Family-Friendly Attractions in Brookville and Beyond

Check out the enormous Bowdish Model Railroad exhibit at the Jefferson County History Center.

The small town of Brookville and its surroundings have plenty to entertain kids and adults alike, so you can easily spend a few days exploring the area.

On your way into town, pull off I-80 at the Hazen exit and visit Scripture Rocks Heritage Park. The Jefferson County History Center operates this public park, which highlights some of the many boulders an area resident inscribed with passages from the Bible more than 100 years ago. Visitors can scramble over the rocks and read the hand-carved verses. Afterward, pop in to the Jefferson County History Center itself to check out its many kid-friendly exhibits, including the popular Bowdish Model Railroad.

Another popular attraction in the area is the Coolspring Power Museum, located between Brookville and Punxsutawney just off Route 36. This open-air museum hosts one of the largest collection of internal combustion engines in the world, with more than 275 historically significant machines spread across the museum’s campus, and most of them still operate beautifully. The museum is open to visitors one weekend per month from April to October, so check their calendar before you plan your trip.

Your kids will love to pet these kids at Farmers Inn in Sigel.

A few miles north of town, Farmers Inn welcomes visitors to their restaurant, petting zoo, ice cream shop, wildlife exhibits, mini golf, shops, and more. It’s easy to spend several hours here — plan accordingly! Nearby, Beartown Rocks in Clear Creek State Park features house-sized boulders perfect for kids to climb on. Then cool off by taking a dip in clear cold mountain water at the Clear Creek State Park beach. Another great option on a hot day is Walter Dick Memorial Park, which includes the dam for North Fork Creek underneath the bridges for I-80 east and west. Your kids will love the swinging bridge, playground, swimming hole, and geocaching in the woods. Check under rocks in the stream for crayfish!

If you have baseball fans in the family, they’ll love a trip to the BWP Bat Factory a few miles east of town. Take a free guided tour of the operation and have a custom bat made for play or as a keepsake.

On Friday nights during the warmer months, the dirt track at Thunder Mountain Speedway roars to life. Otherwise, end your visit with a double feature at Brookville’s Moonlite Drive-In Theatre, a rare find these days! The theatre offers a large concessions menu with burgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, candy, and drinks, so treat the kids and let them pig out under the stars as you take in the summer’s latest blockbuster, an old classic, or both.

Header image of Scripture Rocks Memorial Park by Chris Lasher.

by Danielle Taylor
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