Last Saturday, 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’s Roadside Cafe, 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, a renovated boxcar brewery, and even a dinosaur museum called “Doolittle’s Dinosaurs.”
Daphne has liked dinosaurs for a while, so I thought 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.
Admission is only $3 for adults, and Daphne was free. When you first walk in, there is a small gift shop 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 was the T-Rex.)
There are many types of dinosaurs along the path, each accompanied by facts and trivia so visitors can learn 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.
At first, I was worried it might be a little too scary for Daphne, but 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 really affordable, too: burgers are $2.25, hotdogs are $0.49, and sandwiches range from $2.50 to $4.00.
All in all, it was a great little adventure. I’d love to go back soon to explore the sit-down dining car restaurant and the brewery.
For more info, visit the Doolittle website here.