Known as Mister Rogers to little ones across the globe, Latrobe native Fred Rogers gained fame for creating and hosting the children's television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in Pittsburgh. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the series, so it’s the perfect time for Happy Travelers to take a carefree journey and experience these iconic only-in-PA destinations with special ties to our favorite neighbor.
Idlewild & SoakZone
2574 U.S. Route 30, Ligonier, PA 15658
Spend an adventurous day at Idlewild & SoakZone, recognized as the “Best Children’s Park in the World” by Amusement Today.
The original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe attraction operated in the park from 1989 through 2013. After the 2013 season, it was closed and replaced by the current Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ride, where Daniel and friends create smiles for a whole new generation of children. The new ride uses the same trolley, tracks, and some of the sets as the original ride, giving Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fans a bit of nostalgia.
Did you know that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is the first television series inspired by the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood? The animated show features the son of the original program's Daniel Striped Tiger!
Experience the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where Daniel Tiger invites you to take a trolley ride through Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Next, explore the park’s collection of vintage children’s rides and the beloved StoryBook Forest, then enjoy the beautiful scenery of the magnificent Laurel Highlands from atop the classic Ferris Wheel.
Bonus tip: On your way from Idlewild to Latrobe on Route 30, keep an eye out for an overhead bridge with a familiar quote – “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”