Family-Friendly Attractions in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania offers endless opportunity for family-friendly fun. Check out these 11 attractions that will keep the kids entertained on your PA vacation.

The Hershey Story, Hershey

Relive the history and legacy of Milton S. Hershey as his story comes to life through interactive activities and exhibits. Highlighting this American entrepreneur’s rags-to-riches story, the museum tells the tale of how he revolutionized the process of chocolate making. In The Chocolate Lab learn about chocolate through playful, hands-on experiences and demonstrations on tempering, molding, dipping and even making chocolate from scratch.

Sesame Place, Langhorne

Sesame Place® brings the award-winning, family-favorite “Sesame Street” and all your kids' favorite characters to life. Kids can play in water attractions such as Sky Splash, see live stage shows such as “Elmo the Musical,” and ride the Vapor Trail roller coaster, which is what a thrill ride in outer space might feel like. Cookie’s Monster Land™ features five exciting rides, a net climb and a soft play area for the littlest visitors.

Knoebels Amusement Park, Elysburg

Knoebels Amusement Park has been a family favorite in central Pennsylvania since 1926. The park's popular Haunted Mansion has been named in several publications as one of the best dark rides around. And don't miss the Grand Carousel or the Phoenix, a wooden roller coaster with fabulous air time. Knoebels admission is always free! And the fun doesn’t stop there; Knoebels has the best way to turn your visit into a family vacation with two campgrounds available and options for every type of camper.

Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

Often referred to as the “Children's Museum of Philadelphia,” the Please Touch Museum is the perfect venue for families with young children. Exhibits are interactive and encourage learning through play, so there's no worry that they'll get their hands on something they shouldn't during their visit. Now located in the historic Memorial Hall, families will love the living history lesson as they stroll back in time to the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Woodloch Pines Resort,  Hawley

The Woodloch Pines Resort is a family-oriented, year-round resort that lies in the Pocono Mountains and is regarded as one of America's "Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts." With more than 30 activities scheduled daily, ranging from popular game show spin-offs and family-friendly competitions to scavenger hunts and holiday-themed games, you’re in for some intense family fun. Couple this with a destination spa resort, one of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania and numerous dining and entertainment options, the whole family will be entertained day and night at Woodloch Pines

Crayola Experience: The Crayola Factory, Easton

Crayola Experience is the place "where the magic of Crayola crayons comes to life." The factory features four melting and molding activities, a waxy drip-art creation station, an indoor playground and a Doodle in the Dark activity. Kids can learn how crayons are made during a live show and visit the Crayola Store for unique items not found anywhere else.

Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster

Since 1963, Dutch Wonderland has been welcoming families to its playful park. The newly opened Exploration Island allows you to encounter 20 lifelike dinosaurs, unearth fossils, take a gondola cruise through a canal and more. Bring your suit to spend some time in Duke's Lagoon, Dutch Wonderland's tropical-island-themed water park. The park has many other rides and attractions for kids of all ages. 

Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest science-education centers in the country, with exhibits that will fascinate lovers of sciences, as well as those who haven't committed to loving it yet. Stargaze in the planetarium, test Newton’s Laws of Motion, deliver a weather forecast on TV and walk through a giant heart; there is no shortage of unique things to do and see at The Franklin Institute.

Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Science Center is one of four Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, and sure to be a favorite of kids. See an Omnimax movie on the biggest screen in Pittsburgh, explore the galaxy at the Buhl Planetarium, picture yourself in the Miniature Railroad & Village, come aboard the USS Requin Submarine, witness a laser show and science demonstrations and much more.

Whitaker Center for Science for Science and the Arts,  Harrisburg

Discover more science fun at the Whitaker Center, from  KidsPlace, a cityscape for children five and under to Forces of Nature, a peek into how weather and geology affect planet earth. There's also IMAX movies; the Carnival of Health, which makes healthy living and wellness into a fun adventure; and Simple Machines, detailing how every machine we use can be whittled down to gears, screw, axels, screws, pulleys, wheels and inclined planes.

Elk County Visitor Center, Benezette

The Elk Country Visitor Center is a premier elk-viewing location and home to the largest wild elk herd in the Northeast. Experience these majestic animals year-round and learn about other wildlife in the area. Families visiting the center can participate in interpretive exhibits and interactive 4-D theater presentations. Horse-drawn wagon rides are available and one of the best ways to experience Elk County. 

Visit the destinations mentioned in this article:

Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
Philadelphia & The Countryside
Susquehanna River Valley
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Lehigh Valley
Laurel Highlands
The Alleghenies