If you’re looking for somewhere to go that’s close to major cities, but still far enough away from the hustle and bustle, Altoona and Blair County, Pennsylvania is your perfect choice. Offering fun and affordability, Blair County, Pennsylvania has something for the whole family to love.
From history to deliciousness, Blair County, Pennsylvania has it all. With locations that pride themselves on affordability, these free and paid attractions won’t hurt your wallet.
Affordable Things to do in Altoona and Blair County
Boyer Candy Company
Blair County, Pennsylvania is home to so many great factories and Boyer Candy Company is one of my favorites! A candy-lover’s dream, the Boyer Candy Company’s Outlet Store in downtown Altoona offers affordable pricing on everyone’s favorite, classic candy – Mallo Cups and Smoothie Peanut Butter Cups!
Stop by the outlet store for a few minutes and get great deals on factory seconds, logo merchandise, and sample your favorite Boyer candy.
The Meadows Original Frozen Custard
The Meadows Original Frozen Custard has many locations across the US, but I bet you didn’t know the chain started out in Blair County, Pennsylvania!
You can still visit the original Frozen Custard shop Duncansville. The shop is still owned and operated by the original founders! While there enjoy delicious Frozen Custard ice cream and try a new flavor every week!
One of my favorite locations in Blair County is actually a man-made wonder. Horseshoe Curve is a 2375 foot curve with a 9-degree curve. The engineering feat is stunning to watch.
Ride a funicular or walk to the tracks and enjoy a picturesque view as trains navigate the curve. While you’re there enjoy a relaxing day and, maybe even a picnic lunch.
After you’re finished, be sure to head back to Altoona for a firsthand look inside the Railroad Museum.
The Tilt Studio
The kids are going to love a visit to Tilt Studio at the Logan Valley Mall! Featuring affordable games and attractions – for the whole family – Tilt Studio is free to get in and only charges you for the games you play.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to try a delicious piece of Gardner’s Candy, you’d be intrigued to know the company was actually started by a 16-year-old right in Tyrone, Pennsylvania!
Gardner’s Candy now has 10 locations over Pennsylvania, but you can still visit them at their Tyrone location and indulged yourself at their ice cream parlor, candy store, and candy museum.
The Baker’s Mansion is a unique piece of history in Altoona in Blair County, Pennsylvania. A three-story mansion that is now home to the Blair Historical Center, the home is available for guided tours.
Blair County is home to lots of shopping! In fact, Altoona has many shopping centers and a large shopping mall that brings people from nearby to do holiday shopping and more.
Altoona Curves Baseball Game
Whether or not you’re a fan of baseball, an Altoona Curves Baseball game is fun for everyone. Watch the mascots do fun shows, enjoy affordable food and drinks, and have a fun night out.
Delgrosso Park and Laguna Splash
If you’ve ever eaten Delgrosso Spaghetti Sauce, you may be surprised to know that the world-famous Delgrosso is made right in Tipton, Pennsylvania, a town of Blair County.
The family-owned business even owns a fun amusement park, Delgrosso Park and Laguna Splash right in Tipton! There guest can enjoy affordable family-fun, delicious food, and so much more!
Benzel’s Pretzel Factory
If you’ve ever bit into a famous Pennysticks Pretzel, you’d be delighted to know the pretzels are also made right in Altoona! Visitors to Blair County can even visit the affordable Benzel’s Pretzel Factory Outlet Store and stock up on factory seconds and so much more!
Just reopening for the summer of 2019, Lakemont Park has been making family memories in Blair County since 1894. Featuring affordable family-fun with roller coaster, trains, and go karts, a day at Lakemont Park is so much fun!
Whether or not you’re a history buff, Fort Roberdeau In Tyrone, Pennsylvania, right outside of Altoona, is perfect affordable fun in Blair County.
Get free admission as you learn about the original Fort Roberdeau that was known as the “Lead Fort Mine.”
Where to Eat
While you’re visiting Blair County, you want to be sure to make the most of your expreience, that’s why I recommend eating at a Blair County favorite, Tom and Joe’s Diner in Altoona. Tom and Joe’s is a family-owned diner that has been serving Altoona since 1933! While the diner is only opened during morning hours, finding a seat inside the diner, can be tricky.
Locals and people from all around love this hidden gem and there’s a reason why. The food is affordable and delicious and the people are friendly. Be sure to check it out during your next visit to Altoona.
Where to Stay
While you may only need a few days to explore most of what Blair County has to offer, if you’re staying at a hotel, the newer Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott is my choice! Featuring comfortable rooms, a nearby location to everything in Blair County, free breakfast, and a pool this location has everything you need to make your time in Blair County enjoyable.
I hope this post makes planning your trip to Altoona and Blair County, Pennsylvania a lot less stressful!
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Fun Fact: Blair County is also home to the original Slinky and the first Sheetz gas station!