30 Amazingly Adventurous and Fantastically Fun Things To Do In The Midstate

Zipping Down the Mountain
Beginning with a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain at Roundtop Mountain Resort, dare to descend over 600 vertical feet using a series of zip lines (up to 400 feet in length), rope bridges, Tarzan swings, cargo nets and scenic walks. In all, there are 18 zip lines for all ability levels. This is no short-lived adventure, though – treks can take between two and a half to four hours to complete.
Roundtop Mountain Resort
925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry
skiroundtop.com/vertical-trek,
(717) 432-9631

Neon Splatters of Painted, Slightly Painful, Fun
The pops of compressed-air-propelled rounds of paint-filled balls traveling at around 260 feet per second mingle with the hollow thuds of misses and the sharp neon-colored stings of hits on several fields of simulated battle throughout the region. Few other pastimes elicit such surges of adrenaline than playing paintball. Don a goggled face mask, load a hopper with plenty of rounds of paint and grab a marker – it just might be the most fun you’ve ever had.

Ambush Outdoor Adventure Park
91 Hill Top Drive, Conestoga
ambush-paintball.com,
(717) 871-8632

Linglestown Paintball
7548 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg
linglestownpaintball.com,
(717) 541-8323

Roundtop Mountain Resort
925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry
skiroundtop.com/paintball,
(717) 432-9631

Wanna-Play Paintball
10 Capitol Hill Road, Dillsburg
wannaplaypaintball.com,
(717) 432-7997

Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
Laser tag: take paintball, subtract the painful welts and add in beams of light amplified by stimulated emission of radiation all set to a backdrop of an indoor black-lighted maze. If the awesomeness of experiencing a real-life video game isn’t exciting enough, be sure to check out a vision-bending show of lasers dancing to music – it’s fun for the whole family.

Adventure Sports  (outdoor laser tag)
3010 Elizabethtown Road, Hershey
adventurehershey.com,
(717) 533-7479

Laser Dome
2050 Auction Road, Manheim
laserdome.com, (717) 492-0002

The Lazer Factory
1251 E. Main Street, Annville
thelazerfactory.com, (717) 867-0766

Sports Emporium
29 S. Middlesex Road, Carlisle
carlislesportsemporium.com,
(717) 258-4741

The Need for Go- Kart Speed
Go-kart racing is nothing like a barely moving round of bumper cars at the local carnival. There’s the rush of speed, plenty of tire-squealing hairpin turns, a variety of tracks and karts and, best of all, the thrill of the chase. For optimum amounts of fun, be sure to use the brake pedal as little as possible, after all, races are seldom won without a bold disregard for the mechanism of deceleration.

Adventure Sports
3010 Elizabethtown Road, Hershey
adventurehershey.com,
(717) 533-7479

High Sports Family Fun Center
727 Furnace Hills Pike, Litiz
highsports.com, (717) 626-8318

Speedway 94
1724 Hanover Street, Hanover
speedway94.com,
(717) 632-1040

Sports Emporium
29 S. Middlesex Road, Carlisle
carlislesportsemporium.com,
(717) 258-4741

Rink Roller-ing

Gliding around a hardwood-floor rink on four plastic wheels to music is just as much fun as it was when you were a kid. For families, couples or friends, roller skating is a nostalgic and smile-inducing way to spend time together. For kids, roller skating is still a blast – better than video games or cartoons any day.

Fountainblu Skating Arena
521 Locust Road, New Cumberland
fountainblu.com, (717) 938-3777

The Castle Roller Skating
1400 Elm Avenue, Lancaster
castlerollerskating.com,
(717) 393-3126

Magic Elm Skateland
625 W. Elm Avenue, Hanover
magicelmskateland.com,
(717) 632-1888

Midway Skating Center
1561 Holly Pike, Carlisle
81fun.com, (717) 243-7829

Olympic Skating Center
60 Shady Lane, Enola
olympicskatingcenter.com,
(717) 732-9168

Roll R Way Family Skating Center
940 South Vander Avenue, York
rollrway.net, (717) 843-7500

High Up
With the indignity of airport security, the steep price tag and the discomfort of an economy-class seat, a commercial flight is not exactly the first option that comes to mind for fun. There are, however, plenty of small airports still interested in the thrill of flight. In-air excursions in the midstate can include aerial tours as well as rides in helicopters, hot-air balloons and aerobatic biplanes.

