Fall Activities in Central PA

Fall Activities in Central PA

Fall is here! And while your pumpkin spice lattes will be available throughout the season, some of the biggest fall festivals and events here in Central PA will only be around for a limited time. What should you see? Here are our six picks:

  1. Central Pennsylvania Oktoberfest

This 21-and-older event is hosted at the Penn National Race Course in coordination with the Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country. Sample handcrafted brews and German food while sitting track-side and taking in some live music. If you’re looking for Oktoberfest fun for the whole family, there’s also Harrisburg’s Oktoberfest Celebration and the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest.

  1. Fall Furnace Fest

Do a little bit of everything at the Fall Furnace Fest. From sampling foods and browsing homemade crafts to making ah scarecrow or touring a mansion, you really can do it all at this festival, which is hosted at the Pine Grove Furnace State Park outside of Carlisle.

  1. Harvest Fest

Tons of festivals use the word “harvest,” but at Cherry Crest Farm in Lancaster County, they mean it. Pick ears of corn to take home after you’ve made your way out of their five-acre cornfield maze or have taken part in some old-fashioned pumpkin slinging and painting. And if you want to raise the stakes a bit, you can do their maze after dark — just remember to bring a flashlight.

  1. Midtown Village Fall Festival

Looking to head downtown? Take a day trip to Philadelphia’s Midtown Village Fall Festival for live music and entertainment, as well as a wide selection of vendors. You can also count on plenty of food, from sushi to pub grub and drinks. Get there early, though, because this event attracts more than 50,000 people each year.

  1. National Apple Harvest Festival

Now entering its 50th year, the National Apple Harvest Festival is all about apples. From pancakes and butter to applesauce, fritters and pies, this festival outside of Gettysburg has everything you need to satisfy your apple craving. And if apples aren’t your favorite treat, the event does have other entertaining activities like chainsaw carving.

  1. Dillsburg Farmer’s Fair

Missing the summer fairs? The Dillsburg Farmer’s Fair, which is less than a half-hour from Carlisle, gives you the traditional fair experience, but with the cool weather of fall. Fill up on homemade food, like apple dumplings, whoopie pies and dill pickles, while browsing their display of antique cars and tractors. If you’re a pro in the kitchen and have some spare time, you may want to consider entering their cooking contests, too.

Head to the Place to Play for Fall Fun

Are you looking for a break from pumpkins, apples and craft beers? You can always take part in our fall activities at the Carlisle Sports Emporium. Our plans for the season include an awesome deal for Columbus Day’s long weekend, an incredible fall go-kart special the week of October 24th-26th, a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, as well as hard-to-resist specials for our thrilling go-kart tracks, endless arcade, & exhilarating laser tag!

Check out our complete lineup of specials today or contact us for more information!

Introducing our brand new arcade basketball game – Hoops FX!

Introducing our brand new arcade basketball game – Hoops FX!

Arcade basketball is back and it’s better than ever! Race the clock with our new Hoops FX! Hoops FX advances the arcade basketball experience with it’s awesome new look and the latest technology. Test your shooting skills by scoring as many points as possible before the timer runs out! We have two brand new Hoops FX basketball games, side by side, so you can take on your friends to see who the ultimate baller is. This renewed gameplay features a moving hoop, different rounds of game play, a basketball themed ramp, real basketballs, a “swish” feature that allows more points for not hitting the time, and a new sound package to replicate the feeling of real court play!

Time to test your skills and get some fun basketball practice in! Stop in to the Carlisle Sports Emporium arcade, home of over 100 of the latest arcade games, to try Hoops FX tod ay!

Our Chamber Mixer Event

Spring 2017 ushered in a great new season for us, starting with a mixer through the West Shore Chamber to introduce our brand new Grand Prix Track & accompanying new Grand Prix Go-karts, new FasTrack Go-karts, new Outdoor Seating Areas, new Batting Cages, AND new Miniature Golf greens & remodeled Mini Golf structures! Our new staff shirts were also introduced at our mixer to kick-off our 2017 season!

