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Family-Friendly Adventure in Altoona, Pennsylvania Day #1

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If you are looking for a 2-3 day getaway that is away from the hustle and the bustle of work-life, Altoona, Pennsylvania is your ideal destination. With visitors coming from State College, PA, Harrisburg, Johnstown, and Cumberland, Maryland, Altoona offers an array of activities that will make even the most difficult person happy. Whether you’re coming to explore the rich railroading history or taking your child to their first baseball game, Altoona makes the perfect family-friendly destination on any budget.

Family-Friendly Getaway in Altoona, Pennsylvania

After a short drive from one of the neighboring towns, Altoona offers mountain-views and some of the most vast shopping centers around the area. In between the shopping stretch of Plank Road, is the brand new Fairfield Inn and Suites where we stayed. Situated near shopping malls, the Altoona Curves baseball stadium, and directly beside of a VA hospital, the hotel is perfect for any guest who may be visiting.

A Perfect Stay At Fairfield Inn And Suites Marriott

As you enter into the front of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott, a beautiful, modern lobby awaits you. A business center is off to the side and the free continental breakfast and all-day coffee is easily accessible. Down the hall, a large indoor swimming pool and exercising room is available for guest to make their stay as close to home as possible.

After checking into our room, we were so relieved to finally be able to relax somewhere that was clean and had everything we needed including; a coffee maker, large shower, desk, closet, and two queen beds. I especially loved how our room had a large desk. Even though, I was on vacation, I still had a lot of work to do, and the desk was the  perfect spot to do my work. It also served as a great place for my messy kids to eat food during our stay.

From a good night’s rest to a relaxing stay with the family, Fairfield Inn and Suites has everything you need to make your stay the perfect stay.

Travel Back In Time At Baker Mansion

Baker Mansion is a great location to learn about one of the most prominent families in Altoona’s history. Home to ironmaster, Elias Baker and his family, the Baker Mansion was built in the 1800’s for a mere $15,000. 

Baker Mansion Altoona, PA

The Baker Mansion does not look as huge and extravagant as some of the mansions we see today, but on the inside, the mansion is over-the-top with gorgeous decor. As soon as you enter the mansion you are met with high ceilings, extravagant decor, and many original pieces. Since the tour of the mansion is guided, this tour can be kind of long for little children who do not understand history. Although, there are few fascinating hands-on pieces that my kids loved, they were way too young to fully enjoy the mansion.

Baker Mansion Altoona, PA

The tour of the mansion allows you to tour 3 levels of the home (basement, main, and upstairs) and can last well over an hour.

Since the last of the Baker family died in the early 1900’s, The Blair County Historical Center now owns the mansion.

Tom and Joes Delicious Food in Downtown

Since we arrived in Altoona later in the afternoon, our second stop of the day was Tom and Joes. Located in downtown Altoona, Tom and Joes has been serving the folks of Altoona for over 75 years. On the outside, Tom and Joe’s Diner looks small, but on the inside, the place is flowing with life. In fact, the diner has already had to make several expansions just to host it’s daytime crowds.

Tom and Joe's Diner

If you’re lucky enough to visit Altoona, be sure to try Tom and Joes! This place has such delicious food at an affordable price; I tried their salad and it was overflowing with taste.

Tom and Joes Downtown Altoona

Since Tom and Joes is a family-owned restaurant, their hours are a little out of the norm.

Tom and Joes is only open from:

7am to 2pm Monday – Friday

7am to 1pm Saturday

7am to Noon on Sundays

Everett Railroad

The Everett Railroad was one of the most unique experiences we had while in Altoona. Travel aboard an almost 100-year old steam engine and make ordinary memories extraordinary. Whether you’re taking a family trip for ice cream, or off to the pumpkin patch, the Everett Railroad is guaranteed to make those family memories memories you will never forget. 

Everett Railroad

Each train ride starts out in Hollidaysburg in an actual train yard. From there, riders are shuttled to their destination which usually takes between 60-75 minutes, one way. This is just enough time to keep antsy children intrigued and keep them from being bored.

Aboard the train, everything is vintage to look just like the train did back in time. Open the train’s windows and enjoy a fresh summer breeze, or come in the winter for a heated train ride.

Everett Railroad

Our ride on the Everett Railroad was a blast! Although, a little noisy, the train was the perfect activity in the middle of a long day. 


Take Me Out To The Ole’ Ball Game, Altoona Curve Baseball Game

Many visitors of Altoona come just to watch an Altoona Curve Baseball game.  With tons of family-friendly entertainment and affordable prices, an Altoona Curves baseball game is a great location to take your little sluggers for a fun night out.

