Spending time with family doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost anything at all. The memories that stand the test of time are those moments of connectedness. Everything else is a distraction. Like most treasures in life, the best ones are hidden right in plain view. Just like here in Mercer County.
Magical family time that costs you nothing is easy to find in Mercer County, if you know where to look. That’s where we come in. Here’s a list of eleven free outings grouped by type that give you the chance to capture moments of magic with your family.
- Cool Cruisin Nights – First Friday of each month from May to October – If you like cars, hit downtown Princeton for a night of classic cars, muscle cars and hot rods as they cruise down Mercer Street.
- First Friday in Princeton – First Friday of each month – Take a stroll with the family in downtown Princeton and catch live music, art and family fun in The Mercer Street Grassroots District, as well as The Historic District
- Lolito City Park (Bluefield) – Grab the kids and romp around in the park, featuring four pavillions, playgrounds, picnic area, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, and more.
- Pipestem Resort State Park – Did you know a part of Mercer County is located inside Pipestem Resort State Park? Hike the County Line Trail and you can be in two counties at the same time – Mercer County and Summers County. Hit Long Branch Lake, hike miles of trails, or explore the visitors center.
- Pinnacle Rock State Park – Located near Bramwell, this 3,100-foot sandstone formation includes a wooded area with picnic facilities, hiking trails and a fishing lake, as well as. an overlook with a spectacular view..
- Camp Creek State Park – This park is known for its waterfalls, Campbell and Mash Fork Falls, and with over 35 miles of trails, there is plenty of time for the family to soak in the natural beauty of the area. And each other’s company.
- Regional Coal Heritage Trail Interpretive Center – Get an idea of life in the coalfields during the days of King Coal through coal mining memorabilia and interpretive displays.
- Princeton Railroad Museum – For the railroad enthusiasts in your family, check out over 100 railroad lanterns, exhibits of railroad artifacts, artworks, books, and photographs.
You can’t go wrong with any of these free family outings because they’re a way for you and your family to explore parts of Mercer County together. And even though they don’t cost a thing, you and your family will be richer for the experience.
This post was last updated on May 7, 2019