Popular Vacation Spots in Pennsylvania

Planning a summer vacation in Pennsylvania?

Whether you love the outdoors or the city, you'll love everything that Pennsylvania has to offer. Below we have some great suggestions on popular vacation spots in Pennsylvania in summer:


Boasting a lakefront, Erie is no doubt, one of the most popular vacation spots in Pennsylvania to getaway in summer. If you love water sports and want a beach-type vacation, you’ll love spending time in Erie's Presque Isle State Park, which is a popular spot to enjoy activities like sailing, fishing, swimming, hiking and bird watching.
Popular Vacation Spots in Pennsylvania
things to do in Erie PA
Erie is also home to Waldameer Park & Water World and Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park where you can enjoy fun water rides.

Besides water activities, Erie boasts many interesting attractions such as a children’s museum, a zoo, a planetarium and a fun center called “Family First Fun Center” where you can do things like mini-golf, go-karting and batting-cage practice.

Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park is one of the most popular vacation spots in Pennsylvania for an outdoors vacation hands down!
summer Vacation Spots in Pennsylvania

Ohiopyle State Park boasts camping areas and lots of nice trails for hiking and biking such as the popular Rails to Trails bike path which runs through Ohiopyle state park between Pittsburg PA and Washington DC.

Ohiopyle State Park is also home to various rafting companies such as “White Water Adventurers” offering rafting and kayaking tours along the Youghiogheny River.


Hershey is certainly one of the most popular vacation spots in Pennsylvania for a family vacation. You and your kids will literary be spoiled for choice as there are so many fun things to do in Hershey such as taking a tour ride of Hershey’s Chocolate World, and attending the summer concert special in Hershey Park.
Hershey in Pennsylvania
Besides Hershey Park, there is also plenty more fun entertainment to be had with the family at the Hershey Park Arena and Giant Center where you’ll be able to catch lots of concerts and hockey games such as the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center.


The historic city of Philadelphia is without a doubt, one of the most popular vacation spots in Pennsylvania as many of the top places to visit in Pennsylvania such as the Independence Hall, Liberty Bell and the Franklin Institute Science Museum are located in “Philly”.

You’ll also be able to enjoy historical tours of Philadelphia on carriage, walking and boat tours.
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The Constitutional walking tour of Philadelphia is a popular company that offers a 75 minute-tour that takes you through more than twenty of Philadelphia’s top sites.

If you’re traveling with kids, or prefer to see Philly on a carriage or trolley tour, the Philadelphia Trolley Works is a great way to see much more of Philadelphia without getting tired feet.

Besides city attractions, one of Philadelphia’s biggest appeals is its close proximity to vacation spots in New Jersey Shore such as Atlantic City NJ and Ocean City NJ.


If you enjoy activities such as fishing, golfing, hiking, and boating, the Poconos is definitely one of the most popular vacation spots in Pennsylvania for outdoor pursuits.

The Poconos is home to the popular hotel resorts of Cove Haven and the Lodge at Woodloch where you’ll be able to enjoy lots of fun activities with the family.
The Poconos in Pennsylvania

Lake Wallenpaupack boasts many lakeside home rentals and inns and it’s a popular vacation spot in the Poconos for water sports and fishing.

By the way, if you plan a vacation in Lake Wallenpaupack with the family, be sure to visit Claws ‘n’ Paws Wild Animal Park (not far from the lake) as it boasts plenty of activities for the kids.

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