50 Fun-Filled Finds in Cumberland Valley

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Need plans fast? If you are looking for something to do this weekend, an activity for visiting relatives or just need to get out of the house with the kids check out these 50 fun-filled suggestions! 

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1. If you love things with engines and wheels, visit a Carlisle Events Auto Show or watch a sprint car race at Williams Grove Speedway.

2. Take a hike on the famous and easily accessible Appalachian Trail and visit the only museum dedicated to hiking in the country.

3. Walk through WWI trenches and explore a tank on the Army Heritage Trail at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center.

4. Relax by a lake, hike, bike or camp at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

5. Discover Civil War history in downtown Carlisle with an self-guided walking tour.

6. Learn the process of growing gourds and turning them into works of art at Meadowbrooke Gourds.

7. Roll down the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail on a bike for scenic views of the Valley's agricultural land.

8. Learn about one of the Valley's famous past residents, Jim Thorpe, and the history of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School at the Cumberland County Historical Society.

9. Dine on one of the largest decks on the Susquehanna River for beautiful views of the state capital at Dockside Willies in Wormleysburg.

10. Enjoy a theatre performance at The Playhouse at Allenberry.

11. Spend an afternoon browsing the stores and food booths at the West Shore Farmers Market.

12. Relax with a picnic and feed the ducks at the bubbling Children's Lake in Boiling Springs.

13. Speed around on electric Italian pro-karts at the largest indoor go-karting facility in the Pennsylvania.

14. Unravel clues and crack codes and solve a mystery at Escape Games Live.

15. View one of the best places to watch migrating hawks at Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch.

16. Enjoy a world of flavors at the unique collection of restaurants in downtown Carlisle.

17. Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables at The Valley's farmers markets and roadside stands.

18. Stroll down Pomfret Street in Carlisle and pop in and out of boutiques and specialty shops.

19. Find late evening fun during Rock and Bowl at Midway Bowling Center on Fridays and Saturdays.

20. Let the kids have a day filled with fun activities including miniature golf, arcade games, laser tag and go-karts at the Carlisle Sports Emporium.

21. Celebrate your Celtic heritage or be Irish for the day while shopping and eating at Oxford Hall Celtic Shop in New Cumberland.

22. View a state-of-the-art performance, show or concert at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg.

23. Tap into your creative side and "paint-your-own" pottery at Create-a-Palooza.

24. Relax and enjoy a leisurely float down the Conodoguinet Creek on a kayak or canoe.

25. Get your adrenaline pumping at Roundtop Mountain Resort. In the winter hit the slopes with skies or a snowboard. In the summer zip-line through the trees or hop on an inner tube and head down their 600-foot inflatable water slide.

26. Discover the beautiful craftsmanship of over 200 American artists including jewelry, woodcarvings, blown glass and more at the Village Artisans Gallery in Boiling Springs.

27. Sip on coffee or enjoy homemade breakfast bars, sandwiches and salads while mingling with locals at Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill. 

28. Let your kids climb all over the Imagination Station at Adams-Ricci Community Park.

29. Shop for funky gifts ranging from unique jewelry to bacon band aids at Pat Craig Studio in Carlisle.

30. Pick out a fancy hat and celebrate a special occasion with a tea party at Camellia's Sin Tea Parlor in Carlisle.

31. Enjoy a delicious meal and find your favorite dining hotspot in Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg and the West Shore.

32. Pick up a handmade sweet treat at Brittle Bark.

33. Enjoy a day of indoor rock climbing at the The Cave in New Cumberland.

34. Cool down in the summer at the Boiling Springs Pool & Waterpark, the Valley's oldest community pool.

35. Take the little ones for a day of climbing and exploring at Monkey Joe's in Mechanicsburg.

36. Relax with a wine and cheese cruise along the Susquehanna River aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna.

37. Enjoy a dish of frozen yogurt while the kids play in the "Panda Pad" at Bamboo Frozen Yogurt Cafe in Mechanicsburg.

38. Zip down the summer or winter ATV trails at Michaux State Forest

39. Horseback ride along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail at Winsome Farm.

40. Learn how to swing dance at the parties hosted by the Central PA Swing Dance Club at The Green Door Dance Studio.

41. Enjoy a classical performance by the prestigious Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

42. Discover the shell markings on the Old Courthouse in Carlisle from the Confederate Army attack in 1863.

43. View pieces of the largest collection of Civil War photography in the world at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center.

44. Try your hand at fly-fishing on our famous streams.

45. Stop in the greatest gift in Carlisle to shop for handcrafted items such as pottery and jewelry.

46. Watch a handcrafted violin being pieced together at Hershey Violins in Mechanicsburg.

47. Browse through all things Civil War, from books to neckties, at Civil War & More in Mechanicsburg.

48. Enjoy the view from Negley Park in Lemoyne. Look over the Susquehanna River for unparalleled views of the state capital.

49. Grab a cool treat and find your favorite on the Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail.

50. Whip up something delicious at a cooking class at The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School in Carlisle.