Summer in Pennsylvania is much like the rest of the seasons: Unpredictable. How many times do we wake up to chilly temperatures and gray skies only to have the sun push the clouds aside while the temperature creeps higher and higher? What about stormy summer afternoons? We know how to go with the flow, taking whatever comes our way as we pack our schedules with some of the best things to do in Pennsylvania in summer. Whether you’re scouting out the best summer vacation destinations or free things to do in Pennsylvania in summer, you’ll find plenty to do all season long.

Best Summer Vacation Destinations In Pennsylvania

From its big cities to small towns, Pennsylvania is the place to be during the hottest months of the year. The best summer vacation destinations in Pennsylvania promise something for everyone – lounging on a sandy beach, cooling off at a popular waterpark, and riding the rapids on a raging river.

Best Beaches & Lakes To Visit In Pennsylvania This Summer

One of the best ways to beat the scorching heat of a summer day in Pennsylvania is to throw down our beach towels, pitch our umbrellas, and wade in our favorite lake. Here are three sandy beaches in Pennsylvania that you might want to add to your itinerary when planning a beach day.

Parks To Visit In Pennsylvania This Summer

Summer in Pennsylvania was practically made for building sand castles on the edge of crystal-clear lakes, riding coasters that leave our hearts pounding, and zipping down waterslides to stay cool on hot afternoons. Here are just a few parks to visit in Pennsylvania this summer.

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Best Free Summer Activities In Pennsylvania

Summer in Pennsylvania doesn’t have to break the bank. We can find plenty of cheap things to do in Pennsylvania in summer, but even better? Some of the most amazing free things to do in summer in Pennsylvania promise one-of-a-kind experiences and unforgettable memories.

Best Summer Events And Festivals In Pennsylvania

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a few trips to our favorite county, community, and neighborhood fairs. Some of my best memories from childhood are of going to our local firemen’s carnival and church fairs (homemade pierogis!). Reclaim a bit of that childhood magic with a visit to one of the best summer events and festivals in Pennsylvania. Here are a few to get you started.

Summer tends to go by so quickly that we usually want to hold onto to every golden moment. What are you favorite things to do in Pennsylvania in summer? What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments! If you plan on hitting the road this summer, check out the OIYS road trip essentials packing list.

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