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Activities for Kids at Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania

Updated on June 29, 2012

Fun Activities for Kids

Have fun playing in the huge sand pit at the Seven Points Beach Area
Have fun playing in the huge sand pit at the Seven Points Beach Area | Source
Visit the learning center and get your picture taken with a black bear
Visit the learning center and get your picture taken with a black bear | Source
Learn about wildlife at the learning center
Learn about wildlife at the learning center | Source
Enjoy the scenic views
Enjoy the scenic views | Source

Visiting a Family Friendly National Park

Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania is a great place to vacation with your family. It is one National Park you should consider camping at. My family camped there in a tent and the site offered electricity as well as a nice bathroom just a short walk from our tent. As first time campers, this was a great way to introduce our children to the great outdoors.

Since we live close to Raystown Lake, we often go there just for the day, but it is really much better when you can spend a whole week enjoying all that this park has to offer.

Learning Activities for Kids

Just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you can't have fun while doing learning activities. Here are activities that your kids will enjoy and actually learn a few things, too.

  1. Go to the visitor's center and learn about wildlife
  2. Go to the visitor's center and learn about how water can generate electricity
  3. Hike a trail using a paper trail guide and get a certificate of completion when you are done
  4. Learn how to build a good fire
  5. Bird watch and take photos and notes so you can create a memory book when you get home

Fun Activities for Kids at Raystown Lake

Children will enjoy playing in the sand area, so be sure to take some sand toys with you to the Seven Points beach area. When playing in the sand gets too hot, they can go for a swim. There are two swimming areas, one is perfect for little kids and the other for older kids and adults. Most kids would be happy to spend the day at the beach area, but if you are looking for other fun activities for kids consider these ten ideas:

  1. Have a campfire and make s'mores at your campsite or picnic area
  2. Make mountain pies over an open fire for dinner (see below for mountain pie ideas)
  3. Play on one of the many playgrounds in the park and camp areas
  4. Ride bikes in the area you are camping
  5. Feed the carp at the marina
  6. Go out for a boat ride (daily boat rentals are available)
  7. Play volleyball
  8. Go to the snack area on the hill by the beach area and get your picture taken with all the beauty of Raystown behind you
  9. Go for a hike
  10. Lay out a nice blanket and play a card game together

Sand and Water Fun at Lake Raystown

Bury your friend in the sand or build a sand castle
Bury your friend in the sand or build a sand castle | Source
Swimming at Raystown Lake is fun for everyone
Swimming at Raystown Lake is fun for everyone | Source
Always wear a life jacket when kayaking or boating
Always wear a life jacket when kayaking or boating | Source

Stay Safe While Boating and Kayaking

Raystown Lake, PA

Raystown Lake Photos

The carp love to eat dog food and bread that visitors feed them
The carp love to eat dog food and bread that visitors feed them | Source
More hungry carp
More hungry carp | Source
View of Raystown Lake from the Educational Center
View of Raystown Lake from the Educational Center | Source
The Proud Mary Cruise Ship
The Proud Mary Cruise Ship | Source

Fun Activities for Kids During the Day at the Seven Points Marina Area

Here are some things you can do at the Seven Points Marina Area:

  • Rent a boat for the day
  • Rent and ride bikes or kayaks
  • Go fishing
  • Go swimming
  • Camp in your camper or in a tent

One activity that you must do is feed the carp. The carp will eat just about anything. You can buy food at the Marina or bring dog food or bread cubes. Your kids will be entertained for a long time while the carp jump and opening their big fish lips to enjoy the treats everyone has for them.

Evening Activities for Kids at Raystown Lake

Whether you are visiting for the day or camping overnight, making mountain pies over an open fire is a must-do evening activity at Raystown Lake. A pie iron is needed to make a mountain pie. You will also need non-stick spray, simple sandwich bread, and filling materials. You can buy a can of pie filling and use that to put between the bread or get creative and mix a few things together. Here are some ideas:

  • peanut butter and marshmallow spread
  • pepperoni slices and shredded mozzarella cheese
  • canned chicken, buffalo sauce, and shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped broccoli, shredded cheddar cheese, and canned chicken
  • chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs

Mountain Pies- A Camping Tradition

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More Activities for the Raystown Lake Area

If you are looking to make your Raystown Lake visit unforgettable, consider spending a week at Lake Raystown Resort instead of camping. The resort offers a water park and miniature golf as well as access to the lake. There are also many other activities that you can enjoy in areas around Raystown Lake.

  • Go on a guided striper fishing tour
  • Take a ride on the Proud Mary cruise ship
  • Try out zip lining
  • Visit the balancing rock which overlooks a 300 foot cliff
  • Enjoy a concert at the resort
  • Try out the other smaller swimming areas including Parks Orchard
  • Visit Trough Creek State Park

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Raystown Lake sounds like a wonderful family destination. I've never heard of mountain pies and I grew up in a mountain community! I'd love to know how you make them. I can't imagine whet that pie iron is for. LOL

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      chrissieklinger 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Denise, while working on this article I realized there are no mountain pie recipes, so I am working on a mountain pie recipe hub. I grew up in the city and never heard of them until we moved to a rural area.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      It sounds like a great family destination, fascinating read, and voted up!

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