Things to do in Pennsylvania
From characteristic must-see attractions to local hot spots, you won’t be left wondering what to do in Pennsylvania. There’s plenty to do whether you’re there for a romantic weekend getaway or a family trip. Sports fans will especially appreciate the state. There are plenty of passionate fans of hometown favorites like the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball), the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers (football), and the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey). Seeing one of their games or matches is one of the more popular things to do in Pennsylvania.
Hershey Park is a great choice for families. The theme park offers more than 50 rides and attractions for kids of all ages, even the Hersey’s miniatures. Whether it’s the Comet Coaster, Old Tyme Photo Shop or boardwalk, there’s something everyone will enjoy. Aaron and Jessica’s Amish Buggy Rides is a local favorite in Lancaster. The tour takes you through covered bridges of the Dutch-German countryside and a visit through working, non-commercial farms.
For three days in July, watch ragged “soldiers” fight the bloody Battle of Gettysburg— celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012—with cannons and bayonets. On your way out, grab a commemorative coffee mug or baseball cap at the Civil War store.
The Mystery: Deep in the woods in this 128-acre park is a large field of mysterious boulders that, when struck, sound like bells, as if they are hollow and made of metal. Each summer, hundreds of visitors flock here, hammers in hand, to perform their own "rock concerts."
Don’t miss an otherworldly underground motorboat tour beneath the stalactites in this limestone cave; or opt for the 90-minute guided excursion of the surrounding 1,500 acres to spot bison, mustangs, and even cougar.
Where the Allegheny and Monongahela meet to form the Ohio River, 22 miles of riverside paths wind throughout the city limits—and are best explored by bike.
Since 2004, this Northern Liberties-area art gallery has showcased contemporary artists who incorporate unusual materials — from found objects to 3-D installations — into their works. The bi-level space houses several exhibitions at any given time.
Recently restored by its new owners, Chick’s maintains the original pressed-tin ceiling and cherry bar, and features great classic-inspired cocktails.
Insider Clout: Berghaier, a wildlife specialist before becoming a travel consultant, has been following the Great Migration for more than three decades. He'll examine your travel dates and budget to book you the best possible camp for seeing it.
Chaddsford Winery, which produces 30,000 cases a year of tannin-rich reds and whites, is co-owned by a husband-and-wife team, who turned a 17th-century barn into a small premium operation in 1982.
The enshrinement of the mother of all Civil War sites also encompasses a restored Civil War–era house, where Honest Abe stayed. Its $103 million Visitors Center opened in 2008.
Rent a mountain, recumbent, tandem, or surrey.
A cross-city sister to the Old City Continental martini bar, restauranteur Stephen Starr launched this Rittenhouse Square restaurant/lounge in 2004.
Insider clout: In Limpopo, Harrison arranges access to the 19th hole at Legend Golf & Safari Resort—the longest, as well as the highest, par three on the planet. The tee, standing a full 1,300 feet above the green at Hanglip Mountain, must be reached by helicopter.