Even if baseball isn’t your thing, the Altoona Curve’s baseball team makes watching them very entertaining. Throughout the course of the game, mascots come out, fireworks shoot into the sky, and games are played. There is literally so much entertainment happening during the game, that it is impossible to be bored.

This was our first baseball game and since my kids can be kind of antsy, at times, I worried that they wouldn’t sit still. That was definitely not the case at the Altoona Curve game because they couldn’t get enough! They sat most of the night, laughing, and when they got bored, we bought them some of the affordable snacks at the refreshment stands.Altoona Curve Baseball Game

The Altoona Curve baseball game lasted well past 9pm, but we left early because we had another long day exploring Altoona coming up the next morning. 

Our adventure in Altoona was so much fun, but there is more, stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!

Planning a trip to Altoona, check out Explore Altoona for more travel information.






  1. July 25, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    I haven’t been to the USA in a long time. This place looks so peaceful and tranquil too. It also looks like place that time forgot. I love towns like this.

    Thanks for sharing

    John M

  2. July 25, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    What an exciting day! I can’t wait to read more! I have never been to the East coast! Well, except for Florida!

  3. July 26, 2017 / 12:58 am

    A train ride sounds like so much family fun. I would never have considered a vacation in PA. What a cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. July 26, 2017 / 2:04 am

    I have driven through PA a bunch of times but have not explored the state much. I would love to take my kiddos to Altoona, Pennsylvania sometime in the future.

  5. July 26, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Very cool! Looks like you guys had a very fun summer trip! I’m finally in the stage of life where I can take the time to travel and am so excited for it!

  6. July 26, 2017 / 3:49 am

    What a fun place to visit. My boys would love the train ride.

  7. July 26, 2017 / 3:50 am

    It looks like you guys had a great time. The area sort of reminds me of some areas of Richmond, Virginia where I once lived. I enjoy learning about history and it’s also a great way to teach children about culture.

  8. July 26, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    This looks like a great place to take a trip! The railroad looks so cool and old school, would love to visit!

  9. July 26, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Oh what a lovely looking place to visit, I love the look of the food as well, I could really do with a delicious all cooked and washed up meal right now haha.

  10. July 26, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    We have a family friend who lives there. When we go visit we will check out all these fun places!

  11. jay
    July 26, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Looks like you guys had alot of fun !! Baker mansion looks like somewhere I need to check out asap 🙂

  12. July 26, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Your trip looked like so much fun! Cute kiddos!

  13. July 26, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    It looks really pretty there! I hope that someday we are able to visit Pennsylvania!

  14. July 27, 2017 / 4:21 am

    It looks like you had a great time. So much to do and a great way to end the night with the game.

  15. July 27, 2017 / 4:22 am

    Bakers Mansion looks like a lot of fun. We love Mariott. All of their hotels are great. Always on the top list of places to stay. I would love to adventure this area with my kids.

  16. July 27, 2017 / 5:13 am

    This sounds like it was an awesome get away from the regular routine. I have actually been wanting to go to PA for quite sometime now. I am going to add them to my list and when I go hopefully I get to go to these places as well.

  17. Nhu Nguyen
    July 27, 2017 / 8:52 am

    I haven’t travelled to Pennsylvania before but I believe I will have one trip with my family in the future. I will definitely visit Baker Mansion and ride on the Everett Railroad, because I found that you and your family seemed to have many beauiful moments and experiences there. Thanks for this useful sharing!

  18. Ave
    July 27, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Looks like you had a great time and discovered so many great places! I’d love to visit the Everett Railroad! Seems a lot of fun! I’m sure my daughter would love it too!

  19. July 27, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Fairfield Inn is one of my favorite places to stay. I love the amenities and how welcoming the staff is – no matter what location it is.

  20. July 27, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    Looks like you guys had a blast in PA! That railroad definitely seemed like a lot of fun, and the food – yum! 😉

  21. July 28, 2017 / 2:31 am

    I have always wanted to visit Pennsylvania, but haven’t yet made the trip. It looks like your family had a wonderful time on this adventure!

  22. Blair villanueva
    July 28, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Lools like you guys had a great time! I wish to watch a baseball game and feel that roaring cheers with fellow audiences 🙂 Fun!

  23. Elizabeth O
    August 1, 2017 / 11:17 am

    All of it says great vacation outing places. This is what I love about PA; it has a great history and lotd of places to visit that have preserved that history.

  24. Crystal Carder
    August 1, 2017 / 11:32 am

    It’s definitely worth the trip! Pennsylvania has so much to see and do!

  25. Crystal Carder
    August 1, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Thank you!

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