National Parks / Natural World in Pennsylvania with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Keystone State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Pennsylvania offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Pennsylvania itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Blue Falls Grove

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    Reading

    Blue Falls Grove is outdoor fun, with an olympic size swimming pool, a kiddie pool, waterslides, camping, and seasonal activities!

  • Shavers Creek Environmental Center

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    Petersburg

    Take time to explore our Discovery Rooms, tour the Raptor Center, walk the network of trails and boardwalk over the wetlands at the inflow of Lake Perez, and visit our gardens and bird feeder areas.

  • Worlds End State Park

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    Forksville

    Incredible nature in Pennsylvania, with amazing views, swimming dam, and fishing!

  • Ricketts Glen State Park

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    Benton

    Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens, with wild, free-flowing waterfalls in the ancient hillside. A classic family hike with a fairytale edge in Pennsylvania!

  • Mount Pisgah State Park

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    Troy

    A 1302 acre state park in Pennsylvania, with a 75 acre lake for fishing, skating and boating. Outdoor adventure for the whole family!

  • Presque Isle State Park

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    Erie

    Opportunities here for kayaking and fishing, biking, hiking, nature trails and twitching, plus winter activities include ice boating, ice and wind skating or cross country skiing.

  • Pymatuning State Park

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    Jamestown

    All manner of boating and fishing options on the lake, plus beaches for swimming in summer and a feast of activities for winter.

  • Raymond B Winter State Park

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    Mifflinburg

    Featuring a swimming beach, fishing and adventure play plus hiking and biking trails for the summer; ice fishing, snow mobiling and cross country skiing in the winter.

  • Wildwood Park

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    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 ...

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  • Experience Childrens Museum

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    Erie

    Come explore over 55 hands-on exhibits in a "please touch" environment that teaches children and adults the natural sciences, social studies, arts, and life experiences. A balance between education ...

  • Hands-on House Childrens Museum

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    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!

  • Erie Maritime Museum Flagship Niagara

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    Erie

    Offering a wide range of multi-media and interactive exhibits coupled with interpretive programs, vividly illustrating Niagara's history and the region's rich maritime heritage.

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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    Pittsburgh

    Dinosaurs are just the beginning at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where scientific discovery comes alive! Free hands-on and family activities available each weekend and weekdays during the ...

  • Children's Museum

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    Bloomsburg

    Loads of interactive hands-on exhibits which bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Over 50 interactive exhibits, presentations, live animals, and special ...

  • The Houdini Museum

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    Scranton

    The museum is devoted entirely to the world's greatest magician, Harry Houdini. Fabulous guided exhibit and fantastic fun magic show with live magician and animals.

  • Americana Museum of Bird-in-Hand

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    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 ...

  • Philadelphia Museum

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    Philadelphia

    Overlooking one of the nation's most culturally vibrant cities, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes nearly a million visitors each year, encouraging them to embark upon a walk through time that ...

  • Independence Seaport Museum

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    Philadelphia

    Take a seat for your choice of seafaring lesson and join us on an exciting voyage through our region's rich maritime history.

  • Please Touch Museum

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    Philadelphia

    Fun play experiences for those under 7 years in this interactive museum, with a number of exhibit zones, and a special toddler area too!

  • Explore & More Childrens Museum

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    Gettysburg

    Explore & More is a Hands-on Children's Museum dedicated to providing challenging, educational experiences targeted at the education and growth of young children.

  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

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    West Chester

    The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nations premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the ...

  • American Civil War Wax Museum

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    Gettysburg

    The American Civil War Museum brings history "back to life" Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, our museum is an educational and inspiring experience for families or tour groups of all ages. The ...

  • National Toy Train Museum

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    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 ...

  • National Museum of American Jewish History

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    Philadelphia

    Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History will join Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the ...

  • The Johnstown Childrens Museum

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    Johnstown

    A fun children's museum that allows kids to learn through play! With exhibits and activities on geography, history, creative arts, and storytelling.

  • Carnegie Science Center

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    Pittsburgh

    Science made fun in Pittsburgh with hands-on exhibits connecting science and tech to daily life. Great interactive fun for kids!

  • America On Wheels

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    Allentown

    23,000 sq ft of cars, racing vehicles, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles in a series of changing exhibits and events - great for motor loving kids!

  • Railroaders Memorial Museum

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    Altoona

    Kids can go back in time with exhibits and artifacts of railroad history, particularly that of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center

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    Erie

    Huge array of interactive exhibits which will appeal to literally every age group. Also features Discovery Center for more hands on learning, enormous Big Screen theatre, plus the 75ft tall TREC ...

  • Everhart Museum

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    Scranton

    Kids can learn about natural history, science and art in this fascinating and educational museum.

  • 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.

  • Toonseum

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    Pittsburgh

    A fun and unique small boutique museum filled with colorful and fascinating cartoon art and comics!

  • Heinz History Center

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    Pittsburgh

    The largest history museum in Pennsylvania, as well as a fascinating sports museum, the Heinz History Center introduces kids to 250 years of Pittsburgh history!

  • State Museum of Pennsylvania

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    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 ...

  • National Civil War Museum

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    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.