Meadowcroft Rocks: Free admission for kids in August and September
All kids ages 17 and under will receive free admission to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village throughout the months of August and September, presented by UPMC
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center’s family of museums, will extend free admission for kids ages 17 and under throughout the months of August and September, thanks to support from UPMC.
Located just 40 miles southwest of Pittsburgh in Avella, Washington County, Meadowcroft is the perfect destination for families looking for a safe, outdoor summer adventure.
Kids can watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron in a 19th-century historic village, hike through Meadowcroft’s trails, and explore the prehistoric wonders of the Rockshelter – a National Historic Landmark recognized as the oldest site of human habitation in North America.
Meadowcroft is open each Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. now through Labor Day. After Labor Day through October, the site will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $7 for students with a valid ID, and free for Heinz History Center members. Visitors can purchase advance tickets online .
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village operates in association with the Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian and Pennsylvania’s largest history museum. Meadowcroft, a National Historic Landmark, is the oldest site of human habitation in North America and features a massive rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter more than 19,000 years ago. The 16th century Monongahela Indian Village includes wigwams, recreated prehistoric artifacts, and hands-on activities related to agriculture. Two 18th century structures help to spotlight the similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians in the Upper Ohio Valley. Meadowcroft’s 19th century village features a covered bridge, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and church that create a charming country village setting. Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is located in Avella, Pa., Washington County, within an hour’s drive of Pittsburgh. For more, visitwww.heinzhistorycenter.org/meadowcroft.