Don't worry about finding activities that will keep the entire family entertained during your getaway to the Laurel Highlands. You'll easily fill your itinerary with unique and thrilling activities for everybody entertained, even toddlers, teenagers and grandparents! Start a new tradition and create lifelong memories during your cherished family vacation with the help of the following attractions.
Idlewild & SoakZone has been named "Best Children's Park" by Amusement Today for nine consecutive years. Kiddos can explore Storybook Forest and meet characters from fairytales and nursery rhymes or take a trolley ride through Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. This section of the park is themed around the children's TV series inspired by Mister Rogers' Neighborhood! SoakZone, the water park at Idlewild has mild water slides, a lazy river and a wave pool, making it the perfect place for both little ones and parents to cool off after a long day of fun!
There are three animal parks in the Laurel Highlands that allow kids of all ages to get up close to furry friends and even give them a snack. Animals vary from domestic animals like goats, pigs, and donkeys to exotic animals like kangaroos, marmosets, tigers and more. You even have the option to meet, pet and take selfies with a two-toed sloth. Talk about a dream come true! Don't forget your camera, you never know what adorable or funny moment you might capture!
Whitewater rafting in Ohiopyle isn't just for seasoned paddlers.The Middle Youghiogheny River features Class I-II waters, which makes for a gentle float for kids as young as 5. Your route will have a few small rapids that cause a bit of a splash, but nothing intimidating. Your guide will point out key landmarks on your trip, can organize lunch on the water for you and will tell you when you can hop out of the boat and go for a swim!
Summer Saturdays in the Laurel Highlands are race nights! At Jennerstown Speedway, there are multiple races in one night, so you're not watching the same cars go around the track for hours on end! After the last race is finished, fans are welcome to meet the drivers and get up close to their cars in the pit for free.
A tour of Pennsylvania's largest cave is an educational experience for the entire family. At Laurel Caverns, you can go spelunking, take a guided tour, play a round of Kavernputt and pan for gemstones. P.S. This is a great spot for groups!
Laurel Highlands resorts offer more than a great night's stay and special events. You can make an entire getaway without leaving the property! Learn to ski together as a family, soar through the trees on a zip line, rock climb, try out a EuroBungy, enjoy snow or summer tubing and more!
Family fun centers provide classic entertainment for multiple generations. Race go-karts, challenge each other to a round of mini-golf or practice your swing at the batting cages. Gather the entire family and enjoy a night of classic attractions like Evergreen Drive-In Theatre, Terrace Lanes Bowling Center, skating rinks or Jake's Mini Golf (best paired with a cone from Molly's). If your little ones are into trains, take them to see an impressive model railroad at the Connellsville Canteen and Cafe. The possibilities for family adventure in the Laurel Highlands are endless!