Having fun and exploring new places doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In a state filled with state parks, museums, and gorgeous towns and cities, Pennsylvanians have lots of options in terms of affordable activities.
Whether you're looking for a way to spend a long weekend or just the afternoon, reference this list of 7 completely free things to see and do in Pennsylvania.
Wagner Free Institute of Science Museum | Philadelphia
A natural history museum featuring rare, Victorian-era exhibits including fossils and an American Sabertooth tiger, the Science Museum in Philly is an excellent way to spend the day learning more about the Earth and the fascinating animals that inhabit it. Admission to the museum is completely free.
Free Concerts | Bethlehem
There are tons of free concerts taking place across the state this year. One of the biggest stages includes SteelStacks, a music venue located at the base of the 250-foot-tall former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces in Bethlehem. For a list of all upcoming free performances, check this site here.
Ohiopyle State Park | Ohiopyle
One of PA's largest state parks, Ohiopyle is known for the fast-flowing whitewater of the Youghiogheny River. Spend the day kayaking, biking, paddleboarding, hiking, or taking in the beauty of Cucumber Falls. One of the best parts about living in PA is that the state does not charge entrance fees or day-use fees for any of their state parks. So, no matter where you live in PA, try and find a state park closest to you and visit for a day of free fun and exploration.
St. Anthony's Chapel | Pittsburgh
Presque Isle | Erie
One of the prettiest public beaches in the state. Spend the day swimming, relaxing, and even hiking. An excellent way to spend the weekend, this is no entry fee to Presque Isle.
Peddler's Village | New Hope
A charming old-fashioned shopping center in Bucks County, Peddler's Village is a fun way to spend the day walking around and enjoying the pretty gardens. The village also hosts tons of yearly free events. To learn more about their upcoming Summer Block Party, click here.
Demuth Museum | Lancaster
An art museum featuring exciting exhibits, the Demuth Museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm during the week and is closed Mondays and Wednesdays. The museum consists of 4 rooms and a pretty outdoor garden. Be sure to take in the surrounding area of downtown Lancaster on your visit.