It’s tourism season
Maybe you didn’t know this, but tourism is the number two industry in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania is the seventh most visited state in the United States.
Pennsylvania’s tourism industry generates $ 12.4 billion in wages and benefits annually, and accounts for almost 9 percent of all individuals employed in the commonwealth. April heralds the “official” start of the tourist season for Schuylkill County and at the visitors bureau, we are ready to go!
Spring’s milder temperatures get us thinking about the great outdoors and there is no better place to enjoy nature than Schuylkill County. Camping, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, biking and hiking opportunities abound.
Each year, thousands of visitors from NewEngland, NewJersey, Virginia, Canada, NewYork, Maryland and many other locales will set up camp at Locust Lake State Park, Tuscarora State Park, Christmas Pines near Regina Gargano Auburn, Camp- A- While near Hegins, Echo Valley at Ravine, Laurel Lakes Campsites at Snyders, Red Ridge Lakes near Zion Grove and Rosemount Camping Resort in the LewistownValley.
They hike theAppalachian Trail, kayak the Schuylkill River, fish our plentiful streams and lakes, explore our lush forests and enjoy unsurpassed vistas at Hawk Mountain.
Schuylkill County visitors enjoy a large variety of activities in addition to outdoor recreation.
The Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine& Steam Train is open thismonth and is ready for folkswho come expecting to tour the horizontal drift mine that runs 1,800 feet into the side of MahanoyMountain.
Yuengling Brewery stands ready to entertain tourists year round. Heisler’s Dairy Bar, a favorite spot for all ages, is open.
Our seven fabulous wineries, Benigna Creek in Klingerstown, Galen Glen and Blue Lizard in Andreas, Long Trout inAuburn, Fieldwood in Schuylkill Haven, Red Shale Ridge in Hegins and Stone Mountain in Pine Grove, will host thousands of tourists this season showcasing some of the best wines found in Pennsylvania.
But visitors shouldn’t be the only ones enjoying our wineries; you should be too! Blue Lizard has live music everyweekend and Galen Glen is bringing back Food Truck Fridays this month!
April in Schuylkill County also means art and culture. Come out and see Agatha Christie’s “And Then ThereWere None” at the Majestic TheaterApril 28 and 29.
Actually, the entire historic district of Pottsville comes aliveApril 28- 30 with fine art of all types, from paintings to poetry, theater to music and dancing during the Block of Artweekend. Innovative sounds and sights of all types will fill the streets, including the Anthracite Philharmonic concert onApril 29!
The Schuylkill Ballet presents “The Enchanted Rose” onApril 22 and 23. The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble will delight you at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Haven onApril 23 and Tamaqua Community Arts Center’s Big Benefit Concert dazzles onApril 21.
That’s just fraction of what’s happening inApril! Formaps, guides and other information on outdoor activities, hikes, attractions, golf courses, cultural events, campgrounds and more, log onto our calendar of events atwww. schuylkill. org or stop by our office in Union Station, Pottsville.
( Gargano is executive director of Schuylkill County