Looking to spend a summer day in the Laurel Highlands that doesn’t break the bank? Find great places to cool off, get outside, and show your Steelers pride this summer. 

Laurel Hill State Park

The lake and the beach at Laurel Hill are a hub for summer activity. Build sandcastles and cool off in the water. Rent boats, canoes, kayaks, hydro-bikes and stand up paddleboards from Hazelbaker’s Canoe & Kayak Rental, an inexpensive fun family summer day. 

Steelers Training CampSteelers Training Camp

See your favorite football team get ready for an awesome season at Saint Vincent College in the Laurel Highlands. Bring the kids to experience their own training camp, with drills, games, and more fun activities. You may even get a signature or a chance to snap a photo with a team member. Watch the team run drills at this FREE event open to the public. You can’t beat these seats!

Ligonier Valley BeachLigonier Valley Beach

Spend a classic summer day in Ligonier at the beach. Admission is $8.00 per person, ages 1-8 $5.00.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield 

Visit the site where George Washington began his military career and the place that marks the beginning of the French and Indian War. Stop by General Braddock’s grave on your way.


Enjoy free live concerts every Friday until the end of August in Greensburg. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and all parking in Greensburg after 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, grab a dance partner, and enjoy the sweet summer sounds at St. Clair Park. 

Bushy Run Battlefield

In 1763, the battle near Bushy Run marked a major British victory and the critical turning point in Pontiac’s War.  Visit the pristine 213 acres of forest and grassy expanses that make up the battlefield, and learn more about this historic moment in history. 

Ohiopyle Bridge Great Allegheny PassageBiking on the Great Allegheny Passage

Load up those bikes for miles of fun on the Great Allegheny Passage. There are dozens of beautiful vistas and great views along the way, any perfect for a picnic lunch. 

Suggested GAP Sections for Families:

  • West Newton, PA to Cedar Creek Park: Just under 4 miles from the West Newton Station is Cedar Creek Park, a charming stop along the Youghiogheny River. Dip your feet in the water to cool off after your ride, and grab an ice cream from the concession stand. 
  • Ohiopyle State Park: Start and end your trip in the beautiful Ohiopyle State Park. There are plenty of places downtown to grab a fantastic lunch or an ice cream to refuel after your long ride. Take a dip in the river to beat the summer heat.  Use these coupons for a discount on rentals in Ohiopyle
  • Rockwood: Begin and end your trip in Rockwood, PA, a charming stop on the trail. Visit Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House for a sweet treat after your ride. 

Flight 93 National MemorialFlight 93 National Memorial and Quecreek Mine Rescue Site

Pay tribute to the heroes of Flight 93, those that thwarted the terrorist attack on the Capitol on that harrowing September day. Explore the beautiful groves, the memorial plaza, and the new visitor’s center. After a somber visit to the memorial, lift your spirits, and hear the story of the miraculous mine rescue at Quecreek.