Now that the weather is staying warm, and summer is fast approaching, it’s time to start planning paddling trips, or leisurely waterside lounging. Lancaster County is located between the Susquehanna River, and the Schuylkill River, which allows for many recreational summertime activities. Choose one of the 38 Authentic Bed and Breakfasts as your home base, before deciding which of the following trips you’d like to take this summer!

If you have your own kayak, canoe, or boat, then head to the historic Conestoga River. It is a Class 1 scenic river that flows for 60 miles, before emptying in the Susquehanna River. For more information on launch sites and landmarks, visit the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation.

If you’d like to rent a kayak or canoe, visit Shanks Mare in Wrightsville. They offer lessons, as well as rentals and even have evening paddles where you go out at dusk and then have dinner at The Rookery.

On the Schuylkill River, you can rent kayaks, tubes, canoes, and rafts at the Reading River Tribe. These trips include Class II rapids, and the company will shuttle you to your beginning point, so you can end at their location. Be sure to make a reservation before arriving!

For a traditional day at the pool, visit Adamstown Community Pool, or Lititz Springs Pool. And for something different, visit Mount Gretna Lake and Beach. The swim and recreation facility is open to the public for a daily fee. You will be entertained all day, and really feel like you’re at the beach! They have everything from diving boards and tube/kayak/canoe rentals to picnic sites and a snack bar. They even have a diving board, a swing over the water, and a sand volleyball court!

Your last option to spend some time on the water is in Harrisburg, PA. The Pride of the Susquehanna offers riverboat cruises during the day, and even a dinner cruise. Check their calendar for entertainment cruises, or book a private cruise for a special occasion! How will you spend your summer on the water?

Submitted by Amethyst Inn Bed and Breakfast