10 Great Things to do in Hanover This Weekend
It’s the last long weekend of the summer, but there’s still plenty to do in Hanover! Planning to spend your weekend close to home? We’ve compiled a list of 10 things to do in Hanover to fill up your weekend.
- Attend a Local Event: From the Chili CookOff to 2nd Saturdays on Main Street, there’s always a local event to check out in Hanover! Don’t forget to visit the Hanover Healing Field, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Hanover in remembrance of 9/11. Check here for more community events!
- Hanover Shoe Farms: Nestled among the rolling, green hills of south central PA, the Hanover Shoe Farms are home to some of the great names in Standardbred horse racing. The farms are open to the public for self-guided tours seven days a week during daylight hours; employees are on hand to answer questions between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Hanover Shoe Farms is located approximately 3 miles from Center Square, halfway between Hanover and Littlestown on Route 194. Visit hanovershoefarms.com for more information.
- Battle of Hanover: Hanover is one of seven communities designated as a PA Civil War Trails Community. Relive the encounter that has become known as the Battle of Hanover through a two-mile self-guided walking tour, laid tour with wayside markers. Download your walking tour brochure here. Want to dive even further into Hanover’s Civil War history? Visit the world-famous Gettysburg Electric Map, now housed in the Hanover Heritage Conference Center. Visitors have the chance to view the restored 30-by-30-foot map, which tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg using 632 special lights to show how the battle unfolded. The map is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. *Click here for current showings and information, or email HanoverHeritage@gmail.com to arrange a group showing.
- Hanover Geo Trail: Embark on a digital treasure hunt around town on the Hanover Geo Trail. Geo caching allows modern adventurers to use their GPS devices (usually smart phones) to navigate the path to elusive ‘caches’, which are hidden containers holding a logbook for the hunter to sign. Geocaches are hidden in landmarks, public parks, parking lots, and outside of businesses. With over 20 caches on the Hanover trail, cachers will make their way around Hanover, discovering exciting locations along the way. Each cache will contain a unique code to be used in your Hanover Geo Trail passport (download here) as proof of finding the cache. Cachers who complete 18 of the 20 caches of the trail can receive a commemorative coin, available at the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce office.
- Game On: Looking for more kid-friendly activities? Hanover has plenty to keep the kids (and even the kid-at-heart) on their toes. Make the most of the Labor Day Weekend with a summer favorite: putt-putt! Your family can spend the day at Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center, where miniature golf, water wars and the go-cart track are summer favorites. Cool off inside with laser tag, rollerball bowling and the indoor play area, then finish off the day with an ice cold gelato from Rita’s Italian Ice. If you’re feeling nostalgic, rewind the clock at Timeline Arcade. The arcade of your childhood is alive and thriving, with 80-plus machines in Downtown Hanover. Gaming is charged by the half-hour increment, so you can take your pick, from pinball and classic arcade games to modern interactive games, and even throwback gaming consoles.
- Shop ‘til you Drop: In Hanover, you don’t have to go far to get your shopping fix. In the heart of the downtown, boutique retailers offer everything from furs and shoes to gourmet oils and vinegars. Throughout town (from Eisenhower Drive to Baltimore Street) long-time retailers, some existing for 30 years and more, mix with new businesses that have quickly become local favorites. *Make your shopping list with these Hanover retailers!
- Tasting Tours: In a short time, Hanover has become a mecca for craft beer enthusiasts. From the Leggy Blonde at Warehouse Gourmet, to the Reckless IPA at Miscreation Brewing Company, there’s something for every palate in Hanover. Plan your day along the Susquehanna Ale Trail; in addition to Warehouse and Miscreation, Center Square Brewing (at the Altland House), Aldus Brewing Company and Something Wicked Brewing Company top our Hanover list. It’s wine o’clock in Hanover! Spend an afternoon sipping Pigeon Hill Punch at High Rock Winery, or make your way to Adams County Winery for a taste of their fan favorites, Rebel Red and Tears of Gettysburg.
- Savor Hanover: You’ve shopped, you’ve golfed, you’ve toured and you’ve sipped, and now it’s time to grab a bite! From seafood to hot dogs, treat your tastebuds at one of the many restaurants of Hanover. *Click here for a dining guide!
- Farmers Markets: You can’t get a taste of Hanover without spending some time in one of the many farmers markets around Hanover. Stepping into the Hanover Market House on Saturday mornings sends you back in time; back to a much simpler way of life. Fresh fruits and vegetables, hand-cut meats, local crafters and mouth-watering pastries are all staples inside the market house, open on E. Chestnut Street from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Can’t get enough local? The Carriage House Market is just a short walk downtown behind the Sheppard Mansion, and 99 percent of the inventory is source within 100 miles of the building. Along with fresh goods, find unique gifts, whimsical cards and more at the Carriage House! If it’s good old Pennsylvania Dutch you’re looking for, look no further than The Markets at Hanover. Located on Broadway, shoppers will find themselves faced with a wide array of Pennsylvania Dutch treats, including shoe-fly and whoopee pies, scrapple and panhaas, and pantry staples like pickles, jams and jellies, as well as fresh fruit and vegetable stands.
- Snack Food Tours: What’s a weekend in the ‘Snack Capital’ without a taste of one of our famous snacks? From crispy chips to salty pretzels, get your snack fix at one of the local snack food manufacturers. Utz Quality Foods, Snyder’s-Lance and Revonah Pretzles are all nestled in the heart (and bellies) of Hanover, and all three are open for tours. Find tour information and hours here.*
So you’ve checked off everything on the list and you’ve still got time to kill this weekend? There’s plenty more to do in Hanover. You’ll find more visitors information here, and be sure to follow the Hanover Chamber and Main Street Hanover Facebook pages for up-to-date happenings in Hanover!
*Please check holiday and weekend hours of operation by visiting individual business websites.