Local Attractions & Things to Do

Things to Do and Local Attractions In Crawford County and Northwestern PA!

Fun Things to do at Local Attractions in Crawford and Surrounding Counties of Northwest PA, near Meadville KOA! 

Come enjoy all the local attractions with fun things to do in Crawford County and all the water recreation that the Great Lakes Region of Northwestern PA provides!  We’re conveniently located near Conneaut Lake (15 mi), near Erie Wildlife Refuge (5 mi), near Pymatuning Lake, near Pymatuning Spillway (22mi), near Pymatuning State Park (PA’s second most-visited State Park is just 26 mi), near Sugar Lake (7mi), near Woodcock Lake & Dam (8mi), near Presque Isle State Park (PA’s most-visited state park is just 43 miles), and near Lake Erie (43 mi)!

Meadville KOA Campground is located in the center of Crawford County, making it a perfect base camp while you explore Crawford County and Northwestern PA!  

We are an easy drive to these great local attractions and fun things to do and see in our area: • The Crawford County Fair • Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event • Amish Community Auction • Pioneer Steam & Gas Engine Society • Erie National Wildlife Refuge • The Baldwin-Reynolds House • The Ernst Trail • Allegheny Trail in nearby Franklin • Woodcock Creek & Dam, • Allegheny Geo Trail (geocaching) • Conneaut Lake Amusement Park  • Drake Oil Well  • Oil Creek State Park • The Oilcreek & Titusville Railroad • Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm • Erie’s Maritime Museum • Presque Isle State Park & Beaches • Presque Isle Downs & Casino • Waldameer Amusement Park & Water World • The Tom Ridge Center • Millcreek Mall in Erie  • Grove City Prime Outlets • Local Golf Courses • Local Wineries • Local Jewelers • Gift Shoppes • Boutiques, and much more! 

Finally, as you can see, there are many local attractions and fun things to do near Meadville KOA!

Local attractions and fun things to do within 5 miles:

  • Crawford County Fair Held every August in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  One of the largest agricultural venues east of the Mississippi River, it’s possibly the oldest county fair in Pennsylvania! September 25 1946, marked the opening day of the first Crawford County Fair.  In addition, over 31,000 people attended the four-day fair that first year. The 54th annual fair, held for eight days in August 1999, attracted 150,000 visitors.  And finally, don’t miss the great, top notch country, christian, and pop music concerts at this fun local attraction!
  • Erie National Wildlife Refuge is a great outdoor local attraction just 5 miles from the campground and has over 8700 acres.  You may even see their nesting bald eagles!  You can drive through it, hike the trails and boardwalks, and see 237 species of migratory birds, and other wildlife.  There is wildlife to view year round at Erie National Wildlife Refuge! Grab your binoculars and camera and come see who you can spot.  In addition, there is also a program for kids, and geo caching!  Check them out!
  • Amish Green House is just a couple of miles away (between the campground & town).  They offer a greenhouse with plants, flowers, and Amish-made wood log furniture, sheds, and more!
  • Mennonite Country Store is at the Corner of Rt, 27 & Townline Road (when headed to Meadville – past Miller’s Green House).  They offer fresh seasonal produce, Amish made canned and baked goods, a deli, dry goods, and more!
  • Amish School Auction is held the second Saturday in July each year.  The auction benefits our local Amish School, and is a one of a kind event to attend!
  • Mount Hope Golf Course is just 5 miles from the campground.  Kids play for free after 5:00 pm at Mount Hope!  (But ONLY if you tell them Meadville KOA Campground sent you!
  • Tamarack Lake boasts great fishing just minutes from the campground!  (Please note: this lake is currently under drawdown as the dam is being repaired).
  • Hunter’s Inn – Voted the best wings in Crawford County every year for the last 5 years!  It’s a camper’s favorite and just a quarter of a mile up the road!  In addition, this is one of our campers’ favorite local attractions and eateries!

Local attractions and fun things to do within 6-15 miles:

