Downtown in a Day

Welcome! Spend your day in downtown Hanover and experience all that the main street district has to offer!

Whether it’s your first time in Hanover, PA or your first time exploring your hometown, the Guthrie Memorial Library has what you need. As an official visitor center and community center for Hanover, you can find historic Hanover brochures, walking maps, and Explore York visitor guides that can help you to plan out your adventure.

Before strolling through downtown’s Historic Hanover, fuel up with a small coffee and pastry or fill your belly with a full diner breakfast at one of the many family-owned restaurants downtown. Food is a staple for Hanoverians, so you won’t go hungry downtown.

For a truly historic experience, we recommend scheduling tours of the Hanover Area Historical Society’s famous properties, The Warehime-Myers Mansion and The Neas House.

All of the rich history of Hanover will build up an appetite. We recommend lunch from two historic hot dog shops serving up a classic Hanover-style hot dog with ‘everything’. This style, similar to a Coney Dog, is a fan favorite for locals. If hot dogs aren’t your thing, you’ll love the other wonderful items on their menus.

Looking for more history? The Battle of Hanover walking tour is for you. Preceding the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of Hanover is interpreted through wayside signs throughout downtown. While walking, do not forget to look up! Hanover’s historic architecture is something to marvel.

If a desire for fun and nostalgia calls to you, a visit to Pennsylvania’s largest arcade should be your next stop. Pay by the hour for pinball, video, and interactive arcade games that will be sure to evoke wonderful memories of childhood, or help make memories for generations to come.

You may be in the mood to shop after a nice rest through lunch, and if that is the case there are plenty of places to see. From world-famous footwear, specialty gifts, ladies apparel and accessories, to home décor, vinyl records, art, and specialty olive oils, downtown Hanover’s vibrant retail stores will provide you with an array of unique items you’re sure to love.

After a lively afternoon, you might be losing steam. Make sure to stop into one of four local craft breweries for a pick-me-up. If caffeine is what you crave, unique coffee shops will get you through that afternoon slump. Welcoming atmospheres and enjoyable company will be just what you need to finish out the day before deciding what to eat for dinner.

When the time comes to enjoy the last meal of the day, downtown Hanover has options to please any palette. From a casual sandwich to an Italian family-style restaurant, from an offering of fresh seafood to a gourmet bistro and brewpub, you will be able to find variety that can surely please a pair or large group of visitors. Ranging price points and friendly customer service make your dinner in Hanover’s historic downtown the perfect ending to a unique experience you won’t soon forget.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this snapshot of a visit to Hanover, Pennsylvania. Our historic downtown is something you will enjoy experiencing over and over, visit after visit.

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This article also appears in the 2018 Discover Hanover Magazine. For a digital version, click here.