Posted: 06/16/2023

Top Outdoor Things to Do with Kids in Lancaster, PA

Lancaster, PA is full of great opportunities to head outside with your kids. So slather on the sunscreen and venture outside for some good old-fashioned family fun. The destinations below are designed to offer great experiences and new discoveries for the entire family.

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1. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

With more than 50 farm fun activities for the whole family included in your admission, and lunch and dinner options on site, Cherry Crest is the perfect destination for a day out with the family. From the famous Amazing Maize Maze and wagon rides to pedal karts and baby chicks, there is something for every age in your family.

2. Eastland Alpacas

Take some time to tour the 30 acre farm at Eastland Alpacas, and enjoy petting and feeding these gentle, adorable alpacas. The farm is typically open from 10 AM to 4 PM, but feel free to call ahead to ensure that you will get the full experience. In addition to visiting with the alpacas, check out the on-site store stocked with various items that are all made from alpaca fiber.

3. Indian Echo Caverns

No matter the season, did you know that caves stay an average temperature year round? Indian Echo Cavern is 52 degrees inside, rain or shine. Year round, 7 days a week, you can explore the cavern, and enjoy a petting zoo and playground. Plan about 45 minutes for the full tour, and pack your lunch as not to interrupt the little explorers!

4. Wolf Sanctuary of PA

In a natural woodland in northern Lancaster County, you will find the home of the Speedwell Wolves. Your kids will love the guided tour where they’ll get to view wolves in their natural habitat and learn about their behavior.

5. Amish Attractions

Experience Lancaster’s heritage at one of our three indoor/outdoor Amish attractions! From exploring the farm and interacting with the animals at the Amish Farm & House, to having the unique experience of “learning a lesson” in an Amish one-room school house at the Amish Experience, or climbing aboard a buggy and running through a covered bridge at the Amish Village, you’re sure to enjoy learning and fun at one of these great attractions.

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6. ZooAmerica & Hershey Gardens

Hershey’s ZooAmerica is home to more than 200 animals, all native to North America. You’ll find everything from reptiles to porcupines to otters and mountain lions. Admission is free with your ticket to Hersheypark, or there is also a separate, year-round entrance specific to the zoo. You’ll also want to stop at beautiful Hershey Gardens, featuring 23-acres of breathtaking flowers, shrubs, and trees in addition to a butterfly atrium and hands-on children’s garden.

7. Gretna Lake & Beach

Looking to spend the whole day outdoors while vacationing in Lancaster? Look no further than Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach, where you’ll find eight-acres including a beach, recreation lawn and picnic grove, in addition to the Jigger Shop, serving delicious ice-cream and treats and an open-air theatre.

8. Strasburg Scooters Tours

If you’re brave, and would rather try a scooter ride, or scoot coupe, head over to Strasburg Scooters Tours, where you’ll enjoy a guided scooter tour on the back roads of Amish Country. You’ll pass exceptional views of the countryside, including Amish farms and schoolhouses, in addition to covered bridges and incredible backroads. You’ll truly be enjoy the fresh air with either of these options! NOTE: Please see websites for age guidelines.

9. kayakLanCo

If you’re looking to just take a hike, or kayak along the river, you’ll want to check out this list of Lancaster County Parks & Preserves. Didn’t pack your kayak? That’s okay, we’ve got you covered. KayakLanCo offers guided trips down calmer waters that are safe and fun for the whole family!

10. Zip Line at Refreshing Mountain Retreat & Adventure Center

You won’t want to miss the chance to zip line through the canopy at Refreshing Mountain Retreat & Adventure Center – you’ll have your options from the Flying V Ziplines (2 ziplines, great test run for those who aren’t sure they want to do the whole course), the Challenge Adventure Tour (5 zip lines, 9 challenge elements) or the Aerial Excursion Tour (7 zip lines, 3 sky bridges, 40’ rappel ending). You’ll also find horse rides, farm animal experience, and a Challenge of 22 obstacles, suspended 6-25 feet in the air.

11. AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing

Traveling in the winter? You won’t want to miss a trip to AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills Resort. There’s plenty to do, including 10 lanes of snow tubing, fire pits that are perfect for warming up and roasting marshmallows, an ice skating rink that’s open through the evening, and great food to warm your belly after a day of outdoor adventuring! Find more outdoor adventure in Lancaster this winter.

12. Lancaster Barnstormers

Spend the night at our family-friendly ball park and watch the Lancaster Barnstormers play! The season is filled with themed nights that keep the games interactive and fun all season long. From firework shows and giveaways, day-time or night-time games, check out their schedule to plan an entertaining and exciting for time all!

13. Corn Cob Acres

Open Labor Day weekend through the end of October, Corn Cob Acres is a fun way kids of all ages can have fun down on the farm. With 52 activities to choose from your kids, and even yourself will have a fun filled day learning about the farm and playing farm activity games.

14. Kids Runs through RunPA

RunPA hosts running and hiking events all over PA throughout the year for kids 12 and under. Participate in a race or a trail run to enjoy PA's scenic routes. Kids events include volunteers, snacks, and many event proceeds benefit environmental organizations!

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

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