Vibrant culture, living history, and year-round outdoor recreation make York County, Pennsylvania, an idyllic vacation destination.
Nature lovers, art enthusiasts and history buffs alike will find plenty to love in York County, Pennsylvania. This affordable destination, nestled between the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City, New York; Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. offers a full slate of exciting and educational attractions, as well as unique places to eat and stay.
Arts and Culture
Home to many historic theatres, York is a place where cultural activities are at the forefront. The Appell Center for the Performing Arts is a work of art in and of itself, with beautiful architecture and year-round entertainment ranging from standup comedy to musical theatre and ballet. Head to Hanover to grab a seat at The Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, another beautifully restored venue that is more than 100 years old. No trip to the county is complete without a photo-op filled stop to mural park in York City’s Royal Square district!
History and Heritage
Step back in time and learn about York’s historic past. Tour the new History Center, Colonial Complex, Fire Museum, and the Agricultural & Industrial Museum. Visit the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum. Plan a stop at the Susquehanna National Heritage Area and Zimmerman Center for Heritage to explore a restored riverfront home dating back to the mid-1700s. Tours on the century-plus-old Chief Uncas yacht offer an up-close look at the area’s natural beauty.
Outdoor Adventure and Excitement
Spring through fall bring outdoor activities like kayaking and biking, while winter ushers in snowier excursions and the festive spirit of the holidays. York County offers seemingly endless outdoor activities allow you to savor the beauty of nature. Enjoy a picnic with expansive views of scenic Mount Pisgah at Samuel S. Lewis State Park. Hike, bike or go horseback riding through the Heritage Rail Trail County Park, whose expansive trails traverse tunnels and bridges along rail line President Abraham Lincoln traveled as he delivered the Gettysburg Address. If you’d prefer to explore York County’s scenic spots by rail, Northern Central Railway of York allows you to take in the sights from the comfort of a replica 1860s-era steam train.
Gathering Places and Souvenier Shopping
What trip would be complete without souvenir shopping and delectable dining? York Central Market, housed in a century-old building, sells a variety of goods from local businesses and artisans. Grab a freshly baked pastry and browse over 50 vendor stalls. Nearby, historic Downtown York has been a quaint hub of activity since the 1700s; with art galleries, shops, and restaurants you’re sure to enjoy.
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