Things To Do Outside of Trains At York

What is there for my wife to do, when she's had enough choo-choo's ?   I'm talking about something she can do for a couple of hours while I'm at the York meet this April.

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

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There is a lot to do. If she is a shopper, she can go to the outlets in Lancaster (35 min away). On Friday morning she can go to the Amish market in York (it's only open on Friday). Plenty of great restaurants in York. If you are staying at the Windham, they have a workout room and a indoor pool. Very near the Windham is the new Manchester Mall. There's 'more. We are there all week.  My daughter find's tons of things to do.

Eddie G

Fort McHenry is one hour away. You can stand between the cannons and look out into the bay where the Star Spangled Banner was written. There is a visitors center and you can also take a tour of the fort.  A little more adventurous would be the Washington monument and the Lincoln memorial at one hour and forty five minutes but you must be mindful of traffic and plan your drive times accordingly. 

With just two hours?  Lancaster has assorted Amish related attractions and many buffets and restaurants, but the things l do may not interest women. I have visited the historical sites for miles around, avoiding D.C. and its traffic, taken the PA. ice cream trail, Gettysburg has assorted shops downtown, and apple country fruit stands, U.S. 30 west to Chambersburg has many antique shops and malls, and, but all will require she take the vehicle.  Lots more... 

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Without mentioning your spouse's interests, you pose a difficult question.  If you contact the visitors centers, chambers of commerce or the Secretary of State to request their brochures for visitors, within three weeks you ought to receive up to date information on places which may interest her.  Some may have Internet points of contact.  John in Lansing, ILL

Good point, Bobby.  Remember when a Hershey bar was a nickel ?

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

RTHOMPS !! Yup Yup, you nailed it:

If you mean "Things to do Other than Trains", then, no question, the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville.

Nothing less will do.

salute

 

-miggy-  frank

"...be a kid.... 5 & 1/2 years old....... The more I know, the more I know how little I know.."

First thing is doing things with my wife making her life happy (HAPPY WIFE HAPPY LIFE).
I also ride motorcycles and belong to a scale Model boat club (one of the founding members).
I mainly build and work on model steam launches (live steam models).
Always on the hunt at flee markets/antique stores/garage sales/thrift shops looking for trains/steam engine/boilers/antique gum ball machines and what ever I could use or re-sell. 
Plus there are many other hobbies that I do.

 

RonH

Don't Junk it, Make it Work!

 

Gettysburg.  One of the largest civil war battle fields.   Return to I76, PA pike, west, from York can be done via RT30 to Gettysburg, then over Tuscarora mountain, a scenic view.   Those traveling south another civil war battlefield, Antietam, Sharpsburg, MD.   Near the Potomac River there are several accesses to the C&O Canal Path(trail). Great Falls, MD. one of the better parks.   Enjoy your visit to eastern Pa.  

Traveling the PA turnpike you may want to consider EZ pass.  Pike is an expensive toll ride. 

Harley Davidson Factory Tour

I don't ride, nor does my wife... every time I've driven by, I've said, "we should check that place out"

Last trip to York we did!

We both really enjoyed the visit and the tour was great!

OR

Take a ride to Hershey to see the Hershey Gardens....As they advertise, Flower Garden, Conservatory, Childrens Garden

OR

Take a ride to Kennett Square (about an hour+20mins) There you will find Longwood Gardens.  Worth a visit in any season, the Fall and Spring display (and fountains) are spectacular!  And they have an outdoor layout!

Home of the Union Eastern, Thomaston & Williamstown Railroad

Shovel snow, play in snow, shovel more snow, lose grandchild IN the snow, get a Snorkel for the dog because the SNOw is so deep, 

NOTE to self: Get app to find the dog in the snow.....

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-miggy-  frank

"...be a kid.... 5 & 1/2 years old....... The more I know, the more I know how little I know.."

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eddie g posted:

Lives in PA and doesn't know York, & the surrounding area, weird

It's around 2 hours from here in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

I can see why someone living here would never make it out that way for other reasons. 

York, while a major city on some scales doesn't probably have a whole lot unique about it that many local SE PA residents would necessarily migrate out to for other reasons.  It's quite likely you can find whatever you are looking for before getting as far away as York.  (unless you are seeking out a Harley Davidson plant ).

Many people when I mention going out to York for the train meet don't know anything about the area out there.  I wouldn't either, had I not been guided to the train meet 22 years ago.

-Dave

 

Mike CT posted:

...Traveling the PA turnpike you may want to consider EZ pass.  Pike is an expensive toll ride. 

I'm on the Turnpike from New Stanton to either Carlisle or 83 (and back).  The savings on one trip more than covers the $1 per month maintenance fee for a year.  It's a close call if you're only going once, but if you go twice a year or drive on other toll roads, it's worth it.

I know this is off the subject. For me going to York 500 miles. One of the ways that I go is, 95 to 495 to 290 to 90 Mass Pike to 84 to 91  to NH then the Wilber Cross to the Merit to the Cross County to the Saw Mill to the west side drive over the GW bridge  to the Jersey TP to the Penn TP to 222 to 30, The tolls round trip are $61.00. That is the shortest distance 499 mi. I go other ways too which are longer but cheaper.

Eddie G

Joe Hohmann posted:
eddie g posted:

Lives in PA and doesn't know York, & the surrounding area, weird

That's because PA has a lot of cities, where Maine only has one.

It's also interesting to note that of 15 million Pennsylvania residence, 8 million live Philly, Bucks, Berk, etc.  The rest are scatter across the state. Pittsburgh and Erie other population centers, nothing compared to the south east corner of the state.  ?? York, south east corner??     

eddie g posted:

Lives in PA and doesn't know York, & the surrounding area, weird

I grew up in Philadelphia and there are parts I have never been to.  So why would you think, just because I grew up in Pennsylvania, that it automatically makes me an expert on the state ?

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Well, back on subject here..................at last York, my friernds and I visited the RR Museum up at Strasburg.  Couldnt help but notice a few really interesting Antique stores right at Strasburg.  I am not matching women = antiques..........yet just pointing out this fact.  I luv antique "eye shopping" myself. That's how I came upon a set of  the rarest Lionel Diesels.........

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