Posted: 03/31/2023

Things to Do with Family from Out of Town in Lancaster, PA

Lancaster has the perfect thing to do with your out of town visitors. No matter if you are an outdoor adventurer or a city goer.

Family visiting Lancaster County, for the day, the week or just a weekend?

Give your loved ones an experience visitors can't get anywhere else! Lancaster
has the perfect things to do for you and your out of town quests. Give your loved ones a memorable experience they cant get anywhere else!

Places to Stay

If you don't have enough room in your house to fit extended family, Lancaster County has so many wonderful hotels and bed and breakfasts for them.

The Cartoon Network Hotel is a great place for families and can be an adventure on its own! Hershey Farm Inn or Tru by Hilton are also perfect stays. Stay in the city at the Cork Factory Hotel or the Lancaster Marriott.

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Experience the Arts & History

Lancaster was founded in 1729, making it home to a rich history; it was even the US Capital for a day, it was also apart of the Underground Railroad! Share the rich history of your hometown with your guests!

Tour where James Buchanan America's 15th President lived before he took office
in 1828. Another great historic site to explore is the Ephrata Cloister. Explore the Germanic style buildings and their historical exhibits.

Tap into your artistic side with our galleries and studios. Demuth Museum houses historic art pieces, many of which showcases Charles Demuth who was a master watercolorist and pioneer of the Precisionist style.

Create a piece of art at The PotteryWorks when you paint a master piece on a hand-crafted ceramic. Your guests will love perusing Gallery Row in Downtown Lancaster, they may even return home with a piece from our local artisans.

Lancaster is known for its theatre scene.

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Lancaster County has lots of outdoor activities and adventures all year-round. For the kiddos, that have lots of energy, visit Dutch Wonderland or Strasburg Railroad.

Not only does Lancaster County have farm animals, we also have alpacas and wolves. At Eastland Alpacas, you can pet, feed and take pictures with the Alpacas. The Wolf Sanctuary of PA in Lititz is a safe natural habitat for displaced wolves and wolf dogs. Check out their full moon tours!

Indian Echo Caverns & Echo Dell, is a perfect spot for cool winter or hot summer days because the caverns stay the same temperature year round. another great adventure to take. See a natural phenomenon filled with gemstones; guests can even mine for their own gemstones!

Hiking in Lancaster County is plentiful. Visit the White Cliffs of Conoy to experience an easy walk on the Northwest River Trail to a beautiful overlook of the Susquehanna river. Kelly's Run Nature Preserve is great for those who like to hike in the forest.

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Your guest visit to Lancaster wont be complete until they visit a farmers market! Lancaster Central Market has locally grown produce and local vendors with unique gifts and goods. Downtown Lancaster has so much to offer.

Explore Downtown

While there are so many more shops in the Downtown Lancaster that you can explore, there is also so many in our Riverlands and Amish Country side. Head up to Manheim to visit Prussian Street Arcade where local vendors sell their products, or to Lititz where a you'll feel the welcomed with warmth in this small town. Head down Route 30 East, to the Amish country side, where you'll find Tanger Outlets, Kitchen Kettle Village and The Shops @ Rockvale. Share Lancaster's great shopping with your guests!

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Where to eat

Lancaster County is full of vibrant restaurants that will satisfy any cuisine you crave. Just looking for a quick bite? Head to one of our many coffee shops, and if you have time participant in our coffee trail to see them all! Speckled Hen or the Prince Street Café are great options for those who have some time to sit and eat a meal. Passenger Coffee in Downtown or Agape in the Amish countryside are great and aesthetic spots to dine and get the perfect photo of your loved ones visit!

For a cold beverage - treat your guests to a local brew at Bespoke Brewery, Lancaster Brewing Co and Bube's Brewery. You'll find a home-style meal of all varieties here in Lancaster County. Try out Cocina Mexicana for those looking to try delicious meals by a small family-run restaurant. Sprout, Noodle King or Taj Mahal if you're looking for Asian cuisine. Rachel’s Café & Creperie if your looking for French. Yorgo’s for Mediterranean; Luca or Lombardo's for Italian, and check out Southern Market for even more globally inspired cuisine. And, of course, we have the best PA Dutch Dining around!

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Introduce Amish Culture

Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides, take a horse and buggy ride and learn all about the Amish and their culture. Take a countryside house tour at The Amish Experience and watch "Jacob's Choice", a film focused on today's Amish culture, and explore at the homestead and schoolhouse. For those who want a private group setting, LoKal Experiences offers a Unique Amish Immersion and other Amish tours. The Old Windmill Farm is a great place to learn how an Amish farm truly operates. There's so many great chances to learn and experience Amish culture, even you, as a Lancaster Local may learn something new!

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Take a stream train ride to Paradise, PA with the Strasburg Rail Road, and keep an eye out for tons of fun events.

Memories are just waiting to be made at Lancaster, PA’s many family-friendly attractions.

Young kids sitting in small red wagons being pulled by a tractor next to a field of corn.

Whether you're visiting Lancaster during the week or a local looking for fun in your own backyard, there are all sorts of adventures...

Fun for the whole family in Lancaster. Photo Credit: Discover Lancaster /  Gabe McMullen

Lancaster is a great place to visit for all, so why not experience this cross-generational destination together!



436 W. Jame Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

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Eastland Alpacas

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Demuth Museum

Demuth Museum

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