By Sarah Jaudon


Welcome to Carlisle Barracks! Nestled in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley, Carlisle Barracks is one of our nation's oldest military installations. Receiving your Permanent Change of Station Travel Orders (PCS) can be exciting; however, the process of moving and getting settled into your new home can be frustrating. So, let us help you find the fun! We have compiled a list of the best things to do in Carlisle, PA, near Carlisle Barracks. Know what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go: (1-5) Outdoor Recreation (6) Pools (7-9) Golf Courses (10-13) Gyms (14) Bowling Alley (15) Movie Theater (16-20) Nearby Attractions (21) Museums Suggested read: Carlisle Barracks: In-Depth Welcome Center

COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.

21 of the Best Things To Do Near Carlisle Barracks

Carlisle Barracks Outdoor Recreation

1. Carlisle Barracks MWR

842 Sumner Road Bldg 842 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717)245-4048 Morale, Welfare and Recreation includes all of the opportunities that strengthen your experience and enhance your well-being. These services may include community recreation centers, sports recreation, recreational lodging and RV parks. Each installation has different resources available, so be sure to learn about your options below.

2. Outdoor Recreation

842 Sumner Rd. Bldg 842 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-4048 Discover your adventurous side with Army Outdoor Recreation (ODR) programs. Learn new skills, enjoy guided tours, or get the gear you need to explore the great outdoors on your own.


3. Letort Park
260 E Pomfret St. Carlisle, PA 170136


: 1 (717) 243-3318 Letort Park is a beautiful twelve acre recreational park featuring a unique playground, a sports field, and a pond with geese and ducks. Check the website for more information.
4. Opossum Lake
329 Opossum Lake Rd. Carlisle, PA 17015


: 1 (717) 243-0855 Located in Cumberland County, Opossum Lake is a 47-acre impoundment owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission for public fishing and boating.
5. Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
500 Kings Gap Rd. Carlisle, PA 17015


: 1 (717) 486-5031 Kings Gap consists of 2,531 acres of forest on South Mountain, with more than 25 miles of hiking trails, a permanent orienteering course, picnicking, hunting, and other recreational and educational opportunities.

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Carlisle Barracks Swimming Pool

6. Splash Zone Pool

Located behind the Letort View Community Center 313 Lovell Avenue Bldg 333 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-3560 The Splash Zone is more than just a pool... It's the zone for summer excitement! Great place for the whole family. Located behind the Letort View Community Center. Carlisle Barracks Golf

Carlisle Barracks Golf

7. Carlisle Barracks Golf Course

920 Jim Thorpe Road Bldg 920 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717)243-3262 The Carlisle Barracks Golf Course is one of the finest in Cumberland Valley. It measures over 6300 yards, has a par 72, and is fully irrigated, with a normal golfing season from April through November. It also features a modern practice facility that includes a driving range, practice putting green and a green with a bunker.


8. Mayapple Golf Course
1 Mayapple Dr. Carlisle, PA 17015


: 1 (717) 258-4088 Mayapple Golf Club is a full service public golf facility featuring award winning links style golf course and driving range. Tee times are available two weeks in advance. Please call for groups and outings may be reserved in advance.
9. Eagles Crossing Golf Club
501 Conodoguinet Ave Carlisle, PA 17015


: 1 (717) 960-0500 Eagles Crossing Golf Course is situated on a picturesque 180 acre tract of land, surrounded by both the north and the south mountain ranges. The layout, which includes 4 man-made ponds and numerous elevation changes, was designed with both the precision and the long ball golfers in mind. Carlisle Barracks Gym

Carlisle Barracks Gym

10. Indian Field Fitness Center

119 Forbes Avenue Bldg. 119 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-3535 Indian Field Fitness Center offers cardio, strength and weight equipment. If you have a Building Access Card, you are eligible to use the Indian Field Fitness Center. A waiver must be signed before using the Indian Field Fitness Center for the first time. Waivers are located at the front desk of Indian Field Fitness Center during manned hours.

