In the last half of the 19th century, Williamsport, Pennsylvania claimed more millionaires than any other American city. With a population of just under 30,000, there is no city of similar size within an hour drive. There’s one small airport, which only offers commercial flights to one city (Philadelphia). The Susquehanna River divides Williamsport and South Williamsport. Although most of the tourist attractions are located in the city of Williamsport, the most famous institution associated with the area is located in South Williamsport.
World of Little League Museum
Williamsport claims to be the birthplace of Little League Baseball. Every summer, the city gets flooded with baseball fans attending the annual Little League World Series. The World of Little League Museum has ample parking on Route 15 North.
Tours of the World of Little League Museum start with a brief orientation video. Inside the museum, highlights include timelines of both Little League and the Little League World Series as well as uniforms spanning the past 75 years. One hour is plenty of time. General admission is $5, but there is no charge to view the grounds behind the museum, which include the 40,000-seat Howard J. Lamade Stadium as well as Little League Volunteer Stadium.
Lamade Stadium hosts the Little League World Series. If you visit any other time than during the World Series, it’s hard to imagine the madness that surrounds the event every year as more people attend than live in the city of Williamsport.
Peter Herdic Transportation Museum
The Peter Herdic Transportation Museum is west of Millionaire’s Row (West 4th Street) and the murals across from the historic Genetti Hotel. Inside, there’s a slide show on the history of transportation in Lycoming County (Pennsylvania’s largest) as well as information on the area’s role in the underground railroad. Out back there’s a Pullman Parlor rail car, which the museum claims to be one of only two remaining in the United States. Visitors can go inside.
Thomas T. Taber Museum
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has exhibits on Lycoming County’s Native Americans, lumber industry and contributions to the armed forces. There are also period rooms which take the visitor back to the times of British colonialism and up to the present. Downstairs, there’s a toy train exhibition, which contains over 300 toy trains as well as two working layouts. The other basement room is dedicated to farming crafts and industry.
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat Cruise
Hiawatha Riverboat Cruises run from May to October. Susquehanna State Park (where the paddlewheel boat docks) is one of the most picturesque in Pennsylvania. The public cruises are narrated and take approximately one hour. There are also specialty (concert, dinner, karaoke, murder mystery, wing night, etc.) cruises which run less frequently.
Historic Bowman Field
Bowman Field is the second oldest minor league ballpark in the United States. It is home to the Williamsport Crosscutters, which are a class-A short season affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Their schedule runs from mid-June to early September.
The “birthplace of Little League Baseball,” is located across from historic Bowman Field (now BB&T Ballpark). Besides looking at plaques and watching some people play baseball in the warmer months, there’s not much else to do at the site, besides take some pictures and say “I was there.”