Things To Do With Kids

Looking for things to do with your kids while you’re in York County? Good news, there is no end to the fun for young and young at heart in our area. Here are just a few of the awesome ways to keep those munchkins entertained on your next trip to York. 

Fascinating Factory Tours

Combine snack time with an experience your family will never forget with a snack factory tour. Head over to Martin’s Snacks and watch potatoes roll off the truck on their way becoming delicious, crunchy chips. Continue the tour inside and watch the chips go from fryer to bag. You’ll even get to sample some hot off the line. Or visit Snyder’s of Hanover where you get a birds eye view of the snack making process. This tour includes a look of some cool robotics used in the manufacturing process that will be sure to capture everyone’s imagination. If you want a more intimate experience, check out Revonah’s Pretzels where they are use the same recipe and hand twisting technique they started with over eighty years ago. You’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with bakers as they make these crunchy confections. Best of all? All three of these factory tours are free! 

Hands-on Fun

After you’ve watched products made from the side-lines, get in the maker’s spirit first-hand. Sunrise Soap Company in historically edgy downtown York lets you get your hands dirty while making your own custom soap. Pick out a fun mold from their extensive collection, mix all the ingredients, including natural pigments, scents, and even sparkles, and walk away with a souvenir of your own making. 

Get Outside

Get your kids outside and into the fresh air, no matter the time of year. With 4,500 acres of public park land, you’ve got lots of exploring ahead. Check out Nixon County Park where you can explore the nature center before heading out on the many trails winding around the property. There is even a gated section where you are welcome to kick off your shoes and examine a creek and all the creatures that live there. Want a little more excitement in your outdoor time? Head up to Roundtop Mountain Resort where you can ski, snowboard, and snow tube in the winter or zipline, rock climb, and roll down in a an OGO Ball during the summer. 

Steam Into Memories

For the train obsessed kids out there, York is the perfect destination. Check the schedules for one of our may historic railroads for a trip that will be both exciting and educational. Northern Central Railway — Steam Into History offers trips on the very same rails President Lincoln rode on his way to give the Gettysburg Address. Make time to check out their awesome annual Cowboy Weekend. Visit the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village and step back to 1915 when the railroad was at the center of village life. The Stewartstown Railroad Company, chartered in 1884, is one of the oldest, continuously running common-carrier railroad companies in existence. It has provided freight and passenger service to southern York County, Pennsylvania, since 1885. You can be a part of that history by taking a trip in an authentic caboose car or newly renovated passenger cars.

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