From meeting new people to experiencing new sights, sounds, and smells – is there anything more exciting or rejuvenating than a break from the day-to-day mundanity? Traveling is an excellent way to immerse yourself in a new culture, setting, or way-of-life, but the best part is this: you don’t have to venture far from home to enjoy what this world has to offer.
Whether your journey takes you across your own city, to an unexplored part of your state, or even to the other side of the world, there’s no doubt you will still learn a lot about your surroundings – and yourself – along the way.
While the culture an hour away from your home might not be drastically different from what you’re used to, you can still gain a deepened sense of appreciation for where you’ve laid your roots. Plus, traveling locally has a lot of benefits:
More cost-effective. Local travel is certainly a budget-friendly way to explore! Many activities and parks are free or have a low cost of entry. For day trips, you can also pack your own meals to save.
Eco-friendly way to travel. Travel is hard on the environment, but putzing around your area is more sustainable than air travel.
Quick trips. Getting out locally means you can do it more often! Long weekend trips are a lot easier to take when the destination is a short drive away.
Easy to plan. Preparing your itinerary for a local getaway will likely save you some time and stress.
More convenient. Especially if you have little ones, sticking close to home may be much more convenient than far-off destinations. If you forget something, have an emergency, or need to cut the trip short, being closeby definitely has its benefits.
Grove City is located in the state of Pennsylvania, approximately 60 miles north of Pittsburgh and 75 miles south of Erie. It’s a haven for shopaholics, as the city is home to some of the best brands and deals within the region, with Grove City Premium Outlets being a must-visit destination.
Excellent shopping aside, Grove City is also home to a number of fascinating attractions that are sure to delight, with Keystone Safari, Grove City Memorial Park, and the Koehler Brewing Company being just some of these.
Even those who have lived in the city for a decade would agree they haven’t experienced all that Grove City has to offer, while for those new to the region – well, they’ve got a lot to look forward to as well.
Ready to discover the best of Grove City, Pennsylvania? Let’s get started!
*Note: Some of the suggestions may not be doable due to coronavirus closures, but keep this list handy for when things start opening back up more! Be sure to check individual pages for specific operation details.
Grove City isn’t all hustle and bustle! There are also plenty of state parks and national parks both within and surrounding the area, all of which provide a tranquil escape for those looking to surround themselves by nature.
Open all year round, the McConnells Mill State Park is the perfect destination for nature lovers of all ages. Discover the park’s historic past by taking a tour of the gristmill and covered bridge. Visitors can go on a guided hike and adventure through the park’s waterfalls, creeks, and rugged peaks. Its scenic gorge and unique topography are what make this state park one of the most visited in Grove City.
The Maurice K Goddard State Park is best known for its wide variety of seasonal recreational activities. Visitors can hike or take guided walks to gain a deeper appreciation of Grove City’s natural and cultural resources. Families and children can visit during the spring and summer months to attend interpretive and educational programs. Stop by anytime during the year to wildlife watch!
Boat, fish, swim, and camp with family and friends at Grove City’s biggest state park. With so much to do, Pymatuning is guaranteed to have something that every visitor can enjoy. Discover the history of Pennsylvania’s largest reservoir at the park’s Gatehouse or wildlife watch and catch the Sunset from Spillway Trail. You can even stay the night in one of Pymatuning’s exclusive modern cabins.
At Point State Park, visitors can learn about Grove City’s historic heritage that stems back all the way to the French and Indian War of 1754. Families and children can join any one of the park’s environmental education and recreation programs to gain a greater understanding of its archeological resources. Visit any time throughout the year to explore this National Historic Landmark.
Still need to get your nature fix? If you’re craving seeing even more of the beautiful scenery that surrounds Grove City, then there are also plenty of hiking and walking trails for you and your family to enjoy.
This 2.4-mile trail located just outside of Grove City is perfect for hikers new and experienced. Visitors can walk, run, and road bike in addition to hiking. Be sure to take in the breathtaking scenery as you adventure through this park’s wooded areas and rugged trails. Dogs can even join in on the family hike as long as they are kept on a leash.
The Miller Woods Trail is the perfect hiking trail for families who want to stay within the area but escape the city’s bustling environment. Visitors can walk, bike, and run along this trail. There’s really no better way to discover Grove City’s natural beauty other than going on a quick adventure through Miller Woods.
Memorial Park Loop is a 4.1-mile trail close to Grove City. Perfect for mountain biking and hiking, this trail is one of the most popular among the local community. Each trail is labeled by colored arrows based on its difficulty so that visiting families with children can enjoy a safe and easy hike. Bikers who are looking to ride along hilly and rugged terrains can choose to take the expert trails.
Grove City is home to a bustling and trendy dining scene, so there’s sure to be a restaurant, café, or diner to satisfy your cravings. If you’ve worked up an appetite after a long hike, or simply feel like treating yourself to a delicacy, then you’re in luck. Here are our top restaurant recommendations!
At Broad Street Grille, family fun and quality food are the only things that matter most. For the past six years, BSG has provided a memorable dining experience to family and friends by offering flavorful dishes that leave customers coming back for more. Make sure to try their Tuscan Grilled Chicken or Pork Barbeque sandwich for an unforgettable meal.
In the heart of Grove City lies Jin Sushi, the town’s number one Asian cuisine restaurant. Customers constantly rave about their sushi bar specials and mouth-watering hibachi steak. Families also enjoy Jin’s bento specials and sashimi a la carte. The most popular item is their Out Of Control Roll which features the chef’s special sano over a deep fried roll.
