Lancaster County is renowned as a charming Dutch area full of scenic retreats and historic landmarks.

While some active adults may choose to relocate to a warmer coastal or desert climate, many prefer to live in a scenic area which experiences all four seasons. In Central Pennsylvania, active adults will find a surprising number of appealing communities specifically designed for older homeowners. This diverse region includes many great destinations, such as Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Hanover.

The climate in Central Pennsylvania generally offers hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Local residents enjoy the beauty of four distinct seasons, as well, including lush spring flowers and brilliant fall foliage.

Lancaster County is a Central Pennsylvania area that may be best known for its Pennsylvania Dutch communities. The area features many lovely scenic retreats and historic landmarks. Its Central Market is the oldest continuously run farmers' market in the United States, while its Fulton Opera House is the country's oldest continuously running theater. Visitors to Lancaster County can enjoy a variety of museums and art galleries, as well as many local shops and restaurants.

Active adults who settle in the Lancaster area can choose from many age-restricted communities, such as Home Towne Square, in Ephrata; Village Grande at Millers Run, in Lancaster; or Heritage Strasburg, in Strasburg. They can also easily plan weekend getaways to nearby destinations like Philadelphia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington D.C.


Heritage Strasburg features lovely curb appeal and elegant homes in Central Pennsylvania.

Just 34 miles from Lancaster, Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania and one of the state's larger cities. Harrisburg is noteworthy for its influence on American history, particularly for its Pennsylvania Canal and Pennsylvania Railroad. Harrisburg offers many interesting urban attractions, such as the National Civil War Museum, the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, and tours on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat.

The Harrisburg area features its own charming active adult communities, including: Traditions of America at Silver Spring, in Mechanicsburg; Amesbury, in Harrisburg; and Creek View, in Carlisle. Harrisburg is within an easy drive to Hershey, where visitors can enjoy the Hersheypark amusement park, Hershey's Chocolate World and the luxurious Hotel Hershey.

Harrisburg is also just 45 minutes from Gettysburg, another historic Central Pennsylvania destination. Gettysburg is best known for its role in the Civil War, being the site of both the Battle of Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Today, history buffs still travel to Gettysburg to visit its historic homes, battlefields and other attractions.

Throughout Central Pennsylvania, active adults can find many beautiful places to visit or enjoy a tranquil retirement. A few other Central Pennsylvania destinations include the Hanover, Lebanon, Shippensburg and State College areas.