Spring is the perfect time to explore York County, where you can forget the winter doldrums as you soak up the sunshine on green fairways, serenely paddle down the majestic Susquehanna River or re-discover nature across thousands of acres of public parkland.

Once you're done playing outside, gather with friends over a meal in downtown York's creative culinary scene, sip away the afternoon at one of the bucolic wineries along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail or see the best of American ingenuity at one of York County's famous factory tours.

With so much to do in York County, you'll definitely want to book a room and stay for the weekend as you enjoy the return of spring.

Have an adventure by the Susquehanna River

Reconnect with nature all April at Shank's Mare Outfitters along the majestic Susquehanna River.

Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, cruise the shoreline and watch as the world comes to life this spring. Classes are available for beginnings, making it a perfect place to introduce yourself to the world of kayaking.

Adventure seekers will enjoy the chance to get outside and play during Shank's Mare Outfitters' Hike & Hot Meal Series. An April 9 excursion will take you spelunking in Wind Cave, a tectonic cave also known as Cold Cave. Make sure to bundle up - temperatures in the cave stay around freezing, helping it earn its nickname. After exploring, you'll recharge with a hearty lunch.

For a tranquil day outside, visit during the Yoga and Hike with a View event April 10. Bring a mat and enjoy the peaceful views of the river before taking a meditative hike. 

Or travel back in time April 30 as you explore the riverside town of Wrightsville during a Civil War Hike that retraces local history while getting you out and about. 

Take a camping trip to Codorus

Stay off the beaten path at Codorus State Park, where you can cast a line in the 1,275-acre Lake Marburg, known for its warm-water fishing.

Play a round of disc golf, hike the 26 miles of shoreline and catch a glimpse of the park's famous bald eagle couple before curling up in your sleeping bag at the 190-site campground, perfect for tenting and able to accommodate recreational vehicles, too.

Once you visit Codorus, come back and stay at another of York County's many camping attractions.

Play a few rounds with friends

If you're itching to hit the links after a long winter, pack up your clubs for weekend of golf.

Nestled in the rolling hills near the Susquehanna River, Royal Manchester's links-style course will make you feel like you're visiting the British Isle's famous seaside courses.

Casual and serious golfers alike will enjoy Heritage Hills Golf Resort, where they'll find two championship courses, including the challenging Springwood Golf Club, which stretches more than 6,825 yards across rugged countryside.

York County has plenty more courses to choose from, and package deals will get you into a hotel room and on the fairway in no time.

Relax and see the rest of what York County offers

When you're done playing outside, take some time to walk around charming downtown York, where you'll find artisan shops and restaurants for every palate.

Spend the afternoons sipping on your favorite wine at one of the 17 winery and distillery locations along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail or see how your favorite sweet and salty treats are made while visiting Snyder's of Hanover, Utz Quality Foods, Martin's Potato Chips and more in the Factory Tour Capital of the World.

If the kids are along, take a trip to Perrydell Farm, where children will love watching the cows being milked almost as much as they'll love the working dairy farm's famous chocolate milk.