Discover a Variety of Things to Do in Carlisle
Conveniently located off I-81 near the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Country Inn & Suites in Carlisle is the ideal home base for visiting attractions like Hersheypark, the Pennsylvania State Capitol and Carlisle Fairgrounds. History buffs won’t want to miss Gettysburg National Military Park or the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Chocolate lovers can indulge at the Lindt Factory Outlet and Hershey’s Chocolate World. You’re just a day trip away from Amish Country, where you can immerse yourself in rich culture, handmade crafts and delicious food.
- Carlisle Fairgrounds (5.2 miles)
Feel the horsepower at the Ford Nationals, hosted annually at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Need more speed? The facility is home to year-round auto events, swap meets and car clubs.
Phone: +1 (717) 243-7855
- Carlisle Sports Emporium (9 miles)
Boasting the largest arcade in the area, Carlisle Sports Emporium is a great place to play. Team up for a game of laser tag, challenge your friends on the go-kart track, and putt your way to victory on the mini golf course.
Phone: +1 (717) 258-4741
- Dutch Wonderland (67 miles)
At Dutch Wonderland, the littlest ones rule the day. Take a spin on dozens of fun rides, watch a high-diving show at the Aqua Stadium, and make a splash at Duke’s Lagoon.
Phone: +1 (866) 386-2839
- Hersheypark (37.6 miles)
From roller coasters and water rides to live performances and delicious food, Hersheypark offers a fun-filled day for everyone.
Phone: +1 (717) 534-3900
- Lancaster County's Amish Country (63.5 miles)
Spend a weekend exploring a simpler life by visiting Amish Country. You can take a horse and buggy ride, tour a working farm and indulge in handmade pastries.
Phone: +1 (800) 723-8824 or (717) 299-8901
- Lindt Factory Outlet Carlisle (1.6 miles)
Enter chocolate heaven to get your fill of truffles, bars and thousands of sugary treats at one of only two Lindt outlets in the country.
Phone: +1 (717) 218-8158
- Roundtop Mountain Resort (22.4 miles)
Whether you visit in winter or summer, you can have a blast with skiing and snowboarding as well as activities like paintball, a water slide and zip-line tours.
Phone: +1 (717) 432-9631
Museums and Historic Sites
- Gettysburg National Military Park (32.7 miles)
The historic site of Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech, Gettysburg features a beautiful park and thousands of Civil War artifacts. Plan a visit during a battle reenactment, which takes place each weekend April to October.
Phone: +1 (717) 334-1124
- Hershey’s Chocolate World (37.2 miles)
Follow a cocoa bean on its journey to becoming delicious Hershey's chocolate at this interactive museum. After your tour, sample a chocolate bar and stop by the gift shop.
Phone: +1 (717) 534-4900
- Pennsylvania State Capitol (25.6 miles)
This National Historic Landmark is known as a “palace of art” because of its impressive collection of murals, stained-glass windows and sculptures. Check out the massive memorial fountain, which puts on a spectacular show.
Phone: +1 (800) 868-7672
- U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (6.6 miles)
You can hike along the Army Heritage Trail to see Civil War cabins, a World War I trench, and a variety of armored vehicles and military aircraft. Indoors, you’ll find an extensive collection of army artifacts and displays.
Phone: +1 (717) 245-3972
- Dickinson College (3.3 miles)
Founded by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, this private liberal arts college has provided a top-notch education for centuries. See if you can spot the college’s famous mermaid during your campus visit.
Phone: +1 (800) 644-1773
- U.S. Army War College (5.3 miles)
Part of the Revolutionary War-era Carlisle Barracks, this institution helps produce the military and civilian leaders of tomorrow.
Phone: +1 (717) 245-3131