10 Things to Do in York That You Shouldn't Miss

November 24, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Billing itself as "The Factory Tour Capital of the World," York, Pennsylvania, is the home of thirteen different factories open to the general public. Find out how everything from potato chips to motorcycles are made! The free Harley-Davidson Motor Company Tour takes visitors into the plant to watch an assembly line churn out hogs. The York Barbell Factory includes the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame, where visitors can see such sights as a license plate torn in half using only bare hands.
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1. Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations

1425 Eden Rd, York, PA 17402-1907 +1 717-852-6590
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Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations

Established as an assembly facility in 1973, Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA assembles the Touring, Softail®, CVO™ and Trike models. They also perform a variety of manufacturing operations - making parts like frames, fuel tanks, and fenders. At the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center, you'll explore exhibits that detail the manufacturing and assembly processes of the factory. You'll also have the chance to sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop for tour-related souvenirs. The Kids Corner, a specially designed area for visitors under the age of 12, makes the York facility an ideal family destination. Your factory tour begins with an introductory video and continues on the factory floor where you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes and products of Vehicle Operations. You'll be guided through the manufacturing of key components and the assembly of Softail, Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles. Then it's on to the end of the line, where every motorcycle is roll-tested prior to shipping. Over the years, thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have made the journey to York, Pennsylvania to witness passion forged in steel. At the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center, you'll explore exhibits that detail the manufacturing and assembly processes of the factory. You'll also have the chance to sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop for tour-related souvenirs. The Kids Corner, a specially designed area for visitors under the age of 12, makes the York facility an ideal family destination. Your factory tour begins with an introductory video and continues on the factory floor where you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes and products of Vehicle Operations. You'll be guided through the manufacturing of key components and the assembly of Softail, Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles. Then it's on to the end of the line, where every motorcycle is roll-tested prior to shipping. Over the years, thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have made the journey to York, Pennsylvania to witness passion forged in steel.

Reviewed By MEEEK - Suffern, New York

The last time I reviewed this, I only reviewed the museum, as we had unknowingly missed the opportunity to take the tour, so we just went back. The tour was GREAT! The cleanliness and organization of this huge factory and tour are impressive, the workers seem to be very friendly, welcoming, and accommodating, and our Tour Guide, Eithel, seemed very knowledgeable!

The tour is given on the hour, between 9 and 2. This info is hard to locate on their website (which was our problem the first time!). We took the hour-long Classic tour (The Steel Toe tour is longer, and a little more in-depth.), which is also free. I suggest that you go to the bathroom before you enter the theater (The tour starts with a film.), as there's no opportunity to go once the Tour Guide starts speaking. Headsets are handed out, after the film, so that one may hear the tour guide in the factory. One is also given a souvenir pin, in the theatre, which needs to be worn during the tour.

I'm really not a fan of motorcycles, because of the noise (one of the reasons), but I loved this tour! The noise of the motor of motorcycles on the rode, is far louder, and much more offensive, to me, than the factory was.

I usually don't like to revisit places, but I would go back here.

2. Perrydell Farm Dairy

90 Indian Rock Dam Rd, York, PA 17403-5201 +1 717-741-3485
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Perrydell Farm Dairy

Reviewed By Roluke - Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Great place to see and pet baby calves. Plus, the cakes in the store were incredible! The ice cream and diary products were very good.

3. PeoplesBank Park

5 Brooks Robinson Way, York, PA 17401-2401 +1 717-801-4487
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PeoplesBank Park

Home of York's professional baseball team, the Revolution! Come for the baseball and stay for the games between every inning, prizes, and kids activities. Whether you're visiting from out of town or are a local Yorker, a Revolution game at PeoplesBank Park is always a great time. Special packages and spaces are available for birthday celebrations, picnic outings, and large groups. The Revolution are a year around operation, meaning the facilities at PeoplesBank Park are always available for parties, meeting space, and even weddings! Give us a call to find out how the Revolution and PeoplesBank Park can make your event or outing truly memorable.

Reviewed By midnight1020 - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

We attended a game here last summer. Nice smaller stadium, clean and offered food and drink. The ticket price was very reasonable and made for a memorable experience with my son. They even had super funny entertainment in between plays with mascots and crowd driven activities. Fun time.

