5 Things to Do in Downtown York While Enjoying the Rail Trail

Cyclists enjoy a ride along the York County Heritage Rail Trail. Photo courtesy of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Cyclists enjoy a ride along the York County Heritage Rail Trail. Photo courtesy of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Spring is here, and what better way to welcome the warmer weather than an outdoor adventure? Whether you are a cyclist, a hiker or just enjoy spending time outdoors, Historically Edgy Downtown York is a perfect destination for you to explore. The York County Heritage Rail Trail has been a premier recreational hotspot in the area for nearly two decades and runs directly into the heart of the city.

While enjoying the downtown section of this historic trail, you will find yourself admiring the beautiful view of the Codorus Creek, and discovering bustling shops, restaurants, entertainment and more. Downtown York is a place where historic sites, like the Rail Trail, coexist with modern businesses and attractions, creating a diverse culture and community everyone can enjoy.

Not to mention, York is a cyclist’s paradise. The city is state leader for its efforts in promoting bicycling, as it’s just one of eight Pennsylvania communities receiving the Silver Bicycle Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists. Between the award, Zagster bike rentals, designated bike lanes and numerous bike parking spots, Downtown York has earned the right to declare itself a bike-friendly city.

BIKE YORK pocket brochure. Courtesy of the City of York.

BIKE YORK pocket brochure. Courtesy of the City of York.

So hop on your bike and enjoy what this revolutionary city has to offer! Here are 5 things to do downtown while you are visiting:

Refuel at the Corner Cabinet

Refuel your body after your workout on the trail with some food and drinks from the Corner Cabinet. This health-focused eatery inside of Central Market York offers a variety of soups, sandwiches, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. If you are exploring on a Saturday, be sure to stop in for brunch!

34 W. Philadelphia St.

Tues. & Thurs. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wed. & Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Refuel your body with Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps from the Corner Cabinet. Photo courtesy of the Corner Cabinet.

Refuel your body with Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps from the Corner Cabinet. Photo courtesy of the Corner Cabinet.

Get Clean at Sunrise Soap Company

After a long day on the trail, you may need to relax your muscles with a soothing bubble bath. Sunrise Soap Company offers various handmade bath products including soap, bath bombs and more. The shop also offers a factory tour, where you can learn how to make your own all-natural products, which you can then take home to enjoy!

29 N. Beaver Street

Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Family enjoying the factory tour at Sunrise Soap Company.

Family enjoying the factory tour at Sunrise Soap Company.

Enjoy a Pick-Me-Up at Sarah’s Snacks

We all need a pick-me-up after a day of activity, and it’s even better if it’s guilt-free! Sarah’s Snacks is home to sweets and treats that are made to feel good about. Stop in to satisfy your taste buds with vegan trail mix, cookie dough bites, ice cream and much more.

9 W. Philadelphia St.

Tues., Thurs, & Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Vegan Trail Mix from Sarah’s Snacks makes for a healthy treat to power your rail trail adventures. Photo courtesy Sarah’s Snacks.

Vegan Trail Mix from Sarah’s Snacks makes for a healthy treat to power your rail trail adventures. Photo courtesy Sarah’s Snacks.

 Experience the Past at York County History Center

From the historic rail trail to the York County History Center, continue the day cherishing and learning all about the city’s past. Did you know that York City has a claim as the first capital of the United States, or that the iconic peppermint chocolate treat, the “Peppermint Pattie, “was created here in York? The History Center allows you access to various museums, all giving you a glimpse of the different ways York came to be what it is today.  

250 E. Market St.

Visit www.yorkhistorycenter.org or call for more information, including museum hours.

Found just off the rail trail the York County History Center’s Colonial Complex pays homage to the city’s past. Photo courtesy of the York County History Center.

Found just off the rail trail the York County History Center’s Colonial Complex pays homage to the city’s past. Photo courtesy of the York County History Center.

Appreciate Public Art

Beautiful historic buildings aren’t the only works of art you will come across along your outdoor adventure. Check out the street art located throughout downtown. Public art is evolving in the city, and each piece of architecture adds a unique stamp to York. Some are even made from old bicycle parts!

You’ll find the “Yellow Farm Cat” sculpture located on the corner of W. Gay Ave. and N. George St.

You’ll find the “Yellow Farm Cat” sculpture located on the corner of W. Gay Ave. and N. George St.