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10 Tours to Take this Winter in Lancaster, PA

10 Tours to Take this Winter in Lancaster, PA

Want to learn more about Lancaster during the winter months? We’ve rounded up 10 great tours, some indoor or in a covered vehicle, that are available this winter. You’ll learn lots about specific places, or about the culture of the county when you hop on one of these great tours.

1] The Shop Tour at Strasburg Rail Road
Go behind-the-scenes at Strasburg Rail Road as you tour their mechanical shop. Here you’ll learn how trains are built and refurbished as you make your way around the Shop. For safety reasons, tour-takers must be over the age of 5 years old, and closed toed shoes are required.

2] Amish Farm & House Bus Tour
For a look at the Amish community and surrounding farmland, hop aboard the warm buses of Amish Farm & House. They host their popular bus tour throughout the winter, with the chance to see the farmland covered in snow while learning more about Lancaster.

 

3] Indian Echo Caverns
Even winter is a great time to visit Indian Echo Caverns as the caverns are always 52 degrees. Explore these geological wonders during the 45-minute tour.

4] Herr’s Snack Factory Tour
Looking for a tasty tour? Make your way to the Herr’s Snack Factory to learn how their crispy, crunchy chips and snacks are made as you tour the factory. You’ll even get a chance to try a warm chip right off the assembly line.

5] Smoketown Helicopter Tours
Fly high over frosty farmland with Smoketown Helicopter Tours. They offer tours throughout the year that range from 15 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, that show offer Lancaster’s sights from above. You won’t want to forget your camera to capture sights from your flight.

 

6] Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Ride
Buggy rides are especially beautiful in the snow. Enjoy the fresh air with a buggy ride with Aaron & Jessica’s, who host rides even throughout the winter, and will take you on a variety of rides, ranging from 20 minutes to 1 hour. The buggies are equipped with sides and windows for a cozy ride.

7] QVC Studio Tour
Lights, camera, action! Learn more about what it takes to produce QVC’s live broadcasts at their studio tour in nearby West Chester. You’ll see the products that they help promote along with the making of their popular home-shopping show.

8] George’s Furniture and Woodshop Tour
See the craftsmen at work at George’s Furniture and Woodshop Tour. Hosted Monday-Friday, you’ll learn about how they make the high-quality furniture offered in their on-site show room.

 

9] Beer & Distillery Tours
Warm up with a pint of beer or a cocktail and learn about how the goods are made at some of Lancaster’s staple breweries and distilleries. Lancaster Brewing Company holds tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. You can also check out the space shared by Wacker Brewing Company and Thistle Finch Distillery, and learn more about how Thistle Finch is making tasty whiskey, gin and vodka on Saturdays and Sundays.

10] New Holland Haytools Factory Tour
For those with a specific interest in farm tools and tractors, head over to the New Holland Haytools Factory, where you can tour the facility on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Since this is an active manufacturing plant, they ask that tour-takers be over the age of 12, and all guests should wear closed-toed shoes.

For even more things to do this winter, beyond these popular tours, check out our list of 30+ things to do in Lancaster during this chilly season.