4. York Central Market House

34 W Philadelphia St, York, PA 17401-5319 +1 717-848-2243
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

York Central Market House

Reviewed By Charles H

My wife and I stopped in on Saturday to visit the market during Christmas season. A large variety of eating options were available. this has been transformed from a farmers' market to a dining delight. Wide choices and ethnic varieties available. From Henry's ham, deep fried chicken to Puerto Rican food and food of Africa. Pastry shop is also noteworthy in the northwestern corner.

5. Appell Center for the Performing Arts

50 N George St, York, PA 17401-1214 +1 717-846-1111
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Reviewed By KirkinPA - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Was pleasantly surprised by this York theater. They had spent a couple years refurbishing it, and it was really something; very old school decor. We were at a music venue with a small musical group, and the acoustics were very good. If I lived closer, I would probably join their group to get advance notice on tickets. Nice restaurants nearby, plenty of parking across the street in garage or on the street.

6. Rocky Ridge County Park

400 Deininger Rd, York, PA 17406 +1 717-840-7440
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Rocky Ridge County Park

Reviewed By Diane D - Pima, AZ

While I was visiting York, I met up with two other birders who were familiar with the trails and birds at Rocky Ridge. We walked around the fields and woodlands and saw about 30 species of birds. You can find what's there on Cornell University's eBird website. In addition to the birds, I also saw a really beautiful dragonfly and plenty of wildflowers.

The only thing that is bad about the park is the huge electrical transmission line running through it. It hums and buzzes constantly, and I was told that people riding their mountain bikes under it have gotten shocked when they shifted gears - bizarre! Luckily, there are plenty of trails away from it.

I plan to return to this park on future visits to York to explore some of the other trails.

As with any PA hike, practice tick-bite prevention by wearing long pants covered with socks, or by using repellent.

7. Nixon Park Nature Center

5922 Nixon Dr, York, PA 17403-9367 +1 717-428-1961
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Nixon Park Nature Center

Reviewed By groominmamma - York, Pennsylvania

Our is a family of nature lovers, so Nixon park is perfect for us. We enjoy hiking the trails, looking at the gardens, and touring the indoor exhibits. Educational and entertaining!

8. York County History Center

250 E Market St, York, PA 17403-2013 +1 717-848-1587
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York County History Center

The York County History Center has three museums, four historic sites and a genealogy library and archives, all located in historic York, Pa. The Museums include the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, the Historical Society Museum, and the Fire Museum. Historic sites are the Colonial Complex, the Bonham House, and the Murals of York.

Reviewed By Seabee-Officer-11 - Atlanta, Georgia

A group of military veterans and wives/children toured the York History Center and found it was very enjoyable. Groups can have meals served in their large service room. There are various rooms in which to see old tools and farm equipment, old fire trucks and other vehicles and a running history of agriculture and industrial artifacts. It was a most enjoyable place to visit and learn some of the history of the local area.

9. Heritage Rail Trail County Park

400 Mundis Race Rd, York, PA 17406-9721 +1 717-840-7440
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Heritage Rail Trail County Park

The Heritage Rail Trail County Park is located in York PA. It begins a the Colonial Courthouse in York PA and heads south for 21.1 miles to the Maryland line where it connects with the Torry C. Brown Rail Trail. The trail surface is stone.

Reviewed By Joseph N - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

We successfully biked another leg of this nice rail-trail this morning. We broke our own record...we had had 18 miles round-trip earlier this season done on the Lebanon Valley-Conewago-Lebanon Valley Rail Trail. But today we completed 19 miles rt on the York Heritage Rail Trail, starting at Hanover Junction and north to York City limits. We went through the Howard tunnel again and past Brillhart Station. Cool and dry. Busy with other bikers, walkers, runners, and onlookers. Bummed out that no one showed up to open the Hanover Junction Museum at 1 pm. Again not disappointed to fine excellent-tasting ice cream at Perrydell Farm Diary. Cannot review it so soon per Trip Advisor's (3-month wait) policy. Next leg to do will be over the big hill in Glen Rock. Nice old trail. Abe Lincoln traversed on it as did 1000s of fresh and injured Union soldiers.

10. Lake Redman

S George St, York, PA +1 717-840-7443
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Lake Redman

Reviewed By trav717 - Lancaster, PA

Headed to Lake Redman for some fishing on Labor Day 2016. Arrived about 7:00 AM to a peacefully quiet lake with mist hanging over the water. Very relaxing. As the morning progressed, kayaks and small fishing boats appeared making for a colorful picture. Great fishing, picnic area and boat rentals. A really fun morning at Lake Redman.

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