PA First Tourist

As First Lady, Susan Corbett is passionate about promoting the commonwealth's unique historical and cultural attractions in her role as PA First Tourist.

As First Tourist, Mrs. Corbett visits and recommends must-see Pennsylvania destinations from world-class museums and  historic locations to the one-of-kind attractions found only in Pennsylvania. Discover some of her recent travels and recommendations, and start planning your trip today!




Susan Corbett, the First Lady of Pennsylvania and Chair of the PA Council on the Arts, talks about the arts in Philadelphia, starting with the most recent opening of the Barnes Foundation.



Recent Appearances

January 2013
During the 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA the Pennsylvania Tourism Office and First Lady Susan Corbett announced the continuation of its partnership with location-based social media platform Foursquare for Groundhog Day 2013 with a custom badge available to Groundhog fans worldwide. New for 2013, Foursquare users who check in at Gobbler’s Knob will also receive the celebrated Pennsylvania-made toy, Slinky®.

September 2012
Erie welcomed Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett on Friday, Sept. 21 as they stopped by the Erie Maritime Museum and hopped on board the historic Flagship Niagara. The Flagship Niagara is a replica of the wooden-hulled ship that served as the relief flagship for Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Beginning this past August through September 10, 2013, the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial will bring together hundreds of thousands of people for a two-week celebration. Here is a great picture of Governor and Mrs. Corbett as crew members for the day. 

August 2012
This month, First Lady Susan Corbett  shared with readers fun and interesting museums throughout Pennsylvania that are perfect for kids to continue learning before heading back to school – read more “In the News” below.

July 2012
This July, First Lady Susan Corbett joined Governor Tom Corbett on a three-day kayak tour through Western Pennsylvania to promote the commonwealth’s vast natural resources and array of recreational opportunities in her role as PA First Tourist. During the trip, she visited a variety of tourism attractions including:

Hunter Station Golf Course: Located in the natural beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds region, Hunter Station Golf Course welcomes guests to enjoy a game of golf on its public course set against the backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains and River.

Drake Well Museum: Known as the birth place of the oil well, the Drake Well Museum is located on the spot where Edwin L.Drake drilled the oil well that launched the modern petroleum industry in 1859.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Flood Museum: Administered by the National Park Service, the Johnstown Flood National Memorial invites visitors to the place where the great flood began, including the remains of the dam and some of the original buildings of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club. The Johnstown Flood Museum tells the story of the tragic 1889 flood through photographs, exhibits, flood artifacts, news reports from the time, and information on the recovery and reconstruction.

Whitewater Park: Whitewater Park is located adjacent to Greenhouse Park in the Stonycreek River, named the 2012 Pennsylvania River of the Year by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. At the park, water novice paddlers can learn basic whitewater techniques and more experienced boaters can play in hydraulics. Tubing and fishing also are popular activities.

Point State Park: Located at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle,” and the confluence of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers, Point State Park welcomes guests to enjoy outdoor recreation as a National Historic Landmark.

Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park: Pittsburgh is a city enamored with sports and PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has been hailed as one of the best ballparks in the country for its view…and food!

June 2012
June was a busy month for the First Lady Susan Corbett in her role as PA First Tourist. She began by attending an exclusive preview event of the Longwood Gardens' Light: Installations by Bruce Munro in Kennett Square, Pa.

She also celebrated the unveiling of he architectural designs of The Museum of the American Revoltion Center in Philadelphia on June12.

May 2012
On May 1, First Lady Susan Corbett recognized tourism professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry at the Keystone Society for Tourism Awards. She honored award recipients by presenting them with a unique, original work of art by one of Pennsylvania's finest artist.

In mid-May, she met with nearly 20 top-tier journalists in New York City at a luncheon with PA Tourism Partners. During the delicious lunch at celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich's Del Posto restaurant, she shared highlights on new tourist attractions and anniversaries for the upcoming year. Check out a video from the event on VisitPA's YouTube channel.

March 2012
Touting Pennsylvania's world-class art, First Lady Susan Corbett traveled with Governor Corbett and other PA officials to Europe to promote Pennsylvania to an international audience. During the trip she met with leaders of the Fine Arts Museum in Lyon, as shared via her Facebook photo here.

In early March, First Lady Susan Corbett visited Bucks County Museums and attractions including the Michener Museum, Mercer Museum and Washington Crossing to highlight new exhibit openings and the region's rich history. Check out this article for a closer look at her trip.

February 2012
In February, the First Lady joined Governor Corbett in Punxsutawney to celebrate Groundhog Day at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney. See a photo from her trip via the First Lady's Facebook page here.

January 2012
Highlighting agriculture as one of Pennsylvania's leading industries, the First Lady was thrilled to attend the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January. Did you know that you could plan a trip to stay at a working farm in PA?

December 2011
Celebrating the holiday season, the First Lady and Governor Corbett opened their home to local residents to view Christmas trees decorated to showcase the beauty and symbols of the commonwealth.

November 2011
In November, the First Lady traveled to Boalsburg, Pa., to visit the PA Military Museum and honor Pennsylvania veterans and familes for their courageous sacrifices. Learn more about her visit from the Centre Daily Times.

In the News

As PA First Tourist, First Lady Susan Corbett also continues to share her recommendations to celebrate upcoming holidays, new exhibit openings and anniversaries and more via news outlets across the state. A few of her recent stories include:

The Patriot News, “Visit a Pa. Museum this August,” August 6 (Harrisburg, PA)
Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice, “A fun way to help prepare students for back-to-school in Pennsylvania,” August 7 (Wilkes-Barre, Pa)
Carlisle Sentinel, “Fun ways to get ready for back to school,“ August 7 (Carlisle, PA), "Take a hike, spend a night in eco-friendly Pennsylvania," April 21 (State College, Pa.), "Celebrate Earth Day with education, eco-tourism in state," April 21 (Erie, Pa.)
The Morning Call, "On Earth Day, explore Pennsylvania's natural resources," April 16 (Allentown, Pa.), "PA's First lady visits Bucks Couny sites, " March 7 (Philadelphia), "Susan Corbett visits Bucks County." March 7 (Newtown, Pa.) Southampton, "Susan Corbett visits Bucks County," March 7 (Lower Southampton, Pa.)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Pa. first lady offeres ideas for Black History Month," February 1 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Erie Times-News, "Corbett: Veterans Honored at museums,"November 11 (Erie, Pa.)
Centre Daily Times, "For veteran, war was 'trade-off," November 11 (State College, Pa.), "First Lady Susan Corbett marks Veterans Day, tours military museum," November 11 (Harrisburg, Pa.)
WBRE-TV, "First Lady Susan Corbett marks Veterans Day," November 11 (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, "Honor state's veterans by visiting museums, other sites," November 9 (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
The Patriot-News, "Museums show Pennsylvania's Military History," November 6 (Harrisburg, Pa.)

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