Lancaster, PA from A-Z: Family Guide
When your family ventures to Lancaster, PA, fun is around every corner. Memories are just waiting to be made as you experience the hidden gems and family favorites throughout the area.
To help create your itinerary and to inspire fun for the whole family, we’ve rounded up activities from A-Z to keep you busy from morning to night. These family activities in Lancaster, PA will leave you with many stories to share for years to come.
Buggy rides through beautiful farmland
Clip clop along the backroads with an Amish horse & buggy ride, where you can learn about and experience a different way of life.
Cupcake creating (and eating) with Lancaster Cupcakes
Family fun is sweet with a cupcake decorating class at Lancaster Cupcakes. Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops.
Dutch Wonderful fun at Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
For a day of family fun and that perfect first roller coaster experience, head to this family-friendly amusement park, perfect for kids 12 and under.
Farm fun at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm or with a Farm Stay
Family fun on the farm is plentiful in Lancaster. Check out Cherry Crest Adventure Farm for an awesome corn maze and farm activities, or stay overnight on a farm to take part in the chores and interactive with animals.
Go for a swim at Mt. Gretna Lake
Cool off at Mt. Gretna Lake, located just above Lancaster County with 8 acres of beach, recreation lawn, and a picnic grove.
Historical spots with great tours for kids
Kids who dig history will love Lancaster’s historical spots including President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Hans Herr House and Museum and Ephrata Cloister.
Ice cream exploration at Turkey Hill Experience
Get the scoop on how Turkey Hill makes their ice cream and iced tea at the Turkey Hill Experience. You’ll even get the chance to make your own ice cream flavor!
Jump and bounce at Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Kids can bounce the day away at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, featuring foam pits, dodgeball, skyclimb and more.
Laser tag at Laserdome
Duck and dodge through the laser tag course at Laserdome, great for kids and teens alike.
Mini-golf for a little friendly competition
Tee off at one of Lancaster’s mini golf courses for 18 holes of fun. Some favorites include Village Greens, Water’s Edge Mini Golf, and Lost Treasure Mini Golf.
Nature events and activities at Lancaster County Park
Hosting a plethora of family friendly nature events, Lancaster County Central Park offers great ways to get in touch with nature as a family.
Overnight stay at a unique lodging spot or hotel with a pool
With so much to do in Lancaster, you’ll need a two or three days to experience all that you want to do and see. Consider staying overnight at one of our unique lodging properties or a great hotel with a pool to splash in.
Painting at Zole Art Factory, Pottery Works or Painting with a Twist
For the creative families, head over to one of Lancaster’s art-centric activity spots to create and make a masterpiece of your own.
Quilting and sewing classes for kids at Old Country Store
Perfect for kids who like to sew or who want to learn, the Old Country Store hosts sewing classes for kids. Check out their event schedule for more.
Roller coasters galore at Hersheypark
Thrilling fun in the “Sweetest Place on Earth,” Hersheypark features 14 coasters for the adrenaline-rush seekers and plenty of kid-friendly rides for littles.
Scientific fun at North Museum of Nature & Science and Lancaster Science Factory
Hands-on learning and science can be found at North Museum of Nature & Science and Lancaster Science Factory, perfect for families who want to learn a little while having tons of fun.
Trains, trains and more trains! Locomotive fun at Strasburg Rail Road, Railroad Museum of PA and Choo Choo Barn
Strasburg is home to super locomotive-themed attractions for kids who love trains. Take a ride on the Strasburg Rail Road, learn about trains from the past at Railroad Museum of PA, and check out the enormous toy train display at the Choo Choo Barn.
Use lots of imagination at Hands-on House Children’s Museum and Tiny Town
Best for kids under 10, Hands-on House Children’s Museum and Tiny Town feature creative play exhibits where kids can learn through playing and using their imagination.
Very, very cute alpacas to meet at Eastland Alpacas
Get up close with these cute animals at Eastland Alpacas. They’re cute, cuddly and friendly to visitors.
Water activities and biking along the Susquehanna River
Take to the river as a family with activities along the Susquehanna River. Gear up for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing, or stay on land with a bike ride along a riverside trail.
XD Dark Ride, arcade, mini bowling, and more at Go ‘N Bananas
This family fun center is chock-full of activities for young kids and teens, perfect for a rainy day or when the weather is a little chilly.
Yummy fun at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
Twist up some fun with a visit to America’s oldest commercial pretzel bakery, Julius Sturgis. Here you’ll learn about the origins of pretzel baking in America, how to twist a pretzel, and even get to try some of the snacks they’re making today.
Zip-lining at Refreshing Mountain
Fly through the trees on a zipline and make your way through the elevated obstacle course at Refreshing Mountain, located in woods of Northern Lancaster County.