Free Things to Do in Lancaster, PA

Experiencing Lancaster can be easy on the wallet, especially with fun and free experiences offered around the county. From spots sharing area history and heritage to trails for hiking and biking, you’ll find excitement and lasting memories with budget-friendly entertainment.

Whether you’re planning some free fun ahead of time or are looking for a quick way to fill a few hours while you’re here, we’ve rounded up a list of Lancaster’s free attractions, outdoor spots, and events for your morning, afternoon or evening. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to find free things to do in Lancaster, PA.

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Free History & Heritage Attractions in Lancaster

Lancaster's stories are waiting to be told at our free heritage and history attractions. Dive into the past or discover more about the Amish way of life - all while sticking to your vacation budget.

Mennonite Info Center | 2209 Millstream Road, Lancaster
Mascot Roller Mills | Stumptown Road & Newport Road, Ronks
Haldeman Mansion | 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge
Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives | 8 Church Square, Lititz
Covered Bridges | various locations


Free Art Galleries & Museums in Lancaster

Admire the arts in Lancaster as you browse galleries and museums that are open to the public with free admission. Works created by current artists and art from creators of the past are on display for you to enjoy.

Demuth Museum | 120 East King Street, Lancaster
Gallery Row | Prince Street, Lancaster
Lancaster Museum of Art | 135 North Lime Street, Lancaster
Franklin & Marshall's Phillips Museum of Art | 623 College Avenue, Lancaster


Free Farmers Markets & Window Shopping in Lancaster

Wander our farmers markets or browse the local shops of Lancaster - all for free! You'll be surrounded by community vibes and local goodies to check out. Admission to these locations is free - however you may want to pick up some treats from local vendors as you peruse.

Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction | 955 North State Street, Ephrata
Kitchen Kettle Village | 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse
Lancaster Central Market | 23 North Market Street, Lancaster
Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market | 2710 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand
Antiques Capital | Adamstown


Free Outdoor Activities in Lancaster

One of the great things about the fresh Lancaster County air is it's free! Enjoy the walking and hiking trails, biking paths, and parks as you stretch your legs, but not your budget. Before you hit the trail, stop by Columbia Crossings River Trails Center for even more area and trail information.

Parks & Preserves | various locations
Biking & Hiking Trails | various locations
Columbia Crossings River Trail Center | 41 Walnut Street, Columbia


Free for the Kids in Lancaster, PA

Traveling as a family can get a little pricey, but Lancaster offers free things to do that will entertain all ages. You'll enjoy last memories and family fun, without the hefty price tag.

Lil' Miniature Country Store & Horse Farm | 264 Paradise Lane, Ronks
Hershey's Chocolate World | 101 Chocolate World Way, Hershey
That Fish Place | 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster
King Swings | 909 Strasburg Pike, Strasburg


Events in Lancaster, PA

Live music, awesome art, annual auctions, and more! You'll find fantastic (and FREE) events throughout the county where there is plenty of community, history, and culture to experience at various times during the year. For even more free events throughout the year, visit our events calendar.

First Friday & Music Friday | Downtown Lancaster
Second Friday | Downtown Lititz
Fourth Friday | Columbia & Mount Joy
Lititz Fire & Ice | February | Downtown Lititz
Mud Sales | Beginning in February | various locations
Charter Day | March
      Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum | 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster
      Railroad Museum of PA | 300 Gap Road, Strasburg
      Ephrata Cloister | 632 West Main Street, Ephrata
Spring and Fall ArtWalk | May & October | Downtown Lancaster
Long's Park Summer Music Series | June - August | Route 30 & Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster
Whoopie Pie Festival | September | 240 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks


On Your Birthday in Lancaster, PA

What's better than celebrating a birthday in Lancaster? How about a free meal or dessert? If you're in town on that special day, stop by one of the places below for a tasty meal or sweet treat on the house to celebrate.

Shady Maple Smorgasbord | 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl
Good 'N Plenty | 150 Eastbrook Road, Smoketown
Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn | 240 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks
Eden Resort & Suites | 222 Eden Road, Lancaster
Isaac's Restaurant | various location

Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides

Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides

Ride like the Amish do through all-Amish areas. Ask about our private rides! Open 7 days a week. Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:30AM-5PM & Sunday: 10AM-4PM

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Events with a Purpose

Events with a Purpose

Stone Gables Estate is home to Ironstone Ranch and The Star Barn Village, two exquisite venues that sprawl over 275 acres of scenic vistas and trails, including a working horse ranch.

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