Posted: 07/01/2020 | by Casey

Things to do in July in Lancaster, PA

Soak up the sun in Lancaster this summer!

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Things to do in July in Lancaster, PA

Summer is a great time to visit Lancaster, PA, due to the abundance of things to do and see. No matter who you’re visiting with or what your interests are, there is something in Lancaster for everyone.

July 4th

God bless the USA! If you happen to be in Lancaster County for the Fourth of July, there are several July 4th festivities options for you to choose from. Clipper Magazine's Picnic in the Park is a daylong celebration complete with all-you-can-eat Hess’s BBQ. Cheer on the Lancaster Barnstormers and stay for a spectacular firework show after the game. You can also see fireworks in New Holland at the community park. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, annual events such as the Lititz July 4th Celebration and Long's Park's United States Army Band Pershing's Own concert adapted for virtual enjoyment.

Outdoor Adventures

If you enjoy the great outdoors, you’re in luck. Lancaster County has some optimal choices for both biking and hiking trails for those who enjoy exploring and getting exercise. A couple of our favorites include the Conewago Recreation Trail, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, and Landis Woods.

Additionally, there are other fun and unique outdoor activities such as scooter rides, zip lines, and a wolf sanctuary. Be sure to take advantage of these awesome opportunities offered in Lancaster County!

Live Music

During the summer, there are plenty of opportunities to listen to live music in Lancaster. Enjoy an outdoor concert and ice cold brew at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey this summer. They have their Decked Out Live event every Friday evening, which features live bands and serves wine and beer. We also recommend checking out their Straws and Stripes event July 20th. Minors are not permitted. For those of age, the Nissley Winery has Music in the Vineyards going on every Saturday evening, the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy the summertime. Weathered Vineyards Wine Tasting Room also hosts a variety of concerts throughout the summer.

If you’re more of a classical music kind of person, the annual Lancaster International Piano Festival will be happening virtually in July, and will feature both premier concert series presented by world class pianists and educational programs to help aspiring pianists grow in the art. There’s even a competition that provides an opportunity for pianists to perform in Washington D.C. Be sure to tune in to this event!

Get Cultured

It’s no secret that a big draw to Lancaster County is the Amish community that resides here. If you’re looking for ways to experience Amish life, there are a few good options for you this July. For starters, we recommend taking a buggy ride to travel the area the way the Amish do. We also suggest checking out local markets like Lancaster Central Market or the Lititz Farmers Market held every Saturday, which is not only a great place to buy farm fresh produce, but to see Amish folk in a natural setting. If you want to see even more Amish lifestyle, check out Amish Village and Amish Farm & House.

Kid Friendly

If you’re visiting with kids, we’ve got you covered. There are tons of fun places in Lancaster County that the whole family will love. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a great place to bring the whole family, as there is an assortment of farm animals, plus a giant corn maze for people to navigate through. For families who love museums and learning, the check out the Lancaster Science Factory or Indian Echo Caverns & Echo Dell. Smaller children will also enjoy the Hands on House or Tiny Town.

Make a Splash

Lancaster can get hot in the month of July, so it’s understandable if you want a place to cool off. One unique place that we recommend checking out includes Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach, which is a manmade lake and great place to take a dip, sit out and tan, or just soak up the sun. Luckily, The Jigger Shop, a Lancaster favorite to get ice cream, is close to the lake, so you can finish your day with a delicious treat. If you love the water but are looking for something a bit more adventurous, you can also take a five hour kayaking class in Wrightsville, PA.

For a more complete list of events offered in Lancaster County in July, click here.


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