River Town Bucket Lists

Susquehanna National Heritage Area started the Bucket List to keep our river towns busy during the 2020 global pandemic. The goal was to capture and share great experiences like shopping and eating at some of the local businesses, visiting heritage sites and learning about the town’s history, as well as appreciating the expanding connections to outdoor recreation opportunities. Anyone can use the list to take a unique and authentic journey through one of our beautiful river towns. In 2021, enjoy three lists to keep you busy, starting as spring blooms in Marietta, then turning up the heat in Columbia during the summer, and ending with the changing leaves in Wrightsville this fall. America’s 55th National Heritage Area is here to connect you to all the cultural discovery and outdoor fun the Susquehanna has to offer.

Susquehanna NHA built a fun, new list of exciting things to see, do, buy, and eat in this historic river town. Anyone can use the list to take a unique and authentic journey through town. Summer is our favorite season to explore Columbia because there is so much to see and do! We are inviting you to come explore whether you live in town or you are visiting for the day. With over 30 activities featuring Columbia organizations, businesses, events, and landmarks there is something fun for everyone! Share your bucket list experience by snapping photos and posting them to social media, be sure to include @SusqNHA in your post. Complete at least five items to receive a uniquely designed Columbia, PA sticker.


Discover pieces of Columbia’s history while you are here. The Bucket List features historic sites and markers like the Columbia postcard style mural near Third and Locust Street, the former Columbia Opera House, and the newly renovated Columbia Market House. Find the birthplace of notable resident Lloyd Mifflin on Walnut Street and leave a flower on his grave in Mount Bethel Cemetery. Explore historic landmarks that are hidden in plain sight with the Historic Plaque Tour or enjoy an adventure through town with the Mayfly Invasion Hunt!


Find our favorite shops and support our Columbia business community. Whether you’re an antique aficionado or just a casual shopper, we bet you won’t go home empty handed. Even take a paint class with Miss Alison Yoga and Paint Studio or sign up for a craft class with Crafters Cove to create your own keepsake! Find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit or support your hometown at The Mayfly or Murphy’s Mercantile. You will be pleased with the hometown service found at these establishments.


The Columbia Summer Bucket List also features some amazing eateries like Union Station Grill or newly opened Gypsy Kitchen in the Columbia Market House. Try the rolled ice cream from Home Goodies & Coffee or milkshakes from Hinkle’s Restaurant or Columbia Coffee and Cream. If you are looking for something new, try a wellness shake at Rising Sun Nutrition or choose a new brew from the beer bible at Bully’s Restaurant & Pub! You won’t leave hungry!

Columbia Summer Bucket List

Download your Bucket List and get started! Pick up a paper copy at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA. Open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday & Sundays 9 am – 6 pm.

Digital Submission Form

2021 Columbia Bucket List

Submit information to receive unique Columbia Sticker via the mail. (Must have completed at least 5 tasks.)
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