Lancaster County in PA is one of the best places to visit around the Tri-State Area. There are so many things to do that even a weekend trip won’t be enough. Starting from shopping, tours through the Amish country, petting zoos, amusement parks, antiquing and concluding with steam engine train rides, buggy rides, dining, farmer’s markets and site seeing. We try to visit the Lancaster County at least once per year and we still haven’t run out of things to do. Here is a list of some of the places we enjoyed the most and highly recommend to anyone:
1. Walk around Downtown Lancaster, a city full of history and culture. The city has so many interesting buildings and hidden streets to discover that it’s easy to get lost, but don’t worry the locals will gladly point you in the right direction. Also, make sure to visit the farmers market for some deliciously fresh fruits and veggies.
2. Visit the Heritage Press Museum for a quick tour of the forgotten art of letterpress. The guys who work there are very knowledgeable and entertaining, they will teach you about the history of letterpress and will even show you how the machines work while printing a brochure for you to keep. The Heritage Press Museum is definitely worth a visit.
3. Take a break on a Wine & Cheese Train Ride aboard one of the surviving steam engine trains. If you happen to embark upon the train journey on a hot summer day, make sure to ONLY buy tickets for the cart with an AC, otherwise you melt along with the cheese. However, on a cool day the open windows might be nice and refreshing, so it’s up to you.
4. Go antiquing at one of the many local shops and pick up the hand made souvenirs at one of the Amish stores or take a tour on one of the many horse-buggies. The shops have a lot of hand made artifacts and souvenirs, so plan for some time to be spend inside those stores and bring some cash.
5. Finish your trip at one of the local restaurants. We loved Bube’s Brewery Restaurant, which used to be a beer brewery but has been turned into a unique underground restaurant full of history and character. Don’t forget to ask for a tour around the premises, you will love it!
What are some of the things you like to do on your trips to Pennsylvania?
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