Experience farm life
Best known for it’s Amish communities and farmland, Lancaster County is the place to experience life on a farm. Take in the fresh country air while your kids pet farm animals and learn about agricultural life. Hayloft Candles & Petting Zoo and Eastland Alpacas give your little animal-lovers the chance to pet and even feed tame (and very loveable) animals. Learn more about the simpler life lived by the Amish with a horse and buggy ride or an Amish farm tour.
Learning can be fun, especially when kids are able to discover new things through hands-on activities. Lancaster’s unique heritage and rich history provide the perfect home for museums and historical attractions that provide interactive learning for your young history buff. Explore settlements of the past like Ephrata Cloister and Landis Valley Village Farm & Museum or presidential history at President James Buchanan’s Wheatland. Just in case a rainy day rolls through, Hands-on House, Children’s Museum and the North Museum of Nature and Science are located indoors, providing hours of exploration and learning.
From a round of miniature golf to zip-lining through the trees at Refreshing Mountain Retreat & Adventure Center, get active with your family while making lasting memories. Kids will also enjoy rock climbing at Spooky Nook Sports or a game of laser tag at Go ‘N Bananas for a little friendly competition. If you prefer to cheer from the sidelines, spend an evening at the ballpark for a Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game. Clipper Magazine Stadium also hosts professional soccer games throughout the summer and fall.
Food-filled attractions in Lancaster County give kids the opportunity to learn more about how their favorite snacks and sweets are made. They can even make their own treats! Kids can try their hand at pretzel twisting at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, and learn more about candy making at Wilbur Chocolate Store & Candy Museum. Both attractions are located within walking distance of each other in Lititz. For a cool treat, learn more about the art of making ice cream at Turkey Hill Experience, where kids can create and enjoy their own ice cream flavor.
For the train lovers
For kids who are fascinated with trains, there are plenty of railroad-centric attractions, especially in Strasburg. Home to the Strasburg Rail Road®, Rail Road Museum of Pennsylvania, Choo Choo Barn, and more, Strasburg provides a day full of learning about trains and even a chance to travel on a historic railway. If your vacation happens to be in June, September or November, you won’t want to miss Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Rail Road® for your opportunity to meet the tank engine himself.
For even more kid-friendly ideas, let Discover Lancaster’s Kid Friendly Things to Do list be your guide as you plan the perfect family vacation in Lancaster County!
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