The mixer was a huge success, with a special thanks to our co-sponsor Centric Bank, live music from JazzMe Band & fabulous food by JDK Catering! The night included gathering time in our pavilion, rides on the new go-karts, delicious hors d’oeuvres, Lasertron Laser Tag, & great live music.

We love hosting events and thoroughly enjoyed hosting the members of the West Shore Chamber at the Carlisle Sports Emporium! We look forward to hosting a mega mixer in May of 2018 to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

If you’ve been looking for a perfect place to host an event, whether it is a company team-building event, milestone anniversary party, Christmas party, a banquet, graduation party, birthday party, school event, or any other type of get-together, we are THE ultimate party destination for your event! The Place to Play specializes in entertainment for all ages and offers a variety of fun attractions, delightful food options, and multiple meeting spaces. Give us a call today to see how we can cater to your specific event! 717.258.4741



How the Sports Emporium offers Team Unity with Group Outings

Carlisle Sports Emporium hosts team-building events with the purpose of promoting team unity.

Business team building is essential to improving morale enabling team members to communicate more effectively. We offer a unique environment for a business meeting or friendly competition. Our attractions create the perfect way for new employees to get to know each other and become acquainted with other employees, to break down barriers between executives and department staff, enabling fun while improving communication and problem-solving skills. Rally your employees for a game of Lasertron laser tag, or a competitive race on one of the go-kart tracks.

Need a place for your next company event or meeting? Choose from our indoor VIP room, outdoor pavilion, or large indoor multi-purpose room. Don’t miss this great team-building opportunity with your office, sports team or church group – let us be your destination to unwind, let loose and have fun!

New Crane Game!

New E-Claw 3-Player Game

Our latest E-Claw Crane Machines will draw you in with their LED lights & awesome prizes! This new crane game is a 3-player machine, offering different prizes in each unit. This machine offers the latest small-size plushes that everyone is sure to want! Our current plushes include Paw Patrol, Cars 3, Minions, & Sing Characters! Try your hand at our latest claw game for your chance to take home a prize today!

New to the Arcade!


Enjoy the brand new LED air hockey experience with Air Hockey FX!

The Air FX table has been refined and enhanced for an exciting and rich playing experienceThe HOT new Air FX LED-Lit Air Hockey Table features many LED color-changing lights and the very first backlit LED-lighted playfield! The first half of the playfield uses the LED backlit acrylic surface, with the table legs, playfield perimeter and scoreboard also featuring super-bright LED lighting!

AirFX is a thrilling 2-player air hockey table that appeals to air hockey players of any age and all skill levels!




Daytona is back and is set to be a game changer! Daytona USA is the peak of arcade racing and now Sega is ready to bring its #1 racer screeching into the 21st century!

This brand new version, Daytona 3 Championship USA, features three brand new tracks including a recreation of the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway. The original three classic courses have been remastered for the modern era, offering new cars and new game modes.

The game is able to be linked to 4 different drivers and now offers a molded under seat engine! New game features include a live in-game camera system, and a live TV inspired spectator video billboard on a 27” display, which allows spectators to see crashes, players passing, or simply to find out who’s winning or losing!

Whether players enjoyed the game back in the 90’s or experience it now for the first time, they’ll find it’s easy to pick up and fun to master! This game delivers on quality, player experience and operator features that sets a very high bar for arcade video racing games.

Special – Visitor Post!

The post below has been re-posted from “Been There Done That with Kids” blog & was written by Karenbeth24 after a recent visit she made to the Carlisle Sports Emporium! Special thanks to Karen!

“Sponsored Post – Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau sponsored our trip to Carlisle Sports Emporium.  All opinions are my own.

