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LigonierUnited States of America

Best known as the site of a strategic fort dating back to the French and Indian War, this small town is also home to pleasant antique shops, restaurants and inns. 

Ligonier is a historic town set in a scenic valley. Visit the town’s famous fort, quaint shops, cheerful markets and family-friendly attractions.

Go for a stroll in the Diamond, a lovely central park filled with flowers, trees and small wildlife. Relax on a bench or find out if any concerts are taking place on the park’s historic bandstand. The Diamond is an excellent starting point for sightseeing, with the town’s main streets extending in four directions from the park.

Visit Fort Ligonier, a thoughtful re-creation of the original British fortification built during the French and Indian War. Gain insight into the lives of 18th-century soldiers as you explore the fort’s barracks, commissary, saw mill and other reconstructed buildings. In the fort museum, read handwritten memoirs of the young George Washington and see Seven Years’ War artifacts collected from around the world.

Don’t miss the Ligonier Country Market, occurring Saturday mornings from mid-May until October. More than 130 vendors set up stalls selling fresh-picked produce and handicrafts in one of Western Pennsylvania’s largest and oldest markets. Pick up heirloom tomatoes for a picnic and shop for handmade jewelry and candles.

Save time to see the Compass Inn Museum, a restored 18th-century stagecoach stop complex. Learn about life and transportation in the 1800s on a guided tour with a costumed docent. Look inside the seven rooms of the restored inn, which is decorated with period furniture.

Bring the kids to Idlewild and SoakZone, one of Pennsylvania’s oldest amusement parks. Dating back to 1878, the park’s attractions are divided into several themed areas. Ride the antique merry-go-round in traditional “Olde Idlewild” or float down the lazy river in the “SoakZone.”

One of the best times of year to visit Ligonier is during October’s Fort Ligonier Days festival. Centered on Fort Ligonier, the event features 18th-century music, parades and battle re-enactments.

Ligonier is 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh and best reached by car.

Top Hotels in Ligonier

Ramada by Wyndham Ligonier
Ramada by Wyndham Ligonier
2.5 out of 5
216 W Loyalhanna St, Ligonier, PA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $109 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Ligonier, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Fort Ligonier and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Idlewild and SoakZone. Fallingwater is 32 mi (51.5 km) away.

4/5Very Good! (335 reviews)

"The registration employee was fab. He was lovely and welcoming."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Ligonier
Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier
Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier
Ligonier, PA

This family-friendly Ligonier cabin is located in a rural location, 3 mi (4.9 km) from Fort Ligonier, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Idlewild and SoakZone and Compass ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Great little cabin

"We had such a nice time this weekend. The cabin is cozy, and had everything we could possibly need. The owners are super helpful and kind, going above and beyond to make us comfortable and help us feel welcomed. I would love to come visit again in the future! This little town is so charming and the ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier
Campbell House B&B
Campbell House B&B
2.5 out of 5
305 E Main St, Ligonier, PA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $102 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Ligonier, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Fort Ligonier and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Compass Inn Museum. Idlewild and SoakZone and Lincoln ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Small town charm

"Pleasant B&B in charming small town. The innkeeper is attentive, and breakfast is delicious!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

Campbell House B&B
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ligonier

Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier
Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier
Ligonier, PA

This family-friendly Ligonier cabin is located in a rural location, 3 mi (4.9 km) from Fort Ligonier, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Idlewild and SoakZone and Compass ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Great little cabin

"We had such a nice time this weekend. The cabin is cozy, and had everything we could possibly need. The owners are super helpful and kind, going above and beyond to make us comfortable and help us feel welcomed. I would love to come visit again in the future! This little town is so charming and the ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Rustic, Artsy & Cozy Getaway Cabin in Laurel Highlands- Minutes From Ligonier
Heart of the Beautiful Laurel Highlands, Comfortable Cottage W/hot Tub, Fire pit
Heart of the Beautiful Laurel Highlands, Comfortable Cottage W/hot Tub, Fire pit
Ligonier, PA

Situated in Ligonier, this romantic cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Linn Run State Park, Idlewild and SoakZone, and Fort Ligonier. Compass Inn Museum and Caddie ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Very nice stay at the cottage

"My wife and I stayed in this lovely cottage while traveling for the weekend. Shane was super friendly and made us feel very welcomed in his cottage. Once we arrived he gave us a tour of the property and brought us Christmas cookies. He was always available for anything you could need. The cottage ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

Heart of the Beautiful Laurel Highlands, Comfortable Cottage W/hot Tub, Fire pit
Ligonier Family Home - 3 Miles to Idlewild!
Ligonier Family Home - 3 Miles to Idlewild!
Ligonier, PA

This family-friendly Ligonier vacation home is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Fort Ligonier and Idlewild and SoakZone. Compass Inn Museum ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Clean

"Wonderful and clean"…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Ligonier Family Home - 3 Miles to Idlewild!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Ligonier

Fort Ligonier
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Fort Ligonier

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Explore this meticulously re-created 18th-century fort and see the artifacts housed in the intriguing history museum.

Compass Inn Museum
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Compass Inn Museum

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Compass Inn Museum in Ligonier. Discover the zoo in this family-friendly area, or seek out its ski slopes.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort
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Seven Springs Mountain Resort

4.5/5(111 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, a top ski area in Champion. Take some time to visit the zoo in this romantic area.

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Dec 1, 2019

It’s a beautiful town with country feel. Very family friendly and safe. Definitely will be back!

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