Sometimes with the heat and humidity of summer, you just need to find a way to cool off. Here is a list of 10 ways to beat the heat in the PA Great Outdoors region.

  1. Pine Crest Cabins – in Cook Forest offers you the chance to rev up and splash around while you cool off on their bumper boats.
  2. Foxburg Tours – Enjoy the relaxing easy pace of pontoon boat tours where you can learn about Foxburg’s history and watch for eagles soaring, turtles basking, and fish swimming. Their pontoon boat can hold up to 13 people with a Bimini cover that keeps passengers sheltered from both sun and rain.

  3. Cook Forest Fun Park – The twists and turns of the spectacular Sky-Rapids waterslide is one of the most fun ways in PA Great Outdoors region to cool off. They also have bumper boats.

  4. Clarion River – Tubing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are popular ways to enjoy this federally designated National Wild & Scenic Recreation River. There are liveries in Ridgway and Cook Forest to help you plan your day on the water. Piney Dam near Clarion offers unlimited horsepower boating on 14 miles of deep water.

  5. Allegheny River – The deep waters of Pool #9 at Brady are popular for power boats and jet skis. Near Tionesta canoeing and kayaking are the favorite ways to enjoy this federally designated National Wild & Scenic Recreation River.
  6. Clear Creek State Park – The clear cold waters at the swimming beach are a very refreshing and quick way to beat the summer heat.

  7. Twin Lakes Recreation Area – Featuring a 100 X 60 swimming area with a sand beach hiking trail and playground.

  8. Sinnemahoning State Park – Wildlife watching pontoon boat tours of the George B. Stevenson reservoir are offered on most Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In addition, specialty bird watching tours that feature a hot brunch served onboard are scheduled several times each summer, usually on major holiday weekends.

  9. Sizerville State Park – Take a dip in their 105-foot-long pool with an adjacent wading pool. There is a lift in the pool for people with disabilities.

  10. Bendigo State Park – The pool depth ranges from three to five feet with certified lifeguards and an ADA accessible lift.

Other great places to take a dip include public pools in Clarion, Marienville, Sligo, Punxsutawney, St. Marys, Ridgway, Johnsonburg, Brockway, Reynoldsville, and the swimming area at Walter Dick Memorial Park in Brookville.

Find more information to plan your trip to the PA Great Outdoors online at or call (814) 849-5197.

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