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First Time Visiting Amish Country, PA? What To Do When You Arrive, Where to Stay, and More

A horse-drawn buggy traveling along the scenic Amish countryside

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a unique destination that offers visitors a glimpse into a simpler way of life rooted in tradition and community. 

The area is known for its large Amish population, vibrant arts, stunning nature, and friendly locals. Whether you’re interested in exploring Amish country, immersing yourself in the culture, or enjoying the great outdoors, Lancaster Amish Country, PA, offers an unforgettable experience.

Where to Stay in Amish Country

A Bird In Hand hotel with a luxurious inside and outside pool.

You have many choices when staying in the Amish countryside. And if you’re planning your lodging near Strasburg Scooters, you can stay in Bird-in-Hand, the heartland of Amish Country, Pennsylvania.

The Bird-in-Hand Family of Lodging Properties offers many different stays depending on your preference, including

And if you’re asking, “What to do in Amish Country, PA? ” the Smucker family, owners of the Bird-in-Hand Family of Lodging Properties, has Amish country packages to enhance your stay in Lancaster County.

There are many Amish country packages at many visitor spots to consider when visiting Lancaster County:

Depending on your preference, there are many other places to stay overnight in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Trip Advisor recommends these 10 properties in Strasburg:

  1. The Carriage House at Strasburg
  2. 1786 The Limestone Inn B&B
  3. The Barn at Strasburg
  4. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lancaster East – Strasburg
  5. Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast
  6. Clarion Inn Strasburg – Lancaster
  7. Strasburg Village Inn
  8. Beaver Creek Farm Cabins/Cottages
  9. Timberline Lodges
  10. Travelodge by Wyndham Strasburg/Lancaster Amish County.

If you’d like to stay somewhere unique, consider the Fulton Steamboat Inn along Route 30 in Lancaster, close to Strasburg Scooters.

You’ll notice that the Fulton Steamboat Inn isn’t on the water, but it’s named in honor of Robert Fulton, born in 1765 near the current lodging. Historians attribute Fulton to the commercial success of the steamboat in the 19th Century.

What To Do in Amish Country, PA

People on a Strasburg Scooters tour enjoying a beautiful Amish Country sunrise.

You’ll find plenty to do in Amish Country, Pennsylvania, whether enjoying a hike through a nature area, a scooter tour of Lancaster’s covered bridges, or visiting Lancaster’s Central Market.

Here are places to go while visiting Lancaster Amish Country:

Magic & Wonder Dinner Theater

At the Magic & Wonder Dinner Theater in Paradise, PA, you and your family can take in a dinner and magic show in one place. The 350-seat theater features a variety of shows for all ages. For example, you can watch master illusionist Brett Myers in Mystery, an award-winning magic show. 

You can also take in JukeBox Jive, a music variety show that brings back the music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. In addition to the music, you’ll see comedy acts, circus arts, and more.

The Magic & Wonder Dinner Theater also puts on two Christmas shows: Winter Wonderland, a magic show, and Holly Jolly Jukebox, a music show.

Experience Bird-in-Hand

Stay in Bird-in-Hand, PA, near Strasburg, to enjoy an authentic experience in Lancaster Amish Country.

The Bird-in-Hand Family of Lodging Properties has a place for you to stay. You can stay in Bird-in-Hand to experience Pennsylvania Dutch Country cooking and take in a play on the Bird-in-Hand stage.

Strasburg Scooters 

If you want an authentic experience, visit Strasburg Scooters, where you travel Lancaster County back roads in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. 

Strasburg Scooters feature six different scooter tours around Strasburg, PA:

Abe’s Buggy Rides

Get an Amish experience at Abe’s Buggy Rides. You’ll travel in a traditional Amish buggy. Take a 20-minute buggy ride, or choose a longer one to take you to an Amish/Mennonite craft store and bake shop.

Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall

Do you love vintage décor, fine jewelry, or collecting antique Christmas items? Then, you want to head over to the Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall.

This antique mall is a 26,000 square feet building with 125 dealers, an Old Time General Store, and lots of vintage merchandise for sale. You’ll find glassware, fine China, jewelry, furniture, toys, coins, trains, kitchenware, primitives, and more at Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall!

Riehl’s Quilts and Crafts

The Pennsylvania Dutch is known for its colorful quilts that adorn beds throughout Amish Country, PA.

At Riehl’s Quilts and Crafts, you’ll find intricately designed quilts by local craftspeople. In addition to bed quilts, you’ll find quilted wall hangings, lap throws, pillows, and framed quilt squares.

You’ll also find leather goods, body care, and baby items for sale at Riehl’s. Riehl’s Quilts and Crafts is located in Leola, a short drive from Strasburg.

3 More Stops to Make

If you can squeeze it in during your first time visiting Amish Country, make sure you also see:

Where to Eat in Amish Country, PA

People enjoying Dutch food made from scratch at a Lancaster, PA restaurant

Pennsylvania Dutch cooking delights the senses and fills the belly. Long food traditions from made-from-scratch recipes unite families in Amish Country, Pennsylvania.

Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord

Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord serves Pennsylvania Dutch favorites, such as ham balls, broasted chicken, red beet eggs, and chow-chow. The restaurant’s dishes are homemade, using only the best ingredients and fresh local produce when in season.

Dienner’s Country Restaurant

At Dienner’s Country Restaurant, you can eat from the menu or their buffet. Dienner’s uses Pennsylvania Dutch recipes that will fill you up.

Dienner’s hearty dinners include roast beef in gravy, meatloaf, ham loaf, pork and kraut, and chicken pot pie stew. Dienner’s Country Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday.

The Fireside Tavern

The Fireside Tavern is located in Strasburg and offers a cozy tavern atmosphere. The Fireside Tavern serves late lunch and dinner from Tuesday through Saturday (reservations recommended). The restaurant also caters to tour groups, weddings, and other events.

Bridges and Brunch Tour with Strasburg Scooters

If you want to enjoy the Amish countryside in the morning, join Strasburg Scooters for their Bridges and Brunch Tour. You’ll see a 19th-century covered bridge and take in Lancaster Amish Country’s back roads. You also receive a $10 voucher for eating at two of Strasburg’s favorite brunch spots.

The Speckled Hen

The Speckled Hen specializes in craft coffee and artisanal food. They’re located on Main Street in Strasburg, and their menu items are made from local ingredients.

The Speckled Hen offers boxed lunches, group seating, catering, and a taproom. In addition to coffee and pastries, they serve dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.

Strasburg Creamery

Do you scream for ice cream? Then, you want to visit the Strasburg Creamery. For 30 years, Strasburg Creamery has been making premium ice cream and waffle cones. They make 140 unique ice cream flavors throughout the year.


At Strasburg Scooters, we’re sure you’ll enjoy any tour you choose because our 5-star Trip Advisory says it all. If this is your first time visiting Amish Country, you’ll have plenty to do and experience. At Strasburg Scooters, we’ll take you on a tour of the Amish countryside in the Strasburg area. Schedule your tour today!

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