Autumn is awesome in Lancaster, Pennsylvania


(Lancaster, Pa.) When the leaves are turning and the harvest is coming in, there’s no better time to discover the sights and delights of fall in Lancaster. (See colorful, downloadable image options here.)

If you like colorful foliage, we should have a good season this year, which runs primarily late September through early November, with the prime period covering the latter two weeks of October.

Combine leaf-peeping with hiking and biking in the Susquehanna Riverlands near Columbia – made easier by the area’s new map & website – or gather your own “harvest” by visiting one of our many pumpkin patches, such as the bountiful pickings at Country Barn Farm Market.

Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze and 50+ other fun farm activities at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, then take in some chills, for little ones (Dutch Wonderland’s Happy Hauntings) all the way up to the big boys (Field of Screams and Jason’s Woods).

Lancaster’s ever-growing line-up of breweries and coffee shops provide an ideal seasonal refreshment, and new foodie walking tours in Lititz and Lancaster City are the perfect culinary complement.

The city’s walking tour has arrived just in time, what with the continued development of the downtown dining scene, including yummy new Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen. (All this vibrancy was recently recognized by Thrillist in its run-down of Best New Food Cities.)

Or sample these tastes in a wholly different way via the distinctive transport of Tuktuk Lancaster tours. They’ll show you all the city has to offer, including first-class performing arts venues like the Fulton Theatre and the Ware Center, whose respective 2017-18 seasons have just recently begun.

Lancaster will also display its own creative spin when it hosts the annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts for the first time with a free public honoree ceremony & reception on October 26th, which will culminate six days of showcasing our local artistic talent through a variety of events and activities.

With so much to do, visitors will need at least one overnight. For a unique & fun stay, try the Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant in Ronks, which has been getting a steady re-freshing & additions (plus new entertainment offerings) under its new ownership.

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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