Central PA Day Trips!

Real Estate Agent with Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.

I have lived in Central PA my entire adult life and have had the opportunity to take many day trips within a 2-hour drive from home.  Central PA is strategically located close to a multitude of amenities.  This Summer you might be looking for some fun “day trips” you could make safely and enjoy with your family.  Here are few destinations, with links below, that I want to share with you.  

* Enjoy art, live music, outdoor dining and shopping the first Friday of every month at First Friday’s in downtown Mechanicsburg,

* Do your kids like trains or farm equipment?  August 30 -Sept. 2nd you can enjoy the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Fall Show. 

* Hershey Park, ZooAmerica and Chocolate World are fun local options.   Hershey Gardens and Butterfly house are other beautiful Hershey destinations. 

* Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster and Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, are other Amusement park options. 

* Indian Echo Caverns is a mysterious underground world located in Hummelstown and includes a mini-golf course and gemstone panning. 

* Lake Tobias Wildlife has a petting zoo and an open-air safari tour.

* The Pennsylvania State Capitol offers free tours and interactive exhibits.  While at the Capitol Complex visit the State Museum

* The Gettysburg Battlefield offers history for the entire family.  Guided tours are offered year-round and can be done from your car. 

* Hike the Appalachian Trail, Bike or fish among serene landscapes, where you will find breathtaking views.   There are so many fun State Parks, Gifford, Little Buffalo, Ricketts Glen, Trough Creek just to name a few.  There are waterfalls, trails and picnic areas. 

* Take the seasonal bounty of local farm stands & farmers markets in Lancaster or Lititz, 

* The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory in Lititz allows you to create a pretzel and The Utz Factory Tour in Hanover is a good for potato chip fans!

* If you are looking for something to do without the kids,  you can sample beer, wine, cider and spirits along the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. 

Some of these ideas have a cost, but some are Free. . . all are great day trip ideas for your family.   Central PA is a beautiful area!  Take advantage of everything it offers.   We have put links at the bottom of this blog that you can use for more information on the areas I mentioned.  Thank you for joining me today! 

If you are or someone you know is selling their home or is looking for a home in Central PA, please call us today at 717-695-3177 or email info@joydaniels.com.  Buyer & Listing Specialists are waiting to help you accomplish your real estate goals.


























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Comments (10)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Joy Daniels - I grew up in Bucks County and as my parents always said, Pennsylvania has everything.

Jul 27, 2020 01:13 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joy, you do have lots of places to enjoy for a great one-day road trip in Central PA! 

Jul 27, 2020 01:39 PM
Joy Daniels

I am still waiting for you to come out and visit.  We could go on one or two of them! 

Jul 28, 2020 01:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

WOW! That is a lot to take in Joy Daniels . I am glad to see that there is still plenty to do even with all the social distancing and such.

Jul 27, 2020 02:02 PM
Ronald Curtis
Sandals Realty Group - West Palm Beach, FL
Negotiating the best price and terms for my Buyers

Hello Joy....

Including all the web-sites for the attractions was a labor of love.

Thank you for your post.

Jul 27, 2020 02:25 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joy - a great idea for a post and an even better one for day trips in Central Pennsylvania.  

Jul 27, 2020 06:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joy nice to see you back on the platform and blogging, loved the trips you can take in Central PA... now with that said lately I had no desire to go anywhere outside of the wine and grocery stores:)Endre

Jul 27, 2020 10:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Joy... no shortage of places to go and things to see in Central PA. Wish I was still living closer to PA... I'd check some of them out.

Jul 28, 2020 05:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are enjoying a very productive summer.

Take care and be safe.

Aug 27, 2020 06:45 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Hello Joy, I will be making your great list of Things to Do in Central PA my go-to reference for a few hours south.

Sep 13, 2020 04:34 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

What a great idea Kris Collis, Associate Broker  - thanks for letting me know of your plans.  Glad I could help in some way!!  Enjoy your travels, whenever they happen!

Oct 26, 2020 02:42 PM