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We'll be taking a family camping trip across the southern part of Pennsylvania. We're camping and spending a couple weeks, so plenty of time to do things.

We'll be stopping in:

Pittsburgh
Harrisburg
Lancaster
Philadelphia

Any suggestions for family fun (4 and 7 year olds)? Trip will be during the summer.

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Hershey Park
Dorney Park

Philadelphia Zoo
Liberty Bell
Crayola Factory
Sesame Place

Strasburg Railroad
Dutch Wonderland

Gettysburg

Shanksville (crash site of Flight 93 on 9/11)

My 11 year old and her best friend thought Falling Water was the highlight of their trip that included both DC and NYC.

Edit - didn't see the kids ages.

Philly:
Franklin Institue is a must with the kids
Sesame Place is nice too

Harrisburg/Lancaster:
Hershey Chocolate World (even if you don't do the Park, do Chocolate World... it's FREE and the kids love it!)

emmd2001 said:   
Hershey Chocolate World (even if you don't do the Park, do Chocolate World... it's FREE and the kids love it!)


And you get a free chocolate when you finish!

PS I also vote for the Crayola factory. The kids are the perfect ages for it

I used to live in Lancaster so here's some ideas:

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a must especially for your kids age group.

Also this may or may not be up your alley but check out Sight & Sound Theatres which should have Noah the musical playing at that time.

Check out a minor league baseball game. Either the Harrisburg Senators or the Lancaster Barnstormers are right there and it's fun for everyone.

Out2Sea said:   I used to live in Lancaster so here's some ideas:

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a must especially for your kids age group.

Also this may or may not be up your alley but check out Sight & Sound Theatres which should have Noah the musical playing at that time.

Check out a minor league baseball game. Either the Harrisburg Senators or the Lancaster Barnstormers are right there and it's fun for everyone.


Great suggestions, thank you! Any ideas on how to get discounted tickets to Sight and Sound? $50/ticket is too rich for us..

Bizatch said:   Great suggestions, thank you! Any ideas on how to get discounted tickets to Sight and Sound? $50/ticket is too rich for us..

If you call them directly they'll sometimes just tell you on the phone where to get a discount (either through a group, church, or coupon).

Also- I know employees can get same day tix for free but you'd have to hunt one down.

In Pittsburgh there is the Carnegie Science Museum. Nearby there is a very nice area you can walk.

pitflyer said:   In Pittsburgh there is the Carnegie Science Museum. Nearby there is a very nice area you can walk.

If you're not "city folk" you can check out the water steps (free) near the science museum. My country kids loved splashing around there. Head over to station square for the water fountain show (free). Take a ride on the incline to.


Knoebels looks PERFECT! Thank you!

We join our local science museum (for $75) just so we can get into all the other science museums for free. We're definitely hitting the Carnegie Science museum. We can also do the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh free as well.

Anyone interested in the science museum reciprocal program, check out ASTC Passport Program

Please touch museum for the kids in Philly.

Bizatch said:   Knoebels looks PERFECT! Thank you!

We join our local science museum (for $75) just so we can get into all the other science museums for free. We're definitely hitting the Carnegie Science museum. We can also do the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh free as well.

Anyone interested in the science museum reciprocal program, check out ASTC Passport Program


just moved out of the area this fall, but Knoebel's is great with children... very inexpensive since free admission, parking, etc... can buy individual ride tickets or a bracelet for the day. Food is good and reasonably priced (has been on Food Network!) or you can bring your own

Idlewild park in Ligonier

Idlewild Park

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Idlewild and Soak Zone, commonly known as Idlewild Park or simply Idlewild, is a family amusement park situated in the Laurel Highlands near Ligonier, Pennsylvania, United States, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Pittsburgh, along US Route 30. Founded in 1878 as a campground along the Ligonier Valley Railroad by Thomas Mellon, Idlewild is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and the third oldest operating amusement park in the United States behind Lake Compounce and Cedar Point.[1] The park has won several awards, including from industry publication Amusement Today as the best children's park in the world.

vwvr7vw said:   Idlewild park in Ligonier

Idlewild Park

Wikipedia Link

Idlewild and Soak Zone, commonly known as Idlewild Park or simply Idlewild, is a family amusement park situated in the Laurel Highlands near Ligonier, Pennsylvania, United States, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Pittsburgh, along US Route 30. Founded in 1878 as a campground along the Ligonier Valley Railroad by Thomas Mellon, Idlewild is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and the third oldest operating amusement park in the United States behind Lake Compounce and Cedar Point.[1] The park has won several awards, including from industry publication Amusement Today as the best children's park in the world.


16 miles from the campground we're staying at... Thank You!



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