Do you want to avoid the lines, travel, and high costs during your summer vacation? How about exploring the Cumberland Valley and discovering all there is to see and do in your own backyard!

Day 1

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Get an early start and head to Fay’s in Carlisle for breakfast. Choose from pancakes, eggs, waffles, omelettes, French Toast and other breakfast goodies. Be sure to include a serving of home fries. After breakfast, burn off some calories by taking an early morning stroll around Carlisle. Enjoy the quaint shops throughout downtown where you can find books, vintage clothing, artwork and jewelry, chocolate or wine. Be sure to stop by our Visitors Center, located inside History on High-The Shop in downtown Carlisle. Our friendly volunteers are always happy to offer suggestions and provide free brochures and maps. If you have kids, head to LeTort Park where they can let loose on the playground. Or walk along the Nature Trail to see how many different types of birds you can find. End the afternoon with ice cream Massey’s or Leo’s.

Day 2

Laurel Lake

Today’s the day to explore some natural wonders at one or more of the Valley’s three state parks. Start by hiking on one of the more than 20 miles of trails at Kings Gap. With over 15 different trails to choose from, you will be sure to find one for any skill level. Either before or after your hike, take in the scenic views of the Valley from the back porch of the mansion located at the top of the mountain.

Of course, after all that hiking, it’s time for ice cream again. Enjoy some hand-dipped ice cream while sitting on one of the picnic benches outside the Kings Gap General Store.

End the day on a more relaxing note with a picnic dinner at either Fuller Lake or Laurel Lake at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The kids will enjoy the sandy beaches and swimming in the cool waters.

Day 3

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Oh no! It’s raining. Not to worry. There are plenty of indoor activities to keep everyone occupied for the day. The kids will enjoy the arcade games and indoor go-karts at Carlisle Sports Emporium. Or head to Coliseum Megaplex in Camp Hill for arcade games and a game or two of bowling. Looking for a little bit more indoor excitement? Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Lemoyne has state-of-the-art, Italian pro-karts that can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour – ideal for teenagers and adults. Or, the kids can enjoy jumping to their hearts’ content at Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park.

Our local libraries also offer a number of wonderful programs including story time and play time with Lego blocks for younger children.

Looking for place to eat in-between all these activities? Why not try pizza from any number of our local restaurants including three different Pizza Grille locations in Carlisle, Lemoyne and Camp Hill.

Day 4

Children's Lake

Grandma has the kids for the day so take time for you. After you sleep in, head to a local spa for a facial and/or massage. Tranquility Salon in Carlisle also offers a Himalayan salt cave where 10 tons of salt helps to create healing and balance in the body. If you are looking for a different type of experience, try flotation therapy at Dissolve Float Spa in Camp Hill. Here you will relax in your own private float pod filled with 900 pounds of Epsom salt.

After a relaxing morning, enjoy some time with your friends or your significant other in Boiling Springs. Take a leisurely stroll around Children’s Lake or along a portion of the Appalachian Trail. If you are considering exploring a new hobby, be sure to stop by TCO Outdoors where you can learn all about fly-fishing, a popular sport in Cumberland Valley which offers some of the finest fly-fishing streams in the country.

For dinner, enjoy delicious cuisine in an historic atmosphere at Boiling Springs Tavern. End the day with a glass or two of wine on the front porch of Castlerigg Wine Shop in Carlisle.

Day 5

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Yay! You made it through the week. Why not take a look at our online Calendar of Events to see what fun activities and events are being offered. You can usually find numerous hands-on workshops at one of our many local shops – such as making a fairy garden or terrarium at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses or taking a chocolatier class at Brittle Bark. There are also a number of festivals such as Carlisle Summerfair, Shippensburg Community Fair, and various downtown First Friday activities that will be sure to please the whole family. Don’t forget about the Carlisle Events car shows happening throughout the summer!

Now that you know about some of these great locations so close to home, be sure to stop by again when you have time. And, be sure to go to to help you plan new adventures.