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Historic Downtown Wellsboro

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is the county seat of Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Wellsboro is an old fashion, historic town that still depicts life as they way it used to be back in the 1900s. Downtown Wellsboro still has the authentic gas street lamps and the historic buildings. The town offers a variety of interesting sights to visit and fun activities to participate in. Wellsboro is definitely a place for the outdoors lover because of its location within the wilderness.

Get in[edit]

The closet airport to Wellsboro is in Elmira, NY, around 45 minutes north of town. Due to the distance and lack of reliable transportation, driving to town is a necessity. The town is small enough that once you are in, it is possible to walk around.


Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is located at the northern tip of Pennsylvania. It is located approximately 1 hour north of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and 2 hours 45 minute north of Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. Wellsboro is situated between two major cities in Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It is approximately 4½ hours northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and approximately 4 hours northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


  • The Arcadia Theatre: A 4-screen theater located on 50 Main Street in Wellsboro. Admission is Night Shows: $6.50 for adults and $4 for children 12 & under. Matinees: $5.50 for adults and $4 for children 12 & under. Tuesday night: adults $5. For more information call +1 570 724-4957.
  • Animaland Zoological Park: Closed as of February 2020. Now a covered Wagon ride. It only takes a few minutes to get from Wellsboro to Animaland Zoological Park. The zoo houses over 200 domestic, exotic, and wild animals within 12 acres. You can walk through the 2-mile walk-thru at your own pace. The zoo is handicap accessible. The entry price is $7 for Students (13+) and Senior Citizens (65+), $8 for Adults, $5 for Children (3-12), and free for Children 2 and under. For more information call +1 570 724-4546.
  • Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival: A tradition since the 1930s, for 9 days starting the second Saturday of June, the festival celebrates the community of Wellsboro, and promotes the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, and the Pennsylvania State Flower, the Mountain Laurel. Events include a pet parade, craft fair, bike race, carnival, 10K and 2-mile runs, concerts, and the Laurel Parade (3rd Saturday of June). Young ladies around Pennsylvania represent their high schools in the Laurel Queen pageant.
  • Dickens of a Christmas: Held the first Friday and Saturday of December annually brings local and regional crafters to Wellsboro, who set up on the sidewalks in front of local merchants for Saturday's festivities. All vendors and merchants along with community players dress in Victorian-era costumes ala Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Main Street is shut off from early Saturday morning through roughly 4PM to allow the thousands of visitors the opportunity to cross among the shops unhindered by traffic. Horse-drawn wagon rides are given up and down the gas-lit and Christmas tree decorated boulevards. Various musicians stroll around town, and the community Men's & Women's Choruses give performances. Some churches and community halls also have crafters on hand. The event is wrapped up with a candle-light peace walk from Packer Park to "The Green" where the community Christmas tree is lit and St.Nick usually arrives on a fire truck.


  • Pennsylvania Grand Canyon: Wellsboro is home to Pine Creek Gorge or better known as the Grand Canyon of
    Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
    Pennsylvania. It only takes approximately 15 minutes to get to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon from the town of Wellsboro. The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon offers hiking and biking trails as well as area parks for fishing, swimming, or kayaking.
  • Tioga Trail Rides: Take a horseback ride while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Pennsylvania's countryside. Tioga Trail Rides provides guided tours that meet the needs of everyone. The price is $23 per person for 1 hour and $46 per person for 2 hours. Special trail rides such as the Sunset Ride ($46 per person), the Campfire Rid ($51 per person), and the Supper Ride ($61 per person) are also available. Reservations are required for all horseback rides. Call +1 570 724-6592 to book reservations.
  • Tyoga Country Club (2 miles west of Wellsboro on Rt660/Old Pine Creek Road), +1 570 724-1653 ext 3. The Tyoga Country Club is a four-star golf course. You do not have to be a member to play a round of golf at this country club. The clubhouse serves lunch and dinner. The facility hosts weddings and wedding receptions.
  • Tioga-Hammond Lakes: The Tioga-Hammond Lakes are located on Route 15 12 miles north of Wellsboro. The lakes offer a variety of outdoor family activities include swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, and picnicking. Overnight facilities are also provided for those who wish to spend more than one day exploring the lakes. For more information call +1-877-444-6777
  • Ski Denton [formerly dead link]: Ski Denton is open year-round as it provides planned and guided bike routes and trips. It is located west of town along Rt 6, 11 miles before getting to Coudersport, PA and takes approximately 30 minutes to get to from Wellsboro. Chalets are available for those who wish to spend more than one day there. Prices: $25 for adults 9AM-4PM and $15 for any 4-hour time frame; $15 for youth 9AM-4PM and $10 for any 4-hour time frame. For more information call +1 814 435-2115.
Tioga Central Railroad
  • [[dead link] Tioga Central Railroad: The Tioga Central Railroad provides various different types of train tours. It also provides seasonal tours in addition to the regular tours such as the Foliage Express that allows you to view the leaves changing colors and the Oktoberfest Dinner Train. Each train provides an open observation car that allows you to take in the full view of the scenery. For more information call +1 570 724-0990.


  • Peggy's Candies & Gifts:82 Main Street. A small, old fashioned candy store that still offers Penny Candies, and a large variety of chocolates and other gourmet candy. It also serves Hershey's Ice Cream and sells gifts and other novelties.
  • Artisan's Shoppe, LLC: 17½ Crafton Street. It offers gifts, crafts, paintings, jewelry, and more that are handmade by local and regional artists.
  • The Farmer's Daughter: A small country store that offers country decorations, crafts, and gifts as well as locally hand-made items. # 11719 Route 6.
  • Dunham's Department Store: One of the few remaining family-owned department stores in rural Pennsylvania. Dunham's has many different departments that offer everything from the latest fashion trends to housewares and gifts. 45 Main Street.
  • Country Ski & Sport: for all of your outdoor needs including gear for backpacking, skiing, canoeing, and bicycling. 81 Main Street.


  • Wellsboro Diner: Known for its famous prime rib dinners and sandwiches. The diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily as well as offering desserts. Wellsboro Diner is on 19 Main Street.
The Famous Wellsboro Diner
  • Harland's Family Style Restaurant: 17 Pearl Street. If offers a salad bar, a buffet style meal, and homemade desserts. Breakfast is served all day.
  • The Native Bagel: 1 Central Avenue. The menu offers a variety of delicious bagels, deli sandwiches, gourmet coffees, soups, and salads.
  • Potato City Country Inn: A few minutes away from Wellsboro on 3084 East Second Street in Coudersport. Potato City offers lunch and dinner, caters events, and is also an inn. For more information call (814) 274-7133.
  • Tony's Italian Cuisine: 3 Main Street. It offers homemade Italian meals, a variety of pizzas, salads, and bread.
  • Pudgie's Pizzeria & Restaurant: Excellent homemade pizzas and other Italian dishes.
  • Dunkin' Donuts of Wellsboro: 7 Main Street.
  • 1 Gas Light Bar & Grill, 35 Main St, +1 570 724 1031. Low-key, comfortable tavern offering beer, hearty American eats, shuffleboard & sports on TV.


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