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Amish Farm and House
2395 Covered Bridge Drive Lancaster, PA 17602
An interactive way to explore Lancaster.
While visiting Lancaster, whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth time, tours are an excellent way to experience the culture, history, sights and food while learning from passionate local experts. Some involve walking around Downtown Lancaster or a small town like Lititz, while others take you around the county by bus, bike, scooter, or even helicopter.
We’ve gathered the must-take tours that will leave you with a wealth of Lancaster knowledge, and in some cases, a full stomach. Pick a tour (or two) to add to your trip, and get some insider information with tips from the tour guides to make the most of your experience.
Now until the end of September, the Lancaster County Ice Cream Trail is happening! Stick around after the tour to participate and save with special deals, earn points, and redeem prizes through the end of September.
1. Amish Farm and House Countryside Tours
Take the backroads to get a glimpse into Lancaster County life with the Amish Farm and House Countryside Bus Tours. This 90-minute bus tour weaves through the farmland, takes riders to a tucked-away covered bridge, and passes Amish schoolhouses, buggies, barns, homes, and farmland vistas, all while sharing stories and facts about the Amish way of life.
Tip from the Tour Guide: Have your camera at the ready, but keep in mind that it’s considered impolite to take photos of the Amish where their faces are recognizable. Refraining from taking up close photos is more than just a courtesy; it’s a respect for our Amish neighbors and their beliefs.
2. Kreider Farms Tour
Experience a real, working dairy farm at Kreider Farms. A high-tech view of farming, a drive down the Cow Palace, and a bird's eye view of the milking carousel, and enjoy a sample of farm-fresh milk! It is recommended you book in advance for your 90-minute tour.
3. The Amish Experience Farm & House Tour
Visit Plain & Fancy Farm to take a guided tour of the on-site Amish Country Homestead and One-Room School. Their tour is the only designated Lancaster County "Heritage Site" Amish house tour. Learn about the Amish way of life, one-room education, life without electricity, and Plain dress. They also offer an Amish Farmlands Tour where guests hop aboard a shuttle bus and explore Amish culture at work and play. The Amish V.I.P Tour includes immersive visits to 3 Amish properties - a farm at milking time, a craftsman in their workshop, and an Amish family home.
4. The Amish Village Farmhouse Tour
Take a guided tour of an authentic 1840's Amish farmhouse and learn about today's Amish lifestyle. Then, after your farmhouse tour, explore their 12-acre village grounds. If you're up for an hour and a half excursion, book the Amish Village Backroads Bus Tour. This tour takes you off the beaten path, past working farms and along country roads where buggies roll along and farmers work their fields. Each bus tour includes at least at one stop at unique locations such as an Amish home, quilt shop, pretzel bakery or bake shop.
5. Old Order Amish Tours
Tour with Old Order Amish Tour's knowledge guides around beautiful Lancaster County. Many of the stops along the tour are exclusive to Old Order - one stop is an 80-acre farm where you can see how people live without electricity and plow their fields with horses. These tours are great for both children and adults!
6. Old Windmill Farm Tour
Visit an authentic working Amish farm for a tour! This one-hour farm tour invites guests to partake in many hands-on experiences like bottle feeding a calf, milking a cow, gathering eggs, plus other fun activities like their petting farm and corn box. The 90-minute Farm & Garden Tour includes all of the farm activities and a tour of the luscious garden. Hayrides are also available on the farm!
7. Verdant View Farm Tour
Experience hands-on learning on a family-operated farm. Milk a cow, feed a calf, venture inside a historic barn, interact with other farm animals, and listen to the hens while playing fetch with the farm border collie. Guided walking tours range from 60 to 80 minutes and offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Lancaster's rich agricultural heritage. Participate in a farm-to-table experience by joining introductory-level classes to learn about Homemade Ice Cream or Artisan Cheesemaking.
8. Spooky Nook Llama & Alpaca Farm Tour
Have you ever head of a llama walk? If close-up animal experiences interest you, you'll want to book a tour at Spooky Nook Farm. The llama walks include educational information about how to walk them and some little-known facts about llamas. Your trek will take approximately 45 minutes, and include a tour of the farm.
1. Lancaster County Food Tours
Foodies visiting Lancaster will love the tours offered by Lancaster County Food Tours. Eat your way around Downtown Lancaster or the small town of Lititz with a variety of tours featuring the Lancaster County classic (i.e. pretzels, whoopie pies, and Wilbur chocolate) and some unexpected treats (locally made wine & beer and fine dining delights). Great food is just the tip of the iceberg – the guides also share stories and history as the tour moves from stop to stop.
2. Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
Tour the original pretzel bakery, learn how to twist pretzels, watch bakers at work, and learn about the history of pretzel baking in the United States. Afterwards, shop homemade goodies from the pretzel bakery! Ages 3 and under tour for free, ages 4-12 tour for $2.75, and ages 13 and up tour for $3.75. Groups of 10+ should call ahead to schedule their tour.
3. Red Rose Walking Food Tour
Take a casual walk through the streets of downtown Lancaster on market days, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The guides share Lancaster's famous and some "not so famous" historic figures that have influenced our nation’s development. There are stories of heroism, tragedy, and true love. Lancaster has an incredibly diverse choice of cuisine. Guests will have an opportunity to taste delicious samples from just some of these local eateries. So come hungry!
4. Herr's Snack Food Factory Tour
Take a guided tour of Herr's Snack Factory and taste a potato chip hot off the line. Get ready for a delicious blend of entertainment and education as you and your family get a taste of some Herr’s history, products and souvenirs.
5. Tour Lancaster Brewing Company
Brewery tours are available Monday - Friday at 1pm by appointment or Saturdays & Sundays at 3pm. Learn about their sustainable brewing process and Lancaster Brewing Company's history. If you don't have time for a tour - no problem! Due to the layout of the brewery, patrons are able to see the brewing operations from the bar and restaurant while immersing the senses in rich flavors and aromas while they brew.
1. Strasburg Scooter Tours
Scoot along the backroads for a one-of-a-kind experience in Lancaster’s countryside. Strasburg Scooters Tours takes riders over the creeks and through the woods and fields to discover covered bridges and farms. Not only will you learn to drive a scooter or scoot coupe (no special license required), but you’ll also learn lots about Amish life, farming and the history behind the covered bridges you’ll visit.
Tip from a Tour Guide: Dress for the weather at 25+ mph! While driving, there will be a constant breeze, in addition to the weather conditions. Hot summer days have a nice breeze to them, and cool fall days will feel a bit crisper. Dress in layers on cool days.
For those looking to get up close with these friendly farm dwellers, check out our list of animal experiences throughout the county.
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