Situated along the AAA scenic byway stretch of Route 340, the town of Bird-in-Hand began its history as a place where farmers met to converse and do business. The village was established in the 1700s, and served as a rest stop for travelers heading west. It was during this time that Bird-in-Hand earned its unique name. Inns were identified by painted signs (completed by a long-forgotten artist) since pictures could be understood by all travelers, no matter their nationality or education level. The 18th Century inn sign that inspired this town's name literally depicted a man with a bird in his hand.
Today, Bird-in-Hand remains a meeting place for farmers and locals, where they are joined by visitors passing through the area to experience the village's rich traditions. The village offers the flavors of Pennsylvania Dutch culture and history via its restaurants, bakeries, quaint local shops, and an old-fashioned farmers' market packed with fresh foods, handmade crafts, and homegrown produce. In fact, this market resulted in Bird-in-Hand being designated a "market town."
Right in Bird-in-Hand's backyard is picturesque sprawling countryside dotted with neighboring Amish farms. Learn more about this way of life via Amish attractions such as buggy rides, homesteads, and more.
- Run, Ride and Soar - early September
Amish Experience Theatre
Bird-in-Hand Farmer's Market
Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant
Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Bake Shop
Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant
Kauffman's Fruit Farm and Market
Balloon Rides Daily
Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
Tour the original bakery, get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting, and taste the results of 150+ years of pretzel baking heritage.find out more
With over 35 rides, attractions, and shows, Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement is the perfect place to spend time together!find out more