Butler County - Explore More

Located just 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, Butler County, Pennsylvania, is delightfully diversere and filled with pristine parks, quaint, small towns, rolling farmland and bustling cities. You’ll certainly find variety here, and a few quirky attractions along the way.

Top Attractions
Moraine State Park is the county’s biggest attraction and sees over 2 million visitors a year.  The park is over 16,000 acres and offers a variety of activities for year round enjoyment like camping, hiking, biking, boating, cross-country skiing and more!  The main attraction at Moraine State Park is Lake Arthur, the largest man-made lake in the state! The North Country National Scenic Trail runs through Moraine State Park.  This national trail stretches from North Dakota to New York.

Quaint Towns
The charming towns of Butler County like Saxonburg and Harmony are captivating!  These German towns feature museums, shops, restaurants and more!  A stroll along Main Street in Saxonburg offers local restaurants and idyllic shops.  A stop in the park pays homage to John Roebling, founder of the town and creator of wire-rope and designer of the Brooklyn  Bridge. Harmony is a National Historic Landmark District and captivates visitors with old brick and log buildings.  Another interesting town is Evans City, which served as the filming location of the infamous George A. Romero's debut feature film, Night of the Living Dead.  

Butler is the county seat and known ‘round the world as the birthplace of the Jeep.  In downtown Butler you’ll find a historic courthouse, museums and idyllic shops and cafes.  The county celebrates this through the annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in June. Thousands of visitors attend this event at Cooper’s Lake  to embrace the vehicle's past and the lifestyle it now promotes.Butler also features Starlight Drive-In, a nostalgic family entertainment venue since 1958.  

Cranberry Township is considered Butler County’s most bustling region, and when you see the bright lights, shops, restaurants and hotels lining the streets, you’ll know why.  With community parks, quality programs, a top-notch golf course and endless things to do, it’s an excellent destination for residents and visitors alike. It’s no wonder why it’s been named one of the fastest growing regions of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. 

Major Events
While you're here, make plans to attend a variety of events.  Butler County offers year-round family-friendly events that you can’t find just anywhere.  Be sure to visit our online calendar for updates and details on upcoming events.

  • Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival - June
  • Big Butler Fair - July
  • Cranberry Community Days - July
  • Celebrate the Bloom - July 
  • “In-Harmony” Music Festival - July
  • Regatta at Lake Arthur - August
  • Butler Farm Show - August
  • North Washington VFD Rodeo - August
  • Butler Italian Festival - August
  • Saxonburg Festival of the Arts - September
  • Butler County Farm Tour - September
  • Butler Fall Festival - September
  • Zelie-Harmony Fall Fest - October
  • Evans City Night of the Living Dead - October
  • Harmony Musem’s annual German Christmas Market

There’s so much to discover thanks to our wide range of attractions, destinations and festivals. Sometimes the best treasures are found off the beaten path. Go online to VisitButlerCounty.com to learn more.

 

Butler County