The storied and welcoming state of Pennsylvania has been one of America’s most popular vacation destinations for decades.
“The State of Independence” offers its own unique history, culture, signature dishes/drinks, forms of entertainment/recreation, and much more. According to VisitPA.com, Pennsylvania welcomed more than 133.3 million visitors in 2019 — the last year that wasn’t affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you love outdoor activities and events, you won’t be disappointed with what Pennsylvania has to offer. Here is a short list of some of the main outdoor venues and activities to try out when you visit Pennsylvania.
Mobile Betting/Casinos & Sporting Events In Philadelphia & Pittsburgh
The Keystone State launched legalized sports betting back in 2018. Outdoor internet gaming is legal on your mobile device which means you can take advantage of Pennsylvania Online Casino Promo Codes to play your favorite games anywhere in the state.
Pennsylvania sportsbooks give you the option to place sports bets and your favorite in-person casino games such as poker, blackjack, slots, and roulette.
During a warm spring or summer day, there’s nothing like a baseball game in an open-air stadium.
And during the fall and winter, few events are more exciting and energy-filled than an American football game. Pennsylvania’s two MLB and pair of NFL teams all play in open-air stadiums/ballparks.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball play in the open-air venues of PNC Park and Citizens Bank Park, respectively. The NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers play at Acrisure Stadium (previously known as Heinz Field), and the Philadelphia Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Pirates commenced their season on Mar. 30 and find themselves in a tight race with the Milwaukee Brewers for first in the NL Central. The Pirates will continue to play regular season games at PNC Park through Oct. 1 (the season finale against the Miami Marlins).
PNC Park is located along the Allegheny River, offering spectators a gorgeous view of the Pittsburgh skyline. The view alone makes a Pirates game worthwhile.
The Phillies, who also began their 2023 regular season on Mar. 30 are coming off a surprise trip to the World Series — where they lost to the Houston Astros in six games. Their regular season home finale will take place against none other than the Pirates on Sept. 28.
On May 11, the NFL released the 2023 season schedule. The Steelers will play nine home games, with the season opener taking place against the reigning NFC runner-up San Francisco 49ers at Acrisure Stadium on Sept. 10 (1 p.m. EST).
As for the defending NFC Champion Eagles, they’ll visit the New England Patriots to kick off their season on Sept. 10 (4:25 p.m. EST). A week later, the Eagles will come home to Lincoln Financial Field for their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Steelers and Eagles have two of the most passionate and loyal fanbases. Regardless of where either team is in the standings, it is always a wonderful and memorable experience at a Steelers or Eagles home game.
Gettysburg National Military Park
American history lovers coming to visit the state of Pennsylvania should have this right near the top of their to-do list.
The military park, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, is the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. Many historians and war experts consider this the most important battle of the American Civil War.
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought from July 1-3 1863. Major General George Meade and his army of Union soldiers successfully fought off Robert E. Lee and the Confederates in the three-day war.
Government officials have since gone to great lengths to preserve and protect the battlefield and its history. It is open to the public on a daily basis, and the site offers all sorts of different events and tours for visitors to enjoy.
Ricketts Glen State Park
What’s a trip to the beautiful and inviting state of Pennsylvania without a stop at one of its signature parks?
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased and established the lot to create Ricketts Glen State Park back in 1942. The giant land is spread through three Pennsylvania counties in Sullivan County, Columbia County, and Luzerne County.
Ricketts Glen State Park is home to so many beautiful trails and nature sites that outdoor lovers will enjoy. This includes Lake Jean (located in Luzerne County), the Evergreen Trail Hike Loop, and the Valley View Vista.
From biking to swimming to hiking to snowshoeing to camping, there is no shortage of recreational outdoor activities to enjoy while you’re in Ricketts Glen State Park.