While Sundays may seem quiet in Dutch Country, there are still plenty of fun things to do on a Sunday in Lancaster, PA!
Lancaster County is nothing short of charming and offers endless activities for families, groups, and individuals. While your bucket list of things to do in Lancaster may be long, not everything is always open on Sundays. Many Lancaster businesses follow a traditional business schedule with Sunday closings as a day to observe time to rest.
So for those still wanting fun and engaging activities, even on Sundays, we’ve got the list for you. Check out these 8 activities you’ll want to try the next time you visit over a weekend.
1. Visit Local Museums
Planning a Sunday vacation or day trip can be a challenge, especially if you have kids along for the ride in a small town. Luckily, Lancaster boasts many unique local museums open on Sundays to the public.
From local rich history to transportation, the art museum and science center, many local museums make learning fun, and we have no doubt everyone in your group will learn something new about the historic Lancaster area.
Some of our favorites you’ll want to check out include Cornwall Iron Furnace, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the North Museum of Nature and Science.
2. Enjoy Some Shopping
Although Amish-owned businesses and small privately-owned shops are likely to be closed on Sundays, there are still some terrific options for visitors who want to do some shopping while visiting Lancaster County.
The Tanger Outlets and the Shops at Rockvale, conveniently located on Lincoln Highway East, offer premium outlet shopping for locals and tourists alike. With many different shops to choose from, groups can find something for everyone at these locations.
3. Explore Local Nature Trails
With the Appalachian Mountains and many local parks surrounding the Lancaster County area, outdoor trails for hiking, biking, walking, and exploring are endless – and available for your discovery on Sundays! We recommend looking into the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, Conewago Recreation Trail, Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail Trail, and the Lancaster County Central Park to start. Each trail offers something different depending on your desired activity and skill level.
4. See A Show At Fulton Theatre
The Fulton Theatre strives to make each production unique, and unlike others you may have seen before. Art evolves, and Fulton Theatre’s goal is to bring visitors top-notch quality immersive experiences that are timely and relevant to their lives or the way they like to be entertained.
The local theatre is also perfect for anyone wanting to explore downtown. Grab a bite to eat, hop over to the theatre for your show, browse the gift shop and walk the streets by the square when you’re done.
5. Tour The Countryside With Strasburg Scooters
Seeing rustic Amish farms and the picturesque Lancaster countryside is a fantastic way to take in the area without the bustling tourist attractions. Strasburg Scooter Tours provides guided tours of the Amish countryside on 2- or 3-wheel scooters (50cc), allowing guests to get up close and personal with the historical significance of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Ride alongside an Amish buggy, ride past Amish community schoolhouses, and take in the scenic views of Lancaster County’s finest areas. You can depend on Strasburg Scooters for first-class service, professional guides, and knowledgeable locals who will ensure your ride is fun for everyone.
6. Rise Above The Clouds With Lancaster Balloon Rides
If you’ve never experienced a hot air balloon ride, this once-in-a-lifetime experience is one you will not want to miss out on. Lancaster Balloon Rides are perfect for those life-changing memories – like a proposal or major bucket list item – and equally as outstanding as a spur of the moment plan.
Whatever your reason, rising above the clouds in Central PA will give you a whole new perspective of the beautifully scenic area. Experience more than just a quick ride up into the sky. Experience a momentous event in your life, filled with remarkable sights of breathtaking vistas, spent with those who matter most to you.
7. Grab A Taste Of Amish Tradition
Lancaster is all about Amish food and locally sourced delicious tastes. Many of the restaurants located in Lancaster County have either Amish meal items or dessert items on the menu. The food is often home-cooked and frequently locally sourced from one of the many Amish farmhouses that dot the Pennsylvania Dutch Country landscape.
If you’re looking to try a taste of the Amish tradition, Miller’s Smorgasbord, Shady Maple Smorgasbord, and other local favorites offer a large selection of Amish foods with rich Pennsylvania-Dutch heritage.
8. Hit The Water
Just outside Lancaster City, head to Columbia, PA, and explore the watertown’s many aquatic outdoor activities. Chiques Rock Outfitters provides kayak and canoe rentals to those wanting to hit the water and explore the Susquehanna River. Explore on your own or go with a guide for your fun activities from the Outfitters.
Start Planning Your Things To Do In Lancaster County
Just because Sundays mean rest for some doesn’t mean you can’t still get out and explore Lancaster County. So start planning the trip you’ve always wanted in Lancaster, PA, and book your scooter tour for Sunday-Fundays today!