Posted: 08/21/2020 | by Sarah

Attractions in Lancaster, PA During COVID-19

As part of your planning during this time, please call or check the website & social media of these properties for their most current operational information.

There are lots of things to do this weekend in Lancaster, PA for your family. If you’re curious about whether or not attractions are open, or safe to visit; we want you to know that our local attractions, restaurants, shops and lodging properties have all been working around the clock to ensure that their properties are a safe getaway for you.

Below, you’ll find a guide to attractions that are open, along with some of the steps they’re taking to ensure safety and adherence to CDC guidelines. For a larger list of what's open in Lancaster, view our downloadable PDF!

Experience the Amish

Our Amish attractions are open, and are following CDC guidelines including requiring masks to be worn during your visit, reducing the size of farmhouse tours, limiting seating on the backroads bus tours and increased cleaning of the property. You’ll still get to enjoy learning about how a different culture lives – and imagine how you’d quarantine if you lived on a farm without any technology!

Buggy Rides are also operating, with enhanced cleaning measures being taken between groups of riders. Masks are recommended when social distancing is not possible, but with the windows rolled up (did you know the windows in an Amish buggy roll up, not down?) whenever possible, you’ll get to breathe in our fresh country air.

Family Fun

Dutch Wonderland is open to the public, with a shortened season this year – they will be open through September 7th. They will not be hosting Happy Hauntings or Dutch Winter Wonderland this year in an effort to avoid large gatherings during peak flu season. When you go to Dutch Wonderland, please note that face coverings are required of both park personnel and guests alike. Each guest will get their temperature checked upon entrance, and they are limiting the capacity of the park.

Some rides will not be open if social distancing is not possible. Check out their Rides & Attractions for a up-to-date list! Guests on water rides (Duke’s Lagoon and Pipeline Plunge) must not wear facial coverings in compliance with water safety best practices.

Don’t miss an opportunity to explore the farm – Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is providing hand sanitizer stations around the farm, making transactions cashless and as contactless as possible, limiting the number of guests in their buildings, screening staff members, and ramping up their already vigorous cleaning procedures. In addition, they’re operating at 50% capacity – during the summer, no reservations are necessary, but as we head into fall, that may change, so keep an eye on their website for more information. Masks are not required while outside but are required inside the building and in areas where you cannot social distance.

Be sure to make your reservation in advance to taste the delicious ice cream and teas at Turkey Hill Experience! The facility capacity has been reduced to 50%, and temperature screenings will be conducted prior to entering the facility. Face masks are required for all guests over the age of two. Their team will be sanitizing high-touch areas at frequent intervals throughout the day and instant sanitizer will be available to guests at multiple locations.

Strasburg Rail Road has been open during the summer season, and is happy to continue to be open with several new procedures and policies. Tickets must be pre-purchased, or at a minimum advance reservations must be made via strasburgrailroad.com or by calling 866-725-9666. Contactless check-in will happen, all guests and staff undergo a temperature check and face masks are required of all guests ages 2 years old and older. The train capacity has been reduced to 50% and hand sanitization stations are located throughout the property. Heightened cleaning procedures have been implemented to promote a safe experience for families.

Outdoor Adventure

Because of their expansive property and unique outdoor activity courses, at Refreshing Mountain you can get outside safely for worry-free adventure. Refreshing Mountain has 100+ acres of property with plenty of space to spread out, and has installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the grounds. They do require masks while inside a public space, or when outside and within 6-feet of a non-household member.

Be sure to book your tours in advance, as they’re only allowing small, private bookings – and no walkins. Guides will maintain recommended spacing from your group members, except at certain key safety points during the tour (i.e. harness check, clipping/un-clipping carabiners, etc.)

Enjoy exploring Lancaster’s backroads with Strasburg Scooters. Masks are not required, but they do ask that guests observe social distancing guidelines while on the tours. Each bike or coupe is sanitized between use, and guides will maintain a safe distance. Booking in advance is recommended, but not required.

Biking & Hiking
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, and have been running the same three routes for the past six months, we’ve got you covered. Whether you prefer running through the farmland, on a rail trail, or along the river, Lancaster County has amazing outdoor backdrops to enjoy. And of course, masks are not required while exercising, but you are certainly welcome to don one if you’d like.

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