Whether you live in Pennsylvania and want to plan a family getaway weekend or are looking to visit Pennsylvania, there are tons of great and fun attractions to enjoy. And with so many kid-friendly attractions to visit in Pennsylvania like amusement parks, waterparks, museums, train rides, you won’t have a hard time finding the perfect place for that family vacation.
Here are the top 18 kid-friendly attractions to visit in Pennsylvania!
1. Hershey Park/Hershey’s Chocolate World
Originally created by Milton S. Hershey for the employees of the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory, Hershey Park today now consists of an amusement park, waterpark, ZooAmerica, the North American wildlife park, and Hershey’s chocolate world. With the purchase of one ticket, your Hershey’s admission includes the rides and coasters, the entire waterpark, and ZooAmerica.
Hershey Park is filled with over 70 thrilling rides and attractions from 15 coasters like Comet, Fahrenheit and Great Bear to more than 20 kiddie rides like the Frog Hopper, the Mini Scrambler and the Dizzy Drums. You will find something for everyone.
Let’s not forget about Hershey’s Chocolate World. At Hershey’s Chocolate World you can experience the great world of Hershey chocolate with a one-of-a-kind create your own candy bar attraction and check out their world famous milkshakes and bakery. Don’t miss out on this if you are visiting Hershey, PA.
Tip #1 – Hershey Chocolate Town, home to their biggest coaster, candymonium, will be opening this summer.
2. Dorney Park/ Wildwater Kingdom
Dorney Park is an amusement park that offers rides and attractions for all ages from amazing thrills of Hydra and Talon to small thrills of Planet Snoopy.
And Wildwater Kingdom offers waterpark fun that is included with your Dorney admission. They have a vast variety of slides, pool fun and tube rides from the Snake Pit – Python Plummet to Aquablast to Runaway River and Seaside Splashworks. You will find something for everyone, even those little ones.
Tip #2 – They’re now offering a Family Bundle package for $45. This will include one single day ticket, parking and a single meal deal.
3. Sesame Place
Middletown Township, PA
Do your kids love Big Bird or Cookie Monster on Sesame Street? Then they will love Sesame Place, which is a children’s amusement park and waterpark on the outskirts of Philadelphia. You will be packed with a fun-filled day of family-friendly rides and waterpark attractions, live Sesame Street shows and parades. With Elmo’s World and Cookie Monsters Land, you will find rides for kids of all ages.
You can even dine with Elmo and friends, add on special packages such as magic queue where you can skip the regular lines and photo key options.
Tips #3 – There are hotel and vacation packages where you can book one with the sesame place hotel or a partner hotel.
Please Note: Sesame Place is the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center.
4. Legoland Discovery Center
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Legoland Discovery Center near Philadelphia is the ultimate indoor Lego playground and is one of the great kid-friendly attractions to visit in Pennsylvania. At Legoland Discovery Center you’ll see the amazing wonders of Legos through mini-land where you’ll see an awesome miniature Lego replica of the most popular landmarks in Philadelphia. Jump into the adventures of The Lego Movie in 4D cinema. Enjoy a train ride through amazing animations that come to life through an interactive Lego world. And don’t forget to meet up with your favorite Lego characters to snap that picture you’ve been waiting for.
Tip #4 – The meet your favorite Lego characters is currently, temporarily suspended and unavailable.
5. Knoebels Amusement Resort
Knoebels Amusement Resort is an amusement park that offers a unique brand. It is actually completely free to enter the park, which is not very common among amusement parks. At Knoebels, you pay per ride with ticket books or you purchase a ‘ride all day pass’. Utilizing the second option gives you and your kids an opportunity to enjoy unlimited rides.
The second option is great for older kids who keeps jumping on and off the roller coasters. But for the little ones who hop on a few rides and then decide they’re done for the day, paying per ride instead of 1 high price to enter the park, would be perfect for them. Not to mention those grandparents that are tagging along but don’t plan on riding any rides. Why would they want to pay to enter the park and not ride any of the attractions.
This is definitely a good first amusement park to take your little ones. It was the first amusement park (other than a waterpark) that we took our son when he was just 2. It was a great first amusement park for him considering that pay per ride option. And we can’t wait to go back!
Tip #5 – Are you a camper? Knoebels also has a great campground where you can camp out for the weekend and visit the amusement park during the day.
