Ours is an area rich in history
Our accessibility to bigger cities is an advantage, but we don't mean to imply that you need to travel far for wonderful history, culture and entertainment.
Historic sites are everywhere, preserved and revered forts, mansions, theaters, iron furnaces, one-room schoolhouses, covered bridges, churches and museums. Altoona's Railroaders Memorial Museum
documents the development of the world's largest railroad, the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Visual and performing arts thrive. The Blair County Arts Foundation
is the clearinghouse for our local live theaters, orchestra, chorale, music association and dance. They also own the restored, historic Mishler Theatre
The city's Jaffa Shrine
facility hosts circuses, exhibits and family entertainment, while Penn State Altoona
offers plays, concerts and cultural exhibits and programs.
More opportunities are nearby, like the museum of art at Saint Francis University
and art and science museums and concert venues at Penn State University
. PSU's Bryce Jordan Center
is a 16,000-capacity arena that draws A-list entertainers and musicians.
As a rural area, of course, county fairs and heritage festivals are an annual tradition. And if browsing antique shops is your thing, you'll love the Altoona suburb of Duncansville, a mecca for antique lovers.
Learn more about Blair County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by exploring the following links:
Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau
Blair County Chamber of Commerce
City of Altoona
PA Visitors Network