So you are ready to purchase a home in York PA. York has a lot to offer from the roots – the start of America, beautiful scenery, to an up and coming art scene. Coming from a York native, there’s really no place quite like York. Unfortunately, a good amount of fun is put on hold due to covid, but it’s only temporary for some of these places!
Entertainment and Live Shows –
Many high schools run a show or 2 a year. These students work very hard to entertain the community. So if I’m recommending places to start, supporting our school districts is the way to go!
The Belmont theater has a fresh variety of shows every month or so – And will be reopening the excitement in 2021. : https://thebelmont.org
Dreamwrights is very family-oriented with its interactive shows. If you or a child you know is looking to get a start in the art field this is the place to be: https://dreamwrights.org
Appell Center For the Performing Arts Is similar to Dreamwrights but with more of a refined vibe: https://appellcenter.org/
Dutch Apple is a little on its way out of York, but worth the drive if you enjoy Dinner theaters! : https://dutchapple.com
Festivals & Events –
YorkFest Fine Arts Festival has about 100 fine artists from around the country come together in York to showcase and sell beautiful works of art, there is really something for everyone here: https://www.yorkcity.org/visitor/annual-york-city-events/yorkfest/
National Apple Harvest Festival is in the next county over (Adams) but worth the beautiful drive. Great Food, entertainment, and handmade goods – it’s truly a slice of Pennsylvania: https://www.appleharvest.com
Susquehanna Folk Fest is all about local and emerging folksy sounds and artists in the dead of summer, fun for the whole family: https://www.susquehannafolkfestival.org
The history runs strong in downtown York, where you can visit some landmarks from our earliest days. The Gates House, a mid-1700 home still stands, as well as the Golden Plough Tavern and the Colonial Court House. All open for tours! https://www.yorkpa.org/listing/york-county-history-center-colonial-complex-(gates-house-plough-tavern-%26-colonial-court-house)/698/
The Haines shoe house is a classic landmark in roadside stops. The house was built for Mahlon Haines in memorial of his shoe businesses in PA and MD. Now a bakery and Ice Cream stop, it is truly a sight to stop by and check out: https://www.hainesshoehouse.com
Parks and Trails
PA is sprawling with beautiful parks and trails! Sam Louis State Park is one located in York, great for hiking, picnicking, and wildlife watching – Of course, all 4 season comes with different outdoor actives you can enjoy! https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/SamuelSLewisStatePark/Pages/default.aspx
Rocky Ridge is a great, forest-like back yard park – filled with multiuse trails and a few attractions like ball fields, Pavilions, and a playground. https://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation/the-parks/rocky-ridge-parks.html
Very similar and a neighbor to Rocky ridge, John C. Rudy Park is equipped with dog parks as the main attractions, BMX and sports fields, playgrounds, pavilions, and plenty of trails surrounding a creek! https://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation/the-parks/john-c-rudy-parks.html
I can keep going with the amount of amazing nearby parks, Rail trail is a really great one as well and you can not go wrong with William Kain Park which hosts Lake Redman & Lake William! There are many others, these are just a few( check out Codorus and Pinchot too!)
Near By Travel
Lucky for us Yorkers, we are at the perfect location to travel to many bustling cities in a few hours or less! New York City is the biggest city, there are many bus trips throughout the year that travel the 3-hour drive if you’re not interested in parking your own car on the NYC streets. Washington D.C. is a great day visit if you are interested in the historical aspect of the East Coast. Philadelphia is the next major city on the list, Take a 2 hours drive to the city of brotherly love! Last but not least, if you’re a beach baby, New Jersey AND Maryland beaches are close to home but far enough to have a real beach VayKay!
York has many places to go and see through the whole year, Between community yard sales and street fairs there’s not really a dull moment. The State Fair in York is the oldest in the country, and well worth the visit when it comes around every year!
Welcome to our cool (not so little) town, we hope you enjoy your newly found home here!