A Guide to York, PA’s Best Local Attractions

View of downtown York, PA

Founded in 1741, York, PA, is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the United States. The city has abundant green spaces, sees gorgeous weather in the summer, and is one of the more exciting cities in Pennsylvania. With a lower cost of living, high diversity level, and many great local attractions, York is also a wonderful place to live and raise a family. 

If you’re moving to York (or just arrived) and are itching to see and enjoy everything the city offers, you’re in luck! Below is Moove In’s Guide to the Best Local Attractions in York, chock full of top restaurants, activities, and more.  

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Top 10 Best Local Attractions in York, PA

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In a historic city, you know there will be many attractions to enjoy, including museums, parks, historic sites, and more. The best local attractions in York are below, but the longer you live here, the more you’ll likely find!

1. York Central Market (aka Central Market York)

This public market was built in 1888 and has been a registered historic place in the U.S. since 1978. You’ll find all sorts of locally-made goodies here and excellent prices on a wide variety of food products. Plus, the architecture of the market is simply beautiful.

2. Pullo Center

Located on the Penn State York campus, the Pullo Center is York’s best venue for a wide variety of entertainment. From Broadway shows to educational events, they have it all!

3. The Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Another excellent theatre in York, the Appell Center, is located in downtown York and features 2 distinct historic theatres, the Strand Theatre and Capitol Theatre.

4. Downtown York

There’s much to see and do in Downtown York, from delicious craft brewhouses to charming shops and incredible architecture from the 17 and 1800s. Many of the best restaurants in the city are also located here, making it York’s definitive hotspot.

5. Weight Lifting Hall of Fame

If you’ve ever wondered where and how weightlifting became such a popular sport, this museum is for you! 

6. Samuel S. Lewis State Park

York is in the middle of some of the most beautiful area in the United States. To get an eyeful, you only need to visit Samuel S. Lewis State Park, where the Susquehanna River valley will impress you in all its glory.

7. Haines Shoe House

While no old lady is living here with multiple rugrats, the Haines Shoe House is still a cool site to see and makes for great selfies!

8. Martin’s Potato Chip Factory

Find out why York has often been called the “snack capital of the world” with a tour of Martin’s Potato Chip factory! Be sure to check out the shop afterward to taste many of the delish goodies they make!

9. PeoplesBank Park

You might have missed the American Revolution, but the York Revolution baseball club is alive and provides thrilling Triple-A baseball at incredibly affordable prices.

10. Perrydell Dairy Farm

Just south of York, you’ll find this amazing, working dairy farm with over 120 cows producing fresh, delicious milk and milk products. The farm tour is highly recommended and lots of fun for the kids!

Top 5 Best Restaurants in York

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As beloved chef Julia Childs was quoted as saying, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” If you’re a foodie, you’ll be pleased to know that York has quite the culinary scene, as witnessed by the Top 5 restaurants below.

1. John Wright Restaurant

With a gorgeous view of the river and even better food, a meal here will delight all your senses. Be sure to try the French cassoulet, with duck confit, braised cannellini beans, and house-made sausage.

2. Glen Rock Mill Inn

History oozes out of every pore of this restaurant which was converted from a wool mill. The interior is a trip back in time, but the food is the real star of the show. For dessert, we recommend the Peanut Butter Pie!

3. The Left Bank

This is one of the newer eateries in York, but don’t let that fool you into thinking their food isn’t delicious (because it is). Our advice? Try the Anson Mills Cheddar Grits with Blackened Shrimp. It’s simply incredible!

4. Stone Grille & Taphouse

Looking for the best beer in York? Then don’t you dare miss the Stone Grill & Taphouse with its 30 (yes, 30!) rotating taps! Pair that with their Hawaiian Pizza and prepare to thrill your tastebuds!

5. The Handsome Cab

No, the Cab isn’t a vehicle; it stands for “cabernet” as this restaurant specializes in vino from all over the world (and local wines too). Pair a white with their Argentinean turkey meatballs with chimichurri for a delicious meal you won’t soon forget.

Best Mom and Pop Restaurants in York, PA 

Looking for smaller eateries in York so that you can support local businesses? If yes, the following will please your senses and help you support the local economy. 

  • Viet Thai Cafe- One of the best small eateries in York.
  • The Busy Bee- Almost everything served is made in-house.
  • Victor’s Italian Restaurant- The finest Italian cuisine in York, bar none.

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