Lebanon Valley Spring Bucket List

1. Swatara Sojourn- Where adventure and giving back go hand-in-hand.

Join the Swatara Sojourn on Sunday May 1st for a fun paddle down the Swattie and help to clean up this important waterway in the Lebanon Valley.  In acknowledgement of Earth Day, we pay special attention to respecting our land and water.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, when the United States recognized that access to clean, safe water is a critical human right and passed the Clean Water Act. Our Swatara Creek is one of the main waterways in the Lebanon Valley.  It is a thing of beauty, and we want to keep it that way for generations to come.  If you feel as passionate about our waterways as we do, you might want to participate in the Swatara Sojourn on Sunday,May 1st to help keep the Swatara Creek clean. Swatara Sojourn – Visit Lebanon Valley, Pennsylvania

2. Union Canal Days- History comes to life

Another great spring event to note is Union Canal Days on Saturday, May 21 from 10a-6p and Sunday, May 22 from 11a-5p.  Take a narrated boat tour through the oldest transportation tunnel left in the United States during the 32nd Annual Union Canal Days. Check out the exhibitors and vendors, listen to some live music, or purchase your spring garden plants at the flower booth. Take a chance on a basket at the raffle table or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many picnic tables throughout the park. From 1827 to 1855 the Union Canal linked the commercial centers of Harrisburg, Reading, and by extension, the port of Philadelphia. The park serves the tunnel and the only remaining 5/8 mile section of the original canal through Lebanon. The main entrance is located at 25th St and Union Canal Drive, Lebanon.  The Union Canal Tunnel Park is now comprised of more than 100 acres of recreational and historic lands, open to the public and maintained by the volunteers of the Friends of the Union Canal Tunnel Park. Union Canal Tunnel Park – Visit Lebanon Valley | Lebanon, PA

Union Canal

3. Explore the Outdoors! 

You need to check out Visit Lebanon Valley’s ‘Explore the Outdoor’ guide.  Outdoor Activities – Visit Lebanon Valley | Lebanon, Pennsylvania  This guide has some of the top trails for biking, hiking, kayaking, and viewing wildlife for the entire county.  We really live in a wonderful area filled with so many natural wonders.  One of our favorite trails is at the Swatara State Park, take the Bear Hole Trail to discover the Bordner Cabin and view Aycrigg’s Waterfall.  It’s worth the hike.  And this is just the beginning…  Get outside and play!

Outdoors

4. Raid the Berry Patches and other homegrown specialties

As Agriculture is the #1 industry in the Lebanon Valley, we are very particular about our produce, meat and dairy products.  Now is the beginning of the pick- your -own season for strawberries, or at the very least purchase your fresh berries and so much more at many of the great orchards and roadside stands we host here in the Lebanon Valley, like Risser Marvel, Howard’s Produce, Frey Orchards, the Lebanon Farmers Market and more. And while you are at it, don’t forget one of our favorite dairy farms that turns milk and cream into ice cream right on property at Patches Family Creamery.  Your very own ‘Cow-to-Cone experience’.  For roadside stands and more, Markets & Orchards | Visit Lebanon Valley | Lebanon, PA

Berries

5. Lebanon Valley Scenic Views on Two Wheels

When its time to work off that delicious ice cream, consider riding in the Tour de Lebanon Valley Bike Ride on Saturday, June 11, 2022.  This metric century 62 mile route encompasses some of the very best views of the Lebanon Valley.  There is also a 25 mile route and an 8 mile Family Route on the Rail Trail.  This great event supports several important non-profits like Lebanon Valley Health Council, Lebanon Valley Conservancy, and the Lebanon Valley Bike Coalition. Tour de Lebanon Valley – Visit Lebanon Valley, Pennsylvania

Bicycles

6. Baby Goat Snuggles to lighten your mood

That’s right, I said it maybe time to cuddle a baby goat.  New life comes in all forms this spring.  And this is some on the adorable side.  Whether it’s picnics in the pasture, baby goat snuggles, goat yoga, Ladies night out, or even an overnight on the farm with a stay at the Goat Hollow Cabin, the Batz Farm has you covered.  Plan your adventure in advance.  Check out our Family Fun Itinerary with ideas a plenty… Lebanon Attractions – Visit Lebanon Valley | Lebanon, Pennsylvania

7. One-of-a-kind tastes of the Lebanon Valley. 

Farm fresh produce at roadside stands, intriguing small restaurants, and more await you. Local ingredients with a Pennsylvania Dutch flair make every taste a delight, using family recipes handed down over generations, like shoefly pie, whoopee pies, Shuey’s pretzels, or taste our local delicacy only made in the Lebanon Valley, Opera Fudge, the perfect souvenir. No visit to the Lebanon Valley is complete without a taste of our savory claim to fame, Lebanon Bologna.  This all-beef sausage is locally cured in smokehouse using the same care and tradition for over 120 years.  A perfect addition to your next charcuterie board. Places To Eat In Lebanon PA – Visit Lebanon Valley | Lebanon, PA

8. If you are thirsty, we’ve got you covered…

The Libations Trail is a great opportunity to taste the best of Lebanon County and create an experience for all to enjoy.  These local brewers use fresh ingredients and ingenuity to create clever combinations that will keep you coming back for more.  Try the latest craft beverages at Snitz Creek Brewery and Restaurant, Under the Bridge Hard Cider, Rotunda Brewery and restaurant, Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery or soon to open new Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery.  Whatever your pleasure, the Lebanon Valley Libations Trail has got you covered.  Join the digital trail for free and win swag when you support our favorite local restaurants and breweries, or try the breweries at your own pace and visit to discover your favorite local craft beverage. Drink Local and Raise a Glass to the Craft | Lebanon Valley Libations Trail (visitlebanonvalley.com)

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