Now that we’ve already established that you, Dear Visitor, are planning to make York County your next destination, we should probably give you some recommendations for your evenings, huh?

First, allow us to revisit the outdoor activities, because we neglected to enlighten you with insight into summer offerings by York County Parks. Mainly, moonlight canoe rides at Lake Redman and moonlight strolls or rides along the Heritage Rail Trail. Check out York County Parks for more information.

What’s that? You’d like to take in a show? No sweat! One of the most beautiful, historic performing arts centers in all of Pennsylvania is located in downtown York: The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. The 1917 Capital Theater offers old movies, while the newly-restored and expanded 1925 Strand Theater hosts big-name entertainers, traveling Broadway productions, and the York Symphony Orchestra.

Across town you’ll find the York Little Theatre, which proves that locally-produced productions can rival big-city offerings! And in Hanover, be sure to check out the historic Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, an 800-seat theater providing Broadway shows, musical performances, and holiday entertainment. In Mt. Wolf (north of York City), you’ll find the Mt. Wolf Gospel Music Dinner Theater, and in West York check out the DreamWrights Youth and Family Theater.

Of course, as we told you earlier, Dear Visitor, York is at the Crossroads of Pennsylvania, so we should point you to some out-of-county entertainment venues as well. So be sure to check the schedule at Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts for their performance and IMAX theaters. And in Lancaster, check out the Fulton Opera House, American Music Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, and Sight & Sound Theater. In Hershey there are a number of concert venues, so surf over to for a listing.

If you’re feeling lucky, head over to Penn National Off Track Wagering, located along Route 30 near the I-83 overpass.

Of course, you can also head out to a nightclub or tavern. Downtown, check out the First Capital Dispensing Company at the intersection of Pershing and Philadelphia Streets. Believe it or not, this little tavern is located in a log cabin which is actually one of the oldest buildings in York City! Nearby you’ll find the Waterway Raw Bar & Grill, housed in an old foundry building along the Codorus Creek. Of course, we previously recommended Cobblestone (S. George St.) and their 50+ beers on tap. In town you’ll also find the Roosevelt Tavern, Sam & Tony’s Pasta House, and Autograph’s at the Yorktowne Hotel. Around York County you’ll find a great tavern or neighborhood bar around every corner, from Knicker’s Pub at Heritage Hills to Mixer’s Lounge at the Holiday Inn Holidome; from the pulsating grooves at Fat Daddy’s to the variety of beers at Hanover’s Kclinger’s Tavern.

And, for you dancing winos – oh, wait, did we say that? – we mean, for you wine connoisseurs who love to dance to big band music (yeah, that’s what we meant), be sure to check out the weekend events at Naylor’s Wine Cellars.


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