If you are looking for fun things to do on a family vacation or a weekend trip, then Pa is a great place to visit. Pennsylvania is filled with historic sites and tourist attractions. Below is a list of the best things to do in pa.. with information on theme parks, ghost tours, zoos, campgrounds, cultural and ethnic festivals such as the yearly kutztown Amish fair, and much much more...

Philedelphia Zoo

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This 42 acre zoo is Americas first and oldest zoo. It is home to over 1300 animals with 17 different habitats including a rainforest habitat and a victorian style garden. Species include meerkats, lions, polar bears and other exotic species. The zoo also has a train ride and carousel for kids, as well as many other activities such as pony and camel rides, hot air balloon rides and paddle boats. it even has a miniature water fall where kids can pan for gems which they can take home.

Mutter Museum

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Take a trip threw the strange and unusual history of medicine. You will be fascinated by the Mutters collection of medical oddities and specimens. The strange exhibit is located at the College of Physicians in Philedelphia pa, and is known for it's large collection of preserved body parts, skulls and even contains the body of a women whose corpse was turned into soap. There is also a section devoted entirely to various plagues threwout history. Many of the items on display belonged to historical figures such as Marie Curie and Louis Pasteur. Definately a must see for medical students or anyone interested in science.

Gettysburg Battle Reenactments

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July 3 -5 Adams county pa, a working Union army camp is recreated with various staged dramas including not just battle reenactments but a victorian wedding, artillery and medical demonstrations, and sometimes even the mock execution of a spy. The camp includes two large tents where civil war historians and authors fill out the schedule of events with educational presentations. There is something for every member of the family, including ghost stories for the kids and talks on ladies victorian clothing. There is also an authentic "sutlers village" with merchants selling period clothes, weapons and food.

Crystal Cave

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Explore the 500,000 year old cave in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Amish country and learn about its amazing history and the delicate ecosystem that is sheltered beneath its walls. Cave guides will take you on a fascinating 45 minute tour 125 feet down into the earth, beginning with a massive room near the entrance of the cave known as the Indian ballroom. The temperature in the cave remains a cool 56 degrees year round making it a nice way to spend a hot summer day. The site also includes a miniature golf course, a gemstone panning museum, a gift shop, a fast-food restaurant and a picnic grove.

Old Bedford Living History Village

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Step back in time to experience the daily life of our early american ancestors. Observe barrel makers, weavers, quilters, candlemakers, blacksmiths, and basketmakers at work, or participate in one of the educational programs so that you can learn a craft yourself. The village also has various civil war reenactments and other events. Lovers of architectue will enjoy seeing the various old style buildings. There is a gift shop where visitors can buy beautiful pottery and other items made at the village, as well as a working playhouse, a tavern and other facilities.