The Best Things To Do In Pennsylvania With Kids
Pennsylvania is an awesome place for a family vacation! Check out our list of the Best Things to Do in Pennsylvania With Kids!
Pennsylvania is such a fun state to visit for a family vacation. Regardless of whether you are on a day trip, a weekend trip, or you want to spend more time in the Keystone State, Pennsylvania has an endless supply of fun family adventures.
This guide is made for families and in it you will find tons of great ideas for the best things to do in Pennsylvania with kids!
Best Things to Do in Philadelphia With Kids
Philadelphia is rich in U.S. History. The Declaration of Independence was signed at Independence Hall in 1776! And of course Rocky made the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But really there is so much your kids will love about this City of Brotherly Love! Check out our best ideas here!
This Children’s Museum is one of the best in the nation and is perfect for kids ages 7 and below– although I suspect older kids would totally dig this massive museum too!
Go on a big dig in Dinosaur Hall, hang out with the butterflies, and more in this fun and hands on Natural History Museum!
The Philadelphia Zoo has the distinction of being the first official zoo in the United States. This zoo is massive and your kids will love seeing all the animals.. our favorites are the primates and the big cats though!
If your kids are too young for U.S History, don’t wait to visit! There are so many fun options for younger kids too!
This unique garden is totally worth a stop. The art is quirky and yes… totally Instagrammable!
With over 1000 acres of gardens and woodlands, Longwood Gardens consistently tops the list of best garden in the U.S. This garden is located on the outskirts of Philadelphia and totally worth a visit!
Technically located across the bridge in Camden, NJ, The Adventure Aquarium is a ‘not-to-miss’ attraction if you travel to Philadelphia. There are so many touch pools and interactive experiences. Our favorites include the hippos, Shark walk, and the massive manta ray tanks!
One of the best science centers in the United States. The Franklin Institute has many exhibits that would appeal to younger and older kids. Don’t miss the human heart exhibit.. your kids can actually walk through a heart!
No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without a trip to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Indepenence was signed!
Best Things to do In Pittsburgh With Kids
Pittsburgh is one of the best places we have ever visited with our daughter. The city is gorgeous and there are so many fun attractions and museums. You could spend a week here and still not be bored!
If you visit Pittsburgh with your kids and you only had enough time to do one thing, this would absolutely be it. This museum is all about hands-on, experiential learning, so don’t rush your kids as they explore everything there is to do here.
The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium are co-located so you get to see both for one admission price. One of the things I really loved about this zoo was the fact that you could get very close to some of the more exotic animals (like the leopards).
This place rocks. You could easily spend an entire day here too! We LOVED hanging out in the Robotics exhibit. There are tons of interactive exhibits, including a 3-story international space station replica, a fantastic area for younger kids, and a huge miniature train display of Pittsburgh. You HAVE to make time to visit SportsWorks. This is an entire building dedicated to interactive exhibits about sports and how the body works.
The National Aviary is home to over 500 birds and there are so many cool interactive shows. Even though you have to pay extra, you will absolutely want to get tickets to see the SOAR! Free-Flight Bird Show.
Best Things to Do in Hershey With kids
Hersheypark is probably one of the best amusement parks in the nation… especially for families. And that’s even without all the chocolate! Find out why this place totally rocks! It’s definitely not just about the amusement park!
And come back to Hersheypark for their seasonal events like Christmas Candylane. This event is totally worth an extra visit!
Best Things to Do in Lehigh Valley with kids
You might not know much about Lehigh Valley but honestly, this part of Pennsylvania has so much to offer families… especially families with younger kids!
The Crayola Experience is one of the best places you can visit to unleash your creativity! There are three floors full of interactive and very creative exhibits!
Dorney Park is a super fun amusement park and water park you cannot miss if you are visiting the Lehigh Valley area!
Best Things to do in lancaster county with kids
Yes, Lancaster County is home to one of the largest Amish communities in the U.S. There are so many family friendly experiences and attractions in Lancaster County to check out too!
Dutch Wonderland is our favorite amusement park for kids ages 5 and under. It is the perfect first amusement park for younger kids. Most of the rides are geared towards toddlers and preschoolers and the entire park is delightful!
This amazing adventure farm runs programs throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall but it really shines with the fall festival!
More fun ideas for Lancaster County:
- Sight and Sound Theatre— A massive theatre that puts on truly inspring musical products based on Biblical stories.
- Strasburg Railroad— Hop aboard one of the best train experiences in the nation. The Santa Claus trains are super fun!
- Turkey Hill Experience— Make your own ice cream flavor and then eat it! Find out how ice cream and their famous tea is made!