We’ve all been there– broke and bored. Luckily, you can’t place any worldly value on fun, and for our purposes today, it’s priceless. Here are some unique and entertaining activities to enjoy in the state of Pennsylvania that won’t cost you a dime.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Easton
Visit the brewery on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays to receive a free tour of the facilities and hear stories about Weyerbacher's history.
2. State Parks
Pennsylvania has 120 state parks that offer stunning views, peaceful hiking terrain, and a plenitude of wildlife. No matter where you are in the state, a state park is not very far away.
3. Dutch Haven, Lancaster
This is the place where shoofly pie became famous. Tour the bakery, gift shop, and furniture shop to explore Amish culture. While you're in the area, you might as well stop at Bird-in-Hand farmer's market.
4. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Morgantown
Steel and Iron were once integral parts of Pennsylvania's economy. During the 19th century, Hopewell Furnace was one of many iron plantations thoroughout the country that produced iron, shutting down in 1883 and becoming an important historic landmark.
5. Antiques Capital USA, Adamstown
Adamstown is considered by many to be the single best spot in the country for antiquing, with over 5,000 antiques dealers.
6. Peddler's Village, Lahaska
Peddler's Village is a development consisting of a bunch of shops, a family entertainment center, and a vintage carousel. Numerous festivals take place throughout the year that all have free admission.
7. Covered Bridge Tour, Buck's County
Pennsylvania is known for many things, though debatably, the covered bridge is the most iconic. There are a variety of covered bridge tours available for download that will offer you driving directions as well as plenty of information and fun facts about all of the sights along the way.
8. Martin Guitar Factory and Museum, Nazareth
At no charge, take a tour of the factory where these beautiful musical instruments are manufactured. Also browse a museum of guitars.
9. Lil-Le-Hi Trout Nursery, Allentown
Every year, hundreds of fishermen catch trout from the Little Lehigh River, but you might not have thought about where they come from. The fish hatchery in Allentown hatches and raises trout to be released into the river. Walk around the facility and gawk at the fish, or admire the taxidermy collection in the office building.
10. Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem
Moravian Book Shop is not only the oldest continuously running book shop in the world, but it is also gigantic-- definitely worth a visit, book-lover or no.
3. Giant Coffee Pot, Bedford
This gigantic coffee pot has more history behind it than you may think. It was built in 1927 and has decorated the landscape of Bedford in one form or another since then.
12. Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh
The restored Clayton Mansion, the Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, and the Greenhouse are the legacy of Henry Clay Frick, a famous industrialist and art collector. Even better, admission to the complex is free.
13. Independence Hall, Philadelphia
Independence Hall is open to the public, as well as the Liberty Bell which is housed next door.
14. Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site, Philadelphia
Tour the house where America's most popular gothic author resided and wrote.
15. Zippo Lighter and Case Museum, Bradford
Everyone knows that Zippo is the premiere manufacturer of lighters. Explore their expansive museum of lighters and case knives that includes exhibitions about Zippo's contributions to WWII and about Zippo lighters in Hollywood.
If only all good things in life came for free. What’s your favorite low-budget thing to do in PA?