Our Favorite Things to Do in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania is a rich tapestry of culture and landscapes. You could spend years here and not see everything the state has to offer. While some things may not suit every taste, there are other attractions that are a must-see if you’re in the area. From historical sites to natural wonders to fun attractions, here are some of our favorite things to do and and see in Pennsylvania.

Historical Sites

Independence_HallPennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular, is the birthplace of the United States. It was in this great city that the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the next decade, the Constitution was signed here as well. Both of these events took place in what’s now called Independence Hall. While you’re visiting this national landmark, be sure to also visit the Liberty Bell.

A couple hours west lies one of the most famous battlegrounds in the nation: Gettysburg. This was where General Robert E. Lee was defeated and sent back south. Of course, it’s also where President Abraham Lincoln gave his short but immortalized Gettysburg Address. You can take a guided tour, or wander around the park yourself.  Other historical sites include the Flight 93 Memorial and the Eastern State Penitentiary, as well as many other landmarks.

Natural Wonders

Pine_Creek_GorgeIf you enjoy the great outdoors, there is so much to see in Pennsylvania. The state’s name translates to “Penn’s Woods,” named after the state’s founder, William Penn. With a name like that, you can be sure there’s plenty of wilderness to explore. One such place is the state’s own Grand Canyon (a.k.a. Pine Creek Gorge), a perfect day trip from Philadelphia. About an hour southwest of the gorge lies Penn’s Cave, one of the few caves you can navigate entirely by boat if spelunking isn’t your cup of tea.

Though Pennsylvania doesn’t touch any ocean, you can still get a beachfront experience at Presque Isle. This 3,200 acre peninsula curves into Lake Erie and has 11 beaches, some of which are open to leashed dogs. For more water-filled fun, be sure to visit Bushkill Falls, also known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania. A network of hiking trails through the Poconos allows you to visit all eight falls in one day.

Fun Attractions

Knoebels_PhoenixEveryone has a different definition of fun. For those who love visiting museums and other sites, Pennsylvania has you covered. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the nation, and will take at least two trips to fully see. For more interactive fun, be sure to check out the Franklin Institute, which uses all sorts of exhibits to examine the science behind the likes of movies and space.

For adrenaline junkies, be sure to visit Centralia. This nearly-abandoned town is downright spooky, especially at night. Just make sure you are respectful of the area, as the town still has a few residents. For the other kind of adrenaline junkie, you may be able to find your fix at Knoebels, the country’s largest admission-free amusement park. Bring a picnic, have a day with the family and only pay for the rides you want! For more “decadent” fun, visit Hersheypark, an amusement park right next door to Hershey’s Chocolate World.

These are only some of the many things to do around Pennsylvania. Whatever you do for fun, be safe while doing so. That includes not drinking and driving. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Philadelphia, contact us today. Your initial consultation is free.