Five Family-friendly Towns In Pennsylvania to Visit This Summer

This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Image By Christopher "Rice" from Pittsburgh, PA, United States of America (DSC_0187) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and take the kids somewhere you haven’t been to, Pennsylvania has a lot to offer. From amusement parks to great walks and outdoor centers and museums, you can have a lot of fun if you visit the state. Below you will find a few towns that are known to be family friendly and great for summer vacations. 


To find everything in one place, you might want to book a vacation in Pittsburgh. You can spend a day exploring the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and then head to town to try some of the local dishes or explore the amusement parks and kids’ museums. Your kids will love the local specialty, the Poutine, which is basically fries with gravy. You can find so much to do that a couple of weeks will not be enough and you might want to come back later.


You will love Dutch Wonderland and other amusement parks in Lancaster. There is a science museum and loads of parks where you can have a walk. The town boasts with family offers and tours, and you are guaranteed to never get bored. There are plenty of day trip opportunities, such as the Strasburg Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. If you arrive with younger boys, they are going to enjoy every moment of the trip. 

Lehigh Valley 

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In case your kids love art and crafts, you must visit Lehigh Valley. Home to the Crayola Experience, they can find out more about how crayons are made, and pick up some new art supplies for home. Other attractions include the National Canal Museum and the Da Vinci Science Center. Of course, there’s plenty to do for adrenaline-hungry kids, too, at the Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.


To get the shops, world-famous attractions, and the convenience of public transport, you might want to visit Philadelphia, too. While it is larger in size, you can choose a great child-friendly accommodation in the suburbs. You can find indoor and outdoor playgrounds, science museums, such as the Franklin Institute, and even the first zoo of America. If you are looking for a place to exercise and get fit, visit the Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse with football fields. 


One of the underrated travel spots of America, Hershey is a great place to have a chocolate-themed vacation. Visit the Hershey Story Museum to find out as much as possible about the history of chocolate and how the best treats are made. There are also great chocolate tours to go on, and some of them are free. Kids can create their own candy or taste various chocolate while staying in Hershey. 

If you would like to visit some of the hidden gems of America, head to Pennsylvania, where you can find great family-friendly attractions and activities. Avoid the crowd and discover some of the best amusement parks, water centers, and zoos in the region on your relaxing vacation. 

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