Asa Packer Mansion Museum#2 in Best Things To Do in The Poconos
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This luxurious mansion was constructed in 1861 for Asa Packer, a railroad magnate who founded Lehigh University. Construction of the three-story, 18-room home took two years and cost $14,000. The roughly 11,000-square-foot mansion has served as a museum since 1956 and holds the distinction of a National Historic Landmark. Tours showcase the mansion and an assortment of artifacts, as well as cover the interesting history of Packer and his family.
Past visitors raved about the excellent tour guides and interesting historical facts shared. They also praised the opulent mansion's original furnishings and period-specific details, claiming that walking across the porch feels like stepping into a time capsule. Despite all of its appeal, reviewers also warned that the mansion's location at an exceptionally steep hill makes accessing it particularly arduous, but they insisted it is worth the climb.
The Asa Packer Mansion Museum is located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and visitors should park across Lehigh Avenue in the nearby train station parking lot. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Oct. 31, Saturday and Sunday in April and May and the first weekends of December. Access to the museum, which includes a roughly hourlong guided tour, costs $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors 55 and older, $6 for children 6 to 18, and $3 for children 5 and younger. The tour is not recommended for small children due to its content and duration. Credit cards are not accepted. Additional information is available on the museum's website.
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Known as the "Tricky Triangle" for its three distinct turns, the Pocono Raceway began welcoming fans in 1968. Nowadays, Pocono Raceway hosts a handful of NASCAR races every summer, while a variety of other car-related experiences are available when races are not taking place. Visitors can ride in or drive a stock car, bring their own car for a spin on the famous track, choose from a selection of exotic cars to take for a test drive and more.
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