Things to do in Pennsylvania 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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  • DelGrossos Amusement Park

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    Tipton

    Family theme park AND water park fun with over 30 rides, as well as a mini golf course and amazing food!

  • Dutch Wonderland

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    Lancaster

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

  • Hershey Park

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    Lancaster

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

  • Idlewild Park

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    Ligonier

    Theme and water park fun with Idlewild Park - with seven themed areas. Family fun in the third oldest theme park in the entire country!

  • Kennywood

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    West Mifflin

    Theme park fun in Pennsylvania for the whole family with traditional roller coasters, as well as thrill rides and water rides! Cool!

  • Knoebels Amusement Park

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    Elysburg

    Classic wooden coasters, water rides and adrenaline pumping rides in this free-admission Pennsylvania theme park in the heart of a forest. Kiddie rides too!

  • Lakemont Park

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    Altoona

    Over 30 rides and attractions, as well as go-karts, golf course and a water park, including the WORLD's oldest roller coaster!

  • Sesame Place

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    Langhorne

    Experience Sesame Street coming to life, with water fun, rides, and amazing shows just for kids! Kids fun in Pennsylvania all day long!

  • Waldameer Park and Water World

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    Erie

    A family friendly theme and water park with roller coasters too! Best bit? It's FREE to enter! Just pay and ride.

  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

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    Allentown

    Two parks for the price of one with this Pennsylvania theme and water park! Thrills AND spills for all ages!

  • Conneaut Lake Park

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    Conneaut Lake

    Traditional fairground in with a wonderful family vibe, boasting roller coasters through pony rides, located on the largest natural glacier lake in Pennsylvania!

  • Carousel Water and Fun Park

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    Beach Lake

    A family amusement park in Pennsylvania offering water slides, bumper boats, go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, kiddie karts, a game room and lots more!

  • Sandcastle Waterpark

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    Pittsburgh

    Water fun in Pennsylvania with this family friendly outdoor waterpark, with slides, waves, and kiddie attractions

  • Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort

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    Erie

    Explore over 100,000 sq ft of fun at Pennsylvania's LARGEST indoor water park, with slides, ropes courses, wave pools, lazer tag, and much more - ALL YEAR ROUND!

  • Dutch Springs

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    Bethlehem

    Great water fun on AND under the water at this Pennsylvania water attraction, with water park fun and scuba diving!

  • Split Rock Water Park

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    Lake Harmony

    An indoor family water park at Split Rock Resort - H20ooooohh! has a host of water attractions to enjoy, including slides, wave pools and play structures!

  • Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

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    Tannersville

    Over 30 Waterslides along the natural terrain of the Camelback Mountain!

  • Alpha Aquatics

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    Waynesburg

    Summer family fun with a competition size pool, kiddie leisure pool and fun water activities such as slides and a lazy river.

  • Carmichaels Pool and Wana B Park

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    Carmichaels

    Pool and park fun with a 300,000-gallon pool, a diving board and diving pool, slides, ball fields and play areas.

  • Mon View Park and Pool

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    Greensboro

    A family friendly park with a 200,000-gallon pool, diving board and diving pool, as well as sports courts and a roller rink.

  • Crabapple Pool

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    Herminie

    A fun community pool with a 25m main pool, 2 diving boards and a small slide. Also offer a toddler and baby wading pool with sand toys.

  • Montage Mountain Waterpark

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    Scranton

    Montage Mountain Waterpark has something for the whole family to enjoy. The waterpark features a giant wavepool, a 1/4 mile long lazy river, and numerous rides and slides!

  • Reptiland

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    Allenwood

    Reptiland is a specialized zoo that introduces visitors to the less-loved members of the animal kingdom in a safe, entertaining format. Explore the world of mambas, cobras, vipers, pythons and other ...

  • Claws n Paws Animal Park

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    Lake Ariel

    Get CLOSE to the Animals at the "Zoo-in-the-Woods!" Upon entering the park you will receive a schedule sheet telling the times of all animal shows, Dino Digs, and giraffe and parrot feedings.

  • Philadelphia Zoo

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    Philadelphia

    By the looks of it, Philly Zoo appears to be one of the best Zoos in the US. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Philadelphia for kids

  • Living Treasures Animal Park

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    Donegal

    Living Treasures is a wonderful setting for a great family experience! The large petting zoo is the thrill of the day for young visitors, while the exotic animals fascinate young and old alike.

  • Lake Tobias Wildlife Park

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    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 ...

  • National Aviary

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    Pittsburgh

    Houses a diverse collection comprising more than 600 birds from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

  • Elmwood Park Zoo

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    Norristown

    The zoo is arranged into different habitats - Bayou, Farmland, Grasslands, South/Central America, Wetlands, Woodlands with over 150 animals in their natural settings

  • Pittsburgh Zoo

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    Pittsburgh

    The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to thousands of amazing animals representing more than four hundred species, including 22 threatened or endangered species. One of the many fun family places ...

  • Land of Little Horses

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    Gettysburg

    Get up close and personal with our famous namesake miniature horses and their farm animal friends. Races, Displays, and Special Events are sure to delight the kids and "kids at heart".

  • Linvilla Orchards

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    Media

    The ultimate farm fun for kids! They can take a hayride through the lush fields and orchards, or climb aboard the “The Playland Express” train. With farm animals, pony rides, fishing and lakes - ...

  • Animaland

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    Wellsbro

    Home to over 200 exotic, wild, and domestic animals in Pennsylvania! Enjoy 12 acres of exhibits such as exotic cats, monkeys, kangaroos, and many others.

  • Lehigh Valley Zoo

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    Schnecksville

    Part of an incredible 1,100 acre nature preserve, this zoo is home to over 275 animals from all around the world. They even have wagon rides and paddle boats!

  • Erie Zoo

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    Erie

    11 beautifully themed and landscaped gardens, plus nearly 400 animals representing 100 species with self guided or ranger led educational tours. Carousel and train ride also available.