  • The Baldwin-Reynolds House is the museum home of United States Supreme Court Justice Henry Baldwin.
  • The Tattered Corners Book Store Exchange your paperbacks for a different one at just $1.00!  It’s a great deal!  Check ’em out!  They are located at 247 Chestnut Street Meadville, PA 16335.  Phone: (814) 337-7975.
  • Civil War Re-enactments The 150th PVI Bucktails is a local re-enactment group, who does Civil War Reenactment Group who does reenactments both locally and nationally!  If they aren’t scheduled at Meadville KOA when you’d like to come camp, You might be able to take in one of their many local summer events at: http://www.150thpvibucktails.com/event-schedule.html!
  • Crawford County Genealogy  if your looking for your ancestors from Crawford County this is the place to look!  
  • David Mead Log Cabin  This local attraction is a replica of founder David Mead’s log cabin.  It was erected in Bicentennial Park situated along the banks of French Creek during Meadville’s bicentennial celebration in 1988.  The cabin serves as a reminder of our heritage and is an educational resource for school tours and the general public. Heading West on Arch Street, cross Route 6 / 19.  It’s at the park on the left just before the bridge, right on French Creek.
  • Ernst Trail is located in Meadville near Plaza Lanes Bowling has 5 miles of local bike trails that can be used for hiking or biking!  It within an easy drive (~9 miles) and one of our camper’s favorite local attractions!
  • Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event is one of our annual favorite local attractions!  It’s held at Robertson Field, Allegheny College Sports Complex Hot on Fathers Day Weekend each year!  The air balloon event features approx. 30 balloons and a  fantastic night glow.  For further information call 814-336-4000.
  • John Brown Farm in Pre-Civil War Crawford County, this great local attraction was the farm of the great abolitionist John Brown.  He played a strategic role in the Underground Railroad in this area. Disbursing “depots” in the area, John Brown aided in the passing of an estimated 2,500 slaves. In the town of New Richmond, his farm and tannery was a major stop on the Railroad, marking its place in history from 1825 to 1835. The farm, now a museum, proves to be an educational, exhilarating experience as you learn more about this great man of history and his many heroic efforts. Tour the remnants of the tannery and take a walking path to the cemetery. (Wear comfortable walking shoes.)  Plan a visit during the first weekend in May, and you can share in the “Spirit of Freedom” picnic, a community celebration in honor of John Brown’s birthday (May 9). There is also a gift shop allowing visitors to take a piece of that experience with them to cherish for a lifetime. Open from April 15 to October 15, and in the winter by appointment only.
  • Meadville Market House is an often visited local attraction by our campers!  Built in 1870, the historic Market House is still the place to go in Meadville for local goods.  It is the oldest continuously-run market structure in the state and is the destination of choice for local produce, eggs, meat, home-baked goods, local organic goods, gourmet goods, and artisan crafts.  The Market House is also home to the local farmer’s market, Save Room For Dessert bakery, and a home-style restaurant.  The Market Grille, serves breakfast and lunch daily.
  • Memory Lane Jewelry carries the finest in jewelry, collectibles, gifts, and boutique fashion!  Whether you’re looking for a one of a kind custom piece or a special gift for that special someone, they have it at Memory Lane.  Check out their new boutique and gift shop!  Most of all, they have big city styles at small town prices!
  • Riverside Golf Club Located in Cambridge Springs, PA, was founded in 1915.  Riverside Golf Course is one of the oldest courses in northwestern Pennsylvania. Featuring rolling fairways, small manicured greens, over 48 sand traps and 6 lakes spanning 242 acres, Riverside enjoys a four star rating from Golf Digest and is widely considered one of the finest public golf courses. In addition to the golf course, Riverside offers the golf enthusiast a full compliment of practice facilities including a driving range, practice sand trap, 9 hole putting green and chipping range. Riverside has a continuous paved cart path, so golf carts are always available. Riverside’s facilities go well beyond the golf course. A modern clubhouse contains the Golf Shop, men’s and ladies locker rooms, Riverside On The Green and Lounge, and a banquet suite, complete with separate bar, restrooms and entrance. Also, an outdoor picnic facility is located adjacent to the clubhouse, which introduces a variety of outdoor entertaining options. Mopst noteworthy, Riverside is known for its world class service and prices structured with the public in mind. Finally, they have a mature, challenging golf course, first class facilities and service, all at a price everyone can afford.
  • Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course is just 14.4 miles and about a 20 minute ride to great golfing, food, and drink!  In addition, if you’re looking for a great meal and great prices, you’ll find it right here in Crawford County!
  • VooDoo Brewery An award-winning Brewery, Voodoo Brewing Co. has taken over a decade of Matt’s brewing experience, our quirky personalities and wrapped it up into a line of beers oriented around what we feel are fun, flavorful and thought-provoking. We hope you enjoy our beers as much as we do brewing them.  Another one of our great local attractions to visit!
  • Woodcock Creek & Dam is in nearby Saegertown PA has a paved two-mile loop on the dam great for inline skating and running. Hike the Multi-Use Trail and Bossard Nature Trail.  Additionally, you can fish, canoe, and swim in the lake. 

