Dive into these 13 ideas for summer fun. The sun is shining, the weather is nice, and it’s time to get out! Kick of this summer of fun with this to-do list. Stay and play in the Laurel Highlands, your summer adventure headquarters.
13. Tee Off on Award-Winning Greens
Try your hand at one of our mountaintop and countryside golf courses. Golf where Arnold Palmer learned the sport, or on a course designed by the golf legend himself. Spend some time on a course rated Golf Weeks #1 Best Public Course in PA and fantastic championship, 18-hole golf courses scattered across the Laurel Highlands.
12. Shop Local & Farm Fresh
Peruse homemade goods, from specialty breads, pastries, and hot cooked foods, to fresh cut flowers and straight-from-the-farm beef, poultry, cheese, and eggs. You’ll even find locally collected honey and maple syrup, too. Crafters set up their handmade works, including jewelry, purses, pottery, wood items, candles, soaps, and much more.
11. Bike & Hike
Bike and hike on hundreds of trails in the Laurel Highlands. Bike sections of the Great Allegheny Passage from trail town to trail town, or gear up for the 150-mile long haul through the Laurel Highlands. Skip the flat tracks, and head straight for the intense inclines on a mountain biking trail. Find a casual stroll through the hemlock trees or a vigorous mountain hike. See waterfalls nestled in the woods, and look out over incredible vistas along the way. Check out our interactive hiking map to find the trail that's right for you.
10. Step Into the Past
Explore national historic sites, forts that take you back to the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War eras, and a 213 acre battlefield from Pontiac’s War. Visit the site where a young George Washington started his military career, and see his saddle pistols and memoirs. Travel historic and national roads. Take a gentle float trip with guides in 1760 period dress, and hear interesting, historical stories. Pay homage to the brave heroes of Flight 93 at the National Memorial.
9. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Experience the thrill of flying through the trees. View the beauty of the area from a unique perspective, and get an adrenaline fix on a zip line in the Laurel Highlands. Battle a friend on a dueling zip line and reach speeds of up to 60 mph.
8. Jam to Live Music
Enjoy outdoor entertainment, live music, and free concerts in the park. Dance on the lawn, grab some grub from the vendors, or make it a romantic evening with fine dining. SummerSounds showcases a wide variety of music, from jazz to country and rock to oldies.
7. Off to the Races
Zoom around the track on go-karts at Caddie Shak or Statler’s Fun Center, or cheer from the stands at Jennerstown Speedway.
6. Spend a Classic Summer Night
Nothing screams summer like a night at the drive-in. Catch a double feature at Evergreen Drive-In, pack the snacks and enjoy those warm summer evenings.
5. Paddle Out
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the tranquil great outdoors with a gentle paddle or prepared to tackle whitewater, we’ve got you covered. Rent the best gear from seasoned professionals, and let expert guides take you out on the Class I-IV waters.
4. Raise a Toast
Sip cold brews and spirits at one of our many local wineries, breweries, or distilleries. Have a taste of berry and grape wines, unaged moonshine, vodka, and Southwestern PA whiskey. Relax on the grounds at a beautiful winery, or chill out in the tap room with friends.
3. Find Your Team Spirit
Visit Steelers Training Camp to see the team up close, and watch players practice. Let the kids participate in simulated practice sessions and games that give them a taste of their own training camp before the Steelers take the field.
2. Enjoy a Day at the Park
Recognized as one of the top destinations for family fun in the country, Idlewild & SoakZone has been consistently rated the best park for kids. Enjoy a stroll through Story Book Forest, take a trolley ride, and spend a classic, nostalgic day at the park.
1. Make a Splash
Hangout at the beach at a Laurel Hill State Park, Keystone State Park, or Ligonier Valley Beach & Restaurant. Ride a natural water slide at Ohiopyle State Park. Cool off at Idlewild & SoakZone, where you’ll find over a dozen water slides and splash-tacular water fun.
Make lasting memories in the Laurel Highlands this summer. What are you waiting for? Your adventure starts here. Need more summer fun ideas? Check out our summer deals and special events to make your adventure even more enjoyable.