Local Area Attractions
There is no shortage of things to do and see in Northwestern PA! Crawford County features Allegheny Geo Caching Trail, Conneaut Lake Amusement Park, Conneaut Cellars Winery, Crawford County Fairgrounds, Erie Wildlife Refuge, 14 Golf Courses (including Mount Hope where your kids golf for free when you tell them you're camping at Meadville KOA!), Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event on Father's Day Weekend, the Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm, Conneaut Lake Amusement Park and Recreation Area, the Pioneer Steam Festivals, and much more! We're an easy drive from Presque Isle State Park and Pymatuning State Park and Spillway (the top two most visited state parks in Pennsylvania), Erie Maritime Museum, Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Waldameer Amusement & Water Park, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Oil Creek & Titusville Scenic Railway & Park, Rails To Trails for Biking, and the Grove City Outlets!
List of Local Area Attractions
Allegheny Geo Caching Trail, Conneaut Lake Amusement Park, Conneaut Cellars Winery, Crawford County Fairgrounds, Erie Wildlife Refuge, Erie Maritime Museum, 14 Golf Courses, Grove City Outlets, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Presque Isle State Park & Beaches, Pymatuning Lake & Spillway, Oil Creek & Titusville Scenic Railway & Park, Rails To Trails for Biking, Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event, and Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm! See complete list with live links at: http://www.meadvillekoa.com/links.html
Thurston Classic FREE Hot Air Balloon Event (Father's Day Weekend!)
Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event held at Robertson Field, Allegheny College Sports Complex Hot on Fathers Day Weekend each year! The air balloon event features approximately 30 balloons and a fantastic night glow on Thursday night preceding the event! There is no admissions charge, but this non-profit event relies on the generous donations of attendees and local businesses to keep the event going! If you attend, please donate generously, and purchases some souvenirs to take home with you! http://www.thurstonclassic.com/
Pioneer Steam & Gas Engine Shows July 20 -22, and Oct. 13 & 14, 2013!
Pioneer Steam & Gas Engine Society featuring steel wheeled and hand cranked tractors! Events are held in nearby Saegertown.
July 20-22 - Summer Show featuring Ford tractors and Pennsylvania-made engines!
Oct. 13-14 - Fall Harvest Show
Franklin, PA Applefest Oct. 4-6, 2013!
The Franklin Applefest Weekend is the first full weekend in October each year (Check link for dates!)! Applefest is filled with craft vendors, entertainment, car shows, food (did we mention apple baked goodies!), and more! Don't miss it!
Road Sign Art by Allegheny College Art Students & PENNDOT!
Stop by on your way in or your way out and take some photos of the street signs turned into art representing all the features of Crawford county PA! A cooperative effort between Allegheny College Art program and PennDOT.
Begun in 2001, the original idea for Signs & Flowers was developed by Allegheny College's Arts & Environment Initiative (A&EI). PennDOT contacted A&EI for assistance in beautifying their grounds and increasing awareness of their presence in the community. Under the direction of Professor Geffen, CEED interns working in collaboration with PennDOT welders, road crew and heavy equipment operators, created a sculptural garden that speaks of our human impact on the planet.
Allegheny Geo Trail!
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a great family activity! This adventure sport/hobby involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver, and based on information provided on geocaching.com. The 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. 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! http://www.alleghenygeotrail.com/
The Erie National Wildlife Refuge
The Erie National Wildlife Refuge is just 5 miles from the campground and has over 8700 acres. You may even see their nesting bald eagles! You can drive around and through it, hike on the trails, and see 237 species of migratory birds, and other wildlife. Keep yours eyes to the skies, we even sometimes see eagles great blue hurons, and other birds at the campground! http://www.fws.gov/refuge/erie/! Phone 814-789-3585.
Mount Hope Golf Course (and 13 others!)
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 You're camping at Meadville KOA Campground, and we sent you!)
14 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! http://www.visitcrawford.org/public/activities/Golf.cfm
Pymatuning Deer Park
Pymatuning Deer Park is a family-owned and operated Animal Park located at the southern-most point of Pymatuning Lake in Jamestown, Pennsylvania. Established in 1953, Pymatuning Deer Park has been a family tradition passed on from generation to generation for over 50 years.Featuring over 250 animals and birds from around the world, theres 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 including Siberian Tigers, African Lions, Camels, Black Bears, assorted Primates and of course, several species of deer.Some animals you pet and some you dont! The Kiddie Zoo welcomes young and old alike to get up-close and personal with featured baby animals and a variety of domestic farm animals. Petting and feeding in the Kiddie Zoo is a highlight for most park visitors a truly touching experience! Cracker-crunching deer, bucket-pulling primates, and biscuit-begging black bears make for endless feeding adventures throughout the entire park.pony rideTwo other attractions that cant be missed are the childrens pony rides and a ride on the Deer Park Express. Cowboys and cowgirls at heart get a scenic view as they are led pony-back along a wilderness trail. All aboard the Deer Park Express! Entire families love to count how many deer they can spot as they enjoy their ride through the backwoods! Experienced riders know to watch out for the eager emus looking for a handout!Before leaving, visitors will find a wide selection of souvenirs and gifts in the Deer Park Gift shop. Take something home to remind you of your adventure at the wildest place in town! http://www.pymatuningdeerpark.info/ Phone: 814-932-3200.
Drake Well "The Valley That Changed The World" as featured on the History Channel!
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 boomtown 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. http://www.drakewell.org/
Erie's Maritime Museum
Erie's Maritime Museum is the homeport 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, Erie Maritime Museum vividly illustrates Niagara's history and the region's rich maritime heritage.
Presque Isle State Park - Pennsylvania's most visited state park!
Presque Isle Park, Biking Trail, & Beaches is a day-use park that provides year-round recreational opportunities. Over fifteen miles of trails appeal to hikers, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers. Presque Isle offers swimming, boating, fishing and beautiful sandy beaches to its summer visitors.
Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie
Waldameer Amusement Park is a beautiful family fun 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. We sell discount tickets to our camping customers!
The Tom Ridge Environmental Center
The New Tom Ridge Center 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 and the surrounding Great Lakes Region. Combining a state-of-the-art green facility with interactive exhibits, entertaining films, rotating exhibits, specialized programs, lectures, classroom education, research, dining, shopping and Artists in residence, will always find TREC an exciting place to visit. Fun for all ages!
John Brown Farm in Pre-Civil War Crawford County
John Brown Farm in Pre-Civil War Crawford County, Pennsylvania, the farm of the great abolitionist John Brown played a strategic role in the Underground Railroad. 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.