Things to Do

“Hometown Cravings – Download

Eat where the locals eat. Or, if you’re already a local – try something new. These recommendations come from people all over the Juniata River Valley.
There’s a lot to do in the Juniata River Valley but you have to know where to find it. Use these Special Interest Tours to get you started in the right direction. Download the information and use the Google Maps link to help you navigate our back roads. Some locally owned businesses may have fluctuating hours and many aren’t open on Sunday. We recommend calling for information before heading out – especially to the more remote locations.

“All Things Fall” in the Juniata River Valley – Fall Foliage, Fall Things to Do

Many residents consider fall to be the best season in Central PA. Use this handy guide to find some of the best vantage spots to see fall foliage and things to do in the area.

Bird Inventory in Mifflin & Juniata Counties – Download

Keep your eyes open and your footsteps light and you’ll be surprised by what you can see. Bird watching can happen anywhere and we recommend by starting in one of our community parks and along the Juniata River. Big Valley has two hawk watch areas and one is staffed by volunteers from September 1 through Thanksgiving.

Discover Our Good Nature (outdoor destinations) – Download, Google Map

Get up and get out! The Great Outdoors surrounds you here and you should take advantage of it!

Gems & Junk (antique shops, thrift stores, co-ops & flea markets) – Download, Google Map

There are bargains and treasures to be found all over Mifflin and Juniata Counties. Discover new shops with this list that covers the whole Juniata River Valley.

Goose Day History – Download, Goose Day Page

Food and fun with a little luck thrown in—sounds like a holiday to us! Goose Day’s been celebrated in many nations for generations and the party continues in the Juniata River Valley. This link will take you to the history behind the holiday. Jump to {Goose Day event page} for the scoop on this year’s festivities.

Greenhouses, Nurseries & Florists) – Download, Google Map

Looking for something new to liven up your garden? Use this list to find a new source of beautiful plants.

Juniata County Covered Bridges – Download, Google Map

Take a long afternoon and discover Juniata County’s five covered bridges. How long it takes depends on how many stops you choose to make. Refer to the Route 35 Tour and you’ll find many reasons to stop along the way.

Juniata County Historical Society brochures

Mifflin County Historical Society brochures – only Downloads

Mifflin County Mural Tour – Download , Download Movie Mural Info , Google Map

From the traffic stopping, block wide movie mural to transplanted historical murals from defunct schools, large scale original art is scattered all over Mifflin County.

Roadside Attractions – Download , Google Map

Odd. Quirky. Unusual. Memorable. You never know what you’ll find along the roads of the Juniata River Valley. Share a selfie or two on our Facebook page or Instagram account.

Route 35, Juniata County – Download , Google Map

It’s 43 miles from top to bottom (or bottom to top) and no matter where you start, you’ll be driving on one of the prettiest country roads in the state. Take your time and discover restaurants, shops and more.

Thompsontown to Lewistown, The Scenic Route – Download , Google Map

Take your time traveling this curvy, two lane road and discover more than just the beautiful scenery. Route 333 is a favorite of motorcyclists.

Walking Tour of Historic Lewistown – Download , Google Map

Wondering what to do on a beautiful day? Take a walk (or ride) around Downtown Lewistown with this list and discover some of the rich history that surrounds us all.

Saturday Night in Port Royal – Download , Google Map

The nationally known Port Royal Speedway is the draw to this small town on summer Saturday nights. but if you’re looking for something other than race track concession food for dinner, here’s your go-to list.

Wednesday in Big Valley – Download , Google Map

Every day is fun in Big Valley but Wednesdays are even better. Route 655 is the path to take through the middle of the valley but explore the back roads, too. Don’t worry about getting lost- if you start to go up a mountain, turn around and head back to the middle.

Whoopie Pies – Download

This could take a couple of hours or all day depending on how seriously you take your Whoopie Pies.

Wineries in the Juniata River Valley – Download , Google Map

Eight wineries, two distilleries and a brewery give the over 21 crowd a reason to stick around the Juniata River Valley for a while! Do some research and find live music, special tastings, and events throughout the year.