The picturesque 124-acre town of Mt. Gretna, only 40 minutes from Lancaster and 1.5 hours from Philadelphia, offers visitors the quaint experience of small-town life. Embrace the old-fashioned charm of this tiny Pennsylvania town, but don’t underestimate all there is to do. You’ll find so many things to do in Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, you’ll need more than a day. You might even want to plan a weekend getaway.

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What are some of your favorite things to do in Mt. Gretna? Have you visited the lake and beach? Let us know in the comments! After you’ve visited Mt. Gretna, the most overlooked town in Pennsylvania, start planning to visit the enchanted village of Eagles Mere.

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Small Towns In Pennsylvania

What are some must-visit small towns in Pennsylvania?

One of the best ways to get to know our state is to visit the many small towns in Pennsylvania. Some of the best small towns with amazing downtowns in Pennsylvania include:

  • Lititz is an adorable Pennsylvania town that’s home to Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory and Wolf Sanctuary of PA, the only place to see wild wolves in Pennsylvania.
  • New Hope sits just across the river from Lambertville, New Jersey, and is home to the New Hope Railroad and countless shops and restaurants.
  • Bloomsburg is the only official town in Pennsylvania, which makes it bucket list-worthy.
  • Indiana, a charming small town, is the hometown of Hollywood legend, Jimmy Stewart, and home to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
  • Bellefonte is delightful any time of the year, but be sure to visit during Christmastime when it hosts the Victorian Christmas Celebration.


What are some small towns in Pennsylvania that promise peace and quiet?

We all need a bit of peace and quiet every now and then. When you’re craving tranquility, make your way to one of these small towns in Pennsylvania:

  • Ligonier’s a small Western Pennsylvania town that’s home to historic sites and a downtown dotted with shops and restaurants. Stop by Idlewild Park & Soakzone, too, an old-fashioned amusement park.
  • Eagles Mere is a tiny village with just 120 residents. It’s perhaps best known for its toboggan slide during the winter.
  • Wellsboro is within driving distance of Pine Creek Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. It’s picture-perfect in all seasons, but the downtown is particularly darling during the snowy days of winter.
  • Hawley is perhaps best known for the Ledges Hotel, which overlooks a waterfall, and it’s dotted with charming restaurants.
  • Bedford welcomes visitors to its cozy town year-round, but plan a visit during fall too. The small Pennsylvania town is home to the historic and haunted Jean Bonnet Tavern and several old-fashioned covered bridges.