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Lancaster County Vacation Ideas

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Visit some of the oldest attractions in America and deep-dive into the thriving arts and agricultural scenes in Lancaster County. This rural corner of Pennsylvania is well known for the Amish and Mennonite communities that call it home. Take a leaf out of their book of simplicity and escape the trappings of the modern-day. We’ve put together a list of the top vacation ideas to include in your Lancaster County itinerary. To help plan your trip, follow along with our Vacation Travel Guide video below for some fantastic footage of the region, from the rolling fields to the historic gems.


Ideas of places to visit in Lancaster County

Lancaster County, situated in the south central region of Pennsylvania, is the perfect destination for history lovers. Visit several attractions here that are famed for being among the country’s oldest. Lancaster County’s fascinating story is still being told. From its numerous historical buildings to its contemporary art marketplace, experience the tapestry of tradition and creativity here. Some must-do’s for any travel itinerary here include shopping for handmade Amish goods, walking the tree-lined streets and exploring the acres of rolling countryside. Read on to discover the best places to visit in Lancaster County.


Ronks - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Ronks

(1:31 in the video) Get a true taste of the Amish way of life with a visit to Ronks. This rustic farming community is home to a large Amish and Mennonite population, as well as several Amish-themed tourist attractions, shops, restaurants and lodgings along the Lincoln Highway.


Amish Village - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Amish Village

(1:40 in the video) Take a journey back through time at the 12-acre Amish Village. Guided tours explore a historic 1840s Amish homestead, scenic farmlands, barns and traditional classrooms. Be sure to visit the homestead’s smokehouse to taste the Amish cuisine of the 1800s.


Cherry Crest Adventure Farm - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

(2:08 in the video) Looking for fun things to do with the family in Lancaster County? Head to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. This family-owned property has a petting zoo, slides and wagon rides. Visitors can also make their way through the 5-acre corn maze or pick the perfect pumpkin from one of the farm’s impressive pumpkin patches.


Sight and Sound Theater - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Sight and Sound Theatre

(2:32 in the video) Lancaster County brings the well-thumbed page to the stage with faith and fervor reimagined. Experience the dramatic retelling of some of the Bible’s most epic stories during the spectacular shows staged at the Sight & Sound Theatre!


Kitchen Kettle Village - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Kitchen Kettle Village

(2:49 in the video) Taste the best that Lancaster County has to offer at Kitchen Kettle Village. Delight in the authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Country shopping, homemade food and specialty shops all nestled next to rolling Lancaster farmlands.


Strasburg - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Strasburg

(3:09 in the video) Immerse yourself in the quaint and tranquil atmosphere of Strasburg, considered the most historical town in Lancaster County. With its cozy bed and breakfasts and outlet mall, consider one of the largest in the state, Strasburg has something to offer everyone that pays a visit. Be sure to take a trip in a traditional Amish buggy or catch a ride aboard the historic steam train through the lush Amish countryside.


Good 'n Plenty - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Good ‘n Plenty

(3:44 in the video) Your taste buds are in for a treat when you visit this top foodie attraction. Enjoy traditional, award-winning Lancaster County home cooking at Good ‘N Plenty, and taste for yourself why it’s been voted “Best Local PA Dutch Restaurant” for the last 17 years!


American Music Theater - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

American Music Theatre

(4:00 in the video) Shake up your Lancaster County travel itinerary with a feast of entertainment. Book a show at the American Music Theatre to experience the best music concerts, Broadway tours, comedy acts and family shows that Strasburg has to offer.


Dutch Wonderland - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Dutch Wonderland

(4:20 in the video) Change the pace on your vacation in Lancaster County and leave behind the humble Amish experience for a while at Dutch Wonderland amusement park. Nicknamed the “Kingdom for Kids,” this 48-acre, fun-filled destination sits just east of Lancaster and provides the perfect getaway for the whole family.


Hans Herr House - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Hans Herr house

(5:36 in the video) Witness a rare and preserved piece of history at Hans Herr house. Built by Christian and Anna Herr in 1719, this time capsule is the oldest surviving homestead in Lancaster County, as well as the oldest original Mennonite meeting house in the Western Hemisphere. This historic attraction should find its way onto every history buff’s itinerary for Lancaster.


Central Market - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Central Market

(6:28 in the video) Browse one of the oldest farmers markets in the USA at Central Market. Located at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster, this market houses over 60 vendors offering products from Amish, Pennsylvania Dutch, Caribbean and a variety of other origins. Taste test recipes that have been passed down through generations on your trip to Lancaster County.


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