February may be cold, but there's still plenty to explore in Cumberland Valley! Whether you're hanging out with friends, your significant other, or your family, check out some of our top ideas for things to do in February.
For Friends... Nighttime Adventures
Sometimes you just need some time with your friends! Why not catch up as you sample different beers on the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail? Start off the week with Magic Mondays at Grand Illusion Hard Cider, when their strolling house magician provides entertainment from 6 pm to 8 pm. Or reserve a time at one of the two escape rooms located on the third floor of Grand Illusion.
Test out your skills at Hops & Hatchets, an ax-throwing venue in Mechanicsburg. Your group can rent a lane and receive hands-on training from an "ax-pert." The venue does not serve food, but you are welcome to bring your own. It is BYOB (beer, wine, and cider only), so be sure to pick up your favorites along the Beer Trail beforehand. Other ax-throwing venues include Midway Bowling, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, The Fraxture Factory, and Hat Creek Wine Shop.
For Friends... Daytime Fun
Sip, savor, and try a bite on Cumberland Valley's recently launched Coffee & Chocolate Trail. Get your caffeine fix as you sip aromatic drinks made with stellar java, and indulge in delicious goodies as you sample homemade chocolates. With more than 15 locations, combining these two everyday pleasures into a cozy and caffeinated break during the day is easy. Sign up for the free digital passport, check-in at participating locations, and earn prizes. This seasonal trail runs from February through May.
Don't contain your couple's activities to just Valentine's Day! Sign up for an in-person themed cooking class at The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School, check out the latest exhibit at Carlisle Arts Learning Center or get creative at one of their workshops, enjoy a performance at Carlisle Theatre or Luhrs Performing Arts Center, or bundle up and explore the winter scenery along Cumberland Valley's many hiking trails.
There are plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained in the Valley. Walk around downtown Carlisle and view more than 100 ice sculptures at their annual Ice Art Fest during the first weekend in February, or burn off some energy with a winter hike at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Other Family-Friendly Indoor Activities include arcade games, bowling, go-kart racing, and more.
For History Lovers
Explore the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center exhibits, including their newest exhibit: "Animals in the Army: Companions, Mascots, & Animals of War," or take a deep dive into Cumberland Valley's rich history at the Cumberland County Historical Society. Both locations offer free admission.