2906 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Altoona, PA 16601
Phone: (814) 944-3555
Fax: (814) 946-3258
The Horseshoe Curve is a 2,375-foot curvature that officially opened for rail traffic on February 15, 1854. The
Over 30 rides and attractions, including the Island Waterpark, two roller coasters, a go-kart track, an 18-hole miniature golf course, Spins 'n Grins Kiddieland, Pirate's Cove and an arcade, can be enjoyed at Lakemont Park, the 8th oldest amusement park in the United States. A National Historic Landmark, Leap-the-Dips is the world's oldest roller coaster.
A figure eight wooden coaster, Leap-the-Dips is the world's oldest roller coaster and the only "side friction" roller coaster left in North America. It is a National Historic Landmark that was built in 1902.
The Altoona Area Public Library serves as the District Center for libraries in Blair, Bedford, and Huntingdon Counties. This library is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Managed by the Allegheny Ridge Corporation (ARCorp), the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area is part of the statewide Heritage Areas Program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. "These areas contain a multitude of cultural, historic, recreational, natural, and scenic resources of state and national significance that collectively exemplify the industrial heritage of Pennsylvania."
The downtown Altoona region of Pennsylvania is bequeathed with one of the finest landmarks in the form of the Penn Alto Building. The construction and establishment of the edifice dates back to 1921. It occupies immense monumental value and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is a fine example of the Renaissance style of architecture. The building towers a massive 9 stories high and is coupled with a partial tenth floor penthouse.
Founded in 1987, Oak Spring Winery in Central Pennsylvania produces 6,500 cases annually from four acres of producing vineyards or from grapes purchased from growers around Pennsylvania. Their award-winning wine selections include Vidal Blanc Reserve, Reisling, Chambourcin, Harvest Red, White Cin', Concord, Pink Catawba, Spiced Apple, and Niagara. Oak Spring Winery's Home Brew Shoppe carries all of the ingredients and accessories for you to make beer or wine at home. Oak Spring Winery is open seven days a week, except for major holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The 958-acre Canoe Creek State Park features a 155-acre lake that is a haven for waterfowl and is stocked with walleye, muskellunge, bass, trout, chain pickerel, catfish, crappies, and other panfish. Forests and old farm fields dominate the land and it boasts one the largest bat colonies in the Eastern U.S.
Host to such community activities as concerts, Chimney Rocks Park contains picnic areas, trails, overlooks, and public restroom facilities.
Hollidaysburg's National Historic District is composed of over 440 residential and commercial structures, which range from the late 18th century to the mid 1990's.
"One of the only wheelchair-accessible, public gardens in Blair County," Discovery Garden is near a children's play park along the Juniata River. It includes five theme gardens, a children's garden, time garden, butterfly garden, sensory garden and a cottage garden.
The Blair County Genealogical Society Library includes atlases, censuses, church records, equipment records, obituaries, military records, periodicals, private collections, tax records, and more.