Exploring all that Pennsylvania has to offer doesn’t have to be hard, or expensive. If you are looking for free things to do with kids in Pennsylvania you’ve come to the right place. There is a multitude of offerings across the state that are absolutely free, yet still tons of fun and will create lifelong memories for your family. Here is a great list of activities brought to you by Fiat USA of High Valley.

Top Five Free Things To Do With Kids in Pennsylvania

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge 

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The refuge boasts a variety of family fun activities such as: 
Fishing Rod & Binocular Loan Programs for All Ages
Want to fish but don’t have a rod? Want to bird watch but don’t have binoculars? Borrow one of ours! Kids under 16 should be with an adult. Anglers over 16 should have a PA Fishing License. Ask at the front desk to learn more.
Family Activity Packs
Borrow a fun-filled backpack to take out on the trails. Learn about trees, insects, or mammals and become a Junior Naturalist!
Make and Take Storytime – Ages 3 – 10 yrs.
Join refuge volunteers on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1pm for stories and take home crafts.
Canoeing and more – check out the refuge website for all the fun activities you can take part in.

Linvilla Orchards

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Linvilla Orchards is a 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education. A trip to Linvilla creates family memories that last a lifetime and generations of Delaware Valley families have returned year after year to experience all of the things that make Linvilla Orchards special.

At Linvilla you can visit the animals in the Barnyard and play in our playground year-round. Pick your own fruit is open almost every day from mid-May thru early November, crop and weather permitting. Fishing is open almost every day from mid-May thru early November and select days earlier in the spring. We offer hayrides, pony rides, train rides, face painting and more on special days. Check their Calendar of Events for more information. You can also visit the Family Fun page.

Scott Arboretum

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The mission of the Scott Arboretum is to delight and educate all visitors and inspire them to enjoy the  many benefits of horticulture. Our “gardens of ideas” features varieties that perform well in this region, encouraging wise stewardship as well as the cultivation of plants to sustain the body, enchant the eye, and soothe the spirit.

Pennsylvania State Parks

If you want to explore Pennsylvania’s great outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. Pennsylvania State Parks manages 200,000 acres for hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating, wildlife watching, and so much more. Pennsylvania State Parks do not charge an entrance fee.

Smith Memorial Playground

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One of my favorite of the free things to do with kids in Pennsylvania, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse offers a free, safe place to play for children 10 and younger. The 6 1/2 acre Playground includes the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 pieces of unique, age-appropriate and accessible pieces of play equipment. The 16,000 square foot Playhouse, designed for children 5 and younger, gives them a chance to drive the train, cook in the kitchen, ride tricycles in Smithville and much, much more.


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