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The Essential Lancaster Vacation Guide: Top 20 Activities

If you’re planning a getaway or vacationing in Lancaster County, PA this year, you may need a hand finding some new, fun activities to enjoy with family and friends. Lancaster County truly has something for everyone with various activities for all ages and interests. If you’re unsure of what to do or where to start, we’re sharing 20 activities to add to your itinerary! 

Vacation Adventures In Lancaster To Experience

1. Head to Dutch Wonderland

Spinning top ride at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA


Dutch Wonderland Family Fun

What says family vacation like enjoying one of the best theme parks for families with kids? Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA features roller coasters, water slides, and plenty of things for families with kids to do in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

2. Make your own ice cream at Turkey Hill Experience

If you’re looking for a unique activity you can only find in Lancaster, PA, the Turkey Hill Experience offers just that. Make and taste your own ice cream flavors, create your own ice cream packaging, and star in a commercial all your own. 

3. Eat like a local at Lancaster Central Market

Top down view of the booths at Lancaster Farmers Market in Lancaster, PA


Options abound at Lancaster Central Market

The Lancaster Central Market was established in 1730 and is the oldest continually operating farmer’s market in the United States. You can find locals picking up their weekly groceries delivered from local Amish farms or enjoying lunch at one of the many food stands found within.

4. Learn about Amish life on the farm

Spend the day at Amish Farm and House and learn about the traditional Amish community and lifestyle. Learn about the farm animals, Amish school, and life in the countryside. You can also interact with artisans and take a guided farmhouse tour.

5. Visit Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

History buffs love the Landis Valley Museum. Treat yourself to tales about Lancaster County’s Pennsylvania German roots and rich history. This unique living history museum is nestled in the heart of the county and provides tours and education on early settlers in Lancaster.

6. Stop into the North Museum of Nature and Science

Whether you attend a special event, visit a particular exhibit, or pop into the North Museum, you can explore the exciting collections, live animals, and hands-on activities offered at this family-friendly museum. 

7. Go to “All You Can Eat” Restaurants

With multiple all-you-can-eat restaurants and Smorgasbords available in Lancaster county, these are great spots to pop in when you have a big appetite and get a taste of Lancaster’s Dutch roots. Miller’s Restaurant & Smorgasbord offers buffet and smorgasbord style dining with a variety of foods and meals available. 

8. Experience Corn Cob Acres

If you visit Lancaster during the fall season, Corn Cob Acres is a spot you need to visit. It is no wonder why it’s becoming a fall tradition for many Pennsylvania families. With over 50 activities, adventures, and games, Corn Cob Acres offers an entire day of fun for the whole family. 

9. See a show at Bird-in-Hand Stage

The Bird-in-Hand Stage makes it easy to enjoy wholesome, high-quality live musicals and other performances right in the heart of Amish Country. In addition to the shows, guests can enjoy on-site dining and an experience that’s sure to be a memorable one. 

10. Watch a performance at Sight & Sound Theatres

Promotional stand of a performance at Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster, PA


Larger-than-life performances at Sight & Sound Theatres

If you enjoy live performances and music, a show at Sight & Sound Theatres is a must. Each production is carefully created, from the costumes and makeup to the grand staging of massive sets. Every detail is intentional as it all comes together to transport you right into the heart of the story.

11. Visit President James Buchanan’s Wheatland

James Buchanan House, Wheatland, is a brick, Federal-style house outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that offers a step back in history for those who visit. It was previously owned by the 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, and is a great place to learn more about President Buchanan and the home’s history. 

12. Take in the beauty of the Amish countryside

Amish Buggy in Lancaster, PA


Amish Open Horse and Buggy with 2 Amish Adults in it trotting down the Hill on a Sunny Day

Strasburg Scooter Tours is the perfect way to experience the beautiful Lancaster County countryside and learn more about the area. Ride alongside horse and buggies and past Amish schoolhouses with an experienced guide. Strasburg Scooter Tours strives to provide first-class customer service while offering guests the opportunity to experience the area.

13. Uncover antique treasures 

Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall is one of Lancaster’s most extensive and finest antique malls. The 26,000 square foot facility houses over 125 dealers selling a fantastic selection of antiques and collectibles open all year! 

14. Explore Wolf Sanctuary of PA

White wolf of Wolf Sanctuary of PA in Lancaster, PA


Visit the wolves of Wolf Sanctuary of PA

Wolf Sanctuary of PA is a unique sanctuary dedicated to rescuing gray wolves and wolf dogs that cannot live in the wild. Volunteers and staff at the sanctuary guide visitors on a personalized walking tour to view the wolves safely and learn more about how they live in the sanctuary and the wild.

15. Shop ’til you drop at the Tanger Outlets

The Lancaster Tanger Outlets have over 65 brand name outlet stores, all in one place. If you love to shop and are looking for a good sale, the outlets are the place for you. 

16. Enjoy the outdoors at Refreshing Mountain 

Lancaster visitors seeking an outdoor adventure can enjoy zipping through the trees and climbing towers at Refreshing Mountain. This beautiful wooded retreat center offers zip lining, obstacle courses, climbing walls, a pool, and other outdoor activities, great for all ages. 

17. Grab a taste at Fox Meadow Creamery 

Fox Meadows features delicious handcrafted ice cream made on-site with milk from the family farm. Fox Meadows offers unique flavors, the opportunity to watch the ice cream being made, and indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy it. The creamery also serves lunch specialty treats, cafe drinks, and other authentic experiences!

18. Go on a ghost tour 

In one of Lancaster’s oldest cities, you can explore long-age mysteries and present-day hauntings. Ghost Tours of Lancaster offers candlelight evening tours of the city where haunted houses, eerie graveyards, and roaming spirits lurk in the night.

19. View Lancaster from a new perspective 

Set sail in a hot air balloon and experience Lancaster from a new perspective. During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you will soar over the beautiful Amish farmland and picturesque countryside to view Strasburg, Intercourse, and beyond.

20. Grab a golf club and get to swinging 

Combine the friendly competition of golf with the natural beauty of lush gardens and meandering streams at Village Greens Golf! Two courses cover over 13 picturesque acres: snack shop and patio seating on-premises.

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