*Fall is a great time to follow this itinerary. Much of it follows scenic back roads!
Whether you’re a local looking for a spontaneous adventure, or a traveler not quite sure how to spend your time here, we think you’ll enjoy this Saturday itinerary full of fun! (Of course, you could follow the itinerary any day, but be sure to check the businesses’ hours first.)
The best way to begin your day (maybe even better than breakfast) is with toys! Go ahead and sleep in. The first stop opens at 10 AM, and you’ll want to be well rested so you have lots of energy for play! Playthings Etc. Family Toys & Hobbies is a truly stellar toy store, modeled after a stealth bomber. Not only is it intriguing on the outside, but the inside screams fun. Certainly not just for kids, this store features nostalgic toys and lots of reasons to take a break from technology for some good old-fashioned play.
Continue north on Route 8 until you reach Route 528/Prospect Road. Enjoy a leisurely hike along Jennings’ five miles of looped trails. Jennings Environmental Education Center is comprised of a unique combination of prairie and forest—the only protected prairie in Pennsylvania.
Across from the entrance of Jennings is The Old Stone House Museum. Tours of this former stage coach shop are both interesting and amusing. The former tavern rules read “No more than five to sleep in one bed”!
Stop by North Country Brewing Company for a filling lunch and microbrew in their eclectic atmosphere.
Heading out of Slippery Rock, follow Branchton Road (Route 4010) east for about 15 miles. As you traverse the northern Butler County countryside, take some time to “stop and smell the roses,” and let your cares slip away.
Last, but certainly not least, spend some time at The Glass Blowing Center. Browse amazing hand-blown pieces and even witness this amazing art in action. You’ll find everything from marbles to jewelry to sculptures, and even fishing lures. If you really like what you see, sign up for a glass blowing class, and check it off of your bucket list.
P.S. Don’t miss the Partridge Family bus replica in the Glass Blowing Center’s parking lot!