When you dine at Jordan’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, you can expect great food and a warm welcome. Their specialty is their delicious pizza crafted with homemade dough and fresh ingredients. Customer favorites include the BBQ Chicken Pizza and their Classic Cheese Pizza with Jordan’s red sauce. They also offer a wide variety of other classic American foods like burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
Stop by the Voodoo Brewery in Grove City for an unforgettable brewing experience. Fun, flavorful, and thought-provoking, Voodoo Brewery beers do not mess around. Voted the Best Local Brewery in all of Grove City, this bar is definitely the place to end the night. Only for customers ages 21 and up.
Looking to enjoy a fresh cup of locally roasted coffee? Then Beans on Broad is the café for you! Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch sandwich with your cup of joe and satisfy your sweet tooth with a warm pastry.
After feasting and enjoying all that the hiking trails and state parks have to offer, you may be wondering: “what next?” Well, when it comes to Grove City’s attractions and activities, you’re only just getting started. Here are some of the most fun things on offer in and around the city!
Looking to entertain some little ones? Or perhaps you’ve got some teenagers in-tow who are starting to get a little bored? Either way, these attractions will entertain both children, teens, and adults alike!
Take the family and children on an amazing adventure at Keystone Safari. Visitors can go on an exciting safari bus ride and visit the magical butterfly garden. General admission tickets cost $12 and are free for children 3 years old and younger. As you walk through the park, make sure to look at all the different species of birds that free roam throughout the park.
There’s nothing more fun than taking the whole family bowling at the Bowl-O-Drome! Voted Grove City’s number one Leading Family Entertainment Center, Bowl-O-Drome is sure to put smiles on the faces of everyone. With 20 modernized bowling lanes featuring state-of-the-art computerized scoring, the family will want to keep playing game after game. If you start to feel a little hungry, get your head back in the game by grabbing a bite to eat at the snack bar.
What should you do in Grove City once the sun goes down? We’re glad you asked! Here are our suggested night-time attractions.
End your night by attending a short track auto race at the Michaels Mercer Raceway. Dating back as early as the 1800s, Michaels Mercer is considered to be one of the oldest tracks in the United States. Saturday night live events are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for children under 13. Make sure to visit their events page for a schedule of their latest shows.
The Guthrie Theatre brings together the whole entire community with high-quality music, theatre, and entertainment. The Guthrie has a wide variety of events going on all year long, including film festivals and special movie screenings. Enjoy some quality time with the family by heading over to Grove City’s number one theatre.
What can you do in or around Grove City that won’t cost anything more than a few dollars? The answer: plenty! Here are just two of our favorite attractions within the area that can be enjoyed on the cheap.
Visit Grove City Premium Outlets to shop over 120 brand name stores or to simply grab a cup of coffee at one of the various cafes and restaurants. This open-air mall is the perfect place to spend cool summer evenings or warm winter days shopping and dining!
Bring the whole family down to the Coolspring Corn Maze for a memorable and affordable experience. Venture through the indoor hay maze or race along the pedal tractor racetrack. Travel down the two 40’ mountain slides or put your skills to the test by playing their famous barnyard board game. Admission is $12 for adults and children ages 2 and up.
Looking to get the most out of your time spent within the city of Grove City? Whether you want a fun way to waste away a Sunday afternoon or a date idea that won’t break the budget – here are our most recommended things to do in Grove City that won’t cost you a cent.
At Grove City Memorial Park families can swim, play basketball, walk trails, and picnic along the pond. There’s also a 9-hole disc golf course along with baseball and softball fields, allowing the community to stay active. Visitors can reserve a pavilion for a group event or birthday to enjoy Grove City’s great outdoors.
The city’s famous roots and diverse culture can be discovered at the Grove City Historical Society. Families can visit the museum to learn about some of the city’s most valuable treasures. Children will love going on a journey back in time!
Alright, by now you’ve probably been on your feet all day exploring the sights and delights that Grove City has to offer. If you’re craving some rest and relaxation, or even a bit of pampering, these are two of the best spas in the region.
Hairtique and More Salon and Day Spa has been serving the community of Grove City for over 33 years now. Stop by the spa for hot bamboo and deep tissue massages, or head on over to the salon for facial and body waxing.
At Grove City Laser Medi Spa, you can feel confident that you’ll be served by skin care and aesthetic professionals. The spa offers a variety of services but is best known for their innovative laser treatments.
If rejuvenation for you is less about deep relaxation and more about sweating it out, then you’re in luck. Grove City is home to some of the highest-rated gyms and yoga studios within the region.
Head on over to Anytime Fitness for an incredible fitness experience. Sign up for personal and small group training or join specialized classes that will have you breaking a sweat in no time. Memberships are only $39 a month!
Broad Street Yoga offers a variety of workshops and classes both suitable for new and experienced yogis. Monthly membership packages are available for $60, or drop-in on a class for just $10.
Looking to fulfill your wanderlust by heading outside of the region for a day? You could spend decades within Grove City without barely scratching the surface of all there is to do in this city, but consider these day trips next time you fancy a new adventure.
Travel to Pittsburgh to enjoy more of Pennsylvania’s rich culture and beautiful nature. Stop by the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to walk through the awe-inspiring Victorian greenhouse. You should also visit the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Science Center to discover the city’s historic past. Finally, don’t forget to take the children to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium for some family fun.
Book a hideaway cabin or vacation home when you visit Allegheny National Forest for a family adventure. With so much to offer, this destination is guaranteed to make the most memorable day trip of all. Go boating during the summer, skiing during the winter, or hike all year-round. Take a walking tour along the Allegheny Reservoir to discover the forest’s nearby villages and towns. Family packages and specials are available for purchase, so make sure to get yours before they sell out.
As a final reminder, some of these activities may need to wait until businesses fully reopen from coronavirus closures. However, there is still much to see and experience in Grove City that you can enjoy today! What are your favorite spots in Grove City? Send them our way to [email protected] or by tagging us on Instagram @rvshare and using the hashtag #rvsharelocal.