Summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, you can visit some of the most beautiful and most poignant places in Pennsylvania while spending very little out of pocket. Start planning the rest of your summer by including these 11 inexpensive destinations in Pennsylvania on your itinerary.
1. Pine Creek Gorge – Watson Township, PA 17740
Experience the spectacular beauty of Pine Creek Gorge, aptly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, with a trip to either Colton Point State Park or Leonard Harrison State Park. Both parks offer jaw dropping views of the nearly 160,000 acre gorge that goes down 1,450 feet at its deepest point. Hiking, biking, and picnicking are also popular activities at the state parks. Admission to both parks is
2. Gettysburg National Military Park – 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Spend an insightful day exploring Gettysburg National Military Park. Go horseback riding, stop by the Visitor Center, or hike through the park. Entrance to the park and the Visitors Center is
free. However, admission to the museum costs $9 for visitors 13 and older and $7 for children between six and 12.
3. Bushkill Falls – 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA 18324
Drink in the tranquil beauty of the waterfalls that dot the 300 acre Bushkill Falls. The private park features eight waterfalls, picturesque walkways, paddle boats, miniature golf, and a gemstone mine. General admission to Bushkill Falls, which pays for the cost of the park's upkeep, is $14.50 for visitors between 11 and 61; $13,50 for visitors 62 and over; and $8.50 for children between four and 10.
4. Lake Tobias Wildlife Park – 760 Tobias Road, Halifax, PA 17032
Embark on an old-fashioned safari or stop by the petting zoo at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. Numerous animals - African lions, peacocks, red kangaroos, and capybaras - call the wildlife park home. Enjoy a refreshing snack at one of the four concession stands in the park. Admission to Lake Tobias Wildlife Park is $7 for children three and older while the cost of the safari ride stands at $6 for those three and older.
5. Knoebels Amusement Park – 391 Knoebels Boulevard, Elysburg, PA 17824
Spend a thrilling day at Knoebels, one of Pennsylvania's most popular amusement parks. Climb aboard such thrill rides as the Flyer, the Fandango, or the Giant Flume or one of the family rides, including the bumper cars, the antique cars, and the Grand Carousel. Admission to the park is
free. Visitors can pay for individual tickets or an all-day ride pass, which varies in price depending on the time of the day.
6. Little League World Series – 570 E Central Avenue, South Williamsport, PA 17702
Watch one of the biggest sporting events of the summer when the Little League World Series arrives in Williamsport. The 2017 tournament, set to be played at Howard J. Lamade Stadium and at Volunteer Stadium, runs from August 17-27, 2017. Tickets to the Little League World Series are
7. Ricketts Glen State Park – 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814
Discover stunning beauty at Ricketts Glen State Park, home to 22 jaw dropping waterfalls. The sprawling 13,050 acre state park also features hiking trails, a sandy beach, horseback riding, boating, fishing, and camping. Admission to Pennsylvania's state parks are
free. However, you may have to pay camping, swimming, or other fees at the park.
8. Presque Isle State Park – Peninsula Drive & Fisher Drive, Erie, PA 16505
Spend a leisurely day lounging on one of nearly a dozen beaches at Presque Isle State Park. On the edge of Lake Erie, the breathtaking state park offers plenty to do, including swimming, biking, hiking, boating, picnicking, and hunting. Certified scuba divers are also permitted to scuba dive provided they register at the park's main office. (Scuba divers must be certified and remain in marked areas.) Admission to Presque Isle State Park is
9. Kinzua Bridge State Park – 296 Viaduct Road, Mt Jewett, PA 16740
Walk along the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk, a former railroad bridge that was partially destroyed by a tornado, where you'll be treated to jaw dropping views. Stand atop the glass floor at the end of the 600 foot skywalk where you can look directly down 301 feet to the floor below. The park itself offerings hiking and picnicking. Admission to the park is
10. Indian Echo Caverns – 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036
Head underground to stay cool and explore Indian Echo Caverns this summer. Join the 45 minute guided tour that will give you a unique view of the cave that dates back 440 million years. Stop by the gift shop after your tour.
Admission to Indian Echo Caverns is $18 for guests 12 and older, $16 for those 62 and older, and $10 for children between two and 11.
11. Cherry Springs State Park – 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915
Stargaze at Cherry Springs State Park, which offers the most unobstructed view of the nighttime sky on the Eastern Seaboard. The remote state park features both the Night Sky Viewing Area and the Astronomy Field, the latter of which allows stargazers to remain in the field overnight. Cherry Springs State Park also offers camping, picnicking, and hiking. Admission to Cherry Springs State Park is
Having fun doesn’t mean breaking the bank when you visit these inexpensive destinations in Pennsylvania. Here are 10
amazing state parks in PA where you can have fun without spending a lot of money.