Exploring Cumberland Valley- May

Cumberland Valley is home to a collection of tucked away attractions that can fill your weekends with family fun and offer many journeys to be discovered. Below are a few “hidden gems” in your own backyard. Find even more at  visitcumberlandvalley.com.

Kings Gap Garden 

Get in touch with nature and native Cumberland Valley plants at the Kings Gap Garden.  The garden located on the grounds of the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center features three educational areas containing native plants and flowers, an herb garden and a wildlife habitat area.

Rolls Royce Museum

This hidden 5,000 sq. ft. facility in Mechanicsburg holds a changing collection of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars, an extensive research library and functioning garage where technical seminars are given by noted professionals.

The Trout Gallery at Dickinson College

This fine arts museum located in the Weiss Center for the Arts houses Dickinson’s permanent collections of art, ancient through contemporary, with changing exhibits.

Oakes Museum 

This quirky attraction is located on Messiah College’s campus and is only open on Saturday afternoons, but it’s definitely worth a visit. This museum is devoted to natural history with exhibits that take you back thousands of years to America and Africa. It features 75 full mounts, including a zebra, giraffe and elephant.

Paulus Farm Market

This popular market in Mechanicsburg is pretty well known for their farm-fresh products and great flower selection. However, the hidden gem at this farmer’s market is the kid’s activities. In the warmer months, kids can enjoy barnyard and baby animals, horse tire swings, a wooden tractor structure and other play areas.

Sunset Rocks Trail 

Follow this trail through Michaux State  Forest to hike past top-secret World War II POW camp ruins. Make it a longer hike to include beautiful views of the Valley.

Union Fire Company No. 1 and Museum 

The Union Fire Company No. 1 is the oldest, operating volunteer company in the state of Pennsylvania. The company was organized in 1789 and now contains a twostory museum at its location in Carlisle.

Historical Society of East Pennsboro

This historical gem invites railroad lovers to browse the collection of items from the famed Enola Yards. From its beginnings through 1956, the Enola Yards was the largest freight yard in the world and still operates today on a smaller scale. 

The hunt for hidden gems doesn’t stop here! Other fun finds in Cumberland Valley include a variety of events and festivals. View a sampling below and find other exciting things to  see and do this month at visitcumberlandvalley.com/events-calendar.

Children’s Fishing Derby @Mt. Holly Fish & Game Pond – May 9

Dickinson Township and Mt. Holly Fish and Game Association will host a Children’s Fishing Derby for children ages 3 to 12 at the Mt. Holly Fish and Game Pond. There will be prizes, raffles, food, crafts and of course, fishing!

43rd Annual Greek Festival @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral – May 15-16

Take a tour of the church, enjoy the Greek dancers, stop by the hand-crafted jewelry and artisan booths. Also visit the Gyro, Souvlaki and Saganaki booths.

Army Heritage Days @ USAHEC – May 16-17

Army Heritage Days is an annual, two-day living history event full of different demonstrations and activities. Hundreds of living history interpreters occupythe Army Heritage Trail and recreate historical military moments throughout history.

Camp Hill Kite Festival @ Fiala Field – May 17

Come out and watch the Keystone Kiters fly their kites and make one yourself for free. Food will be available for purchase.

Wildflower Hike @ Pole Steeple – May 21

Spring is in bloom! Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for its Third Thursdays Wildflower Hike on May 21. Get your heart pumping with a short, but steep hike up the Pole Steeple Trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park before connecting to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Fifth Annual Plein Air Camp Hill Arts Festival – May 30

This free festival for people of all ages & skill levels features a juried competition for painters and photographers, quick draw and quick shoot competitions, youth “paint out,” student competitions, free workshops, demonstrations, lectures, live music and food.

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