Last year, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office honored Pennsylvania native and children’s TV pioneer Fred Rogers and announced a Fred Rogers Trail.
The tourism office worked with Fred Rogers Productions, the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and Visit Pittsburgh.
“The Laurel Highlands is known for a wide array of exceptional touring opportunities,” said Stacey Magda, director of tourism development for the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau. “The past year has brought a lot of new experiences, and the creation of the Fred Rogers Trail will give us yet another incredible way to welcome groups to our neighborhood.”
Here are some stops on the Fred Rogers Trail in the Laurel Highlands.
Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
Stop at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe to see artifacts like Mister Rogers’ iconic sweaters, shoes and puppets. Visitors also get a glimpse of Rogers’ life, from the time he was born in the Laurel Highlands to the impact he made on people all over the world.
The Fred Rogers statue in James H. Rogers Park gives visitors an opportunity to take a selfie while sitting on the bench with a life-like statue of Rogers. The park, named in memory of Fred’s father, is located at the intersection of Main and Jefferson streets in downtown Latrobe.
Idlewild and Soakzone in Ligonier provides an opportunity for guests to take a trolley through “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” 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.
Visit Latrobe Art Center in the Rogers Building, which is located a few steps from the James H. Rogers Park. Fred’s sister, Nancy Rogers Crozier, was instrumental in the center’s creation in 2002. The membership gallery provides the opportunity for local artists to display and market their work. Shop for Fred Rogers’s memorabilia.