What’s New in Lancaster

Travelers have lots of fresh reasons to visit Lancaster County

There’s always something new to see, do, and enjoy in Lancaster. Here’s the latest:

  • Featuring architectural and décor items repurposed from concert tours, the 139-room Hotel Rock Lititz opened in November 2018 and is a one-of-a-kind lodging adventure, offering the backstage vibe of the Rock Lititz community's art & technology and the small-town charm of Lititz.
  • The 7+ mile Warwick-Ephrata Rail Trail in the north/northeast part of the county was completed in December 2018 and is already proving a big hit.
  • Renovations to The Sutter in Lititz were finished in December 2018 and have provided a fresh face on its dining room and cocktail lounge, as well as some of its guest rooms.
  • One of our most innovative (and until recently, nomadic) local theatre companies, Prima, opened a new and permanent home in Lancaster City in December 2018.
  • Newly-opened in March 2019, Decades is a six-lane boutique bowling alley and arcade with a full-service restaurant and bar. Located in the historic Stahr Armory in Lancaster City, the venue evokes nostalgia with class in a 90-year-old 15,000 square foot gymnasium filled with amusement and cocktails.
  • Refreshing Mountain Retreat’s new 35+-foot tall Climbing Tower with seven climbing routes & two racing routes opened in Stevens in March 2019 – see here for a pictorial sense of it. (This is added to last year’s opening of a new Elevated Obstacle Course, where each tier functions as an independent activity but can also be packaged together.)
  • A significant expansion of the Lancaster Science Factory in Lancaster City opened up in March 2019.
  • The re-located, enlarged, and renamed Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse in Lancaster City has been opening in phases over 2018-19 – mainly more theater space in 2018, but in April 2019 they added a new restaurant & micro-distillery. Lancaster County’s own Taylor Kinney (“Chicago Fire”) is an active investor.
  • Dutch Wonderland amusement park just outside Lancaster City made upgrades to its Duke’s Lagoon waterplay area in May 2019, including several new play structures. (This is added to last year’s opening of the new Merlin’s Mayhem suspended family coaster.) AND, slated for fall 2019, is Cartoon Network’s first hotel, right next door to the park, thus turning the entire complex into a destination itself.
  • In July, the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster City opened the new addition of an entire second tower, featuring 110 rooms (for a hotel total of 416) and a 3,500 square foot rooftop bar.
  • Opened in September 2019 as a 74-room boutique hotel, the Wilbur Lititz is part of Hilton’s Tapestry collection and has preserved original features of its site predecessor, the historic Wilbur Chocolate factory works.
  • A new visual arts center on the campus of F&M College in Lancaster City – featuring art galleries, a cinema, and performance space – is slated to open fall 2019.