Things to do in COLUMBIA with kids

Pennsylvania is FILLED with fascinating history and culture. After all - it is the state where the country became the United States! Pretty amazing!

So…get the kids immersed in the history! Independence National Historical Park is the perfect place to start. They can go back to the 1700s with Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, or become a coal miner with Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine! 

Of course there is also the Gettysburg National Military Park. An eye opening experience.

It’s also the state of rich culture. The Amish Village is a fascinating look into a traditional way of life, as is A is for Amish Buggy Rides.

Attractions that are fun as well as educational? Look no further! There are so many museums that let kids get hands-on experiences…like Hands-On House, the Johnstown Children’s Museum and the aptly named Please Touch Museum! We love that!

Stunning state parks filled with activities, adventure sports for those active kids, steam engine rides, farms, camping and so much snow fun are waiting to be explored in this state overflowing with fun things to do with kids.  And we hold these truths to be self-evident!

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  • National Watch and Clock Museum

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    Columbia

    A fascinating look into the history of time! Clocks from all over the world fill this museum of timekeeping in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

  • Castle Roller Rink

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    (9 miles) Lancaster

    Family fun on wheels...and in a castle! Rollerskating fun for kids of all ages, with the best and latest music!

  • Suburban Bowlerama

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    (12 miles) York

    Family bowling fun at this 30 lane retro-themed bowling center - giving families fun since 1958!

  • Hands-on House Childrens Museum

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    (12 miles) Lancaster

    A children's museum dedicated to helping kids ages 2 to 10 learn and making sure they have lots of fun in the process! Discover, play, and have fun on the interactive exhibits!

  • Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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    (14 miles) Lititz

    Welcome to America's first pretzel bakery! Step up to our twisting table and learn how to twist a pretzel with your own piece of dough; see the ovens that produced the first hard pretzels in America; ...

  • Dutch Wonderland

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    (15 miles) Lancaster

    48 acres of fun family amusement park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with rides for every age AND shows!

  • Adventure Sports in Hershey

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    (15 miles) Hershey

    Go-karting, miniature golfing, batting cages, bumper boats, laser tag....the ultimate adventure for active kids!

  • Choo Choo Barn

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    (15 miles) Strasburg

    1,700 square foot train features over 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains - we guarantee the Choo Choo Barn is like nothing you've ever seen! One of the many fun ...

  • Lets Pretend

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    (16 miles) Middletown

    Let’s Pretend is an indoor interactive family play center, focusing on using creativity, pretending, and the arts. It's fun to pretend in Pennsylvania!

  • The Amish Village

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    (17 miles) Ronks

    A culturally fascinating look at life in an authentic Amish lifestyle. Great tours for families where kids can learn all about this unique way of life.

  • Americana Museum of Bird-in-Hand

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    (17 miles) Bird in Hand

    Take a nostalgic walk through small town America at the dawn of the 20th century. Museum exhibits include a barber shop, woodworking shop, tea parlor, print shop, millinery, toy store, blacksmith ...

  • Hershey Park

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    (18 miles) Lancaster

    Rides, rides, and more rides! Did we mention there are rides?

  • BounceU of Annville

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    (18 miles) Annville

    BounceU is Central PA's #1 spot for fun! Our bounce houses, games, inflatable slides and obstacle courses are a blast for kids of all ages.

  • Strasburg Rail Road

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    (19 miles) Ronks

    The larger-than-life coal-burning steam train is just the beginning. Ride the Cagney Steam Train, a miniature version; operate a hand-powered Pump Car or watch the little ones "steer" the pint-sized ...

  • Challenge Family Fun Center

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    (19 miles) Hummelstown

    Challenge Family Fun Center, conveniently located between Harrisburg and Hershey, Pa, offers 22 holes of landscaped miniature golf, indoor batting cages, mini-bowling (duckpins), an arcade and a ...

  • National Toy Train Museum

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    (19 miles) Strasburg

    Hundreds of toy trains in a modern museum built like a historic train station! Toy trains are for kids of all ages! While real trains go back to the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the early ...

