Explore Altoona in Blair County, PA, home to one-of-a-kind places showcasing classic, interesting, fact-filled experiences, with an extensive variety of historical sites, family fun, cultural events and outdoor adventures. A sampling of our tour-friendly group experiences include steam locomotive excursions, minor league baseball, extraordinary cultural performances and visual art exhibits, old-fashioned ice cream parlors, family amusement parks, as well as a rich railroad and social heritage.
Blair County’s geographic sense of place cannot be replicated anywhere in the world. Explore the rich railroad heritage and signature opportunities available to explore:
Visit the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, America’s only interactive railroaders’ museum, celebrating the railroading family’s place in building a community.
Experience the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, then ride a 1920s steam locomotive boarding the Everett Railroad at its vintage train depot in Hollidaysburg.
Cultural arts performances abound at the Mishler Theatre, a 1906 Beaux-Arts theatre listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including those of the Altoona Community Theatre and Altoona Symphony Orchestra, among additional performing arts organizations.
No visit to Blair County would be complete without some time to explore our two amusement parks – DelGrosso’s Park and Laguna Splash, celebrating generations of family fun and famous food and the home of America’s only Italian-themed water park which includes numerous water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and an expansive kids’ area. Lakemont Park, as the home of the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster, Leap the Dips, has transformed itself into a vibrant gathering place for events and festivals, with extensive team building areas for sand volleyball, miniature golf and more.
With a multitude of award-winning hotel properties totaling in excess of 1,450 rooms and fabulous culinary experiences including numerous national chains and unique locally owned eateries, Altoona’s hospitality team is prepared to welcome your group.
Taste some of Blair County’s famous treat experiences by shopping Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Blair Candy Company, Gardners’ Candies, Meadows Frozen Custard and Ritchey’s Dairy.
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