95.00 plus tax Must indicate they are staying at the hotel prior to/after the Lock Haven University Sponsored Road Scholar Program - Adventures in the Susquehanna River Valley.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins with check in at 4pm. A meeting will follow at 5pm and then dinner. You will be staying at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check-out by 10am. You will be staying at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking, may leave car at hotel throughout the program.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lock Haven, PA
  Nearest city or town:  State College PA and/or Williamsport PA..
  Nearest highway: I-80
  Nearest airport:  State College PA, airport name: University Park, airport code, SCE. Williamsport PA, airport name: Lycoming County, airport code IPT.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lock Haven, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

State College, PA


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Lock Haven
phone: 570-484-2917
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$25 per family
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30-45 minutes 




40 miles

Driving Directions
  I-80 I-80 Exit 173 (SR 64) for Lamar. From SR 220 take I-80. From I-81 take I-80 West. From Route 15 take I-80 West. From 322 to 220 N to I-80 East. I-99 to 220 North to I-80 East.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to the HAVEN!
(Sunday, July 13)

Note: Arriving in Lock Haven and getting to know group members

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel catered by local restaurant - "Dutch Haven"
 Evening: LHU Pool time!
Accommodations: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Penn's Cave and Wildlife tour
(Monday, July 14)

Note: A visit to State College, PA

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Adventures in State College Pennsylvania goes underground! Penn's Cave is America's only all-water cavern. The cavern trip is a guided excursion by motorboat on an underground stream. Along the limestone corridors, stalagmites, stalactites, flowstone cascades and draperies decorate the interior rooms, while underwater, trout swim and jump for feed
 Lunch: Lunch at Penn's Cave Cafe
 Afternoon: We will visit the Wildlife Section of Penn's Cave. The wildlife on site include whitetail deer, buffalo, wolves, longhorn cattle, and elk. We will also have an opportunity to participate in Penn's Cave's newest attraction, Prospector Pete's Miners Maze, a 4,800 square foot maze of twists, turns and check-points, where you can "get lost" with your family and friends!
 Afternoon: A visit to The Creamery at Penn State. It is known for its famous ice cream, sherbet, and cheeses. It is also the largest university creamery in the nation. Each year 4.5 million pounds of milk pass through the Creamery's stainless steel holding tanks. About half comes from a 225-cow herd at the University's Dairy Production Research Center. Every day many people---including famous celebrities such as President Clinton, Tom Ridge, Lynn Swann, Bob Costas, Bill Cowher, and Martha Stewart, just to name a few--stop at the Creamery to enjoy their favorite ice cream flavors.
 Dinner: Dinner in State College Area - Hometown Delivery Pizza Pub (subject to change)
Accommodations: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Getting to know Lock Haven and it's history. A breath-taking view from Hyner View State Park.
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: Piper Aviation Museum and Hyner View State Park

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: The current structure of the Piper Aviation Museum can be traced to its incorporation as a non-profit educational organization by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1995. Soon thereafter it purchased the former Engineering building of the Piper Corporation, a 56,000 square foot structure, which now serves as home to the museum. The Museum is served by a small paid staff and dedicated volunteers. Both groups are well grounded in the history of Piper Aircraft and have an excellent general understanding of American aviation. Most members of the Museum's Board of Directors are local residents who indeed perform as a working board. The Piper Foundation has been a primary donor to the Museum, along with the Clinton County Community Foundation and aircraft owners and associations. While the Museum seeks institutional and private donor support, its chief sources of revenue at present are rental income, admissions, memberships, and gift shop sales. The Piper Museum can rightly be called a work in progress. Its holdings of aircraft and aircraft equipment, its ever-expanding archives collection of corporate and family records, flight journals and magazines, photographs, and memorabilia, are all available for public display and becoming truly impressive. The Museum family invites you to experience the rich history of the Piper Aircraft Corporation.
 Lunch: Lunch in Lock Haven area
 Afternoon: Hyner-View State Park - "Gateway to the West", a program encompassing the history of the logging industry in the area
 Dinner: Buffet Dinner in Lock Haven area - Fox's Restaurant (subject to change)
 Evening: Game Night in Hotel for Adults and Kids. There will be games geared for both or separate as desired.
Accommodations: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Canoeing and Fishing at Bald Eagle State Park
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: Canoeing and Fishing

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Expert-led canoe instruction at Bald Eagle State Park. The 5,900-acre park lies in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania. Two geologic provinces create Bald Eagle's scenic beauty. The Allegheny Plateau to the north and west holds smooth, undulating uplands. The Ridge and Valley Province to the south and east contains numerous long, narrow mountain ridges separated by valleys. The 1,730-acre reservoir (Foster Joseph Sayer's Lake) and its 23 miles of shoreline offer excellent warm water fishing. Common fish are crappie, yellow perch, tiger muskellunge, channel catfish and largemouth and smallmouth bass. Sayers Reservoir is a panfish enhancement waterway and special regulations apply. An ADA accessible fishing pier is located at the Summer/Winter Launch in the Main Park Area. Ice fishing is permitted. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
 Lunch: Lunch at Bald Eagle State Park - Picnic Lunch catered by Curt's Smokin Ribs in Mill Hall, PA
 Afternoon: Fishing with local DNR expert. Our Fishing Program is an educational program designed for families with minimal fishing experience. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing together at the lake. You will learn about fishing safety and manners, how to cast your line and tie knots (and practice both of these skills), basic fishing tackle, laws and regulations, etc.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lock Haven Area - TBD
Accommodations: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Welcome to Historic Williamsport, PA
(Thursday, July 17)

