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Day Trips Mack Truck Camelbeach Waterpark Martin Guitar Museum
Jim Thorpe Crystal Cave Lost River Canyons Houdini Museum
Crayola Factory Bushkill Falls Snow Tubing Peddler's Village
New Hope Lancaster Herr's Factory Tour Ringing Rocks Park
Pocono Raceway   Hickory Run State Park PA Renaissance Faire

Lancaster County has more than 2,500 miles of country roads, farmland, small towns, charming boutiques, museums and galleries. This picturesque area is located about an hour and a half west of Philadelphia.  If you haven't been to the Lancaster area it's a great family place with friendly people, good food, and a lot of fun things to do.

You can step back in time and visit the home of the oldest and largest settlement of Amish, Mennonite and Brethren people. The area offers a look at the simple life of the Amish people, who live as they did more than 200 years ago.  Imagine driving down the road with a horse-drawn buggy in front of you.  Cars and electricity are not a part of their life.  You will find many stores that offer handcrafted furniture, outdoor structures, and toys as well as hand-made quilts.  Restaurants include family style, all-you-can-eat smorgasbords or fine dining with local specialties like shoofly pie.
 

You can enjoy Lancaster Country on your own or book one of the many tours to get an inside look at the Amish houses and farmland.  Amish Farm & House, Amish Experience Homestead, and Amish Village all offer house tours, and you can get a farmland tour through the Mennonite Information Center, Amish Country Tours, and Old Order Amish Tours.  Buggy rides are also available at Abe’s Buggy Rides, AAA Buggy Rides, and Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides. The Mennonite Information Center  is located on 2209 Millstream Rd. and the phone number is 717-299-0954.  You can also get additional information through the  Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau.  The phone number is 800-PA-DUTCH and they have tons of brochures on area attractions.

While staying in Lancaster you can also visit nearby Hershey, Harrisburg, and Gettysburg.  Lancaster is an area that we often visit and always enjoy. 
 

Fun Activities

Kids will enjoy the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm with 36 farm fun activities including: wagon ride through cornfields, a farm animal center, goat walk, baby chick hatchery, a hands on educational center, and a 5 acre corn maze as well as cafes.  You can even bring your own picnic lunch if you desire.

The Strasburg Railroad-  You can take a 45-minute ride aboard the Strasburg Railroad, America's oldest short-line railroad.  You will enjoy authentic trains, shops, dining and more.  You can even ride a train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive,  and meet Sir Topham Hatt™.

The Lancaster Train Museum  is located across the street from the Strasburg Rail Road. This is a great museum that the kids will love.  You will find  a great number of authentic steam engines, cabooses and passenger cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries. In addition, exhibits include railroad artifacts, books, photos and art work.  The Museum includes an indoor and an outdoor area.

 

My kids loved the The National Christmas Center which is a terrific family attraction that is dedicated to the history, tradition, and magic of Christmas.  Here you can relive the magic all year round. The exhibits contain antiques and collectibles that date back to the1800s.  You will enjoy a variety of Christmas trees, vintage toys and electric trains.  Santa's workshop, 1940s and 1950s living rooms, hundreds of Nativities from around the world as well as an animated story book village make this museum fun for all. You will absolutely enjoy Mary and Joseph's journey from "Nazareth" to "Bethlehem" with its historically accurate replicas of clothing, buildings and artifacts.

Dutch Wonderland is a 48-acre amusement park just east of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, appealing primarily to families with small children

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The other big attraction in Lancaster is the Rockvale Square outlets which offer a great selection of outlet stores that carry everything from designer clothes to household items.

The American Music Theater gets great reviews from all visitors.  This  theater offers the terrific entertainment ranging from legendary performers like Jewel, and Willie Nelson to acclaimed original musical productions and national Broadway tours. The Christmas show is terrific and absolutely worth seeing.  The address is 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster (Rt. 30 across from Rockvale Outlets) and the phone number is 800-648-4102, 717-397-7700.

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