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Recreation and Leisure

The Lebanon Valley has unending access to the crisp, clean Pennsylvania air that makes outdoor recreation so inviting. Parks, outdoor recreational facilities, golf courses and lakes are just some of the leisure-time amenities and facilities available in the Valley.

A variety of parks dot the community, each with a diversity of features. Baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, pools, tennis courts, volleyball courts, picnic areas, basketball courts, boat ramps, fishing areas and much more are available for relaxation and enjoyment.

More than a dozen golf courses are located in Lebanon County. Catering to all ages and skill levels and featuring a range of terrains, these courses provide professional service, pro shops and a variety of amenities. Among these courses are Fairview Golf Course, Iron Valley Golf Club, Lebanon Valley Golf Club and Pine Meadows Golf Complex.

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The Lebanon Valley Family YMCA, which is one of the oldest YMCAs in the United States, offers an assortment of programs for all ages. With two facilities, the YMCA boasts three gymnasiums, two pools, two fitness centers, two racquetball courts, a skate park, a sauna and a hot tub.

The Lebanon Valley Expo Center was originally created to have a permanent site for 4-H fair and FFA activities. Today, many agricultural events still take place at the fairgrounds. However, throughout the years, more non-agricultural groups have begun using the site for sales, auctions, product displays, banquets, meetings and consumer shows. With plenty of indoor and outdoor space and facilities, many varied events are held at the Expo Center year-round. Visit for the current event schedule.

Swatara State Park consists of 3,515 acres and offers numerous outdoor recreational amenities, as well as hiking opportunities on the Appalachian Trail. Outdoor lovers will also appreciate the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and its more than 5,000 acres that provide a habitat for many species of wildlife.

Mount Gretna Lake and Beach is a family-owned-and-operated swimming and recreation facility open to the public during the summer months for a daily fee. The area is open every day for swimming, paddle boating and picnics, with individual, family and group admission fees available. The site’s eight acres of beach, recreation lawn and picnic grove are adjacent to mountain stream-fed Lake Conewago, located four miles south of Lebanon and just 4.5 miles off the PA Turnpike at Exit 266.

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