Coffee Pot

The Coffee Pot, located in Bedford, was restored in 2003 and now acts as a museum for the Bedford Fair.

Summer is a time to earn extra cash, catch a few concerts and unwind until next semester, but oftentimes we forget to just slow down.

 Amidst all the festivals and parties, there’s the simpler joys people can find in reading a new book, planning a day trip to an unconventional destination or maybe even decluttering and donating your extra stuff. 

If you’re on the hunt for easy-going activities, these plans are worth penciling in along with your other summer bucket list. And don’t worry – they’re fairly wallet-friendly.

Find an offbeat experience 

Pennsylvania is home to some innovative businesses and experiences, of which some state residents may not be aware. 

One example is the “Break Room” in Irwin, which offers “therapeutic demolition” by allowing guests to literally break things and, depending on the experience package, take a swing at glass bottles or demolish a piano. 

If becoming The Hulk isn’t your thing, a colorful kaleidoscope house in Pittsburgh called Randyland is filled with random, up-cycled sculptures and colorful murals. 

The Keystone State is also home to the knick-knack filled Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum; The Catacombs Restaurant in Lancaster; and Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, a zoo dedicated exclusively to reptiles.

Go to the Drive-in 

Aside from bonfires and family barbeques, the drive-in movie theater is practically synonymous with the stereotypical American summer. 

The tickets are usually cheaper than regular theaters, the concession stand still has stale popcorn and, of course, you get to enjoy the canopy of a night sky from the comfort of – or lack thereof – your own car. 

Enjoying the summer air and two movies back-to-back not only gives you more bang for your buck, but it’s somewhat of a nostalgic trip back in time to which many people look forward.

Roadtrip your way to weird, historical attractions  

If traveling out of state is out of the question, Pennsylvania has some wonderfully weird places to visit. 

Did you know there’s a coffee pot building in Bedford and a house shaped like a shoe in York? 

These are just a few of several historic places that are along the Lincoln Highway. 

Of course, there are countless other road trips you can look up on Google and download maps. Some of the sites that may inspire include visitpa.com, atlasobscura.com and roadsideamerica.com.

Ship your unwanted stuff to charity

Clearing out your personal space gives you a sense of accomplishment, especially when you give to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army. 

But what do you do when there’s nowhere relatively close to drop everything off? 

Look up Give Back Box: an online option that allows you to print a prepaid shipping label that a postal worker will take to the charity of your choice. All you have to do is grab a cardboard box, go online to sign up and choose one of the five charities to which you’d like to donate. No driving is necessary.

Unplug and embrace nature

Take a day every so often to detach from technology and enjoy the outdoors. 

If you don’t have a hammock, grab your fuzzy blanket and a coffee thermos and enjoy some one-on-one time with your backyard, campsite or a park. 

Pack a picnic, bring a book, go running, tan – do anything that’ll get you away from a screen at least once.

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