Experience the summer fun of the Laurel Highlands

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Idlewild and SoakZone

Idlewild and SoakZone is your ticket to family fun! Founded in 1878, Idlewild is the third-longest operating amusement park in the United States, and has been recognized as “Best Kids’ Park in the World” by Amusement Today. The park features 17 major amusement rides, one of the largest and most scenic children’s areas with 13 kiddie rides, SoakZone waterpark, live entertainment, costumed characters, and unique attractions such as Story Book Forest, Jumpin’ Jungle and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, all within the beautiful Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands.  Although there is a strong focus on entertaining the younger crowd, teens and adults will never feel left out.

Visit www.idlewild.com
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Fort Ligonier

Located 10 miles east of Saint Vincent College is Fort Ligonier, an impressive, authentically reconstructed full-scale British fort and award-winning French and Indian War Museum. Visitors experience a magnificent eight-acre historic site that changed world history while walking the same ground as a young George Washington. A visit to the museum’s Washington Gallery tells the fascinating story of his shift from English subject to leader of the fight of American independence as exemplified by the exquisite Washington-Lafayette pistols, a national treasure that are featured on permanent display. The museum’s History Gallery explores Fort Ligonier’s 18th-century life and events through amazing archaeological collections and a hands-on area for children.

Visit fortligonier.org
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Twin Lakes Park

Twin Lakes Park, just east of Greensburg off Route 30, has received national recognition for its facilities and programs that are designed for use by all people. Extensive stone paved walkways around two lakes, accessible fishing decks, pavilion rentals, an indoor Activity Center, the Boathouse concession stand, Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County Memorial, as well as modified picnic and play areas are just a few of the facilities available. Twin Lakes Park Expansion Area, opened in 2008, boasts an accessible playground for kids of all abilities; a skate park for bikers, skateboarders, and rollerbladers; an off-leash dog park with areas for small and large dogs; a dek hockey rink; winter sports area with night lighting for late-night fun; two outdoor pavilions; and an outdoor amphitheater that hosts a free concert series every summer.

Visit www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/parks
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Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival

The 45th Annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival will be held July 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2019. The festival is four days of live performing arts, traditional and fine crafts, cultural heritage activities, humanities, and exciting ethnic foods. The mission of the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival is to present exceptional visual arts, traditional crafts, educational activities and live performing artists to enlighten, entertain and enrich the community, while preserving and demonstrating Pennsylvania’s historical and living cultural heritage.

Visit www.artsandheritage.com


While you’re here, bring your high school student to visit Saint Vincent! 

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Saint Vincent Summer Theatre

Now celebrating its 51st season, Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will feature the always popular musical comedy Forever Plaid, along with the enchanting family musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and the heart-warming Always … Patsy Cline. In addition to the performances in the beautiful, air-conditioned Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, Saint Vincent Summer Theatre provides complimentary transportation from parking areas to the theatre and is known for its cabaret, a special after-the-show reception on the terrace of the Carey Center to which every patron is invited following evening performances. Popcorn, hot dogs and beverages are served by Saint Vincent students, and voluntary donor boxes are situated at the cabaret exits. Visit stvincent.edu/svst

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BANNER PHOTO: Benjamin Howes in Pittsburgh CLO’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Photo by Archie Carpenter