Surprising Things To Do At Raystown Lake

September 2016 Web Exclusive

If you're thinking about heading out to Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania for a little adventure, we wouldn't blame you. It's a beautiful houseboating destination that often goes unnoticed when you ask people to list their top favorite lakes, which makes the nickname "hidden gem" make a lot of sense. Next time you're in the area, you can spice up your houseboating getaway with these fun activities you might not have even known about: 

Cave Tours

There are three different cave operations in the area to choose from, including Lincoln Caverns (a set of dual caverns ready for tours), Penn’s Cave (with a one mile boat ride underground) and Indian Caverns (showing off the largest limestone cavern in Pennsylvania—complete with Native American history).

Scuba Diving

If you’re interested in trying out scuba diving while visiting Raystown Lake, Scuba Escapes Dives Center and Mike’s Scuba are ready to help you get equipped and trained for your underwater adventure. This is an entirely different way to view a beautiful lake like Raystown. 


If you don’t mind straying a bit farther from the lake, you can catch a Minor League baseball game with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Altoona Baseball Properties. The stadium is about a forty minute drive from the lake. 

Trolley Rides

You can jump aboard an old-time trolley for a ride through history with the Rockhill Trolley Museum. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, with kids two and under admitted free. You can also check out the Railroaders Memorial Musem and famous Horseshoe Curve in nearby AltoonaPa.


Even in the off-season, did you know you can still find boaters on Raystown Lake? Iceboaters head out to enjoy winter’s beauty in a truly unique outdoor enthusiast way. If that’s not quite up your alley, you can check out other winter activities at the lake.

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