Spending inexpensive quality time with your child in southern central PA is possible... Check out these examples!
Mt Pisgah Rd
In the York area, Samuel Lewis State Park provides the prefect place to go fly a kite! If the wind isn't picking up, head down the hill to a rocky area. Kids love to climb, and love to chance to climb on these rocks with you. Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
reviewed on: June 12 2010
If you like fly kites, this is the place to go... the hilltop offers beautiful scenery as well as a clearing that usually has a breeze perfect for kites... if your kids like to climb, there's a great spot on the backside of the park that kids LOVE to climb... I know I've been doing since I was a kid. You can easily chase butterflies in the field, picnic, or take short hikes here as well. There are playground areas and horseshoe pits available as well.
Pavilion rental is also availible for parties.
300 North Street
Discover Pennsylvania's history and more in Harrisburg!
Route 487, about 12 miles south of Bloomsburg;
If you want to take a trip, consider Knoebels! Free parking and admission save you alot of money at this amusement park! You can even pack snacks, drinks, or even a lunch, to save money on food.
Rt. 741 East
Find a couple seats in the coach car (least expensive) and pack a picnic. When the train stops at Groff's Grove, get off and enjoy your picnic. There's a bit of a playground to enjoy until the next train comes by and picks you up!
reviewed on: June 28 2012
"trainride through the country side"
Strasburg Railroad was a great for my family. The boys loved the ride to Paradise, PA and loved taking pictures of the scenery. They asked about the turkey farm we passed, and somewhat listened to the guide's information. My husband loved that the seats could flip around, so we could face forward as the train moved forward, or face each other. I loved that the train was restored, and looked beautiful with the stained glass and the polished trim on the ceiling. We all had fun on a relaxing train ride through the country side. It was neat to see the conductor go through and collect tickets too! I didn't realize that you could get off a Groff's Grove and picnic, or I would've packed a picnic lunch to take with us. The train leaves on the hour for most of the day, and the next train would pick up anyone who had gotten off to picnic about an hour after they disembarked. I would recommend using the restrooms before the trip, just in case. It could be difficult to move kids through the train while it's moving. Drinks are allowed on the train, though I suggest spill proof cups or bottles. Food is not allowed to be eaten on board. They are trying to preserve the very old, though comfortable seats, and train cars. I would also recommend not bringing strollers onboard. I didn't see storage areas for them, and the one that came on our car was folded in the aisle. There is a gift shop and a small cafe back at the train station where you can buy souvenirs and lunch.
Disclosure: Our family received complimentary admission to help facilitate this review. I was not asked to express a particular point of view and opinions are my own based on my experience.
1195 Baltimore Pike
Take your little historian on a tour of Gettysburg's history. Lots of walking, memorials, etc.
251 Park Boulevard
Take a ride and learn how they make chocolate at Hershey's Chocolate World! No admission free or parking fee for Chocolate World... unless you decide to visit Hershey Park also!
715 Centerville Rd.
Catch a movie at the Drive In Theater, and show your child the real "big screen" .
90 Indian Rock Dam Rd.
Stop at Perry Dell for a tour or the farm then stop in the store an icecream or a tasty chocolate milk.
reviewed on: February 27 2010
Great farm in Leaders Heights (and York) area that you can touch the cows, see them milked, and even feed the baby calves. They bottle their own milk, chocolate milk (which is the best I've tasted) and make their own ice cream. They have a little shop that you can browse, and purchase the freashest milks.