5 Things to Do in Mercer County, PA in the Winter

Whether you are planning your first winter retreat to western Pennsylvania or you are a repeat visitor, we are excited to help you build the perfect itinerary. Despite colder temperatures, there are many things to do in Mercer County, PA in the winter months. Grab your warmest coat, a hat and some gloves, and start planning your next adventure.

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With average daily temperature highs in the mid to upper 30’s (Fahrenheit), the weather is typically suitable for a wide range of outdoor activities. Winter hiking is inexpensive and easily assessable throughout Mercer County, PA. There are multiple maintained trails to choose from, such as Buhl Park, where during the holiday season you can enjoy walking around Lake Julia and enjoy the beautiful holiday light display. You can also enjoy hiking at Trout Island Trail, the Shenango Trail – Big Bend Trailhead or the Greenville – Jamestown Trail.

You will want to be sure you have checked the weather & trail conditions and that you have the appropriate clothing and outerwear for your hike. Some other equipment that you may want to consider include a hiking stick or poles, day pack, hand warmers, water, and a snack. It is also a great idea to let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to return.

Buhl Mansion Holiday display
Holiday Light Display at Buhl Park


Snow Sports

Along with the expected chilly winter temps comes an average snowfall of 46 inches per year. There is plenty of snow for a plethora of winter sports. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating are all at your fingertips. These recreational activities range in cost and level of experience needed.  However, they can all be found in one location here in Mercer County, PA! Maurice K. Goddard State Park is a one-stop shop for the snow sports enthusiast. The park is open 365 days a year, from sunrise to sunset.

If you are here in the winter, don’t miss out on the gorgeous Buhl Park. It has a sled hill for endless fun and offers an opportunity for cross-country skiing and skating (weather permitting).


group of three friend on a sled, snow covered ground

Winery and Brewery Tours

Ready to come in from the cold? Are you looking for a great way to warm up? Then you need to check out the winery and brewery scene here in Mercer Co. You can visit Nova Cellars or Webb Winery after a day of playing in the snow or explore the Mercer County, PA Wine & Brew Trail.

Holiday Shopping

Your holiday shopping experience will be second to none here in Mercer County, PA. From locally owned boutiques like the Winner to the Grove City Premium Outlets, there is so much to choose from.  For guests staying at the Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa or Tara — A Country Inn, the Winner offers 10% off. Or check the Kraynak’s and Daffin’s Candies for fresh flowers, chocolate, or candles for your special someone. If that doesn’t have you convinced, then you will appreciate knowing that most clothes and shoes are tax-free in our county.

Valentine’s Getaway

Winter was never been warmer than in the arms of the person you love. So why not treat that special someone to a romantic Valentine’s getaway for two? In addition to all the things to do in Mercer County, PA in winter that we have already listed, this one offers you the opportunity to choose the perfect accommodations at Buhl Mansion, along with spa treatments, wines, fine dining, and so much more.


red roses on table with a glass of wine


Which of these things will you be adding to your winter bucket list? No matter how you decide to spend your winter month, we hope that you will make Buhl Mansion a part of your winter wonderland plans.

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