11. Jim Thorpe Fitness Center

23 Lovell Avenue Bldg. 23 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-3418 Jim Thorpe Fitness Center offers group classes, indoor track, cardio and weight equipment. Activity room for stretching and self-directed exercise equipped with all the necessary amenities.

12. Root Hall Gymnasium

120 Forbes Avenue Bldg. 120 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-4343 Root Hall Gymnasium is located adjacent to the Root Hall academic building. It's also home to the Intramural Sports Office. The facility has a full-size basketball and volleyball court, regulation-size racquetball court, plus men's and women's lockers rooms with saunas. Seminar basketball and volleyball programs are also held there.

13. McConnell Youth Center

459 Bouquet Road Bldg. 459 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-3354 The Youth Sports & Fitness Department at the Carlisle Barracks provides team sports, individual sports, fitness and health programs to the installation's youth. Additional programming is also provided for the Child Development Center, school age and middle school and teen programs.

Carlisle Barracks Bowling Alley

14. Strike Zone Bowling Center

686 Letort Lane Bldg. 686 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-4109 For an out-of-this-world bowling experience, there's nothing quite like Cosmic Bowling. It's the futuristic sensation that's bowling over the nation! Check out the Strike Zone website today for more information. Carlisle Barracks Movie Theater

Carlisle Barracks Movie Theater

15. Reynolds Movie Theater

Carlisle Barracks Ashburn Drive Bldg. 118 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-4108 Who doesn’t enjoy a movie date? So invite that neighbor or take that loved one to a night out at the Reynolds Movie Theater and don’t forget to order them popcorn!

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Carlisle Barracks

16. Carlisle Barracks Leisure Travel Services Office (ITT)
842 Sumner Road Bldg. 842 Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-4048 For all your theme park, travel, and ticketing needs. Carlisle Barracks Leisure Travel Services Office has everything you need to plan your next vacation. Special military pricing to many tourist attractions, special events, dinner shows, theme parks, and much more! Plus they have great deals on vacation packages, hotels, and cruises. Stop by for personal service to make the most of your leisure time!


17. Carlisle Sports Emporium
29 S Middlesex Rd. Carlisle, PA 17015


: 1 (717) 258-4741 With so many exciting activities, amusements and meeting spaces, Carlisle Sports Emporium is the ultimate destination for parties, track rentals, and group outings of any size, not to mention bus and tour groups!
18. Bent Pine Alpaca Farm
65 South Old Stone House Road Carlisle, PA 17015


: 1 (717) 497-4887 Bent Pine Alpaca Farm is located in Carlisle, PA. They serve the community by providing some stress relief, family time, laughter, shopping, education and all around fun. They are open to the public for visits.

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19. South Mountain Raceway
1107 Petersburg Rd Boiling Springs, PA 17007


: 1 (717) 323-0210 South Mountain Raceway is an NHRA 1/8 mile drag strip. Car enthusiasts have been running their vehicles on this 1/8th-mile drag strip for over 50 years. Check the website for family fun today.


20. Climbnasium
339 N Locust Point Rd Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


: 1 (717) 795-9580 Climbnasium is a fun indoor rock climbing facility with top rope climbing and bouldering. Accessible to climbers of all ability levels. Carlisle Barracks Museum

Carlisle Barracks Museum

21. U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

950 Soldiers Dr. Carlisle, PA 17013


: 1 (717) 245-3972 The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is the premier research and archival facility on U.S. Army history and is dedicated to "Telling the Army story... one Soldier at a time." The expansive campus includes the Visitor and Education Center, the U.S. Army War College Library, the U.S. Army Military History Institute, and the Army Heritage Trail. Open to the public.

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Check out Visit Cumberland Valley for more great ideas of things to do near Carlisle Barracks and all of the surrounding areas. Don’t hesitate! Invite your neighbor to the museum, take your kids to that park, seize the opportunity to explore the history of Pennsylvania. The fun awaits you!    




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