Experience Amish Country
Turn back the clock, slow down, and enjoy a day in Amish Country.
Learn about the Amish lifestyle here in Lancaster County by taking a buggy ride, touring an Amish home, schoolhouse and barn, savoring PA Dutch cuisine, and even staying on a farm.
Amish Farm & House
Good morning from Amish Country! Before you dive into the Amish culture that Lancaster County is known for, start off with a traditional breakfast that will sustain you until lunchtime. Both Hershey Farm Restaurant and Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord offer delicious breakfast options, and are ideally located near the places you'll explore.
After breakfast, it's time to learn. Start your Amish experience at one of Lancaster's Amish house and farm experiences, hop on a bus tour of the countryside, or stop by the Mennonite Information Center to get some knowledge of who the Amish and Mennonites are.
Mennonite Life Visitors Center Center provides information and insight into the life and beliefs of Amish and Mennonites in Lancaster, PA.
Amish Village and Backroads Bus Tour is a 12-acre village featuring a guided house tour, a lesson in a traditional one-room schoolhouse, farm animals, and the chance to tour the countryside and see Amish working in the fields. After the tour, wander the village for a peaceful morning experience.
Estimated Time: 1-3 hours
Amish Farm & House offers a living heritage experience where guests can learn about the Amish through a farm tour, ride on the "scooter run," tour of an authentic schoolhouse, and even a 90-minute bus tour. After the tour, wander the peaceful 15-acre farm and be sure to ask penty of questions!
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
Mennonite Life Visitors Center provides information and insight into the life and beliefs of Amish and Mennonites in Lancaster, PA. For even more knowledge from a local guide, your family can request a step-on guide to take you on a tour around the county in your own car. They'll take you to places of interest that go beyond the living heritage attractions.
Estimated Time: 2-3 hours for a tour plus visit to the Visitors Center
Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides
For lunch, you can choose from a variety of spots specializing in PA Dutch classics: Dienner's Country Restaurant (PA Dutch classics served buffet-style), or Dutch Country Soft Pretzels (hand-twisted soft pretzels, pretzel wraps, and sandwiches served on freshly baked pretzel rolls).
After lunch it's time to dive back into the Amish culture with an in-depth tour, buggy ride, or even a ride through Amish Country on a scooter.
After lunch it's time to dive back into the Amish culture
The Amish Experience has a "can't-miss" tour if you're interested in learning more about the Amish - from the Amish themselves. The VIP (Visit in Person) tour offers an intimate visit to three Amish properties to experience how they milk cows without electricity, observe their craft, and visit a family for an informal chat.
Estimated Time: 3 hours
Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides gives you a chance to experience a different mode of transportation - horse & buggy! Choose the tour that's right for your group, either the 20-minute Cookie Run tour, 30-minute Amish Town tour, or the 60-minute Amish Farm Tour. A buggy ride gives you a chance to slow down, and take in the countryside.
Estimated Time: 20 minutes - 1 hour
Strasburg Scooters Tours offers a faster way to experience the backroads. Their Covered Bridge Tour takes you past Amish one-room schoolhouses, farms with families working in the field, and through covered bridges that dot the Lancaster County countryside. Along the way, you'll learn about the history of the area, bridges, and Amish culture.
Estimated Time: 3 hours
Beacon Hollow Farm Guest House
How does dessert first sound? Make Lapp Valley Farm your go-to ice cream spot when in Lancaster, PA. They're making their ice cream from dairy straight from the farm. Enjoy a tasty treat - possibly a freshly made waffle cone - then explore the farm. You can catch a glimpse into the milking process and even visit with baby cows.
Wrap up the day at Shady Maple Smorgasbord where there is two-hundred feet of deliciously authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Or stop by Yoder’s Restaurant for a more intimate experience, but with the same great PA Dutch dishes. While you're in the area be sure to swing by Country Crafts for locally made items.
As the evening fades, consider staying on the farm for an extra glimpse into Lancaster County life.
Stay on the farm for an extra glimpse into Lancaster County life.
Beacon Hollow Farm Amish Guest House is open for visitors to stay on a working Amish dairy farm in the heart of Amish Country. A stay on this farm provides the chance to unwind, unplug, and refresh after a day of learning. Relax by the creek as you watch the Amish work in their farms.
Neffdale Farm of Paradise gives guests the chance to relax in the country, while still being close to the Lancaster County action. A stay at this farm gives you a real life look into life on the farm, while offering a comfortable stay.
Verdant View Farm Bed & Breakfast welcomes guests to rise and shine, put on their boots, and take part in the morning chores. While staying at Verdant View, you'll enjoy a good night's sleep followed by a family-style, farm-to-table breakfast with fresh eggs, Amish-made yogurt, and breads with home-made jam.
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