  • A Is For Amish Buggy Rides

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    (19 miles) Ronks

    History awaits to take you back in time at this traditionally Amish experience in Pennsylvania. Buggy rides through the Amish farms and gardens for you!

  • Paramount Sports Complex

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    (20 miles) Annville

    A great way for active kids aged 2 - 12 to stay active, Kidmazium within the Paramount Sports Complex features a multi-level climbing and play structure for children including bouncy house, plus ...

  • Roundtop Mountain Resort

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    (23 miles) Lewisberry

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3 years, but only 2 green runs. Plus covered lift serviced snow tubing hill, 2 terrain training parks and summer activities.

  • Paulus Orchards

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    (24 miles) Dillsburg

    Enjoy farming fun with wagon rides, farm stands, corn maze and pedal karts!

  • National Civil War Museum

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    (25 miles) Harrisburg

    A fascinating and historic experience for the family in Pennsylvania with the National Civil War Museum, with over 24,000 items telling the story of that infamous part of USA history.

  • Whitaker Center

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    (25 miles) Harrisburg

    Located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is the mid-states premier center for arts, education, entertainment and cultural enrichment. Composed of three main ...

  • Water Golf on City Island

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    (26 miles) Harrisburg

    A fun 18 holes of Miniature Golf with fun water hazards, challenging sloping greens and pretty water falls! Great family fun in an incredibly scenic golf course perfect for all ages in Pennsylvania.

  • State Museum of Pennsylvania

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    (26 miles) Harrisburg

    Fun, exploration and discovery are waiting for kids and the whole family at this fascinating Harrisburg museum. From dinosaurs, mammals, and history covering topics from Native Americans and Civil ...

  • Curiosity Connection State Museum

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    (26 miles) Harrisburg

    A fun, creative and imaginative space where kids aged 2 - 5 can enjoy exciting Pennsylvania themed hands-on exhibits - their own museum within a museum!

  • Wildwood Park

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    (28 miles) Harrisburg

    Outdoor adventure, wildlife, nature, trails, and picnics all tucked away in the hills of Central Pennsylvania! On the edge of Harrisburg, Wildwood park is fresh air, great times and lots of family ...

  • Paulus Farm Market

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    (29 miles) Mechanicsburg

    Friendly farm animals to pet and feed year-round. Huge pick-your-own flower field in the summer months. Group tours and birthday parties. u-pick pumpkins, pumpkin chunkin' cannon, hayrides, maze, ...

  • Alpaca Farm

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    (29 miles) York Springs

    We are a family run Alpaca Farm located in the heart of South Central Pennsylvania. We Always Welcome Farm Visits. Just Contact Us to Set Up a Time! Alpacaholic Acres is located in York Springs, ...

  • Herrs Snack Factory Tours

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    (32 miles) Nottingham

    Free tour behind the scenes of the famous snack factory, multi media elements, excitable guides and free tasters keep kids interested.

  • Roadside America

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    (35 miles) Bernville

    A fascinating look at America through 8,000 square foot of fully landscaped displays and 300 miniature structures and 18 actual running trains!

  • Plumpton Park Zoo

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    (35 miles) Rising Sun

    Jimmie the Giraffe, Sis the Tiger, and Zoe the Zebra are all waiting for the family to go visit at this very intimate and sweet Maryland Zoo, with over 130 animals on display.

  • Cascade Lake

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    (35 miles) Hampstead

    6 acres of lake, within 70 acres of wooded areas - this Maryland water attractions is a great, water fun experience in a natural setting.

  • Bear Branch Nature Center

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    (37 miles) Westminster

    A nature center set among 320 acres of trails, orchards, mews and lakes, with educational exhibits and a planetarium.

  • Lake Tobias Wildlife Park

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    (38 miles) Halifax

    Enjoy going round the wildlife park feeding animals out of hand - they also have monkeys bears and an enjoyable safari ride round the park. One of the many good family places to go if you're looking ...

  • Ozzys Family Fun Center

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    (41 miles) Leesport

    Huge range of favourites including Go Karting, Bumper Boats, Rock Wall and High Ropes, adventure play structure with toddler village, ice tubing style slide, mini golf, inflatables, roller skating ...