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Fun things to do in COLUMBIA

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

    Dutch Wonderland is a 48 acre amusement park set in the scenic location of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lots to do for families with little people especially, but also loads of great family fun rides.

  • Adventure Sports in Hershey

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    (15 miles) Hershey

    enjoy a few hours go-karting, miniature golfing, taking a swing in the batting cages, cruising on the bumper boats and playing in the arcade

  • 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!

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