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Free Things to Do With Your Kids in York County This Winter

The winter months can be long, dark and cold here in Pennsylvania, which is why it’s always nice to have reasons to get out of the house. Are you desperate for some family fun in winter in York County, PA? If you’re looking for free things to do in York in winter, or at least inexpensive things to do, we have you things to do with kids

Here’s a look at free (or inexpensive) activities you can take advantage of this January through March.

York Central Market House

Do something a little different for your grocery shopping this week. The York Central Market House provides a unique take on modern retail, and it also allows you to buy local for your produce, baked goods, beverages and other needs for your pantry and refrigerator. There’s nothing like putting a new twist on doing something routine like shopping for groceries, and the York Central Market House gives you that opportunity.

Heritage Rail Trail

Cities nationwide are converting old railways into hiking trails, and that’s the case at Heritage Rail Trail. Soak in the history and the outdoors when you take advantage of this unique pathway. And, if you’re interested, sign up for the steam locomotive history tour available at the site. There are so many fun, interesting and beautiful places in and around York to take a walk with the family, and the Heritage Rail Trail is right up there with the best of them.

Rocky Ridge Park

Get your blood flowing by hitting up one of the many multi-purpose trails at Rocky Ridge Park. There’s plenty to do in this 750-acre outdoor oasis, including playgrounds and pavilions, too. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by walking with the family and enjoying all that the outdoors have to offer.

Lake Redman

Winter can feel long when you’re stuck indoors. Take advantage of a sunny day and head out to Lake Redman for some outdoor activity. Take a picnic,or take advantage of opportunities for boating, kayaking, paddleboarding and more.

Harley Davidson Factory

See how hogs are made at the Harley Davidson Factory in York. There are all sorts of stuff to do from the free to the inexpensive. You can take the facility tour, browse the museum, check out the design lab, view the classic motorcycle collection and much more.


USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame

You may not know much about the history of weightlifting, but there’s a place in York where you can learn all about it. The USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame delivers the perfect wintertime refuge where you can spend a few warm hours learning about the greatest of all time in this sport.

Industrial & Agricultural Museum

Take a walk through the history of the engines that drive our economy when you visit the Industrial & Agricultural Museum in York. It covers the 18th century through present day with exhibits that focus on airplanes, cars, tractors, steam engines and much more. While sitting in a history class or reading history may sound dull, it comes alive when you visit the Industrial & Agricultural Museum.

York City Ice Arena

Winter recreation in a warm environment is rather welcome when it’s freezing outside. Stop by the York City Ice Arena for some skating and other recreation this winter, and enjoy getting on the ice without needing a coat, scarf and hat.

William H. Kain County Park

There’s no shortage of activities at Kain County Park, even in wintertime. Take advantage of this sprawling 1,637-acre space to enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, playgrounds and much more. Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting out and enjoying the outdoors.

Jump Gym

Titanium Athletics lets your kids run wild at their Jump Gym, which takes place and many Saturdays throughout the winter. Check the schedule for details, but know that this fun indoors event is available to kids 3 and older and that the cost is $6 per child.

Story Time

Enjoy a story at Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market in Loganville each Thursday. There’s no cost, and it’s a great opportunity for kids to spend time with other kids in a warm, comfortable environment, and for parents to get a chance to spend time with each other, too.

Books-A-Million in York also offers a free story time for all ages each Wednesday and Saturday throughout the winter months. Don’t miss this chance to get your kids out of the house for some fun.


Children up to age 12 can participate in Red Robin Craft at Kids’ Night on the first Tuesday night of each month. There’s no cost, and each kid gets a free sundae with the purchase of a Kids’ Meal. The night is hosted by Red, the Red Robin mascot.

This is only a sampling of the many free York County, PA events going on this winter. Take advantage of them or explore other fun things to do in Central PA. If you’re new to York County, know that CENTURY 21 Core Partners is always available to answer questions about the area or help you find the perfect home.

Contact us today about your real estate needs in York, PA.

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