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 has partnered with Marietta Area Business Association to build a list of great things to see, do, buy, and eat in this historic lumber town. Spring is our favorite season for Marietta because the cherry trees lining Front Street bloom in April. So we invite you to come explore whether you live in town or you’re visiting for the day. With over 25 activities featuring Marietta organizations, businesses, events, and landmarks there is something for everyone!

Explore Local History

Dive into Marietta’s history while you are here. The Bucket List features historic sites and markers like #24: Visit Marietta’s oldest surviving public building, the Union Meeting House! Visit the historic district to find Shank’s Tavern’s high water flood height markers on the outside of the historic building. Check off number #21 when you take a selfie on the grand wrap around porch at the Marietta Community House.

Support Small Businesses

It’s also designed to support the Marietta business community. The Bucket List features all kinds of businesses in Marietta that you may not know existed. From the specialty bike shop to the quaint pet store, you’ll be pleased with the hometown service found at these shops. Shopping small has a big impact while you’re in town. Each stop checks off a bucket list item!

Fill your belly too! Marietta Bucket List features old-fashioned favorites like the famous fish and chips from McCleary’s to our new obsession: homemade kettle chips at Nick’s Bistro. Pick your favorite place to grab a slice, grab a smoothie or try some new brews on your quest to conquer the whole list. It’s impossible to leave town hungry!

Download your Bucket List and get started! Pick up a paper copy at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center: Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sundays 12 pm – 4 pm.


Track your efforts by snapping photos of your Marietta Bucket List experiences and share them to social media, be sure to include @SusqNHA in your post. Complete a short form below or submit it to Columbia Crossing, 41 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA. All participants that submit their list will earn an entry in a random drawing for a prize pack from Marietta’s downtown merchants. Participants that have competed at least 10 tasks will receive a free ice cream cone from Mulberry Thrill Sweet Treats Café to use on your next visit! (Redeemable when seasonal café opens May 9th, 2021)

Digital Submission Form

Marietta Bucket List

  • Please provide this so we can find your Bucket List experiences.
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 27.
  • SNHA will contact you via email if you win a prize or send your certificate for a free ice cream cone (if you did more than 10 tasks).
  • Provide your phone number if you prefer a call instead of an email related to prize notifications.