ENJOY EVERY SEASON WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THE
During every season, there are a variety of family fun activities in the Lebanon Valley. In the summer time, frolic in the water, relax on the beach, and enjoy a picnic at Mt. Gretna Beach & Lake. Stop by The Jigger Shop, a local restaurant serving scrumptious food and ice cream since 1895. The Lebanon Area Fair is a summer fun event of 8 fun-filled days with family-friendly concerts, track-side entertainment, agricultural demonstrations, and so much more. During any season, stay at the Holiday Inn Express, central to many attractions and conveniently located less than 10 miles from the PA Turnpike. These and other fun things to do in the Lebanon Valley found below!
Family Fun in the Lebanon Valley: A Native’s Perspective
By Arissa May As a teenager, I couldn’t wait to leave Lebanon County. Now, as a parent of 3 children, I am so glad I returned. Bringing my family here after living 12 years in other states and areas, I saw the richness of a place that I once took for...
Cheek’s Stone Rolled Ice Cream
Coleman Memorial Park
Game Time Fun Center
Klick Lewis Arena
Mt. Gretna Lake
Mt. Gretna Roller Rink
Patches Family Creamery
Royal Oaks Farm
Seltzer’s Outlet Store & Museum
The Jigger Shop
The Lazer Factory
Union Canal Tunnel Park
Whirling Dervish Bakery & Coffee Shop
There are so many family fun activities to explore in the Lebanon Valley! Download our itinerary for suggestions on things that you can do with your kids. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, there are several ideas for all age groups.
For outdoor fun:
Explore Coleman Memorial Park and explore the trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Enjoy the newest addition to the park, the bike pump track!
Experience a trip on the Swatara Creek Water Trail. Grab some tubes or kayaks and take your children for a ride down the Swatara Creek for refreshing afternoon fun.
Head to Batz Farm, home of baby goat snuggles, pasture picnics and more. Be sure to take your camera along as your kids have a chance to enjoy quality time with the cutest little animals.
If you are looking for a relaxing day on the beach, you can enjoy it right here in the Lebanon Valley at Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach. This private land features 8 acres of beach, with a relaxed family atmosphere.
At the end of a long, fun day, you and your family deserve a sweet treat. Patches Family Creamery offers fresh milk and homemade ice cream from cow to cone. While enjoying the freshest ice cream around, your kids can enjoy the playground and cows!
For indoor fun:
If your family enjoys sports or physical actvity, head to Klick Lewis Arena. This ice arena offers public skating and family ice events. They even have ice skate rentals available!
SPLAT art studio will put your faimly’s creativity to the test! Create your own art at this family art studio.
Nestled in beautiful Mt. Gretna, the Jigger Shop Ice Cream Parlor is one-of-a-kind! A local tradition for over 100 years, the Jigger Shop features special creations like the “Jigger Sundae” and Campfire Smore’s Sundae.
Pur your game face on and make your way to The Lazer Factory. Boasting a 6,000 sq. ft. laser tag arena and arcade games, this is a great place to enjoy family fun.
For a classic game of bowling, check out Palmyra Bowling. This state-of-the-art bowling alley features 32 lanes and makes for great fun.
Relax indoors at The Allen Theatre! This one screen theatre shows classic movies, new releases, as well as live events in an old school fashion.
Grab your skates and prepare for real fun at Mt. Gretna Roller Rink! Enjoy open skate to old-school pop hits or live organ music.