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From lively summer concert series to enriching museum tours transporting you back to the 19th century, these Crawford County activities share one thing in common: they’re fun for anyone at any age.
There are more activities than you can count in the Crawford County, Pennsylvania area. You can find amusement and make family memories to cherish for years to come…
Nestled in the heart of northwestern Pennsylvania, you can find eight lakes, 93 streams and two springs in Crawford County. This totals up to 77 kilometres of water trails and over 17,000 acres of boatable water to enjoy!
Conneaut Lake greets you as Pennsylvania’s largest natural glacier lake with three different beaches: Conneaut Lake Park Beach, Firemans Beach and Midway Beach, making it one of the best lakes in the area. Pymatuning State Park is one of the largest parks in the commonwealth and boasts the largest lake—Pymatuning Reservoir. Whether you’re testing your sea legs out at the family-friendly weekend sailing camp, watching the natural phenomenon of thousands of carp at the Pymatuning Spillway, or taking advantage of one of several activities like fishing, swimming and camping, you’re sure to make unforgettable memories. In warmer months, keep your eyes on the sky to spot bald eagles and other raptors that are fond of nesting in the area.
It’s no surprise that one of the original 13 colonies boasts a rich history, including the birthplace of the modern petroleum industry. Located in Titusville, Drake Well Museum recounts the start and development of the U.S. oil boom that soon turned into a global enterprise. Indoor and outdoor exhibits are available for visitors to explore, featuring orientation films, exhibits, operating oil field machinery and historic buildings.
Hop on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad to share the fun of train travel and relive the start of the U.S. oil industry. This three-hour train trip takes you on a scenic ride through Oil Creek State Park, learning about the people and history of the area along the way! Keep your eye out for special events throughout the year, such as Murder Mystery Dinners, Wine Tasting Rides, October Fall Foliage Rides, a spooky Halloween Train Ride and a magical Santa Train.
Meanwhile, in Meadville, the Baldwin Reynolds House Museum offers free summer tours from Memorial Day until Labour Day. The museum was once the home to Henry Baldwin, a supreme court judge. Now it serves as a historical hub for culture, education, and art. The Crawford County Historical Society also offers historic cemetery tours of Greendale Cemetery, a well-loved green space and nature photography hotspot—you won’t want to miss the 1,500 rhododendrons in the late spring and summer!
Summer is just as magicaly, with exciting cultural events, live music and local farmers’ markets all season long! Plan a family trip to catch the largest agricultural fair east of the Mississippi—the Crawford County Fair. There is plenty to explore, with grandstand events such as the demolition derby, food from local restaurant vendors, agricultural contests, live music, and a brilliant fireworks display!
When the weather starts to cool down, and the leaves begin the change, fall is in full swing in Crawford County. Winter is also a great time to visit when the holiday magic is in the air. From recreational activities to educational opportunities to festivals, there will always be something to experience, no matter your budget. Explore other family-friendly things to do on your trip.
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Crawford County’s culture is cultivated from the deep-rooted, down-to-earth values that yield authenticity. It’s a destination that proudly preserves and celebrates the simplicity of life through artistic creativity, home-grown products, and community events to tell a story that’s inviting to others.