Outdoor Recreation Things To Do in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor activities in Lancaster, PA

Experience PA Dutch Country’s natural beauty with biking, hiking, covered bridge tours, hot air balloon rides and the best outdoor Lancaster activities.

Escape to the great outdoors during your trip to Lancaster County, which boasts a whole host of ways to enjoy our landscape while taking in a breath of fresh air! You’ll quickly discover that the outdoor activities in Lancaster, PA are some of the best ways to interact with the Pennsylvania Dutch culture and landscape. 

Lancaster outdoor activities range from leisurely to exciting. Some of the best hiking/biking trails and parks in Pennsylvania are found here in Lancaster County. Grab your mountain bike for some off-road biking, or wind along our scenic back roads, which have been voted one of the best places to "get lost." 

Our seemingly endless miles of rolling Pennsylvania Amish farmlands and 29 PA Dutch covered bridges will serve as your pathway to simpler times. Explore them by foot, by bike, by horse and buggy, or even by air in a hot air balloon. Your choices are as wide open as our landscapes. Start planning your trip by exploring our Lancaster activities directory below.

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Heritage Hills Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Mount Rose Avenue, York, PA 17402

(717) 755-0123 (877) 782-9752

Snow Tubing and Ice Skating at Heritage Hills in York, PA!  Snow  Fun for Everyone!

Next-door Neighbors region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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5 W. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 687-6687

Discover the other side of Pennsylvania Dutch Country on candlelight walking tours in historic Lancaster City.

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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1444 Village Road, Route 741 west of Strasburg, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-6933

Two spacious miniature golf courses in a unique garden-type setting, along with a snack shoppe and outside patio.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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1706 Long level Road, Wrightsville, PA 17368

(717) 252-0229

Experience America's heritage along Dutch Country Roads!

2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim, PA 17545

(717) 945-7087

Spooky Nook Sports has something exciting for every age and ability.

Small Towns & Northern Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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3029 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

Take a pleasant buggy ride through an all Amish area.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside explore the region

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Plain & Fancy Farm, Route 340, Bird in Hand, PA 17505

(717) 768-8828

Spectacular four-mile or longer tours available. Visit inside a real Amish house and barn.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 291-1888 (866) 386-2839

More than 30 rides, daily entertainment, Duke's Lagoon water-play area, games, food and more! Now booking group caterings and birthday parties.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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29 South Middlesex Road, Carlisle, PA 17015

(717) 258-4741

The Place to Play – Year-round interactive fun for everyone!

Next-door Neighbors region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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2395 Covered Bridge Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 394-6185

Lancaster County’s original and longest running Amish Farmhouse tour. Learn more about the Old Order Amish. Afterwards, explore our farm – complete with over a dozen types of farm animals, a one-room Amish schoolhouse, and many other activities.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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136 Brown Street, Race Street Platform, Middletown, PA 17057

(717) 944-4435 (877) 987-2469

Enjoy an 11-mile train ride along the Swatara Creek while learning the history of the area.

Next-door Neighbors region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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455 Camp Road, Stevens, PA 17578

(717) 738-1490 (888) 353-1490

Looking for high adventure? Come take a ride on one of our Canopy Tours! Our guides will accompany you as you "fly" through the trees and enjoy a "bird's eye" view of the beautiful woodscape.

Small Towns & Northern Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572

(717) 687-6843 (866) 546-1799

50 Farm Fun Activities for all ages. Home of the Amazing Maize Maze – World’s Largest Interactive Game! Spring thru fall, there’s always something fun to do at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm!

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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130 Lakeview Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042

(717) 964-3130

Just for the family fun of it!

Next-door Neighbors region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 569-0401

Largest Pennsylvania Dutch Living History Farm & Village in the country, interpreting German Heritage from 1740-1940, including tours and traditional craft demonstrations.

Small Towns & Northern Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA 17545

(717) 665-7021

Experience the fantasy and relive the romance and adventure of bygone days and knights in our 35-acre Elizabethan village at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

Small Towns & Northern Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 299-5500 (800) 233-0121

Challenging 18-hole golf course with a driving range and night-lit putting green. We also offer miniature golf.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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650 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 509-HITS

Come out & play!

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522

(717) 733-6600

One of America's earliest communal societies, best known for its original art and music and distinctive medieval Germanic architecture.

Small Towns & Northern Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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1441 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 735-8883

Each year Long's Par is home to a whole host of activities including the free summer-long music series, a nationally acclaimed fine art and craft festival, and the world’s largest chicken barbecue. Long’s Park also boasts other outdoor amenities including picnic pavilions, a petting farm, children’s playgrounds, and a three-acre, spring fed lake, tennis courts and a fitness trail.

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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