Posted: 04/02/2019 | by Katie

Top Things to do in April in Lancaster, PA

Rain or shine, there’s plenty to do!

Top Things to do in April in Lancaster, PA

Spring has sprung and spring fever has officially begun in Lancaster, PA. Crops are beginning to poke through the soil, buds are appearing on the trees, and we cannot wait to get outside to do some exploring. Not only does the warmer weather bring opportunities for outdoor activities, it also brings a wave of new shows, experiences, and events to partake in around the county. Keep reading for our guide of what to do this April.


Ready for some fresh air? Us too! Whether you enjoy hiking on the trails or cycling on the backroads there are plenty of ways to be active in Lancaster this April. Runners can participate in the Garden Spot Half-Marathon & 10k run through the beautiful Amish countryside. Or, if running is not your thing try taking a guided bicycle tour with a farm-to-table dinner. Not into cycling? Your crew can hit the backroads on a 50cc scooter for a covered bridge tour. All of these activities offer exceptional views of our rolling farmland and Amish countryside.

Celebrate Earth Day

What more beautiful place to celebrate Earth Day than lovely Lancaster County? Children can participate in the Earth Day Kids Krafts program at the Lancaster County Park Environmental Center, or paint canvases at the Earth Day Painting Session. A mindfulness hike will be held on April 20 for outdoor enthusiasts to take in the beauty around them.

See a Show

April showers bring new…shows! Not only is the spring more colorful, it is also more creative. Lancaster has a full bill of shows this April, from dramatic to comical, romantic to family friendly, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Once, The Musical will be at The Fulton until April 14. Jesus will be at Sight at Sound Theatres®, and Anne of Green Gables will be at Cavod Academy of the Arts.

Music lovers will enjoy seeing the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, or listening to the classics by the Doobie Brothers at American Music Theatre.

Families can enjoy Pinocchio at The Fulton from April 6 to 13, or see Magic & Wonder’s Imagine- The Spark of Creativity at the Bird-in-Hand Stage starting April 17. For a one of a kind performance, check out Godspell at Prima April 5 through 27. If theatrical shows aren’t your thing don’t worry, you can always check the Lancaster Barnstormer’s opening game on April 26 (be sure to stay for the fireworks!).

Learn about our History

We all know that history is happening all the time, but this April there are several cool historical events here in Lancaster County. First off, young people interested in STEM and architecture can attend The House that Hand Built to learn more about how General Hand created his gorgeous home. Also at Rock Ford Plantation, children can attend tea with Kitty Hand, the General’s wife.

Dr. Ann Taylor will be hosting an author talk and book signing at the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center for her book, Born Amish, which is full of insights into what life is like in the Amish community.

Calling all train and craft-beer enthusiasts, the 4th annual Rails and Ales will be happening on April 6 at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Easter Activities

From egg hunts, to baby chicks, to brunch with the Bunny himself, there is plenty to do in Lancaster to celebrate Easter. Hop aboard the Easter Bunny Train at Strasburg Rail Road, or search for eggs hidden throughout the AACA Museum. If you are looking for a place for a special Easter brunch, be sure to check out Kitchen Kettle Village, Cameron Estate or The Historic Revere Tavern. For additional ideas and activities check out our list of things to do for Easter in Lancaster, PA. Rain or shine we are sure your family will have a very hoppy Easter here in Lancaster County.


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