Lancaster is a cultural oasis in Pennsylvania’s heartland. This quaint city boasts more than its fair share of history and culture, which can be seen and experienced all around town. So whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or something to do indoors, Lancaster has it all!
Some of Lancaster’s top attractions include Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, Sight & Sound Theatres World-Famous Amphitheatre, and the Strasburg Railroad. In addition to these big names, some lesser-known gems make up this extraordinary area as well! Take a walk through Talen Energy Stadium. The home to Major League Soccer team Philadelphia Union and the Women’s National Team USA Rugby Team for an unforgettable sports experience. Or get in touch with nature at David W. Hershey Memorial Park or Elizabethtown College Arboretum. No matter what you’re looking for, Lancaster has a little something for everyone!
One of my favorite stops was the Lancaster Central Market, the oldest, continuously running public farmers’ market in the country. Open three days a week, more than 60 local vendors call the beautiful 1889 Market House home. A step inside is sure to highlight all that Lancaster County has to offer. A walk through its aisles will find an abundance of produce from the deeply nutrient-rich soils native to the local landscape; an array of prepared foods representing the proud cultural diversity of the county; and locally sourced meat, poultry, cheeses, and more.
Lancaster will surprise visitors from near and far with its diversity of culture and interests within such a small town. Outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers alike will find plenty of activities to keep them entertained, making Lancaster an ideal destination for weekend getaways or family vacations!
Lancaster County is rich in cultural heritage and history. The city of Lancaster itself has several great places to visit, which are especially popular with visitors who want to learn more about the region’s unique Amish culture.
For a closer look into Amish life, travelers can do Amish Country Tours in Lancaster. These tours offer a close-up look at the Amish community by riding on scooters in Strasburg. They provide visitors with opportunities to meet local residents and experience their culture firsthand.
Take a step back in time at Nolt Emp-Try Museum or King Spice House, which offers visitors the chance to learn more about how Lancaster’s earliest settlers lived and worked.
I especially enjoyed the Amish Country Homestead & One-Room School in nearby Bird-in-Hand, PA. In addition to the indoor tours, they have a corn maze if you time your visit for the early fall.
If you’re interested in joining one of these tours, it’s essential to book your visit well in advance as both attractions can get quite busy during peak season.
Lancaster is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with plenty of activities to keep you busy all year round! For those who love the great outdoors, two state parks make for great day trips during any season; David W Hershey Memorial Park and Elizabethtown College Arboretum. Both destinations offer activities for adults, families, and children, including hiking trails, fishing ponds, and even geocaching!
There are also several great places to go horseback riding in Lancaster. The Green King Stables offers guided trail rides through the woods, providing you with peace of mind knowing that your trip is being led by an experienced guide who knows the area well.
Lancaster has pleasant weather, friendly residents, and numerous things to see and do. This makes it an ideal place for people who want to visit an exciting destination within the USA. Remember to plan your schedule ahead of time to make bookings before the peak season rush takes place. Alternatively, if you have time in the low season, you’ll have a more exclusive experience.
Where to Stay
The Lancaster / New Holland KOA is a fabulous campground in the heart of Lancaster County overlooking 10 miles of the beautiful Amish countryside. It doesn’t have a pool or some of the amenities of an RV resort, but it has plenty of tranquility and serene views. It is also a great base for your local touring. KOA campgrounds offer many options from Deluxe Cabins, spacious pull-through sites, level terraced sites, and wooded sites.
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