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A Day Trip to Washington Pennsylvania: One Day in Washington

Last Updated on May 27, 2020

Discover the top things to do in Washington Pennsylvania!

Washington, Pennsylvania was surprisingly a great day trip from Pittsburgh if you’re looking to do some off the map exploring near the city. Washington PA is a small city 40 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh. Washington is a lovely place to visit if you’re interested in local history. Washington is home to Washington & Jefferson College and Pony League baseball. The Pony League World Series is hosted in Washington!

Top Things to do in Washington Pennsylvania

One Day in Washington PA

Washington, PA was surprisingly a great day trip from Pittsburgh if you’re looking to do some off the map exploring.

Find Washington Counties Covered Bridges

Washington Country is interestingly home to the most covered bridges in Pennsylvania (other than Lancaster County!). The local chamber has put together a fun covered bridge driving tour throughout the county!

Washington and Greene Counties hold their Annual Covered Bridge Festival, which features ten festival locations that offer activities, including hand-made arts & crafts, home-style foods, historical re-enactments, crafting demonstrations and entertainment. Held the third weekend in September each year, this Covered Bridge Festival is a signature event in the area, and a great way to enjoy the beginning of the fall.

Covered bridges are a really interesting piece of early engineering in America. Most covered bridges were constructed to cross streams to make transit easier. Wooden bridges were covered to preserve and keep them operative as long as possible. In the 19th century, almost 14,000 covered bridges were built in the US. Today fewer than 1000 survive.

Visit the Bradford House

Washington, Pennsylvania, was the center for the ‘Whiskey Rebellion’ of 1791 in the United States, as being one of the first open rebellions against the new U.S. government and Constitution. The rebellion was centered on the taxation of whiskey. The house of David Bradford, one of the leaders of the rebellion, is now a museum devoted to the Whiskey Rebellion and is located on South Main Street. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from April through November, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Admission: $5

Try Your Luck at the Meadows Casino

The Meadows Casino in Washington is the place to be if you’re looking to try your luck. The Meadows has table game, slots, sports betting, and a racetrack which traces horses. The Meadows also hosts various events throughout the year such as food truck festivals and concerts. The Meadows also has a hotel for accommodations.

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Go Shopping at the Washington Tanger Outlets

The Tanger Outlets in Washington are one of few outlet shopping malls in Western Pennsylvania. Here you can find all your favorite stores on discount! The Outlets are conveniently located across the road from the Meadows.

Visit the LeMoyne House

In downtown Washington, you can tour another historic home, the Le Moyne House. The Le Moyne house was the home of Francis Julius Le Moyne, a leader in the Underground Railroad. Le Moyne was a medical doctor by profession, but his home in Washington PA served as a refuge for African Americans fleeing slavery.

  • Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Last tour begins at 3:00 pm
  • Admission: Free

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Washington is also home to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, which preserves and restores trolleys to communicate with the public Pennsylvania’s trolley era. From the early 20th century until the 1940s trolleys were one of the prime modes of transportation, as the automobile was not mainstream until after World War II. During a visit to the museum, your ticket includes a guided tour and a trolley ride! The trolley ride is a scenic 4-mile trip

The museum also offer various seasonal events throughout the year including Halloween, Christmas, and themes for children.

Honor the Whiskey Rebellion at one of Washington’s Libation Spots

Downtown Washington is also home to local breweries, wineries, a distillery, and plenty of restaurants.

Finish off the Day at Washington Wild Things Baseball Game

One way to finish off your day trip from Pittsburgh to Washington, PA, is to go to a Washington Wild Things Baseball Game. The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team that is a member of the Can-Am Division of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league. Wild Things games are a low-cost and fun thing to do in Washington.

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