AE Balloon Flights, York
aeballoonflights.com,
(717) 600-8482

Central PA Helicopters
Capital City Airport,
New Cumberland
centralpahelicopters.com,
(717) 306-9103

Reigle Aviation
1805 South Forge Road, Palmyra
reigleairport.com, (717) 838-5519

Smoketown Airport
311 Airport Drive #7, Smoketown
smoketownairport.com,
(717) 394-6476

United States Hot Air Balloon Team
2737 Old Philadelphia Pike,
Bird-in-Hand
ushotairballoon.com,
(800) 763-5987

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts
Ghosts are everywhere – from the thousands of novels, films and shows about hauntings, to the endless personal accounts of sightings, to the stories heard from a friend of a friend, to the tales told over a campfire. The fact that ghosts exist as a permanent part of our collective psyche – whether real or imagined – remains undeniable. Whether you believe or not, taking a tour guided by period-costumed storytellers is a creepily entertaining way to spend an evening or night.

Gettysburg Ghost Tours
47 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg
gettsyburgghosttours.com,
(717) 338-1818

Lancaster Ghost Tour
Penn Square Grille,
2 E. King Street, Lancaster
ghosttour.com/lancaster,
(717) 687-6687

Miss Betty’s Ghosts in Gettysburg
missbettysghostsingettysburg.com, (443) 789-9602

Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg Candlelight Ghost Tours
61 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg
sleepyhollowofgettysburg.com, (717) 337-9322

Summer on Ice
Have you had enough of the humidity and heat Pennsylvania summers are so uncomfortably famous for? Do you like sliding along an icy surface on metal blades strapped to your feet? Then summertime ice skating at one of the numerous ice rinks in the midstate – where it’s winter every day – is the perfect solution.

Lancaster Ice Rink
371 Carerra Drive, Lancaster
lancastericerink.org, (717) 581-0274

Twin Ponds East
3904 Corey Road, Harrisburg
twinponds.com, (717) 558-7663

York City Ice Arena
941 Vander Avenue, York
yorkskate.com, (717) 848-1084

Hear It Live
The recorded music business has been forever changed by technology and the often confusing auditory preferences of today’s teenagers. Depending on your age, this change is either Bieber-tastic or just another horrifying example of why this generation needs to stay off your lawn. But, for the young as well as the old, there still are plenty of places in Central Pennsylvania to witness live music – most often without the accompaniment of auto-tune.

Appalachian Brewing Company’s The Abbey Bar
50 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg
abcbrew.com, (717) 221-1080

The Chameleon Club
223 N. Water Street, Lancaster
chameleonclub.net, (717) 299-9684

The Depot
360 W. Cottage Place, York
thedepotyork.com, (717) 846-6556

Fed Live
234 N. Second Street, Harrisburg
fedlive.net, (717) 525-8077

GIANT Center/Hershey Stadium and The Star Pavilion
W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey
giantcenter.com, hersheyparkstadium.com, (717) 534-3911

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore
1302 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg
midtownscholar.com,
(717) 236-1680

The Stage on Herr
1110 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg
harrisburgarts.com, (717) 412-4342

Sunoco Performance Theater, Whitaker Center for Science
and the Arts
222 Market Street, Harrisburg
whitakercenter.org, (717) 214-ARTS

The Village Nightclub
205 N. Christian Street, Lancaster
villagenightclub.com,
(717) 397-5000

 

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