Carlisle Sports Emporium is located close to Interstate 81 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  We visited on a weekend evening in the summer during our weekend trip to the Cumberland Valley.  The Sports Emporium is a large complex that includes a huge arcade, three Go-Kart tracks, roller rink, batting cages, laser tag, rock climbing wall, mini golf, and a laser maze.  There are several packages to choose from that bundle the activities into a one price offer.  Usually the packages also include a game card loaded with a particular amount.  We decided to have my five-year-old try the rookie Go Karts, but then also race on the fast outdoor track as a passenger.  We also loaded a game card, because the arcade games looked like a lot of fun.

We played in the arcade first, and my daughter enjoyed the wide range of games they had to offer.  There was even a giant pick-up machine.  We didn’t play it, but it was really fun to watch other families play.  I played a few rounds of ski ball, while the kids settled in on a pick up machine that had rolls of tickets in it.  My daughter had a lot of luck at this machine.  She won hundreds of tickets that were loaded onto her game card.

Next, we headed to the Go Karts, as this is one of the few places we’ve been to that allow younger kids to race a smaller version of a Go Kart.  My five-year-old loved it and was able to easily drive the car around the track.  After this experience, she wanted to go even faster, so we headed outside to the Grand Prix track.  My husband drove, and she was the passenger.  The track looked curvy and fun, and they had a great time.

After our Go Kart and arcade experience, it was getting cooler outside.  We decided to check out the mini golf course which was quite impressive.  There were very large structures on the course, as well as a nice water feature running through it.  It was getting close to dusk, and there was also some nice lighting on the course.  I made a note to visit this mini golf course again, once my kids were old enough to trust them with a putter.

We headed inside to turn in our tickets.  My daughter got a few toys to take home from her tickets she won at the arcade.  While she was picking toys I noticed that the snack bar had a ton of different flavors of Slush Puppies.  This icy drink reminds me of my childhood, and I can’t help but get one every time I see it.  The snack bar staff even let my daughter mix a bunch of flavors for hers, since she wanted to experiment.  We each chose a slushie for the drive back to our resort for the evening.

Sponsored Post – Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau sponsored our trip to Carlisle Sports Emporium.  All opinions are my own.”

-“Been There Done That With Kids”-


Mix up your exercise routine with a visit to the CSE!

When’s the last time you played an exhilarating, fast paced game of LASERTRON Laser Tag?! Not only will you have LOADS OF FUN, but you will also get an incredible workout!! Leave the arena feeling your “workout” and the permanent smile that will be glued to your face!

OR, take on our Rock Wall in our awesome arcade for an arm & leg workout! This is a great way to test your strength, while working your muscles. This arcade piece, among other fun arcade games, such as one of our many basketball or carnival games, will give your arms an unexpected workout. You can also bend, crawl, stretch, & move through our Lazer Frenzy Spy Maze arcade game for a different type of exercise!

Then, visit our batting cages outside to get some baseball or softball batting practice, with variable heights & speeds, and long open hours, which gives you plenty of time to work around your schedule!

Mix up your workout routine with something fun, new & exciting! Who says workouts can’t be FUN?!

For more information on the heart-pounding FUN you can have at the Carlisle Sports Emporium, visit us at www.carlislesportsemporium.com!

Summer Fun Activities at The Place to Play

Are you looking for some summer fun activities for the family??

At the Carlisle Sports Emporium we offer FUN for all ages! With our awesome variety of activities, the fun never runs out! Our interactive entertainment options include an indoor and two outdoor go-kart tracks, two 18-hole Castle and Western themed miniature golf courses, a 7,500 sq. ft. two-tier LASERTRON laser tag arena, new batting cages, a roller skating rink, Victory Lane Café, and the largest arcade in the area with an indoor rock climbing wall and Lazer Frenzy Spy Maze!

We also provide multiple venues for hosting meetings, parties, & events! We enjoy hosting a variety of different events for any age group, or any size group!

While we are open year-round, summer offers a great time to enjoy the array of outdoor activities we offer. Come visit for some exciting summer-time fun!