Posted: 07/12/2023 | by Discover Lancaster

Family Fun on the Farm in Lancaster, PA

Lancaster is known best for it's beautiful farmland and the experience of getting away from it all, and heading to a simpler lifestyle.

Sometimes traveling with kids is... challenging, but let me just say that boredom is so un-Lancastrian. From amusement parks to farmland fun activities, we're sure that every member of your family will have plenty to keep them happy. It's great to be able to spend the day doing farm fun activities, getting energy out, and then driving into one of our towns and having dinner at a locally owned restaurant.

Kid-tastic Outdoor Attractions

Lancaster, PA offers tons of fun things to see and do for all ages. Your kids will love our variety of attractions, from amusement parks and buggy rides to ziplining and local sports.

Enrich yourself and the kids with a fun-filled history lesson at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, the first commercial pretzel bakery in the country, or Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Family Home, a historic and remarkably preserved water-powered grain mill.

Head out to Honey Brook, PA, and visit September Farm this working farm has been serving home-made specialty cheeses, milk, ice cream, and more! Their expansive property includes walking trails as well! If you're hungry after your walk don't worry because they have a sandwich shop on site!

When sunny skies are in the forecast, you're sure to find your kid-tastic outdoor adventures right here in Lancaster County.

A group of children riding on a wagon in a cornfield on Cherry Crest Adventure farm in Lancaster, PA.

Experience Farm Life

Best known for its Amish communities and farmland, Lancaster County is the place to experience life on a farm. Take in the fresh country air while your kids pet farm animals and learn about agricultural life.

Lil' Miniature Horse Farm and Eastland Alpacas give your little animal lovers the chance to pet and even feed tame very lovable animals.

Visit the Wolf Sanctuary in Lititz to have a chance to view wolves in their natural habitat and learn about their behavior and biology.

Learn more about the simpler life lived by the Amish with a horse and buggy ride or an Amish Farm Tour.

For the Train Lovers

For kids who are fascinated with trains, there are plenty of railroad-centric attractions, especially in Strasburg. Home to the Strasburg Rail Road, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Choo Choo Barn, and more.

Strasburg provides a day full of learning about trains and even a chance to travel on a historic railway. If your vacation happens to be in June, September, or November, you won't want to miss Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Rail Road for your opportunity to meet the tank engine yourself.

Sweets & Treats

Those with a sweet tooth will certainly not be disappointed during a visit to Lancaster County, where homemade baked goods, jams, jellies, local chocolates, specialty cookies and many more delectable desserts are found in abundance.

Don't forget to sample PA Dutch favorites like the whoopie pie and shoofly pie!

Eastland Alpacas. Photo Credit: / Simone Associates

Farmland Fun Lodging

Experience Lancaster County in authentic fashion with a stay on a farm. Enjoy all the rustic charm without the chores. Experience milking cows, collecting eggs, chasing baby chicks and learning about life on the farm with your family! Stay at one of Lancaster County’s working farms.

Rocky Arce Farm Bed & Breakfast
This family farm, which has been run for over 100 years, is the perfect place to rest your head when visiting the countryside of Lancaster County. Located in Mount Joy, this bed and breakfast is situated in the perfect spot for families looking to experience what life on the farm is like. Experience what it's like to feed newborn calves, gather eggs, interact with goats, and cuddle with kittens. You can also ride a pony, fish in the nearby stream. There's even a playhouse and train rides for the kids!

Stay on the farm

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Although the weather in Lancaster is often beautiful, the rain or the cold shouldn't put an end to the fun.

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Pet Friendly Spots in Lancaster, PA

Spots to check out when traveling with your furry friend.

Two young kids roast marshmallows over a fire in front of a tent as a mother watches at a campsite in Lancaster, PA.

Camping options for beginners, tents, and RVs.


Eastland Alpacas

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