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Things to do in Erie, PA 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!

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 and entertainment is programmed to develop a sense ....

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.

Erie Zoo offers 11 beautifully themed gardens, plus nearly 400 animals with self guided or ranger led tours. Carousel and train ride also available!

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.

Huge array of interactive exhibits at this Pennsylvania environmental center with hands on learning, Big Screen theatre & more!

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

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!

Skiing and snowboarding with lessons available, best suited to intermediate level and improvers with only 1 green run but 7 blues. Lift serviced snow tubing hill plus terrain training park.

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

Boating & fishing on the lake within Pymatuning State Park, plus beaches for swimming in summer & activities for winter!

Active kids can swing through the trees at Pennsylvania's FIRST treetop adventure course, with bridges, swings, zip lines and more!

Indoor and outdoor attractions for all ages with go-karts, bumper cars and boats, water wars, mini golf and more!

Camping adventure in Potter County, with activities ranging from hayrides, archery, paintball and ice-cream making! Serving all camping preferences.

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

The National Aviary houses a diverse collection of over 600 birds from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

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!

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

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

Saturday morning concerts with the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra that will introduce your kids to the beautiful sounds of classical music!

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 summer - amazing!

Family fun and Sherlock style adventure with these Pittsburgh escape rooms, where families solve puzzles and find clues in 60 minutes to escape!

Around 500 seasonal activity programs ranged for all ages and abilities, including kayaking, fly fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and geocaching trips. Plenty suitable for small folk, including scavenger hunts, tyke hikes and beginner paddl....

Visit Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for all kinds of family entertainment Every Sat April - October! Affordable Family Fun Great food Stock Cars Monster Trucks Sprint Cars FREE PARKING

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

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

Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 9 green runs, plus tubing and 2 terrain training parks.

Outdoor theatre facilities with a separate dedicated children's stage, offering a varying selection of classic and contempory adult, family and children's performances.

An awesome fully computerized hi-tech and hi-energy Birthday Party Center that specialize in dance and game birthday parties for kids!

Two multi level adventure climbing structures with toddler zone, laser tag, mini golf, arcade and land train.

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.

Enjoy a farm themed adventure playground with slides, rope maze, and farm animals to feed, plus playhouse, climbing tractor and bouncy animals in the play barn.

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

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

A modern museum and a fully reconstructed/restored fortification within the current property limits. Lots of family events throughout the year.

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

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.

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

Castle Halloween Museum— where it is Halloween every day of the year! Halloween eye candy and social history for the entire family as you tour 250 years of memorabilia

Lakemont Park has over 30 rides & attractions, as well as go-karts, golf course water park, & the WORLD's oldest roller coaster!

Experience Pennsylvania's most scenic excursion railroad, spot wildlife from the open car and enjoy dinner tours on diesel electric locomotives!

Kiddies Rides, batting cages, bumper boats, go carts, mini golf - 50 acres of fun in Pennsylvania for the kids!

Kids can spend the day with a great range of Pay and Play options under one roof, from Bumper Cars and indoor play to laser tag, bounce house and an arcade!

The Windber Coal Heritage Center describes not only the life of the miner below ground but also above ground. Learn how the miners worked 12 hours underground and pick up mining equipment

Over 3,000 animals in this stunning Pennsylvania animal park, representing 50 different species. Kids can enjoy unique animal interactions, including holding and feeding them!

Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3 years, offering 9 green runs and 14 blue, plus lift serviced tubing hill and three terrain training parks for varying abilities.

Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from age 4 years; 5 green runs and 9 blue available. Snow tubing, Nastar Racing and other activities also available.

Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from around 6 years, with 3 green runs and 4 blue, plus terrain training park and weekend tubing.

Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, beginner friendly with solid green and blue runs. Lift serviced snow tubing and an exciting 7 terrain parks also offered.

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.

Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 3 years, offering 30% green runs, plus tubing, terrain park and a fantastic range of summer activities.

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

A fun packed high end campsite where you can enjoy the rides, go swimming, or even hang out with Yogi and his friends!

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

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

A fascinating and historical experience in Pennsylvania with Fort Necessity National Battlefield, with tours, demonstrations and history to be learnt!

83 acres of wooded privacy and pristine beauty in Pennsylvania, with this family campground nestled in nature at it's finest!

Raymond B Winter State Park is 695 acres of Pennsylvania adventure, with swimming, fishing, adventure play plus hiking trails. Winter activities too!

Treasure Castle is an Indoor Children's Playground with many activities for children ages 1-12! Fun themed parties too!

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

It's all about the reptiles at this specialized zoo, with pythons, cobras, mambas, and lots of gentle giants!

Mini-Bowling, Arcade, Food, Indoor Playground, Miniature Golf: they've got something here for everyone at this Pennsylvania center of FUN for families!

A family friendly camping experience on the beautiful Juniata River Valley in Central Pennsylvania. Some sites with direct river access! Great activities for kids, including carnivals!

Lewisburg Children's Museum is a fun 9000 sq ft museum JUST for kids with 15 exhibits and 9 rooms for kids under 12 years

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

Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, offering 7 green runs, plus 2 lift serviced tubing hills and 3 terrain parks.

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