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Indoors or outdoors, there’s plenty to do.
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It’s time to shake off cabin fever and explore all that Lancaster, PA has to offer this spring. Whether you prefer the beautiful outdoors, tasty dining, or themed festivals, there’s something for everyone this season.
Check out our list of 30 activities to create your Spring 2020 itinerary.
1. Hit the trail. As the weather warms up, dust off those sneakers and hiking boots. Lancaster is home to plenty of hiking and biking trails.
2. Bid on a bargain at an annual Mud Sale. These annual auctions are a great way to get a taste of the community, as the Amish and English come together to bid on quilts, housewares, lawn equipment, shrubbery and more.
3. Celebrate Easter in Lancaster with lots of family-friendly Easter events. From brunch and dinner to Easter Bunny Trains at Strasburg Rail Road and egg hunts galore, Lancaster hosts a variety of events to celebrate the holiday.
4. Search for unique treasures at our eclectic antique shops. Shops are plentiful in Adamstown, Columbia and Lititz to browse. If you’re in town April 22-26, head up to the Antiques Capital for their extravaganza weekend for more deals and extended shop hours.
5. Thrills and fun can be had at Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park (great for younger kids) or Hersheypark (for older thrill-seekers). Both open for the season in late April and offer rides, games and plenty of excitement.
6. Head to a museum. Rainy days are unavoidable in the spring, but that shouldn’t ruin your day. There’s a museum for every interest in Lancaster, from industrial topics to hands-on science.
7. Celebrate rhubarb at Kitchen Kettle’s annual Rhubarb Festival with family-friendly activities, tasty samples, a baking contest, and more. You’ll learn lots of ways to use this spring vegetable, all while enjoying the incredible village.
8. Find your green thumb at Landis Valley Village’s Herb & Garden Faire in May. With more than 80 vendors of plants, garden art and more, you are sure to give your garden a healthy start this spring.
9. Refresh and recharge for spring with a visit to a spa in Lancaster, PA. Whether you’re enjoying a massage or treating a loved one to a spa day away, this is a perfect way to relax.
10. Discover the art scene of Downtown Lancaster during Spring ArtWalk, held in early May, or First Friday, held at the beginning of each month. As you walk around the city, you can meet artists and get to know our charming Gallery Row.
11. Take a ride on the tranquil, countryside Strasburg Rail Road. In addition to their daily 45-minute rides, they also host a variety of events from a wine & cheese train to kid-friendly events.
12. Live music lovers and music industry professionals won’t want to miss the LAUNCH Music Conference taking place in April and May. The conference features panels and lectures, along with tons of live music performances across Downtown Lancaster.
13. Head to the stage at Sight & Sound Theatres. Their new story, Queen Esther is a must-see for those looking for a wholesome Bible story brought to life. You’ll be thrilled by the vibrant costumes and scenery, breathtaking effect, and talent-filled musical numbers as the story of Jesus unfolds.
14. Lace up your running shoes. The Garden Spot Half Marathon and 10k takes place in March. Runners will love the course that takes you through the picturesque farmland of PA Dutch Country.
15. Get cooking. Visit Lancaster Central Market, Root’s Market or Green Dragon to make the most of the early vegetables and fruits harvested in the spring. It’s the perfect time to score some asparagus, peas, and rhubarb.
16. Take a spring camping trip at one of the campgrounds in Lancaster. The “off-season” has many benefits, like fewer crowds, cooler temperatures, and beautiful spring flowers and trees in bloom.
17. Impress your followers. As the flowers and trees begin to bloom, head out to our Instagram-worthy photo spots to capture the beauty of spring. Spots include hiking trails, parks, coffee shops, restaurants and more.
18. Grab your clubs for a round of golf in Lancaster as the weather begins to warm up. If mini-golf is more your speed, Lancaster has a plethora of mini-golf courses the whole family will love.
19. Refresh your wardrobe and head over to Tanger Outlets and the Shops @ Rockvale for some retail therapy. Find looks and accessories you love with the added bonus of no sales tax on clothes or shoes.
20. Craft beer and historic trains come together for this great spring event, Rails & Ales, held at the Railroad Museum of PA on April 4. Over 20 breweries will be serving up their delicious brews, with tasty food vendors to choose from. While you sip, check out the trains on display and learn more about their history.
21. Grab a bite for brunch to start your Saturday or Sunday. The menus at Lancaster’s brunch spots are packed with tasty bites and sips to brighten your morning.
22. Look around and take a tour to learn a little more about Lancaster. From food tours in Downtown Lancaster to countryside bus tours along the backroads, you’ll learn a lot about our local culture and history, while have fun along the way.
23. Wine not try some wines made right here in Lancaster, while enjoying the beautiful views at the vineyards. Our Wine Trail guides you to some of the best Lancaster-made wines, served at scenic wineries across the county.
24. Tap your toes at a local show this spring at one of Lancaster’s spectacular theatres. Popular musicals and comedies run throughout the season a show with a short run held in an intimate space, there’s something for every taste, budget, and age.
25. Browse a gallery exhibit to get in touch with your artsy side. The Demuth Museum, Lancaster Museum of Art, Galleries on Gallery Row, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and more host artists for seasonal exhibits that range from professional photography to student works.
26. Get a taste of Lancaster’s dining scene during Lancaster City Restaurant Week, March 2-8. Whether you’re out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, participating restaurants offer awesome meal deals, ranging from $10-$40.
27. Quilters Unite: The AQS QuiltWeek Show and Contest returns to Downtown Lancaster, March 25-28, and will delight crafters with quilt exhibits, a plethora of vendors, classes and more. If you love quilts or sew them yourself, be sure to stop by a take a look.
28. Discover stories from the past at Lancaster’s historical spots. From the home of the only Pennsylvanian president to a religious community dating back to the 1700s, these sites offer up many facts and interesting places to explore.
29. Clip-clop along the backroads on an Amish Buggy Ride. You’ll feel the fresh spring breeze as you take in the sights, learn more about the Amish and Mennonite culture, and maybe even stop for a treat or two along the way.
30. There’s always something new to check out. Whether you already have some traditional favorites or you're a first-timer here in Lancaster, we hope you browse our list of new attractions, places to eat, and places to stay to add something new and special to your trip this spring.