Things to do in July in Lancaster, PA
Summer is a great time to visit Lancaster, PA, due to the abundance of things to do and see. No matter who you’re visiting with or what your interests are, there is something in Lancaster for everyone. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this Forbes ‘Top 10 Coolest City for 2018.’
God bless the USA! If you happen to be in Lancaster County for the Fourth of July, there are several July 4th festivities options for you to choose from. For starters, Lititz will be having an event July 3-4 complete with a firework show choreographed to music at the end. The Star Barn Village in Elizabethtown, PA will be opening up to the public with an admission fee of $15 and will include live entertainment, bounce house, animals, and a firework show. Ephrata will also be hosting its own firework show, along with New Holland and the Lancaster Barnstormers after their game against the Road Warriors.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, you’re in luck. Lancaster County has some optimal choices for both biking and hiking trails for those who enjoy exploring and getting exercise. A couple of our favorites include the Conewago Recreation Trail, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, and Landis Woods.
Additionally, there are other fun and unique outdoor activities such as hot air balloon rides, zip lines, and a wolf sanctuary. Be sure to take advantage of these awesome opportunities offered in Lancaster County!
During the summer, there are plenty of opportunities to listen to live music in Lancaster, PA. Every Friday of the month consists of fun events held in one of the towns in Lancaster County, at which live music is always present, along with other fun activities. Additionally, there are opportunities to listen to live music at Long’s Park Amphitheater for their Summer Music Series, and also the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, featuring live music, will be happening throughout July. For those of age, the Nissley Winery has Music in the Vineyards going on every Saturday evening, the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy the summertime.
If you’re more of a classical music kind of person, the 7th annual Lancaster International Piano Festival will be happening in July, and will feature both premier concert series presented by world class pianists and educational programs to help aspiring pianists grow in the art. There’s even a competition that provides an opportunity for pianists to perform in Washington D.C. Be sure to tune in to this event!
If you love shows and musicals, Lancaster has got some great venues. The Fulton Theatre, which also happens to be one of the oldest working theatre in the United States, will be showcasing The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Aladdin in July. Also, the Gretna Theatre will be performing productions of the hit Broadway comedy She Loves Me. If you’re looking for a unique theatre experience, consider checking out a show called Jacob’s Choice at The Amish Experience at Plain and Fancy Farm, which is the only “experiential” theatre on the East Coast, and tells the story of an Amish family. If you’re interested in a show with strong Christian themes, Lancaster is home to the largest Christian theatre in the country, Sight & Sound Theatres, which is currently showing an original musical called Jesus. If you’re into a more traditional theatre experience, the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre will be performing The Wizard of Oz in July.
It’s no secret that a big draw to Lancaster County is the Amish community that resides here. If you’re looking for ways to experience Amish life, there are a few good options for you this July. For starters, we recommend taking a buggy ride to travel the area the way the Amish do. We also suggest checking out local markets like Lancaster Central Market or the Lititz Farmers Market held every Saturday, which is not only a great place to buy farm fresh produce, but to see Amish folk in a natural setting. If you want to see even more Amish lifestyle, check out Amish Village and Amish Farm & House.
If you’re visiting with kids, we’ve got you covered. There are tons of fun places in Lancaster County that the whole family will love. For young adrenaline junkies, Dutch Wonderland is a great place to check out, and features three roller coasters in addition to a water playground and many other more relaxed, family-friendly rides. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is another great place to bring the whole family, as there is an assortment of farm animals, plus a giant corn maze for people to navigate through. For families who love museums and learning, the Watch & Clock Museum will be hosting a convention for the 75th anniversary of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors. This convention will be complete with speakers, special emphasis tours, and food.
Make a Splash
Lancaster can get hot in the month of July, so it’s understandable if you want a place to cool off. One unique place that we recommend checking out includes Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach, which is a manmade lake and great place to take a dip, sit out and tan, or just soak up the sun. Luckily, The Jigger Shop, a Lancaster favorite to get ice cream, is close to the lake, so you can finish your day with a delicious treat. If you love the water but are looking for something a bit more adventurous, you can also take a five hour kayaking class in Wrightsville, PA.
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