A Family Itinerary
A Memory-Filled Family Getaway
You’ll never run out of ideas for your kids in Lancaster, PA! Get ready to make memories with these awesome, family friendly trip suggestions including a kid-focused amusement park, hands-on activities on the farm, ice cream making, pretzel twisting and more!
Old Windmill Farm
Kick off your day with adventures on the farm. Here in Lancaster, we have a variety of farm-focused attractions featuring adorable animals, corn mazes, buggy rides, and a chance to participate in the daily chores. Consider one of these great attractions for a morning on the farm:
Old Windmill Farm offers guided tours of a working Amish farm, where your kids can bottle feed a calf, gather eggs, and maybe even milk a cow! You'll also learn about the Amish lifestyle along the way. Reservations are recommended.
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Here in Lancaster, we have a variety of farm-focused attractions.
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm features over 50 fun activities, including adorable baby animals and an epic corn maze. Admission includes most activities and provides a family-friendly farm experience.
Estimated Time: 2 hours, give yourself about 1 hour for the corn maze
After a morning on the farm, it's probably time to refuel with a tasty, family-friendly lunch. In nearby Strasburg, find the following casual lunch options: Isaac's Restaurant (grilled sandwiches, soups, and salads), Speckled Hen (cafe with casual lunch options and all-day breakfast), or Strasburg Creamery (deli-style sandwiches and homemade ice cream).
Once you've recharged, more fun is in store at one of Lancaster's popular family attractions. Whether you're seeking the thrill of your little one's first roller coaster ride or exploring the antique trains at Strasburg Rail Road, your family will love the adventures that are in store for them.
Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park is a safe, clean kid-friendly amusement park that features rides, shows, and a fantastic water playground geared towards children 12 and under.
Estimated Time: varies from family to family
Once you've recharged, more fun is in store at one of Lancaster's popular family attractions.
Strasburg Rail Road is perfect for train lovers - young and old! Enjoy a peaceful train ride as you travel through the Amish countryside. Back at the station, kids can hop aboard the Cranky Cars or Pint-sized Pufferbelly for extra locomotive fun.
Estimated Time: 45-90 minutes
Turkey Hill Experience gives families the scoop on ice cream making. Kids can bring their ice cream dreams to life in the Taste Lab where you can make (and eat) your own ice cream flavor. This sweet attractions makes for a fun-filled afternoon.
Estimated Time: 60 - 90 for the experience, 45 minutes for the Taste Lab (optional) and 30 minutes for the Tea Discovery (optional)
Spooky Nook Sports is the place for families who love sports! Kids and parents alike will love the challenge of the Clip 'N Climb course, arcade, and rock climbing offered by this huge sporting complex.
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
The Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant
After a day of fun, it's time to unwind, relax, and recharge for another day of memory making. With families in mind, here are three unique lodging suggestions for a good nights sleep.
The Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant gives your family and little train-lovers the chance to sleep in a restored caboose and dine in an antique rail car. the cabooses are a variety of sizes, sleeping two to ten people and offering options that are ideal for families. Dining and extra entertainment options are available on the property as well.
After a day of fun, it's time to unwind, relax, and recharge for another day of memory making.
Lake-in-Wood Camping Resort isn't just for tent or RV campers. They offer unique lodging options including a double-decker bus decked out for a restful stay, log cabins, and a yurt that sits right on the lake. Enjoy the fresh air and swimming pool during your stay.
Tru by Hilton Lancaster East offers guests a traditional hotel stay with modern amentities. You can enjoy their heated indoor pool and enjoy a breakfast in the morning, all while staying close to popular attractions to check out the next day.
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