Fun!

Central Pennsylvania is rich in history, fun and shopping… it’s got something for everyone to enjoy! Below are some ideas to extend your stay and make the Mini-Con part of a mini-getaway!

Breweries & Wineries (11)

The impressive three-story brick and heavy timber structure was built circa 1915. The lagering room portion of the brewery dates back to 1890. Throughout the brewery, antique brick walls, massive wooden beams, hardwood floors and ceilings provide a warmth and inner glow rivaled only by the beer itself.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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Tröegs Independent Brewing is comprised of a production brewery as well as a Tasting Room/Snack Bar and General Store. The brewery features a self-guided tour path through fermentation, filtration, quality, and packaging that is open during normal operating hours, as well as behind-the-scenes guided tours that typically require reservations.

  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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Zeroday Brewing Co. is a brewery and tasting room located in the Midtown district of Harrisburg right next to the Midtown Cinema. Just a few blocks from the capitol, our tasting room provides a social gathering space for our community members and thirsty travelers alike.

We specialize in clean, balanced ales and lagers and offer Pennsylvania wine and cider. We showcase our amazing brews alongside some incredible local art, and on occasion you can enjoy your brew to the soundtrack of some of the area’s best musicians.

  • Travel time: ~5 minutes

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A warm welcome awaits you at our tasting room, patios, and grounds. The property dates back to the Revolutionary War and is complete with artifacts from the Indians who roamed it and used its natural springs before then. The property incorporates beautiful fields, streams, orchards, vineyards, and wildlife. The farm has been owned by only three families since the 1740’s and has been a haven for many – we like to think of it as our little patch of Eden.

  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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Harrisburg’s first distillery since Prohibition. We are local to the core. We use local ingredients to create our spirits and partner with Pennsylvania businesses whenever possible (including the draft beers & wines we pour and lots of the snacks we serve). Our goal is crafting superb, distinct products that reflect our roots and make Pennsylvania proud. Stop in for a free tasting and stick around for a handcrafted cocktail or martini.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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The mission of the Millworks restaurant carries through into the Millworks on-site Brewery. Craft beers made with local ingredients are served and available in both the restaurant and the rooftop biergarten. Enjoy a craft beer with a local sustainable meal or while strolling through our art galleries.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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In addition to the beer, guests can order light snacks such as hot peppers, pickles, Miller’s hot bologna, chips and cookies. They also sell fudge made by Fudge-O-lutely at the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg. On weekends, Boneshire has teamed up with vendor Nomad BBQ to sell its barbecue specialties such as pulled pork, chicken on a stick, Mexican corn on the cob and buttermilk cornbread.

  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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Ever Grain Brewing Co. prides themselves in using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, with a local twist. Their goal is to provide your taste buds with a new experience every time you visit the brewery.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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Taproom features 10 rotating taps, seating for 40 people, and light fare including BBQ Sandwiches, Local Artisan Cheese Plates, Paninis, a selection of nachos, and other snacks. They serve wine by the glass from Knob Hall and Allegro, a selection of house-designed cocktails with spirits from local craft distilleries, and hard cider from Big Hill Ciderworks.

You can expect all sorts of special, limited releases with the Taste of the Taproom series as they love to experiment on their small scale brewing system. And being beer geeks themselves, they’re looking forward to serving you their finest brews in ways you can’t get them anywhere else.

  • Travel time: ~25 minutes

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Blessed with fresh country air, pure water and arguably the richest, non-irrigated farmland in the world, Lancaster is still a place where a hand-shake means something, and where genuine craftsmanship artisan quality and stubborn self-reliance remain part of everyday life.

At Lancaster Brewing, we unite our obsessive commitment to quality ingredients with equal measures of creativity, skill and experience, to brew consistently great beer. Inspired by long and rich brewing traditions, we are proud to brew in the heart of Lancaster County, alongside scores of old-world craftsmen, independent farmers, working the more than 5,300 local farms, and our fiercely independent Amish neighbors.

  • Travel time: ~50 minutes

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Cullari Vineyards and Winery is a small boutique bottler and producer that specializes in both traditional dry and sweet red, white and pink wines, and also some unusual and uniquely crafted grape and fruit wine varieties that are only available at our tasting rooms.

  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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Museums (12)

The AACA Museum hosts a variety of events dedicated to the preservation and presentation of motor vehicle history in a manner that provides for the education and entertainment of guests.

  • Open daily, 9:00am—5:00pm
  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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The Rolls-Royce Foundation is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the heritage of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars. The museum includes cars from across the line of Rolls-Royce and Bentley models, and a selection of related materials in changing displays.

  • Open Monday-Friday, 10:00am–4:00pm or other hours by appointment. Tours are provided.
  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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While this museum strongly reflects the popularity of the open wheel, dirt track racing so popular throughout the northeast, you can also see a wide variety of racing machines from many other forms of racing including sprint cars, midgets, stock cars, motorcycles, Indy cars, NASCAR, drag racing and more.

  • Open every Friday (weather permitting).
  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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The museum has a mission of serving as a national center to inspire lifelong learning of the American Civil War through the preservation and balanced presentation of the American peoples’ struggles for survival and healing.

  • Open 9:00am—5:00pm daily, except opens at 10:00am on Sundays
  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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The park commands a magnificent view of the Susquehanna River and Blue Mountains beyond.

  • The park is open 8:00am-Dusk daily. The Mansion is closed December 23rd—April 30th.
  • Travel time: ~15 minutes

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The official museum of everything Pennsylvania was created in 1905 for the collection, preservation, research and interpretation of cultural and natural history of the state.

  • Open Wednesday—Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, Noon—5:00pm.
  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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The Whitaker center has an iMax cinema, a science museum and shows on its list of offerings. As “one place to discover it all,” there’s truly something for people of all ages.

  • Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30am–5:00pm and Sunday, 11:30am–5:00pm.
  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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This museum experience examines the journey of Milton Hershey from failed entrepreneur to chocolate king and philanthropic benefactor. Explore the history of Hershey in an educational and immersive environment, well-suited for both adults and kids.

  • Open 9:00am–5:00pm in February.
  • Travel time: ~30 minutes
  • Website: https://hersheystory.org/

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Nestled within the Capital City’s emerging midtown neighborhood in a newly reclaimed building, the Susquehanna Art Museum serves as a catalyst in the Commonwealth to offer educationally superior programming and diversely extraordinary exhibitions.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes
  • Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) makes available contemporary and historical materials related to strategic leadership, the global application of Landpower, and U.S. Army Heritage to inform research, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers, past and present.

  • Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm
  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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Enter the 1899 Victorian Firehouse, Home of the Reily Hose Co. No. 10  and experience the sights and sounds of Firefighting History. The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum features fire apparatus from Handtubs and Steam Pumpers, hand drawn to horse drawn, to motorized Engines and a 1935 MACK tillered Ladder Truck. An outstanding and varied collection of artifacts are on display.

  • Open Tuesday – Friday  10AM – 4PM; Saturday, 10AM – 4PM; Sunday 1PM – 4PM
  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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The Demuth Museum is dedicated to developing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the artwork and legacy of Charles Demuth, renowned American modernist painter, and his family’s contributions to the Lancaster community.

The Demuth Museum strives to engage and inspire a diverse range of audiences by pursuing an innovative program of exhibitions, education, scholarship and collections activities. National in scope, while reflecting the distinctive character of the Lancaster region, the Demuth Museum explores the compelling work and legacy of Charles Demuth.

  • Travel time: ~50 minutes

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Recreation (11)

The park offers year-round outdoor activities including exercise stations, bike lanes, and trails for joggers and hikers, and features the Walnut Street Bridge—a popular pedestrian walkway that connects Harrisburg’s downtown and Riverfront Park with City Island.

Travel time: ~5 minutes

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Whether you are on the lookout for our friendly otters, trying to spot one of our gray wolves, or hoping to catch a glimpse of our majestic bald eagles — a visit to ZooAmerica® is full of adventure!

  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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Autobahn Indoor Speedway provides a premier indoor go-kart racing experience to hundreds of thousands of racers every year. From professional racers to novices out to try something new, we pride ourselves on offering a fast-paced thrill that is approachable for all.

Our philosophy is simple: NO SPEED LIMIT! Whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular racing pro, we make sure everyone to be able to experience the freedom and the exhilaration of driving a high performance vehicle in a safe, comfortable and fun environment.

  • Travel time: ~5 minutes

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Unwrap your chocolate adventure! Chocolate lovers of all ages come to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction in Hershey, PA for sweet treats and one-of-a-kind experiences.

  • Travel time: ~25 minutes

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Roundtop Mountain Resort offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in a family friendly atmosphere. We offer award winning learn to ski and ride programs for those just getting started and some of the steepest terrain in the state for more advanced guests.

  • Travel time: ~25 minutes

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Gettysburg, “Long Remember” is a comprehensive, self-guided tour of the battlefield at Gettysburg taken in the comfort of your own vehicle. The tour includes all three days of the battle as well as many human interest stories about the participants and the citizens of Gettysburg.

  • Travel time: ~40 minutes

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The Nation’S Largest All Indoor Motorsports Event Featuring 1 Million Sq Feet Of Action.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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Explore over 25 covered bridges in PA Dutch Country. Just the sight of covered bridges brings to mind thoughts of old charm and romance. And in Lancaster County, the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, we have plenty of both! Sometimes referred to as “kissing bridges” because of the many couples who have strolled across them over the years, our area offers more than two dozen of these architectural beauties – each with its own story.

  • Travel time: ~50 minutes

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Rain or shine, it’s always 52 degrees inside the cave – all year round! Making magical memories. Create your own fantastic journey of geological wonders that will take your breath away! Echo Dell, Indian Echo Caverns, is one of the most visited attractions in the eastern United States!

  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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Steam through Amish Country. Enjoy a 45-minute ride aboard America’s oldest short-line railroad on an authentic steam train while traveling through scenic Lancaster County farmland. Back at the historic station, enjoy unique shops, dining opportunities both onboard the train and at the station, and other fun extras. All Aboard!

  • Travel time: ~60 minutes

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The Mission of the group is to encourage a large community involvement to help in barn preservation, to celebrate our rural culture, pride in farm property and conservation, to educate youth and visitors on the value of the agricultural economy, to celebrate the quilting tradition, and to create a year round attraction that fosters other community events and projects. A Barn Quilt is a large painted quilt square mounted on or directly painted typically on the gable end or side of a barn, business, garden shed or house. A Barn Quilt Trail is a self-guided driving tour of the decorated structures with a map to locate and reference the known history of the facility or significance of the quilt block and the Barn Quilt sponsor.

  • Travel time: ~60 minutes

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Shopping (3)

At Tanger, we’re committed to bringing you the ultimate shopping experience. That means guiding you towards the best deals at your favorite designer and brand-name stores.

  • Travel time: ~25 minutes

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The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg is located in historical Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, “the most famous small town in America.” Its rich Civil War history, breathtaking countryside, numerous wineries, and historical legacy make it a desirable destination for travelers worldwide.

  • Travel time: ~45 minutes

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FEEL THE DEAL AT TANGER OUTLETS. Shop Tanger Outlets for unmatched savings,
personalized service, deals that you can feel and more.

  • Travel time: ~50 minutes

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