Explore Lancaster County's Creative Side

What is your creative side? Fine arts, crafts, antiques, music and theater, food and even fun for the kids, we've got ideas for everyone! Check out our ideas below and let your creativity begin.

Fine Art Admirer

From paintings and sculpture to photography and mosaics, the streets of Downtown Lancaster (particularly its "Gallery Row") and the neighboring towns and villages hold plenty of art for any taste and style. Varieties of pottery, drawings, homemade jewelry and much more are available for purchasing or simply admiring. Peruse galleries for that perfect painting, and meet artists in person throughout Downtown Lancaster during First Fridays. Many museums are also filled with artistic creations, ranging from historical collections to hands-on activities.

Handmade Goods Collector

Not all art is presented as a canvas to hang on your wall; many of Lancaster County's treasures are made by hand for the rest of your home. Stroll along the streets of small towns and villages and duck into charming local shops filled with unique handmade crafts, hand-stitched quilts and fine Amish furniture.

Antiquing in Lancaster County PAAntiques Explorer

Searching for that perfect bargain on a treasure of the past? Lancaster County is filled with antiques and local treasures, starting with the antique malls in Adamstown that pack in more than 3,000 dealers. (Hint: grab your coffee for the fantastic deals that can be found at early-morning auctions.) Shops throughout the county also house historic gems, so head to Downtown Lancaster and other villages to hunt down the rare finds.


In the mood for a dramatic tale? Craving a musical comedy? Or, perhaps, an evening show that offers a hearty meal to go with it? Whether it be dinner theatres featuring original musicals or historical theatres with Broadway classics, sample all Lancaster County has to offer in theatrical entertainment for the thespians at heart.

Music Lover

If you're a finger snapper or toe tapper, Lancaster County promises to live up to your musical expectations! Enjoy world-class performances at The Ware Center at Millersville University or hit up a theatre for one-of-a-kind musical performances found nowhere else! During the summer, relax under the stars on with family and friends during outdoor concert series at local parks and wineries.

Edible art seeker, Lancaster County, PAEdible Art Seeker

See how our edible creations are made, and sample them too! Sweet tooths will enjoy chocolate attractions such as Wilbur Chocolate Factory Store in Lititz or Hershey's Chocolate World. Make your own twisted creation at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz or Intercourse Pretzel Factory. See how salty snacks are made on the the Herr's Snack Factory Tour. Check out the art of canning delectable jams, jellies and salsas in Intercourse at Kitchen Kettle Village's Jam & Relish Kitchen or the Intercourse Canning Company. In the mood to try your own hand at edible creativity? Grab a big basket and construct a feast of fresh produce, meats, cheese and baked goods from local farmers' markets.

Imaginative Youngster

No need to worry about your kids getting bored exploring the creative side PA Dutch County! Take them to kid-friendly museums such as the Hands-on House Children's Museum, North Museum of Nature and Science, National Toy Train Museum, Choo Choo Barn, and Lancaster Science Factory - all offer interactive activities and events designated to show the little ones an educational and entertaining time.

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Jesus at Sight & Sound Theatres

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