Cool Places to Visit in Pennsylvania At Night

by Anne Davis

Pennsylvania's size and topography give it a unique advantage over neighboring states: an abundance of tourist attractions from museums and restaurants to national parks and sailing. If you're looking for something to do in the state at night, you're in luck: Nightlife throughout the state is vibrant.


Harrisburg, in south central Pennsylvania, has much to offer the nighttime visitor. After strolling along the Susquehanna River in downtown Harrisburg, you can take in a late night meal at Zia's at Red Door or the Appalachian Brewing Company. If you're so inclined, you can follow that up with a show at the American Music Theater or Stitches Comedy Club; if you're not inclined toward a show, you can enjoy a nightcap at Molly's Pug or the East of Eden Pub. Year-round, Harrisburg offers a vibrant nightlife to visitors and residents alike.


Strasburg, in eastern Pennsylvania, isn't just a daytime attraction: It has plenty for visitors to do at night, too. You can take tours of the historic, haunted parts of Strasburg during the warm season. You can learn all about the old Dutch country, filled with folklore and legends from the Pennsylvania Dutch. Visit Historic Strasburg Inn and Augusta Bitner's Tombstone as you wander through the streets of Strasburg.


The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, is a vibrant metropolitan area with everything you could want at night: shows, music, food and drinks. But unlike anywhere else in the state, you can catch a nighttime Phillies game in Philadelphia during summer. Games in the home stadium typically start after 7 p.m. during the week, giving you the opportunity to take in an early dinner, watch the game, and still make it out to a club or bar for drinks afterward.

Lake Erie

From Erie, Pennsylvania, you can join a sunset cruise or charter your own boat to take you out onto Lake Erie to appreciate Pennsylvania nature. Tiny Tim's Fishing, based out of Erie, offers cruises throughout the summer that begin around sunset; they can take you around the lake. You can enjoy seeing Erie on the horizon as the sun sets, spreading brilliant colors across land and water.

About the Author

Anne Davis writes pieces on domestic and international travel, automotive maintenance, education and health. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and history, and is pursuing graduate study in a related field.