Local Field Trip Ideas

We’ve put together the beginnings of a Local Field Trip or Family Day Out List. This is in no way conclusive! Keep checking back for updates and ideas!

  1. Pioneer Tunnel Ashland, PA
  2. Centralia, PA
  3. Lake Tobias Wildlife Park Fisherville, PA (Halifax area) (read about our trip here)
  4. Clyde Peelings Reptile Land Allenwood, PA
  5. Pennsylvania State Capital, Harrisburg, PA
  6. State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
  7. National Civil War Museum Harrisburg, PA
  8. Whitaker Center for Science and Art Harrisburg, PA
  9. Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA
  10. Boulder Field in Hickory Run State Park, Whitehaven, PA
  11. Hawk Mountain Raptor Sanctuary , Kempton, PA
  12. Williamsport Little League Museum, Williamsport, PA
  13. Eckley Miner’s Village, Weatherly, PA
  14. Jim Thorpe, PA
    1. Old Jail Museum (Molly Maguires history)
    2. Asa Parker Museum
  15. Chocolate World, Hershey, PA
  16. Hershey Gardens, Hershey PA
  17. Zoo America, Hershey, PA
  18. Rickett’s Glen State Park, Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia Counties, PA
  19. Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA (check HERE for a complete listing of events)
  20. Coffee Roaster
  21. Mud and Maker (pottery making), Pottsville, PA
  22. Crayola Factory, Easton, PA
  23. Turkey Hill Experience, Columbia, PA
  24. Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory, Litiz, PA
  25. Wolf Sanctuary of PA, Litiz, PA
  26. Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction, Lancaster, PA
  27. Amish Village, Lancaster, PA
  28. Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, PA
  29. American Music Theater, Lancaster,PA
  30. Northeast Mountain Guiding, Sparta,NJ
  31. Philadelphia Independence Center, Philadelphia, PA

Take advantage of opportunities like: 

local colleges: concerts, sporting events, workshops, summer camps, theater productions, speakers, staff members (are they friends? ask them to show you around their department)

local farms


The Great Outdoors: hikes, local DCNR buildings and rangers are a wealth of local information, spend a day at a lake, pond or river (science, water cycle, conservation)

local downtown historical societies and historical walks

local plays and musicals/choirs


Some websites:


DC CoolKids (activity guide, free things to do)

15 Best Places to Go with Kids in Washington DC

PA State Parks

NJ State Parks


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