The charming town of New Cumberland has a lot to offer in the way of dining and shopping. Cumberland Valley's southernmost town on the banks of the West Shore was originally a ferry site for early English, Irish, Scottish and German settlers crossing the Yellow Breeches Creek. Today, a historic iron bridge welcomes visitors to this friendly community.

Changes continue to take place that will keep attracting visitors. Below are some great recommendations of places you can eat, shop, and experience for an afternoon or day in lovely New Cumberland.

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Eat & Drink

Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast. New Cumberland offers two great options for the most important meal of the day. Local residents love the cozy atmosphere of The Bridge Diner, which makes you feel like you're eating at your grandma's house. And the cleverly named Brew Crumberland's Best offers amazing coffee drinks, big pastries, and build-your-own sandwiches. If you're in a hurry, they have a convenient drive-thru.

For a quick but hearty meal, stop at Neato Burrito for a serving of huge burritos and burrito bowls made with fresh ingredients and house-made salsas. The colorful mural on the outside of their building is an Instagram-worthy location.

When it comes to dinner, New Cumberland has two relaxing spots to enjoy a night out. Nick's 114 Café offers hometown favorites like burgers, prime rib, wings, crab cakes, and more. Guests to Fratelli's Towne Tavern can enjoy pizza and home-baked Italian food. Head to Dead Lightning Distillery for a nightcap. They have a huge drink menu featuring 25 flavors of their homemade vodka, rum, gin, and whiskey, plus a large selection of PA beers.

For dessert, enjoy ice cream and the retro 50s vibe at Hanna's Ice Cream Shoppe.

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New Cumberland has a small collection of shops featuring specialty items, many created by local artisans. Oxford Hall Celtic Shop offers a variety of Irish and Celtic imports, including certified jewelry, sweaters, Baptism and Communion outfits, wedding gifts, Guinness items, and more. The on-site Irish/English Tea Shop sells a variety of condiments, candy bars, canned goods, and other specialty items directly from Ireland. You can also dine on soups, British pasties, meat pies, bangers, Scotch eggs, and more.

Continue your shopping excursion with a visit to Tickle My Senses Gallery. This charming space features one-of-kind pieces for sale in mediums, including ceramics, glass, wood, mixed media, metals, and jewelry from over 125 local, regional, national and Canadian artists.

Creative Spark Arts is a market for Pennsylvania's emerging and seasoned artists of every medium, age, and educational level. If you want to get your creative juices flowing, check their website for a list of workshops in mediums such as clay, ceramics, fiber arts, and more.

Offerings at Moss Creek Art include handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry; kiln and torch-fired glass; wall art; and their popular cremation jewelry, which incorporates a small amount of hair or ashes from a deceased loved one or pet.

Before heading out of town, stop by Smith Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery. Tucked away on Reno Avenue, this shop offers an impressive collection of framed artwork from local and national artists. They also specialize in creative and quality framing options.

Ladies walking beside Mural in New CumberlandExperience

After a recent $2.5 million renovation, the West Shore Theatre is back and better than ever. Renovations restored the interior to the look and feel, approximating its construction in 1939 with the addition of modern amenities. The space serves as a cinema house and performing arts venue in the heart of downtown.

Throughout the year, you can head to the 29-acre New Cumberland Borough Park with a playground and tot lot for the kids and picnic tables and pavilions, which offer a quiet place to relax or are ideal for an impromptu picnic.

In September, the park hosts the New Cumberland Apple Festival, a one-day event featuring tons of apple treats, craft vendors, entertainment, and more.