Local attractions and fun things to do within 20 miles:

  • Local Golf Courses are all within an easy drive!  Within Crawford County’s golf courses golfers are sure to find more tee times and a challenging course for any level player!
  • Conneaut Lake Amusement Park! This is one of our famous local attractions!  It reopened in 2009!  Located on the shore of largest natural glacier lake in Pennsylvania, it is a popular destination for recreational boaters as well as other individuals.  Most noteworthy is that you can come Ride the Historic Blue Streak Wooden Roller Coaster!  In addition, the water park is now open!  They also have entertainment & more!
  • Conneaut Lake & Resort Area is Pennsylvania’s largest natural lake and home to the PA record for Muskellunge at 54 lbs. 3 oz!
  • Conneaut Cellars Winery is open year round, 7 days, 10am – 6pm.  Free tours & tasting!  In addition, it’s another of the favorite local attractions! 
  • Canadohta Lake is Pennsylvania’s Second Largest Natural Lake in Beautiful Crawford County.  In addition, it features great fishing and pontoon boating!
  • Pioneer Steam & Gas Engine Society features steel wheeled and hand cranked tractors!  Teach your children history at this unique event!  Another one of our camper’s favorite local attractions! 
  • Tri-City Raceway if you’re a race fan, then you need to check out the great events at this local raceway!  There are races, truck pulls, and more!  Don’t miss this family fun and the excitement of home town racing!

Things to do and local attractions within 30 miles:

  • Allegheny Geo Trail Geocaching (pronounced “geo-cashing’) is a great family activity!  This adventure sport/hobby involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver or smart phone app, and based on information provided on geocaching.comThe Allegheny GeoTrail is perhaps the largest of its kind, encompassing ten counties throughout Northwestern and North Central Pennsylvania. Within each county are between 10 and 20 designated geocaches which make up the “trail”. In addition, the quest to find these caches will take participants throughout the rugged and scenic land of the Allegheny National Forest and its surrounding gateway counties.  (It’s a modern Day Treasure Hunt!)  Find  six or more caches within a county, and earn that county’s unique geocoin.  Find six caches in each of all ten counties, and earn a special geocoin that represents the entire trail. See the rules for how to go about finding the caches and claiming your coins!  Finally, GeoTrail Passports and Crawford County geocoins are available at the Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau office.   
  • Drake Oil Well Come see where the industry that puts a drop of oil in your life every day was born.  A steam engine whistle calls you to the replica of Edwin Drake’s 1859 engine house, where oil from the famous well flows into a “never filling” barrel. Follow squeaking rod lines to learn how pioneer oil workers used one engine to pump many wells. They invented a whole new industry.  Don’t forget your camera!  Feed plastic apples to “Ed and Dan” in the Oil Transportation building as you wait for the Nitro truck to explode. Walk the path along Oil Creek to the Oil Pits where Native Americans collected oil even before Columbus came to the new world. You might see bald eagles fishing for trout in the creek.Listen to stories of life in oil boom town days told by videos, tour guides, working antique machinery, and historic buildings. Smell oil from wells around the world. Make plastic. Play old fashion games. Wear your sneakers. Bring your bike. And pack a picnic lunch.  Museum GROUNDS open year round: Outdoor exhibits operate May through October.
  • French Creek Kayaks in Utica, PA provides kayaks and canoe rentals!  Scientists rate French Creek as one of the six most biologically diverse streams in the Northeastern United States. You may see up to twenty-eight species of freshwater mussel. A wide variety of darters grace our banks, including the Tippecanoe darter, found nowhere else in Pennsylvania except French Creek and the upper Allegheny River. Watch for our numerous aquatic insects, reptiles and amphibians, including hellbenders, which are Pennsylvania’s largest salamanders. Keep on the lookout for our many native birds, including American bittern, least bittern, black tern, short-eared owl, sedge wren, marsh wren, osprey, and bald eagle. Plants of special concern include rush aster, cuckooflower, vanilla sweet grass and Beck’s water marigold.
  • Great Eastern Cutlery in Titusville, PA provides free tours of their unique facility that allows you to experience the crafting of Traditional American Cutlery like no where else. Mon – Fri 7am to 2:30 pm and our factory store is open 7 am to 4:30pm.
  • Lago Winery is a Tuscan style family owned Lago Inn & Winery is located on a 200 year Estate beautifully nestled in the slopes above Pymatuning Lake.  On the border of Pennsylvania and Ohio, it’s never too far to another world.  In addition, they feature wood fired pizza using homemade dough made fresh daily, rustic italian sandwich, and local wines.
  • Oil Creek State Park is the site of the world’s first commercial oil well. Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boom towns, oil wells and early transportation. Scenic Oil Creek carves a valley of deep hollows, steep hillsides and wetlands.
  • Pymatuning Lake Spillway is Pennsylvania’s largest manmade lake!  First of all, this is probably the weirdest local attraction you’ve ever seen!  The Pymatuning Spillway in Linesville PA is “where the ducks walk on the fishes backs”!  Don’t forget to take some loaves of stale bread to feed the fish and the ducks!  Because, you’ve never seen anything like it!  And, it’s a time treasured activity here in NW PA! 
  • Pymatuning Deer Park  Located in Jamestown, PA, it makes a great place to visit before or after you feed the fish at the Pymatuning Spillway!  Featuring over 250 animals and birds from around the world, there’s something for everyone at Pymatuning Deer Park!  While strolling through the wooded setting under a canopy of trees, visitors encounter both domestic and exotic animals. And these incluse: Siberian Tigers, African Lions, Camels, Black Bears, assorted Primates and of course, several species of deer.
  • The Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad provides the history and a train ride through “The valley that changed the world”!  In addition, it was the featured on the History Channel!  Why not teach your children through living history? 
  • Wilhelm Winery Established in 2000, Whilhelm Winery was created from a passion for wine making that started in a basement, and then grew into a full-scale business First introduced to wine making as a young man, Gary Shilling’s passion for winemaking spans over 20 years.  Most of all, you can come enjoy wine, live music, and relax out of the deck on a lazy summer day!
  • Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm is a working buffalo farm!  You can visit it, attend events, buy meat, and more!

