Outdoor enthusiasts thrive on our waterways, trails, and parks. In less than 20 minutes from downtown York, you can boat, kayak, fish, skateboard, rock climb, mountain bike, or take to the field in an adult sport league. Discover a York ready for you to savor every note, sight, bite, sip, and outdoor adventure awaiting you.
Visit Royal Square and WeCo arts districts in downtown York. Meet local artists and explore their work on display at Marketview Arts, the Pennsylvania Arts Experience, York Art Association, and Creative York. Hear local crafters tell their stories through YorkCrafted and their PechaKucha presentations or shop and create your own art in classes at Creative York, The Parliament, Clay Path Studio, or at a Coloring Cocktails & Cursewords hosted by Prime Art Supply. Even our sidewalks are adorned with art, in our painted parking meters, sidewalks, storefronts and sculptured pieces recycled from our city’s industrial heritage.
York’s art options continue to expand as more and more artists realize their work and their creativity are highly desired here amid a lifestyle they can call their own.
From antiques to specialty gift shops, York has your shopping fix covered. Downtown, you can shop small at retail and specialty merchants offering everything from art supplies and handmade soaps to jewelry, fresh foods and furniture. County-wide, choose from antiques, farmers’ markets, factory outlets, malls and shopping centers.
Music, Film, and Performing Arts
York’s music scene abounds, from soulful rocking club atmospheres of CapLive and Kable House Presents to nationally known artists at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts or the harmonious instrumentals of the York Symphony Orchestra. Catch indie films at Small Star Art House or classic film series, CapFilm.
Did you know that York is home to close to a dozen performance and visual arts venues? The Pullo Center and Appell Center for the Performing Arts offer international comedy, musical, and family entertainment. Greater York Dance, York Youth Ballet, DreamWrights, Belmont Theater, and Weary Arts Group showcase local talented performers.
York is becoming a foodie paradise. Historic Central Market is a popular home to more than 40 vendors. What the Food Trucks turns the mobile restaurant trend into a major event drawing thousands of fans in any weather. Farm-to-table restaurants like Tutoni’s perk up the downtown dining scene with surprises like pop-up al-fresco dining in Cherry Lane. The First Post, White Rose Bar & Grill, and Mi Caldero, attract crowds any night of the week. The Left Bank, Accomac Inn, and Blue Heron are a few of our fine dining favorites. And we can’t forget the home-grown York City Pretzel Co. and World Grills.
Nightlife & Events
Enjoy locally brewed craft beers, wine, great food, and a night out with friends at popular gathering places such as Granfalloons, Mudhook Brewery, the White Rose Bar & Grill, Liquid Hero Brewery, and Holy Hound Taproom. You’ll be entertained with open mic nights, karaoke, trivia, Story Slam, and live entertainment. Special events include the Sweetest Pint Beer & Chocolate Tasting, Second Saturdays, First Night York, Mason Dixon Wine Trail, Susquehanna Ale Trail, Downtown Masquerade Ball, FestiveIce, First Fridays, and more.
We like to work hard and then play hard—often outside. In York County alone, you can rock climb, go horseback riding, hike, bike, kayak and canoe, camp, fish, and more at over 200 local, state, and county parks, including dog parks and our nationally recognized Rail Trail, the Susquehanna River, and numerous lakes and streams. Our more than 20 golf courses are a big hit as well. For the ultimate adventure seekers, Roundtop Mountain Resort offers skiing, snow tubing and year-round fun, from zip-lining to paintball.
You can find plenty of recreation activities in York. Ice skate or join a hockey league at the York Ice Arena. The Graham Aquatic Center and other public pools are a summertime hit. Fitness and community centers like the Jewish Community Center, YMCA, YWCA, and others offer programs and activities for all ages. Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark provides a safe place for skaters of all skill levels to tail slide the quarter pipe. Join an adult league for soccer, volleyball, softball, tennis, running, or biking.