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20 of the Best Things to Do in Pennsylvania

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Welcome to the Keystone State, Pennsylvania! This state has been an integral part of building the United States of America and has become the “keystone” in its growth. If you’re looking for peace and happiness, then Pennsylvania may be the place for you as they live by their motto: Virtue, Liberty, and Independence. Don’t know where to go? Let us guide you to the 20 best things to do in Pennsylvania:

1. Get the Sweetest Experience at Hersheypark

Who doesn’t love chocolates? Every enthusiast knows about Hershey’s, and in Pennsylvania, you can visit its Chocolate Factory and its amusement park, Hersheypark! You can ride rollercoasters, swim in the water park, and do other fun activities while at Hersheypark. At the factory, visit Hershey’s Chocolate World for you to see how their chocolates are made.

2. Visit the Sight and Sound Theater

This humble theater in Ronks, Pennsylvania, which is also known as the “Christian Broadway,” offers theater musicals that are inspired by Bible stories.

3. Stargaze at Cherry Springs State Park

Have a majestic night at the Cherry Springs State Park where they take pride in the main attraction, stargazing. Enjoy the colorful hues of blue and purple, with millions of stars that adorn the sky.

4. Appreciate Architecture and Nature at Falling Water

Falling Water
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Fallingwater is the brainchild of Frank Lloyd Wright, an organic architect who likes integrating buildings with nature. It was an old residence of the Kauffman family, a house with falls underneath now serves as a tourist spot for Pennsylvania tourists.

5. Spend the Day at Presque Isle State Park

While the park has a lot to offer, we suggest you take a dip at the beach or do sunbathe. You can also fly your kites while waiting for the gorgeous sunset to come near the shoreline.

6. Explore the Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market Pennsylvania
Source: Reading Terminal Market | Mario Oliveto

This market is open daily to cater to locals and visitors! In Reading Terminal Market, you can indulge in lots of delicious food, fresh produces, and baked goods. There are also lots of stores to buy from since they are also selling tons of stuff that you may like!

7. Try the Different Rides and Attractions at Knoebels Amusement Park

Did you know that you can enter this amusement park for free? Knoebels is America’s largest free-admission amusement park. If you just want to stroll around and take pictures, you’ll save a lot. But of course, to maximize your experience, you might want to buy tickets and try the different rides and attractions!

8. Eat Your Heart out at Pat’s King of Steak

Pat's King of Steak Philly Cheesesteak
Source: Pat’s King of Steak | George Moser

Have you ever heard of the Philly Cheesesteak? That delectable sandwich handcrafted with thinly-sliced beef and oozing with cheese? When in Philadelphia, don’t forget to drop by Pat’s King of Steak. Here, you can get an authentic Philly Cheesesteak, so good you’ll forget about where you are! Okay, maybe that’s a tad bit of exaggeration. But it really is delicious!

9. Embrace the Outdoors at Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park Pennsylvania
Source: Ricketts Glen State Park | Inn at Turkey Hill

For outdoor adventure, visit the Ricketts Glen State Park! Lots of activity awaits you here. You can go on hiking, have a picnic with the whole family, biking and even horseback riding.

10. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art

If you have a great love for the arts, come and visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Here you will find large collections of artworks with diversity from European collections created by artists such as Picasso, Monet, and Rembrandt to name a few.

11. Stroll Around the Phipps Conservatory

Located in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park is this beautiful conservatory filled with gardens blooming with different plants and flowers. Besides seeing a wide range from bonsai to orchids, you can have a chance to learn about sustainable planting since this place offers educational programs to visitors.

12. Check out Bicycle Heaven

This wonderful museum in Pittsburgh is heaven for biking enthusiasts! Bicycle Heaven will welcome you with over 4,000 collections of bicycles from different eras.

13. Join the Gettysburg Ghost Walk Tours

This kind of tour is not for the faint-hearted. But if you’re feeling brave and up for the adventure, then try the Gettysburg Ghost Walk Tours! This town has been a location for a battle that severed blood and was part of American history. In this type of tour, you may go to haunted houses or orphanages. Locations may vary.

14. Stay Cool and Relaxed at Omni Bedford Springs Resort

It may be one of the oldest resorts in the United States of America, but it still caters to topnotch service where you can do nothing but to relax and chill! Their pool uses spring water which has all the minerals that will help you rejuvenate and heal.

15. Visit Lake Tobias Wildlife Park With Your Family

This wildlife park is a zoo where your family can enjoy seeing different kinds of animals up close! They also have a petting zoo where you can guide your kids to pet and feed carefully the friendly animals there such as llamas, alpacas, goats, and camel.

16. Discover What the Hype is All About at Primanti Brothers

While traveling, you’ll probably be going to get hungry. There might be a lot of restaurants in this state, but you need to try this amazing restaurant in Pittsburgh called the Primanti Brothers. They offer a massive sandwich that is both mouth-watering and picture-worthy: a sandwich filled with meat, coleslaw, and fresh fries. Who’s down for that?

17. Discover the Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol was an icon for creatives. He is well-known as one of the initial motivators of Pop Art back in the days. Andy Warhol Museum stands 7-story high where visitors can see his collections and try some of Warhol’s techniques led by art educators.

18. Check out Roadside America

Want to see different landscapes in America in one place? Well, in Roadside America, you would see the 8,000 square foot miniature model made by Laurence Gieringer. It is an interactive panorama where you could learn about American history in a glimpse.

19. Explore Chanticleer

Chanticleer Pennsylvania
Source: Chanticleer | Visit Philadelphia/J. Fusco

Did you know that Chanticleer when translated to French means rooster? That is also the reason why there are roosters as design in this beautiful garden which is open only from April to October as is it is best to go here during spring, summer and fall.

20. Take a Photo of the Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence. The bell was once located in the Pennsylvania State House, but it is now in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park.

Now that you have come at the end of our list, which thing would you do first in Pennsylvania?

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