At the intersection of Routes 741 and 896 sits the charming town of Strasburg, PA. In its early days, the town prospered as a stagecoach stop between Philadelphia and Lancaster. Taverns sprung up to provide a place to stay overnight, entertainment, and provisions. When the Lancaster Turnpike was completed in 1795, Strasburg’s rowdy years ended.
Today, Strasburg is a railroading epicenter, home to five awesome train-centric venues for locomotive lovers of all ages. Must-sees include the Strasburg Rail Road (the oldest short-line in the U.S.), the Railroad Museum of PA (one of the top railroad museums in the country), the Choo Choo Barn (1,700 square foot custom model train display), the National Toy Train Museum (a world-class collection of toy trains), and the Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant (eat and sleep in refurbished train cars).
For the train-loving little ones, Thomas the Tank Engine makes his appearance at the Strasburg Rail Road in June, September and November for train rides, family-friendly activities, and more. This loveable locomotive will have your kids smiling from ear-to-ear.
Surrounding this town is sprawling, picturesque farmland. Families can experience life on the farm at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, located in the countryside outside of town. With live animals to pet, games to play, a corn maze to wander, and activities to enjoy together, Cherry Crest offers a day of fun for the whole family.
On the hill above Strasburg sits the largest faith-based live theater in the United States, Sight & Sound Theatres. Each year, they bring a Bible story to life with vivid costumes and sets, talented performers, live animals, and exhilarating song and dance. Their shows are family-friendly, and will have everyone on the edge of their seats as they dive into the stories we know and love.
If shopping is more your thing, Strasburg is home to antiques and boutiques galore. The Strasburg Antiques Market and Old Mill Antiques Store are filled with bargains to search and treasures to find. Boutiques can be browsed in the main square for sweet treats, home décor, and collectible items.
The Whoopie Pie Festival is held annually at the Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn. This delicious day-long celebration features more than 100 different whoopie pie flavors to try, activities for the family, contests and more. For those with a sweet tooth, this is an event you won’t want to miss.
Other popular events held in Strasburg, PA:
Strasburg Spring Mud Sale in February
Rails & Ales in April
Secret Gardens of Strasburg Tour in June
Garden Railway Tour in October
Spooky Scoot at Strasburg Scooters in October
Christmas Trains at Strasburg Rail Road in November & December
Troops & Trains at Railroad Museum of PA in November
Scooting with Santa at Strasburg Scooters in December
Where to Eat:
Strasburg is home to quaint cafes, cozy taverns, and other great places to grab a bit to eat while in town. If you’re craving a sweet treat, the Strasburg Creamery is whipping up ice cream made with local dairy that is tasty in a cup, cone or piled high on a sundae. All this fun may call for a caffeine boost, all-day breakfast or casual café bites, found at Speckled Hen on Main Street. For PA Dutch classics served buffet-style, Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn offers hearty comfort fuel to fill and satisfy diners of all ages. Maybe you’re in the mood for a sit-down dinner filled with fine foods and cocktails? Fireside Tavern is Strasburg’s spot for such a dining experience.
Where to Stay
After a long day of locomotive fun, kick back and relax for a good night sleep. Lodging options in Strasburg range from unique to historic to traditional.
Hershey Farm Inn
The Red Caboose Motel
Strasburg Village Inn
The Barn at Strasburg Bed & Breakfast
1786 The Limestone Inn
White Oak Campground
Clarion Inn at Historic Strasburg
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Strasburg
Other Places to Visit
The Amish Village
Village Greens Miniature Golf and Snack Shoppe
Zole Art Factory
Hart Road Potters
Fashion Cents Consignment
Lil’ Miniature Horse Farm
A is for Amish Buggy Rides
Old Wind Mill Farm
Ed's Buggy Rides