30+ Things to Do this Spring in Lancaster, PA
It’s time to shake off cabin fever and explore all that Lancaster, PA has to offer during the spring. Whether you prefer the great outdoors, tasty dining, or themed festivals, there’s something for everyone this season.
Check out our list of 30 things to create your spring itinerary:
1. As the weather warms up, dust off those sneakers and hiking boots, and hit the trail. Lancaster is home to plenty of hiking and biking trails, plus water activities as the weather gets warmer.
2. Bid on a bargain at an annual Mud Sale. These annual auctions are a great way to get a taste of the community, as the Amish and English come together to bid on quilts, housewares, lawn equipment, shrubbery and more. Don’t forget your boots!
3. Celebrate Easter in Lancaster with lots of family-friendly events. From brunch and dinner at various restaurants to Easter Bunny Trains at Strasburg Rail Road and egg hunts galore, Lancaster hosts a variety of events to celebrate the holiday.
4. Search for unique treasures at Lancaster’s eclectic antique shops. Shops are plentiful in Adamstown, Columbia and Lititz to browse. If you’re in town April 26-29, head up to the Antiques Capital for their extravaganza weekend for more deals and extended shop hours.
5. Fill your day with thrills and fun at Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park (great for younger kids) or Hersheypark (for older thrill-seekers). Both open for the season in late April from rides, games and plenty of fun.
6. Rainy days are unavoidable in the spring, but rain shouldn’t ruin your day! There’s a museum for every interest to explore in Lancaster, from industrial topics to hands-on science.
7. Celebrate rhubarb at Kitchen Kettle’s annual Rhubarb Festival, with family-friendly activities, tasty samples, a baking contest, and more. You’ll learn lots of ways to use this spring vegetable, all while enjoying the great shops located in the village.
8. Get in touch with your green thumb at Landis Valley Village’s Herb & Garden Faire in May. With more than 80 vendors of plants garden art and more you are sure to find something to give your garden a healthy start this spring.
9. Refresh and recharge for spring with a visit to a spa in Lancaster, PA. Whether you’re enjoying a massage or treating mom to a spa day away, spring is the perfect time to relax.
10. Discover the art scene of Downtown Lancaster during Spring ArtWalk, held in early May, or First Friday, held at the beginning of each month. As you walk around the city, you can meet artists and get to know charming Gallery Row.
11. Take a tranquil countryside ride on the Strasburg Rail Road. In addition to their daily 45-minute rides, they also host a variety of events from a wine & cheese train to kid-friendly events.
12. Lovers of live music and music industry professionals won’t want to miss the LAUNCH Music Conference taking place in April. The conference features panels and lectures, along with tons of live music performances across Downtown Lancaster.
13. Back on stage at Sight & Sound Theatres, Jesus is a must-see for those looking for a wholesome Bible story brought to life. You’ll be thrilled by the vibrant costumes and scenery, breathtaking effect, and talent-filled musical numbers as the story of Jesus unfolds.
14. Lace up your running shoes – the Garden Spot Half Marathon and 10k takes place in April. Runners will love the course that takes you through the picturesque farmland of PA Dutch Country.
15. Head over to Lancaster Central Market, Root’s Market or Green Dragon to make the most of the early vegetables and fruits harvested in the spring. It’s the perfect time to score some asparagus, peas, and rhubarb.
16. Before the summer temperatures set in, take a spring camping trip at one of the campgrounds in Lancaster. The “off-season” has many benefits, like fewer crowds, cooler temperatures, and beautiful spring flowers and trees in bloom.
17. As the flowers and trees begin to bloom, head out to our Instagram-worthy photo spots to capture the beauty of spring. Spots include hiking trails, parks, coffee shops, restaurants and more!
18. Grab your clubs for a round of golf in Lancaster as the weather begins to warm up. If mini-golf is more your speed, Lancaster has a plethora of mini-golf courses the whole family will enjoy.
19. If your wardrobe is in need of a spring refresh, head over to Tanger Outlets and the Shops @ Rockvale for some retail therapy. Shop the brands you love at great prices – with the added bonus of no sales tax on clothes and shoes!
20. Craft beer and historic trains come together for this great spring event, Rails & Ales, held at the Railroad Museum of PA on April 6. Over 20 breweries will be serving up their delicious brews, with tasty food vendors to choose from. While you sip, check out the trains on display and learn more about their history.
21. Grab a bite for brunch to start your Saturday or Sunday. The menus at Lancaster’s brunch spots are packed with tasty bites and sips to brighten your morning.
22. Take a tour and learn a little more about Lancaster. From food tours in Downtown Lancaster to countryside bus tours along the backroads, you’ll learn a lot about Lancaster culture and history, while have fun along the way.
23. Wine not try some wines made right here in Lancaster, while enjoying the beautiful views at the vineyards. Our Wine Trail guides you to some of the best Lancaster-made wines, served at scenic wineries across the county.
24. Catch a toe-tapping show on stage this spring at one of Lancaster’s spectacular theatres. Popular musicals and comedies running throughout the spring or a show with a short run held in an intimate space, there’s something for every taste, budget, and age.
25. Browse a gallery exhibit to get in touch with your artsy side. The Demuth Museum, Lancaster Museum of Art, Galleries on Gallery Row and Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and more host artists for seasonal exhibits that range from photography to student works.
26. Get a taste of Lancaster’s dining scene during Lancaster City Restaurant Week, March 4-10. Whether you’re out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, participating restaurants offer awesome meal deals, ranging from $10-40.
27. Quilters unite! The AQS QuiltWeek Show and Contest returns to Downtown Lancaster, March 27-30, and will delight crafters with quilt exhibits, a plethora of vendors, classes and more. If you love quilts or sew them yourself, be sure to stop by a take a look.
28. Discover stories from the past at Lancaster’s historical spots. From the home of the only president from PA to a religious community dating back to the 1700s, these sites offer up many facts and interesting tours to explore.
29. Clip-clop along the backroads on an Amish Buggy Ride. You’ll feel the fresh spring breeze as you take in the sights, learn more about the Amish and Mennonite culture, and maybe even stop for a treat or two along the way.
30. While you may have some traditional favorites when you visit Lancaster, there’s always something new to check out! Browse our list of new attractions, places to eat and places to stay, and add something new to your trip this spring.