10 Things to do with Kids near Raystown Lake

Raystown Lake is a beautiful region of Pennsylvania, located in Huntingdon County. There are 118 miles of lake shoreline, which provide many opportunities for family fun. Check out these amazing things to do with kids near Raystown Lake.

Rent a boat and explore the lake

One of the most popular activities at Raystown Lake is boating. The enormous lake’s large marina is Seven Points. At this location, there are boats available for rent, as well as a boat launch if you bring your own.

Raystown Lake by Boat
Raystown Lake by Boat

Be sure to reserve your rental early, as they sell out quickly. They have a variety of boats available, including many types of pontoon boats and houseboats.

Visit DelGrosso’s amusement park

DelGrosso’s amusement park is located in nearby Tipton, Pennsylvania. The amusement park is situated on two sides of the road. One side includes the water park, while the other side of the road is home to the dry rides amusement park.

DelGrossos Entrance
DelGrosso’s amusement park

All-day fun passes are available for both the dry rides and the water park. There’s also ride tickets available, as the dry ride side of the park has free admission. For more information. check out this post about DelGrosso’s amusement park.

DelGrossos Lazy River
DelGrosso’s Laguna Splash water park

Mountain bike on their trails

Across the road from the Raystown Lake Visitor’s Center is Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park. This is a free biking park that’s open from dawn-to-dusk from April to November.

Raystown Lake Mountain Bike Trails
Raystown Lake Mountain Bike Trails

Helmets are required, and there are several trails available ranging from beginner to advanced.

Hike to an overlook

Two amazing overlooks are located close to a parking area and within a few hundred yards of each other. Start by parking at the top of Ridenour overlook. This overlook is directly adjacent to the parking lot that serves as parking for both overlooks.

Ridenour Overlook at Raystown Lake

Ridenour Overlook has a view of the Raystown Lake dam. After viewing this overlook, there’s signage in the far end of the parking lot pointing out the trail to Hawn’s Overlook. This trail is several hundred yards and takes you to another beautiful view of the lake.

Hawn Overlook at Raystown Lake

For more information about finding these overlooks, check out this post about Raystown Lake Overlooks.

Swim at one of two lake beaches

Raystown Lake features two swimming beaches: Seven Points beach and Tatman Run beach. The larger of the two beaches, Seven Points, has sand and grass areas beside the lake. There’s also a concession stand and playground.

Raystown Lake Sandy Beach
Raystown Lake Sandy Beach

Explore Trough Creek State Park

Trough Creek State Park is located just east of Raystown Lake. The park boasts many unique features, including a waterfall, swinging bridge, balanced rock, and ice mine.

Rainbow Falls at Trough Creek State Park

The 541-acre park has many hiking trails, picnic areas, and 29 camping sites. Check out this post for more information about Trough Creek State Park.

Trough Creek State Park Balanced Rock
Trough Creek State Park Balanced Rock

Picnic at the lake or grab a bit at the concession stand

There are many opportunities for picnics throughout the Raystown Lake region. For amazing views of the lake, check out the picnic tables near Seven Points marina. Also, Seven Points beach features a concession stand overlooking the lake.

Seven Points Picnic
Seven Points Picnic

Visit Lakemont Park

Lakemont Park is in nearby Altoona. The park includes two 18-hole mini-golf courses, batting cages, basketball, volleyball courts, and pavilions. Note the park has two roller coasters, but they are not operating for the 2024 season. Altoona’s ice rink and Altoona Curve baseball stadium are also located beside Lakemont Park.

Lakemont Park Mini-Golf

Fish the Juniata River

The Juniata River is a great river for kayaking, tubing, and fishing. It’s located within the Raystown Lake region.

Juniata River Fishing
Juniata River Fishing

Hike 1000 Steps (difficult)

1000 steps is a hiking trail located between Huntingdon and Mount Union. The steps are along the Standing Stone Trail, which can be access from a parking area along William Penn Highway, Route 22, just outside of Mount Union.

1000 Steps
1000 Steps

The steps actually include 1,037 steps, as the hike is very strenuous. There are several places along the steps to sit to take a break, but keep in mind that it’s very steep throughout the trail.

Mapleton Overlook
Mapleton Overlook

The reward for reaching the top are the views. After reaching the top, follow the sign to the directional sign to the dinky shed. This old shed was previously used as a maintenance shed for the dinky trains that housed rail cars for the quarry at the top of the mountain. Above the shed is another couple sets of steps which lead to the overlook trail.

Looking for more things to do with kids near Raystown Lake?

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