Posted: 06/08/2020

20+ Things To Do this Summer in Lancaster, PA

Fast-paced or relaxed; there’s something for you.

As part of your planning during this time, please call or check the website & social media of these properties for their most current operational information.

Children playing in Lancaster

Summer fun is plentiful in Lancaster, PA – whether you’re looking for family fun, outdoor adventure, or great ways to spend the evening.

Start planning your summer visit with our list of top things to do this season in Lancaster County:

1. Outdoor Adventures

Channel your inner adventurer and soar through the trees on the Ziplines at Refreshing Mountain, spend the weekend at the Cabins at Refreshing Mountain, and beat the summer heat in their community pool. You can also participate in an elevated obstacle course, an interactive equine and farm animal program, and a rock-climbing wall, amongst other exciting activities.

2. Visit Downtown

Stroll around vibrant Downtown Lancaster during Music Friday with live performances scattered throughout the city. These are held on the third Friday of each month, but you can also experience live music at First Friday, a similar event that takes place at the start of each month. Due to COVID-19, Lancaster City has offered digital First Fridays in April and May. View their website for the most up-to-date event information.

3. Eat Outdoors

Relax and grab a bite to eat while still enjoying the outdoors. Check out these outdoor dining restaurants, and catch the sunset over Lancaster while enjoying a delicious dinner. On June 5th, many restaurants will open their outdoor dining spaces. Call ahead to reserve your spot!

4. Go Hiking

Get in touch with your adventurous side and go exploring on these tranquil trails to soak up the great outdoors.

5. Shop Local

Shop ‘til you drop online at local shops that range from boutiques to antiques, all comprised of a unique Lancaster flair.

6. Learn Lancaster's Rich History

Dive into Lancaster’s rich history with a Historic Lancaster Walking Tour to learn more about the area in a fun and interactive way. The 2020 season will begin on July 1st. Better yet—all the proceeds go toward Lancaster City-based charities and non-profits. What a great way to get involved in the community!

7. Enjoy Local Markets

Browse around for fresh-picked produce, local meats and cheeses, and the most scrumptious desserts you’ve ever tasted at a local roadside stand or market. You might even run into some Amish folk while you’re there.

8. Strasburg Rail Road

Kids and train lovers alike will love meeting Thomas the Tank Engine when he comes to Strasburg Rail Road for Day Out with Thomas in mid-September. For older folks who still want to get that Strasburg train experience without the kid-centric festivities, you can buy a regular ticket that entitles you to a 45-minute round trip chugging along while gazing out the window at an Amish countryside backdrop.

9. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cherry Crest Adventure Farm with the “Year of 25 Gifts”. Win a lifetime season pass, coupons, passes, or gift cards to Lancaster County attractions and more! See their website to join the fun.

10. Go Mini Golfing

For those with a little competitive streak, or maybe even just for relaxed family-fun, head over for a round of mini-golf. Tee it up!

11. Grab a Craft Beer

Celebrate the end of a long work week with craft brews. Head to Lancaster Craft Beerfest, held in August in Downtown Lancaster, or Ephrata Brewfest, held in June. You can also check out some local breweries, such as Lancaster Brewing Company, St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company, Bube’s Brewery, and more. Be sure to check out Rivertown Hops in Columbia, PA in early August, as well, for limitless samples of craft beer, cider, wine, and spirits, in addition to small bites provided by local eateries, music, and vendors.

12. Beat The Heat

Take a dip at Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach, located 25 miles north of Lancaster County. Whether you enjoy swimming, laying out a beach towel on the sand and tanning, or picnicking somewhere with a view, this secluded location is perfect. Stay informed on their website for event and season opening dates.

13. Camp Under the Stars

Slow things down a bit and pitch a tent or park a camper at a Lancaster County campground. Because of its remoteness, Lancaster is the perfect place to stargaze, not to mention catch fireflies and toast marshmallows around a campfire.

14. Sip on Local Wine

Stop by one of our local wineries to sit and sip while enjoying the warm ambiance and variety of locally-made wine.

15. Go for a Ride

Zip along the back roads by scooter on a memorable tour past lush Amish farmland. Strasburg Scooters offers a variety of tours daily.

16. Bite Into Ice Cream

Whether in a cup or in a cone, cool down with your choice from a delectable assortment of creamy ice cream sprinkled with flavorful toppings – available for take-out!

17. Experience Celebrate Lancaster

Join in the celebration of culture, diversity, and the City of Lancaster with live entertainment, food vendors, pub areas, and fireworks. Celebrate Lancaster is held in June and is a great time for the whole family. This year’s event will take a different format to avoid large gatherings. Stay tuned into their website for more information.

18. Take in Some Art

Stroll amongst fine locally made arts and crafts created from a variety of mediums at the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show. Lititz Outdoor Art Show will be taking a new form in 2020 as the “Outside The Lines” online art show.

19. Stay on a Farm

Experience Lancaster in authentic fashion by staying on a farm and enjoying the rural charm country life offers without worrying about doing chores.

20. Bike, Hike or Kayak

Explore nature along the Susquehanna River via kayak, canoe, or bike with Chiques Rock Outfitters.

21. Explore Amish Country

Immerse yourself in the simplicity of Amish culture by either taking a buggy ride around Lancaster County or visiting Amish Village, where you can take a guided tour of an authentic 1840’s Amish farmhouse.

22. Hot Air Balloon

Why not discover Lancaster’s quilt-like patchwork of green fields from a birds-eye view? Take a hot air balloon ride soaring high above Lancaster County amongst the clouds and relish the beautiful scenery below.

There's much more in store for you to experience in Lancaster. Check out our Getaway Guide for coupons and tips to get the most out of your visit.