Go River Otter Spotting
Along River Rd. find River Otters playing on the ice within 1/2 mile of either direction of the Pale Whale Canoe Livery. Simply cross over the Cooksburg Bridge and make a right onto River Rd. Don’t forget your binoculars! This is prime season to watch them play!

Cross Country Ski in Cook Forest
Our three recommendations: Fire Tower Road, Toms Run Road, and part of Forest Drive.
Where to Rent Skis? Cooksburg Dry Goods, which is opened daily 9-5, off of River Rd. You can rent cross country skis for $10.

Snowshoe or Hike Trails in Cook Forest
Cook Forest is known for its ancient Hemlock and Pine, and it’s “Forest Cathedral Area” which showcases some of the oldest trees in the forest. Access to this area can be found by taking any of the pull offs from Forest Road leading to the Sawmill Center (our favorite way is by the Longfellow trail). Snowshoeing is permitted on all trails. We recommend the Liggett Trail or the Rhododendron Trail for easier hiking. Where to Rent Snowshoes?  Cooksburg Dry Goods, which is opened daily 9-5, off of River Rd. for $15.

Sled Ride in Cook Forest
There are two Sled Riding Hills in Cook Forest. The largest hill is 1/4 mile from Gateway Lodge’s property across from MacBeth’s General Store. No towing rope here. Parking available at the bottom of the hill. The other option is along River Rd, parking available at the kid’s playground.

Indoor Kids’ Fun

Visit Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center – 45 min.
(814) 938-1000
201 N. Findley St, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Punxsutawney is not only famous for its weather reporter, Phil, but is also known as for it’s Weather Discovery Center, a perfect place to bring the kids.
Hours: 10am – 4pm Fri and Sat 

Visit Doolittle’s Dinosaurs at Doolittle Station – 40 min.
(814) 299-7924, 1290 Rich Highway, Dubois, PA 15801
A fun outing for families! Go on a self-guided dinosaur tour, dig for fossils, and even ride a dinosaur. Price is just $5 per person for all ages. Hours: 1pm – 7pm Sat and Sun

Unlock the Adventure at Escape rooms – 45 min
(814) 516-3349, 118 West Spring Street, Titusville Pa 16354
Unlock the Adventure features highly-detailed sets complete with theatrical lighting, special effects, immersive sound and a variety of puzzle styles that keep our games interesting and fun!
To book you can call or go to  Hours (by appointment only): 5pm – 10pm Thur, 5pm – 11:30pm Fri, 11am – 11:30pm Sat, 2pm – 10pm Sun

Visit Elk County Visitor Center- 1.5 hours
(814) 787-5167 , 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PA 15821
Set off exploring an array of educational exhibits about PA’s only wild Elk herd, stop in at their gift shop, and venture outside at some of their nearby sight viewing locations to spot the Elk. They also have a 4D-immersive theater show! We recommend The Benezette Hotel as a place to eat nearby. Stop in Brookville on your way back and visit Dan Smith’s Candies. Hours: 9am – 5am Sat and Sun

Tour the DeBence Museum – 60 min.
(814) 432-8350, Open by Appointment
1261 Liberty St, Franklin, PA 16323
Enjoy this collection of more than 100 antique mechanical instruments. The collection includes music boxes, player pianos, and a nickelodeon piano. Along with a visit to the museum, stop by Bossa Nova Cafe for a great lattes. Step into Daffin’s Chocolate store on Main Stree  and grab some delicious pizza at Leonardo’s or food and brews at Trails to Ales or Bella Cucina.

Tour the Zippo Museum – 1.5 hours
1932 Zippo Dr, Bradford, PA 16701 (814) 368-2700
Explore the world famous Zippo Museum. Fourteen custom-made Zippo street lighters line the drive leading up to the building. Over the entrance towers a 40-foot Zippo lighter with a pulsating neon flame. Enjoy a self-guided tour to learn their rich history.  Afterward, stop in Kane to see a unique Printing Press company with original Heidelberg presses and a delightful stationary shop. Hours 9am – 5pm Mon – Sat, 11am -4pm Sun