Autumn is prime time for the colorful delights of Lancaster, Pa.


(Lancaster, Pa.) Fall is officially here, and Lancaster PA is full to bursting with both new & classic autumn fun.

If you like colorful foliage, we’re on tap for a wonderful season this year, which runs primarily late September through late October, with the prime period covering the middle two weeks of October.

Our Covered Bridge driving tours are ideal (and likely less-populated) ways to see some of the best foliage and farmlands, while experiencing these iconic “kissing bridges” and some of our charming towns & villages you’ll find along the way. (Here’s a nice hi-res pic, to get a sense of things. This particular bridge (Jackson’s Sawmill CB) is part of the Southern Amish Countryside tour.)

Another great way to take in the leaves is along our overlooks of the Susquehanna River.

For autumn colors closer to the ground, why not visit one of our many pumpkin patches, such as the perfect pickings at Country Barn Farm Market? (And when they’ve given their all for the season, bring ‘em to the annual Pumpkin Madness Festival on November 5 at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm!)

Or explore the county’s picturesque backroads with a “Spooky Scoot” or “Sunset Covered Bridges” tour from Strasburg Scooters, whose rides include the newer two-person, side-by-side Scoot Coupe.

With its deep Pennsylvania German roots, Lancaster is a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest, from more traditional settings to the Renaissance era to an old-fashioned steam train.

For something a bit less boisterous, you should soon be able to enjoy a smooth whiskey made onsite at the new Heritage Spirits in Lititz, slated to open in November, and now is also a great time for the tastes & vistas at our fantastic wineries like Waltz Vineyards in Manheim.

Seasonal scares can be had, too, from the mild (Dutch Wonderland’s Happy Hauntings) to the maniacal (Field of Screams and Jason’s Woods).

If you prefer a more cerebral fright, take part in any of several murder mystery experiences, including the inventive regular offerings at Bube’s Brewery (pro. BOOBIES) in Mount Joy – the only U.S. brewery from the 1800s that has survived intact – or steel yourself for interpretive theater based on the works of the great dark master with “Poe Evermore” at the Mount Hope Estate (11/2-13).

Want a more uplifting performance? Try the inspiring story of “Billy Elliott,” which opens the Fulton Theatre’s season (thru 10/16), or the useful (and timely) Plain lessons of “Josiah for President” at the Bird-in-Hand Stage (thru 11/5).

Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, with many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in our vibrant downtown city life – with galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore surrounding towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and attractions for which Lancaster is famous. Visit us at


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