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

11 the Land of Sweets
Cookies, candies, cakes, chocolates, pies, cupcakes, pastries, doughnuts, cannoli and scones – there truly are few better places for sampling sweets than the midstate. A little sugary overindulgence is almost a rite of passage in the land where Hershey and Wilbur Chocolate Company are within driving distance. So, why not take a tour of all that is sweet?
Alvaro Bread and Pastry Shoppe
236 Peffer Street, Harrisburg
alvarobread.com, (717) 238-1999
Ciao! Bakery
31 S. Third Street, Harrisburg
briccopa.com, (717) 724-0236
Hershey’s Chocolate World
251 Park Boulevard, Hershey
(717) 534-4900
The Pennsylvania Bakery
1713 Market Street, Camp Hill
pabakery.com, (717) 763-7755
Providence Divine Cakes & Pastries, 2515 S. Queen Street, York
providencedivinecakesandpasteries.com, (717) 741-0120
La Dolce Vita Courthouse Bakery
9 N. Duke Street, Lancaster
(717) 239-5101
Wilbur Chocolate Company
401 W. Lincoln Avenue, Litiz
wilburbuds.com, (717) 626-3249

12 A Potentially Valuable Piece of the Past
America seems to be absolutely fascinated by antiques and collectibles. Just take a look around the cable dial; there’s Antiques Roadshow, American Pickers, Storage Wars, Oddities, Auction Hunters, Auction Kings, Pawn Stars – it really goes on and on. And what’s not to like? It’s got it all: mystery, finance, nostalgia, history, hidden treasure, unique characters and the chance to strike it rich. So, get out there and find that “diamond” in the rough at one of the many antique and collectible havens in the midstate.
Antique Marketplace of Lemoyne
415 Bosler Avenue, Lemoyne
antiquemarketplaceoflemoyne.com, (717) 761-2865
Bedford Street Antiques
44 N. Bedford Street, Carlisle
(717) 241-5309
The Old Sled Works
722 N. Market Street, Duncannon
sledworks.com, (717) 834-9333

13 Celebrating Summer
Nothing says summer quite like an outdoor festival – the sun, the fun, the art, the live entertainment, the history, the tradition, the people and the kaleidoscope of food. The good news for festival lovers is that there is a celebration somewhere in Central Pa. practically every weekend this summer.
Foundry Day Arts & Crafts Festival, Boiling Springs (June 1)
Furry Fun Days, 
Shippensburg (June 1 through 2)
Lancaster Liederkranz Sommerfest (June 7 through 8)
Gettysburg Festival 
(June 8 through 16)
Historic Old Annville Day 
(June 8) fooa.org
Jubilee Day, 
Mechanicsburg (June 20)
Carlisle Summerfair 
(June 27 through July 6)
Celebrate Lancaster (June 28)
Fourth of July Celebration & Wine Village, Harrisburg (July 4 through 5)
Dauphin County Cultural Fest, Harrisburg (August 2)
Kipona Wine Art and Blues Festival, Harrisburg 
(August 31 through September 2)

14 Swift Rapids and River Monsters

Without a doubt, adventure can be found while floating atop in a kayak or dropping a fishing line into the mighty Susquehanna River as well as any of the region’s numerous creeks. Whether you’re looking for some swift rapids or one of the midstate’s very own flathead-catfish river monsters, watery fun and excitement can be found with the help of an area guide or outfitter.
Blue Mountain Outfitters, Marysville
(717) 957-2413
Koinonia Guide Service
(717) 805-7082
Shank’s Mare, Wrightsville
(717) 252-1616
Susquehanna Fly &
Spin Guide Services
(717) 540-5379
Susquehanna Outfitters, Harrisburg, susquehannaoutfitters.com, (717) 503-0066

Susquehanna River Fishing Guide Service
(717) 324-5769

15 Betting on the Whims of Fate
It’s really all about that quick moment, no longer than a few heart beats, of absolute thrill. It comes just after the bets have been placed, the cards dealt, the dice rolled and the wheels spun, when the dream of riches – or even just a few dollars – balance on the whims of fate. Sure, winning feels amazing, but that spike of fun is what makes an afternoon or evening spent at a casino so exciting.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
777 Hollywood Boulevard, Grantville
hollywoodpnrc.com, (717) 469-2211

16 Unleashing Your Inner Chuck Norris
Who hasn’t dreamed of letting loose a flurry of high-flying kicks, devastating punches, brutal blocks, crippling chops and more than a few moves seen in a Bruce Lee flick? So why not learn a martial art or form of self defense this summer? In just about every midstate town and city, there are more than enough dojos and studios to allow your inner Chuck Norris to emerge feet and fists first.

There are literally hundreds of professional places to learn just about any martial arts discipline – from karate to kickboxing. Check your local Google listings.

17 Dropping to the Earth
There are few activities more exhilarating than flying high above the earth among the clouds in an airplane. The expanse of the scenery below set against the euphoric limitlessness of flight provides an experience like no other. So, how do you top that? Opening the door of the plane, mid-flight, and dashing yourself out into free fall with a parachute strapped to your back, of course. The rush of hurtling toward the earth at 120 mph is enough to make even the most daring adventurers tremble with the aftershocks of adrenaline.
Chambersburg Skydiving Center
506 Airport Road, Chambersburg
skydivingcenter.net, (800) 526-3497
Maytown Sport Parachute Club
188 Airport Road, Marietta
maytownparachute.bizland.com, (717) 653-0422

18 A Tribute to the Horseless Carriage
For classic car enthusiasts, the midstate is arguably the greatest place on earth to see and to celebrate the horseless carriage. With 17 seasonal events (11 of which are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds), Carlisle Events, by itself, is one of the world’s largest presenters of collector car, truck and motorcycle entertainment. Then there’s the Antique Auto Museum at Hershey, which has been recognized as one of the top 16 automotive museums in the world.
Antique Auto Museum at Hershey, AACA Museum
161 Museum Drive, Hershey
aacamuseum.org, (717) 566-7100
Carlisle Events
carsatcarlisle.com, (717) 243-7855

19 Into the Water-Carved Darkness

An eons-old journey through time, long before the earliest records of mankind, can be had by entering the complete darkness of one of several caves in the midstate. With stalagmites as well as stalactites around every winding passageway and beautifully random water-carved rock room, caves provide hours of wonderment – not to mention the welcomed cool temperatures on a steamy summer day.
Crystal Cave Park
963 Crystal Cave Road, Kutztown
crystalcavepa.com, (610) 683-6765
Indian Echo Caverns
368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown
(717) 566-8131
Penn’s Cave
222 Penn’s Cave Road, Centre Hall
pennscave.com, (814) 364-1664
For a real caving experience, check out York Grotto, a chapter of the National Speleological Society, at yorkgrotto.org.

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