6. Great Wolf Lodge
Moving from the amusement parks to the waterparks. Another on this list of kid-friendly attractions to visit in Pennsylvania is Great Wolf Lodge. There are a few Great Wolf Lodge locations across the country. But the one in Pennsylvania is located in the Pocono Mountains and is the one my family and I have visited.
You can stay in one of their gorgeous suites for a weekend getaway. It’s the perfect little getaway spot especially in the winter because you’ll get the experience and imagination of summer while being indoors in the winter.
7. Camelback Resort
With Camelback Resort you get the best of both worlds—skiing and tubing in the winter and Camelbeach, the outdoor waterpark, in the Summer. But not only do they have the skiing and tubing in the winter, but you can also take a break from the cold and skip on over to their Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark and let your imagination run wild believing it’s summer and the warmth is shining down on you.
You can stay at the resort for a long weekend to experience both the skiing and tubing and the indoor waterpark. And the best part is none of those tickets cost extra. Both tickets, the tickets for the ski mountain and the tickets for the waterpark are included with your stay.
But that’s not all, Camelback Resort also has some other great attractions such as ziplining, a mountain coaster and treetops adventure. So much going on for everyone!
8. Kalahari Resorts
Pocono Manor, PA
Bring on another waterpark. Kalahari Resorts is our favorite in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. Kalahari now has both an indoor and outdoor waterpark. So in the summer you can go back and forth between the 2 because they’re connected. But our favorite time of year to go is in the winter to escape the bitter cold for a few days, so we’ve only seen and experienced the indoor waterpark at Kalahari.
Waterpark admission is included with your stay, so you can splash around in this waterpark on rides like Anaconda, Kenya Corkscrew, Coral Cove for the youngsters, Sarah Sidewinders, and Lazy River.
Not to be missed!
9. Crayola Experience
You can discover the magic of color with your kids at Crayola Experience. This is a great place for your kids to discover the creative nature. The Crayola Experience is a Crayola factory of 65,000 square feet of attractions. With 25 attractions, your kids will have some colorful family fun!
Visit the activity studio where your kids imagination can run wild with cut, color, and paste projects. Your kids can work off their energy at the colorful playground bouncing around and squeezing through some vibrant Crayola crayon obstacles such as a melted wax tower and a paint bridge. To take advantage of your kids creative and artistic abilities, they can participate in melted wax spin art, melt and mold old crayons, use Crayola’s model magic to sculpt some creative masterpieces, or paint with watercolors. And don’t miss out on the Crayola Crayon Factory show where you can see how crayons are made with a Crayonologist during a live theater show.
10. Montage Mountain Resorts
Montage Mountain Resorts is known mostly for it’s ski resort as well as concerts. This is a great resort to explore your skiing abilities in the winter, but the winter isn’t the only time to visit here.
You can visit here in the summer indulging in their waterpark. It is a smaller, more intimate waterpark than the ones listed above. You can enjoy the slides, swim in the pools, or float along for a relaxing leisurely summer day.
Montage Mountain is also strongly known for their concerts with well-known and famous bands and singers as well as their festivals. They put on a great spring and fall wine festival, a peach festival and yoga festival.
11. Philadelphia Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo being the first true zoo in the United States back in 1859 is home to a huge variety of animals like the sloth bear, African lions, Amur tigers and lions, birds of prey, Caribbean flamingo, cheetah, common squirrel monkey, giant otter, frogs and toads, giraffes, hippopotamus, lizards and snakes, zebras, red kangaroos, and so many more animals, many of which I have never even heard of before.
Not only do you get to visit some of your favorite animals and learn about animals that you’ve never heard of, but you can go behind-the-scenes to meet some of your favorite animals. What can be better than that?
But that’s not all, other than visiting these amazing animals, there are also other attractions to see and do such as their WildWorks rope course. You can go 34 feet up in the air going across bridges, through obstacles, balance on ropes, and then head down the zipline back to the bottom.
And what kid does not love the zoo. So definitely mark the Philadelphia zoo as one of your kid-friendly attractions to visit in Pennsylvania.
12. Strasburg Railroad
If you or your kids like trains, then you should definitely visit the Strasburg Rail Road. It has all kinds of event rides going on all throughout the year.
