Covered bridges, antique shops, old-fashioned buggies among 21st century cars, downtown federal-style architecture, street fairs, outdoor life, the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia ... are among the amazingly diverse, unique and fun reasons to love a Pennsylvania assignment. But don't take our word for it. Check out www.VisitPa.com or www.visitcumberlandvalley.com and visit the Leisure Travel Services at Carlisle Barracks (CarlisleMWR). Contact Outdoor Recreation for information on hunting and fishing in the area and other outdoor adventures.
Running & biking clubs on post, boating at Raystown Lake, kayaking and canoeing on the Susquehanna River, white water on the Ohiopyle in the Laurel Highlands, mountain biking on South Mountain, hiking in Pine Grove Furnace State park, marathon races in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and others, strolling through Longwood Gardens, camping in Pinchot State Park, swimming at the Carlisle Barracks pool, fishing in rivers and creeks everywhere, learn fly-fishing on the Yellow Breeches ....
This IS the year for skiing and snowboarding and tubing at 3 ski mountains within an hour (~), and larger ski resorts within 2-3 hours, ice skating at Twin Ponds, snow fort on the front lawn, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling ....
Hike the Appalachian Trail or visit the Appalachian Trail Museum, app trail museum, baseball, Jim Thorpe Sports Days, Strength-for-Wisdom 10K, golf lessons at Carlisle Barracks golf course and driving range, spelunking at Ohiopyle, birding, rock climbing at the Cliffs of Insandia near the Juniata River, skydiving at East Stroudsburg and others, ATV trails ....
Magnet for Sports Fans:
Baseball: Harrisburg Senators, Lancaster Barnstormers, York Revolution, and other semi-pro; Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals.
Football: Phila. Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, Penn State Nittany Lions, Dickinson College Red Devils, Shippensburg U. Red Raiders, and high school Football Fridays
Basketball: Phila 76ers, Washington Wizards, college b-ball
Ice Hockey: Phila. Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitols, Hershey Bears
Liberty Bell in the birthplace of independence, Philadelphia's Independence Hall, Valley Forge, Gettysburg Battlefield, National Civil War Museum, Army Heritage & Education Center, Antietam Battlefield (okay, it's MD, but close), Pa. State Capitol, Heinz History Center, Independence Seaport Museum in Philadephia, Cumberland County Historical Society and its History on High store, historical reenactments, Carlisle Barracks since 1757 ....
For shopping, history, theater, arts, and more -- Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City -- lay within a 3-hour drive, a laid-back bus tour, or a train ride away from Harrisburg to major destinations on the east coast.
Arts & Science:
Hershey Theater, Harrisburg Symphony, Whitaker Science Center, local artists and galleries on Pomfret Street, Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water, Philadelphia Museums, e.g., Barnes Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, the Andy Warhol Museum, Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Zoo, ZooAmerica at HersheyPark, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens,
Quirky & Interesting:
Amish 'country,' HersheyPark, Knoebbels Family Amusement Resort, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Bethlehem Christmas, the Pa. Grand Canyon, Philadelphia cheesesteaks, Yuengling Lager the nation's oldest brewery, 200+ microbreweries within 2 hours, Hershey Chocolate World, Eastern State Penitentiary haunted tours, the "Rocky" steps at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sight & Sound Theaters in Lancaster County, Reading Terminal Market, Sesame Place, Crayola Factory, Schuylkil River BoatHouse Row, Lake Tobias Wildlife Preserve, Philadelphia's Boat House Row, Dutch Wonderland, Pennsylvania Farm Show, Shippensburg CornFest, Carlisle Harvest of the Arts, Foundry Day crafts at Boiling Spring, Jubilee Day Mechanicsburg, Mummers (New Years Day) Parade in Philadelphia, Punxsutawney Phil/ Groundhog Day (nemesis of Spring)