Explore York County in 3 Days: A Friends and Family Getaway

Ready to spend some time with friends and family? Get away to York County, where outdoor adventures, locally owned shops, and attractions for all ages will give you plenty to see and do in southern Pennsylvania.

Day One: Adventure in Northern York County

Enjoy some fresh air at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry. In the colder months, head to the mountain for world-class skiing and tubing. Once the weather turns warmer, get a thrill on the ropes courses, ziplines, and the famous OGO Balls.

For lunch, refuel with tacos at Dover’s Taqueria El Camino, where chef Ethan prepares quality meats and salsas using fresh ingredients and homemade tortillas. Eat in the artful outdoor seating area or take your food to go for a picnic at nearby Gifford Pinchot State Park.

Spend the afternoon browsing treasures at Dover Antique Mall, where you could find anything from vintage books and toys to handcrafted décor.

At Crostwater Distilled Spirits, try a flight of craft-stilled spirits and fill up on burgers and fries or more sophisticated plates for dinner.

Day Two: Tour and Play the Day Away

Kick off your day at the The Markets at Hanover for a unique dining and shopping experience in a fun and friendly atmosphere. If you’re visiting mid-week, you’ll find even more foodie fun when you take a tour of Martin’s Snacks (open Tuesdays), which produces over one million bags of chips each month, or when you explore the family-owned Revonah Pretzels (open Tuesday – Thursday), known for its sourdough pretzels rolled and twisted by hand.

For an afternoon of playtime, Hickory Falls features electric go-karts, laser tag, miniature golf, Hologate (an award-winning virtual reality attraction that takes gaming to a new dimension), rollerball bowling, and arcade games.

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Day Three: Hands-On Fun

Make your last day memorable when you delve into hands-on fun for the whole family. If you have little ones, The Curious Little Playhouse is a wonderful place to let their imagination loose. At Sunrise Soap Company, tour the open kitchen and make something special in the creation station to take home.

Break for lunch at Central Market House, a historic public market in Downtown York with more than 50 vendors selling everything from fried chicken to Korean barbecue.

Housed in a former factory complex, the Agricultural & Industrial Museum features two floors with over 20 exhibits highlighting 300 years of transportation, agriculture, and industry.

For dinner, taste your way through the many flavors of York. Start the night off with a glass of wine and appetizers at The Handsome Cab. Head next door to Tutoni’s for fresh pastas and local produce. Stop by Rockfish Public House for wild-caught and sustainably harvested seafood. Then, top off the night with a creative cocktail and dessert at The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar before heading back to your hotel.

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