What's New in Lancaster County?
Lancaster County already offers so many different things to do for groups, families, couples, and millennials what more could we add? Trust us, there is more! We have many great shows, exhibits, and experiences coming in 2019 that will make first-timers and veterans alike want to see and explore our great corner of Pennsylvania. Read below to see what strikes your fancy.
The Lancaster Science Factory is undergoing a $2.25 million expansion to its 10-year old hands-on science center. This new renovation will include an expanded exhibits hall, maker space classroom, and a courtyard centered on environmental sustainability. Construction should start in the fall 2018 and continue into spring 2019 adding a total of approximately 4,500 square-feet to the museum.
Come play at The Shops @ Rockvale in our new Park and Virtual Reality Arcade opening in the summer of 2019. Eat in one of our seven restaurants on site and enjoy wine tastings in the Nissley Vineyards. Save at our large variety of home, apparel, footwear, children’s and sports stores.
Everyone knows of the delicious PA Dutch dining at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, but did you know they also have horse drawn carriage tours? Chateau Farms is now proudly offering horse drawn carriage tours. While taking in breathtaking views of the Welsh Mountains guests can learn how Shady Maple started as a simple roadside stand and the story of how they came to be the famous destination they are now. Follow up your tour with a meal at the largest buffet in the USA.
History & Heritage:
If history is your main focus, Lancaster has loads of it. Don’t miss the new exhibits at The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. These comprehensive displays, reminiscent of 20th century, big-city passenger terminals, immerse visitors in the story of railroading through interactive experiences. Some of the new exhibits include TrainWorks, hands-on areas, a new film in Steinman Station and much more!
Still want to learn more about the history and heritage of Lancaster County? Visit the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum. Here you can customize a basic tour by choosing a theme or certain time period. Learn about Lancaster during the Colonial period or the Victorian era. Tour specific buildings, hear stories, and come away with a deep appreciation of the Pennsylvania German’s contributions to our nation’s history. Explore themes of the decorative arts, traditional cooking, farming, innovation and technology, and PA Dutch resourcefulness.
For a one-of-a-kind Amish excursion venture to The Amish Experience for an Amish Artisans Tour. This shopping adventure combines traveling off the beaten track through spectacular farmlands with four stops at special Amish shops. Collect a gift at each place you visit!
Experience the lives and times of anti-slavery champions and Underground Railroad agents on custom tours by car, motor coach or town walks across Lancaster County. Trek from Columbia on the Susquehanna River and see where some of the earliest episodes of Underground Railroad activity occurred. Head eastward to the City of Lancaster, steeped in history at every turn, then through the County’s beautiful rural countryside, following the paths of thousands of freedom seekers, and on to learn of The Resistance at Christiana, a violent flash point in the run-up to the Civil War. Custom tours by historian Randolph Harris, founder of Origins of the Underground Railroad.
While Lancaster has many great places to stay, new on the scene, the Hotel Rock Lititz welcomes you to a truly one-of-a-kind destination rooted in culture, country and innovation. It is located in Lititz, offering an enchanting small town getaway for weekend adventurers, culture enthusiasts, and of course, the production community visiting Rock Lititz will stay there. On the campus of Rock Lititz there are a number of public offerings. Guests can come for bicycle rentals and tours with Lititz Bikeworks, challenge themselves at Lititz recROC on the bouldering wall or obstacle course, unwind at Evolution Power Yoga, indulge at FETISH brewery, uncover a hidden talent at Tone Tailors, or grab a bite to eat at Gravie Kitchen + Commons or Per Diem Lititz.
Also making its way to Lititz is The Wilbur Lititz, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, slated to open in the summer. Paying homage to its sweet roots, the boutique hotel will be located in the historic Wilbur Chocolate Factory, with energetic and stylish design and amenities including a bistro restaurant and The Market at The Wilbur featuring six unique food and beverage outlets, plus 70+ restaurants and shops within steps of your guest room door!
Coming to Lancaster in 2019 is the very first Cartoon Network Hotel, to open next door to Dutch Wonderland Family Amusment Park. Families with cartoon-loving kids will dig this new family friendly overnight spot, featuring a restort-style swimming pool, arcade, coffee lounge, kids play area, and rooms with customizable themes. Pair your stay with a trip to Dutch Wonderland for the ultimate family vacation.
If your crew loves theater, be sure to visit one of our many theatres in the county. From Broadway classics to current comedies we have a show for almost every interest.
Visit American Music Theatre to see Ovation. From classical to pop, the AMT cast and orchestra lead audiences on an unforgettable musical journey, all live on stage! Featuring classic tributes to a myriad of music legends like Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald, coupled with modern pop greats such as Michael Bublé, Adele, Josh Groban, and Whitney Houston, Ovation promises a joy-filled experience for every generation!
For a one-of-a-kind experience visit Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre where you can see a high-caliber performance paired with a delicious meal. Upcoming for 2019 their repertoire includes Stand By Your Man, Lucky Stiff, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Camelot, Annie, Finding Neverland, Will Rogers Follies, and Holiday Inn.
In its new, permanent location, PRIMA theatre provides a fresh theatrical experience with high-energy, contemporary shows. Be sure to check out one of this year’s performances including Disenchanted, Godspell, Jekyll and Hyde, 70’s Smash Hits, Sondheim Unplugged, Motown Holiday.
Looking for a good laugh? See a performance at Rainbow Comedy Theatre, this year’s performances include Inlaws, Outlaws and Other Family Matters, Nana Does Vegas, Divorce Southern Style, Funny Money, A Christmas to Remember.
If you want to see a show, and also would like to learn a bit about the Amish culture try one of the performances at the Bird-in-Hand Stage. This year’s show Stolen runs from May 2 through October 23, 2019.
An architectural and historical gem in itself, the Fulton Theatre always puts on Broadway-caliber shows and 2019 is no exception. This year’s bill includes 42nd Street, Chicago, Once, Sophisticated Ladies, and Mamma Mia!
For more information on show dates, seats, and availabilities be sure to check each theatre’s website.
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