Top 30 Things To Do this Summer in Lancaster, PA
Summer fun is plentiful in Lancaster, PA – whether you’re looking for family fun, outdoor adventure, or great ways to spend the evening.
Start planning your summer visit with our list of 30 things to do this season:
1] Channel your inner adventurer and soar through the trees on the Ziplines at Refreshing Mountain. You can also participate in an elevated obstacle course, an interactive equine and farm animal program, and rock climbing wall, amongst other exciting activities.
2] Discover new music at an outdoor concert, such as the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, which also features a number of film, dance, jazz, and folk performances. Grab a blanket and a wineglass for concerts at Nissley Vineyards on Saturday evenings (adults only), and stop by Long’s Park for their family-friendly concerts on Sunday evenings.
3] Take a leisurely ride exploring the county by bike with either a self-guided or guided tour with Intercourse Bike Works. Let the fresh air fill your lungs as you spot hardworking Amish farmers and children up close and personal.
4] Stroll around vibrant Downtown Lancaster during Music Friday with live performances scattered throughout the city. These are held on the third Friday of each month, but you can also experience live music at First Friday, a similar event that takes place at the start of each month.
5] Relax and grab a bite to eat while still enjoying the outdoors. Check out these outdoor dining restaurants, and catch the sun set over Lancaster while enjoying a delicious dinner.
6] Get in the holiday spirit and watch Fourth of July fireworks light up the Lancaster sky at various festive locations.
7] Get in touch with your adventurous side and go exploring on these tranquil trails to soak up the great outdoors. A National Trails Day Celebration will be held at the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail in early June.
9] Dive into Lancaster’s rich history with a Historic Lancaster Walking Tour to learn more about the area in a fun and interactive way. Better yet—all the proceeds go toward Lancaster City-based charities and non-profits. What a great way to get involved in the community!
10] Splash around in Duke’s Lagoon at Dutch Wonderland®. This water playground is especially great on a hot day for kids 12 and under.
11] In the mood for a hot dog and some good old fashion American fun? Take your family out to the ball game to see the Lancaster Barnstormers. You might even catch fireworks and concerts after select games.
12] Browse around for fresh picked produce, local meats and cheeses, and the most scrumptious desserts you’ve ever tasted at a local roadside stand or market. You might even run into some Amish folk while you’re there.
13] Kids and train lovers alike will love meeting Thomas the Tank Engine when he comes to Strasburg Rail Road for Day Out with Thomas in mid-late June. For older folks who still want to get that Strasburg train experience without the kid-centric festivities, you can buy a regular ticket that entitles you to a 45-minute round trip chugging along while gazing out the window at an Amish countryside backdrop.
14] Navigate your way through a corn maze, check out cute barn animals, play unique games, and enjoy farm themed fun at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. This amiable destination is great for families with kids of all ages.
15] For those with a little competitive streak, or maybe even just for relaxed family-fun, head over for a round of mini golf. Tee it up!
16] Celebrate the end of a long work week with craft brews. Head to Lancaster Craft Beerfest, held in August in Downtown Lancaster, or Ephrata Brewfest, held in June. You can also check out some local breweries, such as Lancaster Brewing Company, St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company, Bube’s Brewery, and more. Be sure to check out Rivertown Hops in Columbia, PA in early August, as well, for limitless samples of craft beer, cider, wine, and spirits, in addition to small bites provided by local eateries, music, and vendors.
17] Beat the heat and take a dip at Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach, located 25 miles north of Lancaster County. Whether you enjoy swimming, laying out a beach towel on the sand and tanning, or picnicking somewhere with a view, this secluded location is perfect.
18] Slow things down a bit and pitch a tent or park a camper at a Lancaster County campground. Because of its remoteness, Lancaster is the perfect place to stargaze, not to mention catch fireflies and toast marshmallows around a campfire.
19] Stop by one of our local wineries to sit and sip at while enjoying the warm ambiance and variety of locally-made wine.
20] Zip along the back roads by scooter on a memorable tour past lush Amish farmland. Strasburg Scooters offers a variety of tours daily.
21] Whether in a cup or in a cone, cool down with your choice from a delectable assortment of creamy ice cream sprinkled with flavorful toppings.
22] Or make ice cream of your own at the Turkey Hill Experience’s Taste Lab, featuring fun and interactive exhibits.
23] Join in the celebration of culture, diversity, and the City of Lancaster with live entertainment, food vendors, pub areas, and fireworks. Celebrate Lancaster is held in June and is a great time for the whole family.
24] Stroll amongst fine locally-made arts and crafts created from a variety of mediums at an outdoor craft show. Some good ones to check out include Long’s Park Art Festival, Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show, and Lititz Outdoor Art Show.
25] Experience Lancaster in authentic fashion by staying on a farm and enjoying the rural charm country life offers without worrying about doing chores.
26] Explore nature along the Susquehanna River via kayak, canoe, or bike with Chiques Rock Outfitters.
27] Immerse yourself in the simplicity of Amish culture by either taking a buggy ride around Lancaster County or visiting Amish Village, where you can take a guided tour of an authentic 1840’s Amish farmhouse.
28] Why not discover Lancaster’s quilt-like patchwork of green fields from a birds-eye view? Take a hot air balloon ride soaring high above Lancaster County amongst the clouds and relish the beautiful scenery below.
29] Catch a show or two while you’re in Lancaster, PA. For Broadway-worthy musicals, visit the Fulton Theatre in Downtown Lancaster or Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre off Centerville Road. If you’re looking for something a little more personal to Lancaster, consider checking out Sight and Sound Theatres for unique, meticulously designed musicals that bring the Bible to life.
30] Maybe you’re craving a good shopping spree to update your wardrobe with all your favorite brands. Stop by the Lancaster Tanger Outlets for apparel, jewelry, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, and more.