Note: A trip to Williamsport, PA

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: FREE TIME LHU Pool reserved for use if desired
 Lunch: Lunch in Lock Haven Area
 Afternoon: The Little League Museum - Learn how Little League grew from its small beginnings in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to being played in over 100 countries. Visit the Hall of Excellence showcasing famous former little leaguers like: President George W. Bush, musician Bruce Springsteen, and Basketball legend Karem Abdul Jabar. Try your hand at the museums' several interactive exhibits like pitching, running the bases or play by play announcing. The museum is located next to the Lamade Stadium, where the Little League World Series is played.
 Afternoon: Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Reptiland is a specialized zoo that introduces visitors to the less-loved members of the animal kingdom in a safe, entertaining format. Explore the world of mambas, cobras, vipers, pythons and other rare and beautiful snakes. Giant alligators, gentle tortoises, curious lizards and colorful frogs also await discovery on this zoological adventure. An exciting multi-media show reveals the close-up world of reptiles on the big screen and live lecture demonstrations offer guests the chance to touch harmless specimens and speak with friendly experts. Daily feedings offer a glimpse of natural behaviors and innovative interactive exhibits involve visitors in the learning experience. Test your reptile knowledge with Lizard Wizard and Turtle Trivia, spin a zoetrope to discover how sidewinder rattlesnakes move across hot sand or touch casts of reptile skins to feel the differences between turtles, crocodilians and snakes. Reptiland is truly a year-round attraction. The newly renovated indoor exhibit complex allows comfortable viewing of more than 40 species in recreated natural habitats. During summer months tortoises and aquatic turtles live in outdoor habitats among lush gardens where ornamental grasses, bamboo and flowering perennials abound. A visit to Reptiland explodes common myths and inspires scientific curiosity. This world-class specialized zoo offers an unparalleled educational adventure for the whole family.
 Dinner: Dinner in Williamsport - 4th Street Grill and Ale House (subject to change)
 Evening: Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Susquehanna River aboard the Hiawatha, an authentic stern Paddlewheeler. Feel the wind in your hair on the ship’s upper deck or relax in the enclosed bottom deck while enjoying an ice cream sundae bar! The Hiawatha is a replica of its namesake that sunk in 1914 due to a bad storm. The original boat was used to take Sunday picnickers to Sylvan Dell Park, 3.5 miles south of Williamsport.
Accommodations: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, July 18)
 Depart From: Check-out by 10am - no other activities planned.
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Lock Haven, PA Pennsylvania's - Vistiors Network
Site will link you to area attractions and information. For additional information, visit
  Pine Creek Trail
USA Today rated Pine Creek Rail Trail as one of the 10 great places to take a bike tour in their July 2001 article. Long ago, the swift waters of Pine Creek were traveled via footpath and canoe by the Seneca Indians. Then in 1883, the railroading days began. Trains carried timber, coal and eventually passengers north into New York State. The Pine Creek Trail travels along the floor of Pine Creek Gorge. One of the most spectacular natural areas in Pennsylvania, Pine Creek Gorge is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, and was recognized as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. The opportunities for sightseeing are endless. Trail users can view dramatic rock outcrops, waterfalls, wildlife such as eagles, osprey, coyote, deer, wild turkeys, herons, hawks or even a river otter to name just a few. Rare plants, old growth hemlock, native red pine and even the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp foundation can be found along the trail. For additional information, visit
  Heisey Museum
The Clinton County Historical Society's main attraction is located in the heart of Lock Haven. The spectacular eight room Victorian home, known at the Heisey Museum, is fully restored to the mid 1800's. This house has served as a farmhouse, tavern, doctor's home, and home to several other locally prominent families. First constructed as a Federal style building, circa 1830, it acquired its Gothic character in a major remodeling, circa 1865. The home must be maintained in its present state to be used as a museum and to display the Victorian era collections in room settings which reflect life as it was in Lock Haven 175 years ago. The Heisey Museum has served as the home to the Clinton County Historical Society. For additional information, visit
  Northcentral Region of Pennsylvania State Parks
This remote area of the state is characterized by wilderness surroundings. It is a great place to see elk and bald eagles. This region contains the "God's Country" of Potter County and the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. It is paradise for outdoor adventurers. For additional information, visit
  Millbrook Playhouse
258 Country Club Lane Mill Hall, PA 17751 570-748-8083 The Millbrook Playhouse is a unique barn theatre, having operated as a professional summer stock theatre since 1963. The theatrical companies hired each summer possess highly diverse skills and provide varied entertainment. Hundreds of plays have been performed, entertaining approximately 1,000 people per week. Millbrook has provided a stage for many aspiring teachers, theatre managers, producers, actors and actresses. The Shubert Theatre and Circle in the Square on Broadway, The Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Timberlake Theatre in Illinois, the movie "Dune", and the television series "L.A. Law" and "Twin Peaks", various daytime television serials, TV commercials, industrial films, television specials, and various universities have all included former Millbrook performers and staff members. Two of the most notable are Kyle MacLachlan, star of "Twin Peaks" and "Dune", and Michael Tucker of "L.A. Law" fame. For additional information, visit
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