Exploring Cumberland Valley- June

Cumberland Valley’s collection of outdoor attractions, historical sites and great dining offer endless possibilities for celebrating Father’s Day.

If your dad is an outdoorsman, the Valley’s hiking and biking trails, fishing and boating streams and adventure parks will keep him busy all weekend. The Valley’s hiking trails include day-hiking along the Appalachian Trail, scenic overlooks and birdwatching hotspots. View our Top 10 at visitcumberlandvalley.com/10hikes. Biking trails include the historic streets of downtown Carlisle and cue sheets that take you through our scenic backroads and quaint downtowns. For more adventurous dads, schedule a day at Roundtop Mountain Resort for paintball, zip-lining, ropes courses and more.

Dads who are history buffs will enjoy the Valley’s assortment of self-guided tours. Find downloadable copies for 18th Century Architecture in Carlisle, Camp Michaux, the Old Public Graveyard, Civil War Walking Tours, Tavern Tours and more at visitcumberlandvalley.com. You can also take him to the free and  interactive U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle and explore the indoor Soldier Experience Gallery and outdoor one-mile Army Heritage Trail with full-scale military exhibits.

Celebrate dad with a great meal in Cumberland Valley. Downtown Carlisle hosts a variety of flavors and menus from all around the world including  Belgium, Morocco, Japan, England, Italy and others. The newly opened 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion, inside the Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle, is another great option for Father’s Day. Their steak and seafood menu combined with specialty whiskeys will make any dad happy. If it’s nice out, head to Wormleysburg and celebrate on one of the large decks at Dockside Willies or Dukes Bar & Grille.

There’s even more ways to celebrate Father’s Day with all the fun things to see and do in Cumberland Valley. Find more attractions, restaurants, events and shops to find a gift at VisitCumberlandValley.com. June also welcomes a calendar full of events. The following is a sample.

87th Annual Jubilee Day @ Downtown Mechanicsburg – June 18

Jubilee Day is the largest, longest running one-day street fair on the East Coast, attracting up to 70,000 attendees. This annual event features more than 325 vendors from near and far offering food, games, arts and crafts, retail products, carnival rides and more.

2015 Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Heritage Day @ Allenberry – June 20

The Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association is happy to present the 2015 Annual Heritage Day. Angling enthusiasts and supporters are invited to the Meadow and Picnic Pavilion  at Allenberry Resort to take part in a great day of fly fishing activities.

SHAPE’s 10th Annual Solstice Arts Festival @ Shippensburg Township Park – June 20

SHAPE’s 10th Annual Solstice Arts Festival will feature fine art, live music, great food, children’s art activities, an eco-village, a wellness circle and the Art Wall. Designed for art lovers, foodies and music enthusiasts, this dynamic festival is sure to appeal to everyone in your family.

A.T. Museum Public Program: Historic Wood and Canvas Canoes @ AT Museum – June 21

Take a “zero” day and explore the lure of wood and canvas canoes with Howard Davis, who restores old and builds new wood and canvas canoes.

Carlisle Summerfair @ Various Locations – June 25-July 5

Summerfair originated in 1978 and has continued ever since with its commitment to provide the community with family-friendly events offered at no cost.  Major events include a 5k/10k run, an all-star softball game, a parade and ice cream social, a craft show/festival, a children’s fishing derby, a Civil War walking tour, tours of the Old Courthouse and an “anything floats” contest.

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