Local attractions and fun things to do within 40 miles:

  • Allegheny Valley Trails in Franklin, PA Miles of local rails to trails that can be used for hiking or biking!  We have tunnels, bridges, and more!  They are located within an easy 29 mile drive of Meadville KOA!
  • Driving Tours of Crawford County!  There are several driving tours in Crawford and surrounding Counties available! In addition, there is a spring tour, summer tour, fall foliage tour, motorcycle tour, walking tours, and a scenic byways tour! Check these out!
  • Erie’s Maritime Museum is the home port of The U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie Maritime Museum presents the story of The Niagara as the reconstructed flagship of Pennsylvania and the warship that won the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812!  Offering a wide range of multi-media and interactive exhibits and coupled with lively interpretive programs!  Furthermore, the Erie Maritime Museum vividly illustrates  Niagara’s history and the region’s rich maritime heritage.
  • Grove City Prime Outlets is a sprawling line-up of modern buildings with busy sidewalks sports large signs.  In addition, it contains all your avorite brands, from J. Crew, to Nike, and Sony.
  • Lake Erie Lake Erie is the smallest of the Great Lakes in volume (119 cubic miles) and is exposed to the greatest effects from urbanization and agriculture. Measuring 241 miles across and 57 miles from north to south, the lake’s surface is just under 10,000 square miles, with 871 miles of shoreline. The average depth of Lake Erie is only about 62 feet (210 feet, maximum).  Therefore, it warms rapidly in the spring and summer, and frequently freezes over in winter. The drainage basin covers parts of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario. Because of its’ fertile soils, the basin is intensively farmed and is the most densely populated of the five lake basins.
  • Presque Isle Downs & Casino is Erie’s newest attraction and state-of-the-art Casino & Horse Racing!  Over 2,000 slot machines!  Open daily from 9am – 4 am.  They’ll leave the slots on for you!
  • Presque Isle Park, Biking Trail, & Beaches is Pennsylvania’s most-visited state park provides a day-use park that provides year-round recreational opportunities.  In addition, there are over fifteen miles of trails appeal to hikers, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers. Presque Isle also offers swimming, boating, fishing and beautiful sandy beaches to its summer visitors.  Most noteworthy, did we mention awesome sunsets on Lake Erie? In addition, there are sunset cruises available too!
  • The Tom Ridge Environmental Center this local attraction is located at the entrance to Presque Isle Park!  TREC offers visitors an insight to what then can expect to experience at Presque Isle State Park.  They combine a state-of-the-art “green” facility with interactive exhibits, films, rotating exhibits, specialized programs, lectures, classroom education, research, and dining! In addition, there is shopping and Artists in residence!  Therefore, visitors will always find TREC an exciting place to visit.  It’s fun for all ages! 
  • Waldameer Amusement Park & Water World is a beautiful family fun local attraction that features an amusement and water park complex!  Waldameer and Water World features scores of amusement park rides, magnificent water park slides, live shows, modern arcade, traditional midway games, food and refreshment centers, souvenir and gift shops, and numerous picnic groves all surrounded by gorgeous landscaped grounds.  In addition, we sell discount tickets to our camping customers to save you money!

If you visit the above local attractions and fun things to do, please tell them that Meadville KOA sent you! 

Many times local businesses underestimate the impact that RVers have on local businesses and how much tourism campgrounds generate within the local area.  So, please make sure you tell them that we sent you, so they know the impact that Meadville KOA Campground has as an advertising partner!  Thank you!

For more things to do, we refer you to the Crawford County Visitor’s Bureau and their schedule of events!  You can find more information at: http://www.visitcrawford.org/.  

Meadville KOA Campground is Conveniently located in the heart of Western Pennsylvania!  We’re just 15 miles East of Conneaut Lake, 25 miles East of Pymatuning State Park and just 30 miles Northwest of Oil Creek State Park! Meadville KOA is near Sugar Lake, 30 miles East of Canadohta Lake, and 40 miles South of Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park and an easy 100 mile drive north of Pittsburgh, PA!

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