I’ve always loved the concept of a bucket list. That special collection of things you absolutely must to do before you die.
While I was rolling the idea of a bucket list around in my head one afternoon, I realized that we should put together a list of things you absolutely must do that are all located right here in Beaver County.
Many of these restaurants, attractions, and events might seem like no big deal for those of us who call Beaver County home. We’re all used to this stuff.
But for anyone who is visiting our community for a limited amount of time, this is the list of things you must eat, do, and see before you leave.
Let’s get started…
Eat Chili Cheese Fries from the Hot Dog Shoppe
There is no substitute for chili cheese fries from Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe. This is going to be the most important item on just about everyone’s Beaver County bucket list.
Hot Dog Shoppe fries are an absolute staple of our community. They are also the thing we hear about most often from people who have moved away from here.
Everyone loves the Hot Dog Shoppe, and everyone has to try these fries at least once.
Visit Brady’s Run for a Picnic or Ice Skating
What exactly you do at Brady’s Run Park will depend on the season, but don’t worry because there is always something to do here.
If you visit in the summer, kicking back at one of the shelters with a picnic feast is definitely the way to go. Come winter time, you might be more inclined to head into the ice arena and put on some skates.
Whether you are picnicking or skating, something about Brady’s Run has a way of making everyone feel like a kid again.
Attend the Hookstown Fair
There are quite a few big fairs to pick from every summer in Beaver County, but the Hookstown Fair is then granddaddy of them all. This is the one everyone spends their entire summer looking forward to….and there is good reason for that!
Cruise to Jerry’s Curb Service for Dinner
Whether you are a classic car person or just a regular mom rocking a minivan, Jerry’s Curb Service is a special experience in Beaver County.
For as long as I can remember, my mom has been taking my sisters and I to Jerry’s and telling us about “back when the waitresses used to wear roller skates.”
This iconic throwback is still impressive many years later.
Hike to Buttermilk Falls
One of the first things I did after launching YBC last year was head out to Buttermilk Falls. Living in Beaver County pretty much all of my life, I had always heard about it but never actually been there.
For the record, it lives up to the hype. This is still one of my fondest memories of the early YBC days, and it definitely deserves a spot on the bucket list.
Grab a Box of Cinnamon Rolls from Oram’s
We’ve had lengthy debates here at YBC regarding the best donuts in Beaver County, but it’s hard to deny that Oram’s has the most amazing cinamon rolls around. This place is a true icon and is a great way to start off any date with a deliciously sweet twist.
Watch a High School Football Game
High school football is a big deal in Beaver County. On any given Friday night there are going to be plenty of options to watch a great game in one of our local stadiums.
Whether you are watching Aliquippa play at The Pit or Central Valley play at Sarge Alberts Stadium, you can’t help but love the passion our small towns have for their football teams.
Spend a Day Out on the River
Beaver County might be divided by its rivers, but those rivers also offer plenty of great opportunities for recreation out on the water.
You might put your boat in at St. Joe Boat Club or the Monaca Boat Launch, or you might keep it docked in Bridgewater all summer long. Either way, nothing beats a lazy day out cruising around on the river!
Visit Historic Old Economy Village
History buffs can find something new to get excited about at Old Economy every weekend, but even the most modern visitors to this Ambridge attraction can get lost for hours learning what life was like back when this was a thriving village.
Eat Panacakes at the Maple Syrup Festival
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer buttermilk or buckwheat pancakes. All that matters is that you stand in line for HOURS to get them. That’s all part of the charm of our annual Maple Syrup Festival, which is what makes this experience so special and earns it a spot on our bucket list.
So with that, you have the first ten entries on the Beaver County bucket list. But I’m not sure the list stops here.
There are many more things that you should definitely do in Beaver County while you have the opportunity, and I’m sure I am forgetting a ton of them.
What do you think should go on the next edition of the Beaver County bucket list?