Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide's

Things to Do in Ligonier, PA

Local Attractions, History and Points of Interest in the Laurel Highlands of Westmoreland County

Yes, Ligonier! Looking for things to do in the Laurel Highlands? Here is a list of attractions in places like Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar, Chestnut Ridge & Laurel Mountain. The attractions are family oriented and include amusements, museums, cultural things to do, parks, hiking and biking trails, historical sites and other points of interest. Many of the places to visit are free of charge and geared for kids. This list may also contain urban legends and haunted places located in the Greensburg area.

Westmoreland County has been divided into 6 regions to make the attractions easier to find. This page contains things to do in area #6, the western part of Westmoreland County in the ridges and Laurel Highlands. Links to other areas can be found at the bottom of the page, as well as links to main attractions in all of Westmoreland County and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

In fact, this is just one page of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide, and more attractions and events can be found by accessing the main page and searching by location. If you feel that something is missing from the list, please email me. I am always looking for new attractions, places and folklore to include.




1. West Newton, Monessen, Rostraver, Scottdale
2. Greensburg, Jeannette, Youngwood, New Stanton
3. Murrysville, Delmont, Avonmore, Salem
4. New Kensington, Arnold, Allegheny, Vandergrift
5. Latrobe, Mt. Pleasant, Derry, New Alexandria
6. Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
 


1.  Idewild Park (official site)
  Attractions > Family
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Ligonier
Idewild Park is locally known as the rural sister park to Kennywood, but it currently is promoting being "voted #2 Best Kid's Park In The World" by Amusement Today. A full scale amusement park, it is highly regarded for it's attractions for young children, picnic groves and the "Soak Zone" water park. Every October, the park holds its annual "Hallowboo" during daylight hours.
 

2.  Caddie Shak Family Fun Park
  Attractions > Family
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Donegal
Looking for somewhere to take the kids in the Laurel Highlands? Caddie Shak Family Fun Park is sure to please, with "50 acres of action-packed adventure". With everything from go karts to bumper boats to paintball, there is truly something for everyone. It is also conveniently located close to other attractions in the Laurel Highlands and the PA Turnpike.
 

3.  Fort Ligonier
  Historic & Heritage Sites > Forts
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Ligonier
In the 1760s, the British Fort Ligonier served as an important post between Fort Pitt to the west and more established territory to the east. Today, eight acres of the fort have been preserved with many reconstructions, within a 1,600-ft. retrenchment. There is also an expansive museum, with a history gallery, and art gallery, and a special George Washington collection. Check the website for current events and other educational programs.
 

4.  Living Treasures Animal Park (Donegal)
  Attractions > Family
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Donegal
Living Treasures Animial Park has found its niche by providing a more hands on, up close experience than you might find at other zoos. There are two locations, Moraine State Park and Donegal, each featuring a walk through zoo with over 70 species, a petting area for the kids, pony and horse rides and a gift shop.
 

5.  Laurel Mountain Ski Resort
  Attractions > Outdoors
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Rector
The Laurel Mountain Ski Resort is located in Laurel Mountain State Park. It has not been open the last couple of years, but hopefully will be back on track for next year.
 

6.  Linn Runn State Park
  Attractions > Parks
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Laughlintown
The varied topography and mixed hardwood and evergreen forest make the 612-acre Linn Run State Park a scenic place for picnicking, hiking and cabin rentals. Grove and Rock runs join to make Linn Run, an excellent trout stream that has a lovely waterfall, Adams Falls. Forbes State Forest borders Linn Run State Park and offers 50,000 acres of land for outdoor recreation.
 

7.  Amish Crafts & Gift Shop
  Attractions > Shopping (Gifts / Specialty)
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Latrobe

 

8.  Betsy's Collections
  Attractions > Shopping (Gifts / Specialty)
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Donegal

 

9.  Fort Ligonier (Fay-West)
  Historic & Heritage Sites > Forts
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Ligonier

 

10.  Holiday Home Store
  Attractions > Shopping (Gifts / Specialty)
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Ligonier

 

11.  Latrobe Brewing Company
  Attractions > Unique Points of Intrest
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Latrobe

 

12.  Laurel Summit State Park
  Attractions > Parks
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Jennerstown
This scenic picnic area is operated by the Bureau of State Parks. The 6-acre area offers picnic tables, a pavilion, water, and restroom. The area is 2,739 feet above sea level and several degrees cooler than surrounding towns. This area also provides trailhead parking for Spruce Flats bog and Wolf Rocks Trail.
 

13.  Laurel Mountain State Park
  Attractions > Parks
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Boswell
High atop Laurel Ridge at close to 3,000 feet in elevation, Laurel Mountain State Park features a family-oriented downhill skiing area and beautiful views of the rolling countryside of the Ligonier Valley. The slopes and trails provide opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and the lodge is a cozy place to eat and enjoy the view. Opened in 1939, Laurel Mountain was one of the first ski areas in Pennsylvania.
 

14.  The Toy Box
  Attractions > Shopping (Gifts / Specialty)
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Ligonier

 

15.  Laurel Ridge State Park
  Attractions > Parks
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Rockwood
The 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River At Ohiopyle, PA to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, PA. This large park spans Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. The main feature of the park is the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, which features trail shelters for overnight camping.
 

16.  Motordome Speedway
  Attractions > Racing (Auto)
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:   

 

17.  Mountain Horse Saddlery & Gifts
  Attractions > Shopping (Gifts / Specialty)
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Donegal

 

18.  Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley
  Historic & Heritage Sites > Museums
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Ligonier

 

19.  The Old General Store
  Attractions > Shopping (Gifts / Specialty)
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Mt. Pleasant

 

20.  Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
  Attractions > Outdoors
 
County:   Westmoreland
Region:   Ligonier, Donegal, New Florence, Bolivar
City / Town:    Laurel Mountain

 





Looking for more things to do? There are more attractions nearby:
Attractions in West Newton, Monessen, Rostraver, Scottdale
Attractions in Greensburg, Jeannette, Youngwood, New Stanton
Attractions in Murrysville, Delmont, Avonmore, Salem
Attractions in New Kensington, Arnold, Allegheny, Vandergrift
Attractions in Latrobe, Mt. Pleasant, Derry, New Alexandria

Or view a summary of the top attractions and things to do across Westmoreland County:
Top Things To Do in Westmoreland County, PA

Also, find attractions and things to do across the entire region:
Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide Home Page
Top 75 Things To Do in Southwestern Pennsylvania

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