School is out, the weather is warm, and if you’re wondering what to do this summer, Ephrata offers an abundance of events to attend and places to explore! This blog highlights family-friendly entertainment options available locally, from biking through the Ephrata landscape to community cuisine and beverage events.
Hike, Bike & Picnic
The WERT Rail Trail offers seven miles of open trail perfect for bikers, hikers, or visitors on their way to a picnic! Renting a bike for the day is easy through the Ephrata Bike Share program, allowing you to spend the day enjoying the bucolic scenery around the trail without having to bring your own wheels! The trail offers many access points, so you do not have to travel down the entirety of the trail during your journey. Check out the trail map before you visit to make note of access points, bathrooms, and sites along the way.
Beat the summer heat and relax at the Ephrata Community Pool! The pool is opened for the season on May 28th and swimmers of all ages can enjoy the water for splashing, lap swimming, and even a waterslide! Membership options are available on their website, or if you do not want to commit to a membership, general access to the pool is available for a daily fee. The pool closes for the season on August 28, 2022.
Find crafting inspiration at Ephrata’s own The Art of Recycle! The inventory changes daily, but the Art of Recycle is always overflowing with craft supplies from fabric to paper, and seasonal oddities. They also offer a FREE Summer camp program for ages 12-18. Visit their website to learn more and register your child online today!
Get out this summer and enjoy some of the community events happening around the borough! The Concerts by the Creek Summer Music Series is happening in both July and August in the Thomas P. Grater Community Park. Cornhole enthusiasts can participate in the Dog Days of Summer Cornhole Tournament happening on Sun July 10, 12–6 pm. Our Party On the Plaza event is happening on August 6th, as well as a Wednesday at the Whistlestop Happy Hour on July 27th.
For Local history buffs, the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley recently unveiled a new exhibit, featuring the life and career of Ephrata’s own Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, D.O., U.S. Army (Ret.). “From Ephrata to Three Star General” is now open to visitors on Saturdays between 10 AM and 2 PM. In addition, the HSCV will be hosting a public grand opening reception on Saturday, July 16, from 10 AM -2:00 PM. General Blanck has graciously accepted an offer to attend and will greet visitors and speak briefly on his experiences.
We hope you enjoy one or all of these fun local activities this summer, whether solo or with the whole family! There is so much Ephrata has to offer, and we want to make sure all of our residents have the opportunity to enjoy and discover our local community. If you want to stay up to date on all of the events happening in Ephrata this summer, visit our Events Calendar where we regularly update all of the fun events the borough has to offer.