Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

April 2, 2022

Family Fun Day - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve (Thurmont, MD)

Join AAA Central Penn for an exciting family fun day on this Wildlife Adventure.


Booking Deadline: April 1, 2022

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Solo Friendly Trip


Occupancy Rates per Person
Adult $199.00 
Child (12yrs and younger at time of travel) $179.00

All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 full paying passengers. Rates are subject to change.
Desired pick-up location is not guaranteed until minimums are met. 

Included Features

  • Free Parking with roundtrip motorcoach transportation
  • Admission to Cunningham State Park
  • Scales & Tales Program
  • Lunch at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant 
  • Admission and Safari at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve
  • All taxes and gratuities
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager


6:15AM: Motorcoach will depart Lancaster, from the former AC Moore store, 1515 Lititz Pike at the Lancaster Shopping Center on the Oregon Pike/Route 272 side of the store.

7:15AM: Motorcoach will depart Harrisburg, AAA Central Penn office, 2301 Paxton Church Road, upper lot behind building; travel to Maryland with a brief rest stop en route.

Arrive at Cunningham State Park, home to Cunningham Falls, the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland. While at the park we'll enjoy their Scales and Tales program featuring two birds of prey and two reptiles. We'll learn about each of the animals natural history and how they have become an animal ambassador for Maryland State Parks. This afternoon enjoy down-home American country cooking at the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant. Following lunch we'll head  to Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, where you'll have time to explore amazing animals from bears to boas, macaws to monkeys, parrots to pythons and more. While at the Preserve we'll climb aboard the safari truck for a one-hour narrated adventure ride, which showcases exotic animals from six continents, while riding through twenty-five wooded acres and four different paddocks.  Our last stop of the day will be at Gateway Market & Candyland (time to explore on your own), a general store that carries candy, fudge, Hershey's Ice Cream, and a large selection of candy making supplies. 

5:00PM: Approximate departure time for Central Pennsylvania with a possible rest stop en route.

6:30PM: Approximate arrival time back in Harrisburg.

7:30PM: Approximate arrival time back in Lancaster.

Itinerary is subject to change at any time without notifications and/or compensation

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information


Full payment per person is due to AAA with this registration to confirm your reservation.

Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $20


After February 2, 2022: No refunds.


For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.


Temperatures for Maryland in April average in the 60s. Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended; be prepared for potential inclement weather.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.


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