Good morning from Amish Country! Before you dive into the Amish culture that Lancaster County is known for, start off with a traditional breakfast that will sustain you until lunchtime. Both Hershey Farm Restaurant and Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord offer delicious breakfast options, and are ideally located near the places you'll explore.
After breakfast, it's time to learn. Start your Amish experience at one of Lancaster's Amish house and farm experiences, hop on a bus tour of the countryside, or stop by the Mennonite Information Center to get some knowledge of who the Amish and Mennonites are.
Amish Village and Backroads Bus Tour is a 12-acre village featuring a guided house tour, a lesson in a traditional one-room schoolhouse, farm animals, and the chance to tour the countryside and see Amish working in the fields. After the tour, wander the village for a peaceful morning experience.
Estimated Time: 1-3 hours
Amish Farm & House offers a living heritage experience where guests can learn about the Amish through a farm tour, ride on the "scooter run," tour of an authentic schoolhouse, and even a 90-minute bus tour. After the tour, wander the peaceful 15-acre farm and be sure to ask penty of questions!
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
Mennonite Information Center provides information and insight into the life and beliefs of Amish and Mennonites in Lancaster, PA. For even more knowledge from a local guide, your family can request a step-on guide to take you on a tour around the county in your own car. They'll take you to places of interest that go beyond the living heritage attractions.
Estimated Time: 2-3 hours for a tour plus visit to the Information Center
For lunch, you can choose from a variety of spots specializing in PA Dutch classics: Good 'N Plenty (authentic PA Dutch cooking served family-style), Dienner's Country Restaurant (PA Dutch classics served buffet-style), or Dutch Country Soft Pretzels (hand-twisted soft pretzels, pretzel wraps, and sandwiches served on freshly baked pretzel rolls).
After lunch it's time to dive back into the Amish culture with an in-depth tour, buggy ride, or even a ride through Amish Country on a scooter.
The Amish Experience has a "can't-miss" tour if you're interested in learning more about the Amish - from the Amish themselves. The VIP (Visit in Person) tour offers an intimate visit to three Amish properties to experience how they milk cows without electricity, observe their craft, and visit a family for an informal chat.
Estimated Time: 3 hours
Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides gives you a chance to experience a different mode of transportation - horse & buggy! Choose the tour that's right for your group, either the 20-minute Cookie Run tour, 30-minute Amish Town tour, or the 60-minute Amish Farm Tour. A buggy ride gives you a chance to slow down, and take in the countryside.
Estimated Time: 20 minutes - 1 hour
Strasburg Scooters offers a faster way to experience the backroads. Their Covered Bridge Tour takes you past Amish one-room schoolhouses, farms with families working in the field, and through covered bridges that dot the Lancaster County countryside. Along the way, you'll learn about the history of the area, bridges, and Amish culture.
Estimated Time: 3 hours
How does dessert first sound? Make Lapp Valley Farm your go-to ice cream spot when in Lancaster, PA. They're making their ice cream from dairy straight from the farm. Enjoy a tasty treat - possibly a freshly made waffle cone - then explore the farm. You can catch a glimpse into the milking process and even visit with baby cows.
Wrap up the day at Shady Maple Smorgasbord where there is two-hundred feet of deliciously authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Or stop by Yoder’s Restaurant for a more intimate experience, but with the same great PA Dutch dishes.
As the evening fades, consider staying on the farm for an extra glimpse into Lancaster County life.
Beacon Hollow Farm Amish Guest House is open for visitors to stay on a working Amish dairy farm in the heart of Amish Country. A stay on this farm provides the chance to unwind, unplug, and refresh after a day of learning. Relax by the creek as you watch the Amish work in their farms.
Neffdale Farm of Paradise gives guests the chance to relax in the country, while still being close to the Lancaster County action. A stay at this farm gives you a real life look into life on the farm, while offering a comfortable stay.
Verdant View Farm Bed & Breakfast welcomes guests to rise and shine, put on their boots, and take part in the morning chores. While staying at Verdant View, you'll enjoy a good night's sleep followed by a family-style, farm-to-table breakfast with fresh eggs, Amish-made yogurt, and breads with home-made jam.
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2395 Covered Bridge Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602
Lancaster County’s original and longest running Amish Farmhouse tour. Learn more about the Old Order Amish. Afterwards, explore our farm – complete with over a dozen types of farm animals, a one-room Amish schoolhouse, and many other activities.
3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
Heritage Site Amish house and one-room school, “Jacob’s Choice” special effects show on Amish, Farmlands Tours with certified guides. Book SuperSaver Package online for bonus buggy ride. Also, exclusive Amish Visit-in-Person Tour: farm at milking time, craftsman stop, and visit to a family at home. Seasonal Patriotic and Christmas Magic Lantern Shows, with live showman music, and 1890 lantern. (Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence.)
3610 East Newport Road, Intercourse, PA 17534
(717) 768-3636 (800) 717-6202
Featuring 89 brand new and newly renovated beautiful rooms and suites right in the heart of Intercourse Village. Full service restaurant, outdoor play area plus indoor swimming pool and hot tub.
2758-1 Division Highway, Rte. 322, New Holland, PA 17557
Located in the heart of Lancaster County, Dutch Country Soft Pretzels is a bakery and store that specializes in crafting handmade soft pretzel products. Visit their website at dutchcountrysoftpretzels.com
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