SNHA Bucket List
Susquehanna NHA Bucket List
1.Taste a famous Washington Boro Jetstar tomato! You can find them at the local Tomato Barn or attend the annual Washington Boro Tomato Festival, a celebration hosted by Blue Rock Heritage Center.
2. Find the mosaic mural on the wall near the pavilion at East Donegal Riverfront Park.
3. Learn more about the region’s iron furnace history at the Codorus Furnace or the Musselman-Vesta Iron Furnace Center.
4. Cross the Safe Harbor Trestle Bridge on the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail.
5. Learn about the power of wind turbines at Turkey Hill Trail Overlook.
6. Watch the sunset on a rocking chair from the Riverview Deck at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center.
7. Uncover the hidden history of a ghost town at the White Cliffs of Conoy or under the waters of Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park.
8. Snap a photo of the Norman Wood Bridge on the Susquehanna River, just south of the Holtwood Dam.
9. Capture a photo of the Chief Uncas on the Susquehanna River! The Chief Uncas is SNHA’s “new” flagship River Discovery Tour boat! This unique and historic electric boat was built in 1912 for Adolphus Busch, founder of the famous American beer company.
10. Drive through a covered bridge.
11. Step back in time to learn about the Conestoga wagon at the Conestoga Area Historical Society or the Landis Valley Museum.
12. Explore a Lancaster Conservancy Nature Preserve.
13. Step off the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail to enjoy a stroll through the Falmouth Forest Garden, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. When the river is low, the scenery grows! Look for the sculpted rocks and potholes at the foot of Conewago Falls in Falmouth, too.
14. Find a light blue blaze on the Mason Dixon Trail, a National Recreation Trail that departs from the Appalachian Trail and stretches over 200 miles through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.
15. Camp under the stars at a campground.
16. Attend a show at one of America’s oldest operating theater, the Fulton Theater in historic downtown Lancaster, or the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, a hotspot in downtown York.
17. Stand on the compass rose at Highpoint Scenic Vista and snap a selfie.
18. All aboard! Explore the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, or take a train ride at Strasburg Railroad, Northern Central Railway, or Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village.
19. Find a waterfall in York or Lancaster County! Try a hike at Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve or Apollo County Park, look for Manns Run Waterfall at Muddy Run Park, or find Mill Creek Falls along the Mason Dixon Trail.
20. Birdwatch at the Conejohela Flats, an Audubon Important Bird Area on Lake Clarke, or on the York Audubon Society’s York County Birding Trail.
21. Take a tour about Native American history with Indian Steps Museum, Susquehanna NHA, Blue Rock Heritage Center, or the 1712 Museum.
22. Bring your camera to capture a phenomenal view of the Susquehanna River at one of ten scenic overlooks.
23. Find the gear you need to get your adventure started at one of our local outfitters.
24. Try the native pawpaw fruit at the Horn Farm Center Pawpaw Festival.
25. Discover the history of early science and medicine at the Haldeman Mansion, birthplace of Samuel Haldeman, or Historic Rock Ford, General Edward Hand’s house.
26. Visit the farthest point east occupied by Confederate forces in the Civil War in Wrightsville during Riverfest, or visit the Burning of the Bridge Diorama.
27. Shop at some of the oldest markets in the region: Lancaster Central Market, Columbia Market House, Root’s Country Market, York Central Market, or Penn Market.
28. War of the Roses! Catch a baseball game between the Lancaster Barnstormers and the York Revolution!
29. Use the Susquehanna Trails App (or Google Map) to explore exceptional recreation opportunities in the Susquehanna River region and learn historical, geological, and natural facts along the way!
30. Learn about the route Captain John Smith explored on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail at PA’s Visitor Contact Station, the Zimmerman Center for Heritage. Take a house tour and become a Junior Ranger while you’re there!
31. Float or boat a section of the historic Conestoga River Water Trail or the Lower Susquehanna River Water Trail.
32. See a place where rails & trails collide at Point Rock Tunnel and Shock’s Mill Bridge on the NW Lancaster County River Trail or Howard Tunnel on the York Heritage Rail Trail.
33. Howl at the moon at the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, a sanctuary and educational facility that offers refuge to gray wolves and wolfdogs.
34. Explore the murals at Royal Square District, York City’s most vibrant arts and shopping district, located at the intersections of King, Queen, and Duke Streets.
35. Stroll through a variety of exhibits in the heart of Lancaster’s downtown art district, Gallery Row, on the 100 & 200 blocks of North Prince Street.
36. Visit Wheatland, home of 15th President James Buchanan, to take a tour with Lancaster History.
37. Have some old-fashioned family fun at the York State Fair, Americas first fair, started in 1765!
38. Discover the region’s African American history at the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum, Christiana Underground Railroad Center at the Historic Zercher’s Hotel, or an African American Historical Society of South-Central Pennsylvania walking tour.
39. Spend the day doing hands-on exploration at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, North Museum of Nature and Science, Lancaster Science Factory, or Hands-on House, Children’s Museum of Lancaster.
40. Enjoy the tastes of Lancaster County! Explore Pennsylvania Dutch-style cuisine like scrapple, chicken pot pie, and red beet eggs, or enjoy unique handmade desserts like whoopie pies, shoefly pie, and apple butter.
41. Take a ride in an Amish horse and buggy, or spot one on the road in Lancaster County.
42. Try a delicious York Imperial Apple, developed by Jonathan Jessop in the 1820’s. Look for them at a local orchard or farmers’ market.
43. Time flies when you’re having fun! Lose track of time enjoying more than 12,000 horological items at the National Watch and Clock Museum.
44. Take a guided tour with York History Center. Make sure to selfie in front of the York Colonial Courthouse, which commemorates the Continental Congress’s meeting in York County. This made York the nation’s first capital.
45. Have a picnic with family or friends at Samuel S. Lewis State Park or Susquehannock State Park.
46. Take a snack tour at Martin’s Potato Chip Factory, Snyder’s of Hanover Factory, or Utz Potato Chip Factory in York County, the snack capital of the world.
47. Discover roadside America! Can you find a house that looks like a shoe, a barefoot giant named Amos, or a rotating weightlifter on a roof?
48. Visit Perrydell Farms, where you can get ice cream and meet the cows at the same time, or learn about Lancaster County dairy farming and all things ice cream at the Turkey Hill Experience.
49. Go for a cruise over the Susquehanna River on America’s first transcontinental highway, the Lincoln Highway. Look for the marvelous memorial markers along the way!
50. Be in two places at once when you straddle the Mason-Dixon Line on the Mason Dixon Trail.
51. Take a keepsake photo of a railroad car on the Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail, Enola Low Grade Trail, or York Heritage Rail Trail.
52. Selfie standing in Penn Square where the Continental Congress met in the Lancaster County Courthouse, making Lancaster the capital of the nation in 1777 for just one day.
53. This area has one of the best growing climates on the east coast and some of the most fertile soil in the nation. Enjoy some local wine at one of over a dozen vineyards.
54. Treat yourself to a sweet treat from the Wilbur Bud Chocolate Store in Lititz, an American Original since 1884!
55. Get stamped! Bring your passport to collect official NPS Cancellation Stamps from both Susquehanna National Heritage Area visitor centers for a total of 5 unique stamps.