Summer Fun in the Lebanon Valley
Bring extra sunshine to your summer by visiting the Lebanon Valley! Where family fun is easy to come by and restaurants invite you to dine with them outside on the deck. Music can be heard all summer long, throughout the county. Cool off in one of our waterways, take in the local history, and round off your summer with a trip to the Lebanon Area Fair.
#1: Summertime Arts & Theatre – Enjoy art and theatre under the trees and under the sun.
If you find yourself in Mount Gretna August 20th and 21st, you’ll have to make time for the nationally attended and ranked Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show. Nationally ranked in Sunshine Magazine’s “200 Best”, this annual tradition is where artists and artisans from around the country come together to display their best works. Browse hundreds of one-of-a-kind items, purchase handcrafted art pieces, and enjoy the beautiful, wooded splendor of Mt. Gretna!
#2: Outdoor Dining – Eat and drink outdoors all summer long on our restaurants’ decks and patio’s.
Dining outside is a great option during the summer in the Lebanon Valley and we’ve got some amazing options for you to choose from. The Hideaway Restaurant in Mt. Gretna has a beautiful deck lit up with lights and a full bar outside. Relax and enjoy a few drinks or have a full meal. The Rising Sun Bar & Kitchen has a tented area in the side yard of the restaurant. An oasis decorated with potted plants, it’s a great spot to enjoy live music during the summer. The Blue Bird Inn and the Quentin Tavern are also outdoor dining spots, each with seating on their spacious decks and their own rotating drink lists and specials.
#3: Make a Splash – Play and swim in our creeks and lakes!
The Lebanon Valley has beautiful waterways that are open for public use. Hit the water at Memorial Lake State Park and take out a kayak or canoe on the lake. Memorial Lake’s 85 acres has mooring spaces available, two launching ramps, and is also a great spot for fishing. If you’re looking for water that moves, the Swatara Creek is wonderful options. A float down the Swatara Creek will give you the chance to see some of the best nature and wildlife the Lebanon Valley has to offer.
#4: Summer Agritourism – The freshest fruit, flowers, and ice cream around!
If you’ve ever longed to pick your own fruit or build your own bouquet; the Lebanon Valley offers you that chance this and every summer! Our orchards offer a unique and fun experience for you and your family. Imagine walking up to a tree and picking the fruit right off! Do this with peaches, cherries, strawberries, and other fruits at Honey Bear Orchards. From July to September, visit Royal Oaks Farm and cut your own flowers to create your own bouquet. Choose a jar or a bucket, pay a flat rate and start exploring what seasonal flowers they have to offer. This picturesque flower farm is a great place to visit for a fun time with the family, a fun summer date, or just because you need a little something to brighten up the room.
Get the full cow-to-cone experience at Patches Family Creamery. Visit the animals at their petting zoo, play on the playground, and enjoy fresh ice cream from their porch, right on the farm.
#5: Get out on the Course – link up in the Lebanon Valley.
The Lebanon Valley is home to several pristine golf courses for your enjoyment, no matter your skill level. The natural beauty of the Lebanon Valley lends to each course’s beautiful and distinct terrain. From a course rated 4 stars by Golf Digest, to Championship and USGA and Audubon-certified courses, to fairways designed by world-renowned architects, and country clubs with all the bells and whistles, the Lebanon Valley offers the best tee time around!
#6 – Enjoy our parks – take a stroll
Whether you’re taking a hike or taking your favorite furry friend for a walk, we have beautiful parks and hiking trails that you can access any day of the week. Coleman Memorial Park will give you a little bit a history and a whole lot of fun. Enjoy lunch at one of the many picnic pavilions, take your bike and try out the pump park, or play on the playground. Check out the amphitheater too, which hosts concerts .in the summer. H.M. Levitz Park has a selection of sports fields, playground, nature trail, and pond. Finally, experience the peace of the Quittie Nature Park. With a main path that runs along Quittie Creek, the nature park has a wide variety of other paths that branch off from there. Beat the heat under the shade of the trees and take your time to discover the different areas in the park like turtle pond and the limestone hill.