A few years ago, for my husband’s birthday we went on a murder mystery dinner train ride through the Strasburg Railroad. It was a short ride but a lot of fun.
There is so much more with so many different events for kids like the Easter Bunny Train, Pumpkins in Paradise, Christmas Trains, The Long John Limited, which is a ride in their Open Air Car, and a Day Out With Thomas, as in Thomas the Train. This last one is one I would like to check out with my son.
13. Cartoon Network Hotel
With character themed guest rooms, this is the world’s very first Cartoon Network Hotel. Here you will be completely immersed into a cartoon from the lobby to the rooms to the food. Basically this is a kid’s dream come true.
Walking in, you will be blasted with the colorful, bubbly, animated world as if you’ve just walked into a cartoon including an animated backyard where you can jump into the adventure time-themed pool area to cool off or the Power Puff’s “Splashiville” splash pad.
14. Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum is a children’s museum. It’s mostly aimed towards children seven years old and younger, where children can learn through interactive exhibits. They can explore the traveling exhibit on love and forgiveness, which gives children a way to explore their feelings through hands-on activities.
Or visit one of the permanent exhibits like the imagination playground, a touch garden, river adventures, and roadside attractions, plus many more to enjoy. All of these gives your children a way to pursue their curiosity and imagination through their sense of touch and hands-on activities in these wonderful engaging exhibits.
Tip #6 – This children’s museum will be opening to members on April 8th and to the public on April 22nd.
15. Dutch Wonderland
Dutch Wonderland, also known as “kingdom for kids” as the park theme, has over 35 attractions and is the perfect amusement park for families with small children. This amusement park offers family-friendly rides and attractions like Merlin’s Mayhem, a high flying coaster (and you’ll love Merlin & Mayhem’s story), Duke’s Lagoon, where you can enjoy some great water rides to cool down from the summer sun, and join the prehistoric paradise of Dinosaur adventures at Exploration Island.
You will have endless amounts of family fun here at Dutch Wonderland!
16. Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center offers a variety of interactive exhibits for children of all ages and adults as well. Some exhibits to explore are bodyworks, which explains the blood, bones, and brain, ropes challenge, which challenges your sense of balance, H2Oh!, learning all about rivers, SpacePlace, exploring what it would be like to be an Astronaut, and so many more exhibits to explore and learn.
My son loves space, so I can see him thoroughly enjoying SpacePlace with utter excitement. He’s still probably be a little too young right now, but when he is a little older, I can see him gravitating towards this exhibit.
But what would be great for my son and any other little ones, is the Little Learner Clubhouse. This gives them a way to explore nature by free-play and hands-on-activities. Definitely don’t miss out on this one if you have a little one.
17. The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute is a science museum where you can take a deep dive into the understanding of science and technology with some outstanding exhibits. There is so much to learn here. Learn about planets and space in the planetarium and discover the wonders of outer space. Learn about electricity in the exhibit expired by Benjamin Franklin, what’s happening inside machines, physics and Newton’s laws of motion, and aeronautics and power of flight.
And make sure you visit the newest creativity exhibit, Crayola Idea Works, which is now open. This can help your children develop their creative skills through the spectrum of Crayola products.
18. Roba Family Farm
North Abington Township, PA
Roba Family Farms is a seasonal farm mostly open in the fall through October/Halloween. It is widely known has a pumpkin patch, but has an array of fun and family-friendly activities and events.
Roba Family Farms has an array of events throughout the fall season such as pig races, dog races, an animal farm where you can pet and feed farm animals, wagon rides, corn mazes, kiddie kattle train ride, kid’s play areas, and a pumpkin patch where you can pick out a pumpkin. You can even rent a campfire pit, sit and relax in front of a campfire and roast marshmallows.
And you cannot leave without first having one (or two) of their famous apple cider donuts. So good!
When you think of a family vacation, Pennsylvania isn’t normally the first place you might think to visit except for maybe Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, but even then it might not be your first pick. But growing up in Pennsylvania, I have to come to realize there are some great places to visit as well as some kid-friendly attractions to visit in Pennsylvania.
What’s great about some of these attractions are a few might be in the same city to where you might be able to knock off a few during one vacation, such as Philadelphia or Lancaster. And there aren’t any attraction on this list that any kid would not enjoy!
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