Welcome! We’ve assembled everything you need to make your visit to Lancaster County a success. We’re experts on Lancaster—we’ve been publishing the newspaper here for more than 200 years. So we know where to find the best stuff around here.
We’ve put it all together for you in a series of easy-to-use lists, relying on our expertise and opinions from people who live here; some even list the favorites of local celebrities like Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray.
It’s the ultimate guide to this unique, interesting, history-rich and beautiful place, and the Amish culture that has made it world-famous—all designed to work best on your smartphone, in the palm of your hand.
We hope you find these lists useful, and we’d love your feedback. Be sure to tell us what we’ve missed, what lists we can add, and how we can make this guide even better!
The Best of Lancaster
Here’s your guide to some of the essential elements of a Lancaster County visit, from the historic Lancaster Central Market to unique Pennsylvania Dutch foods to local oddities to seasonal events. You’ll find plenty of suggestions on these lists to make the most of your visit.
Entertainment & Arts
Events & Seasonal Activities
There’s always something fun going on in Lancaster County. From community fairs to Christmas celebrations to mud sales (oh yes)—no matter what time of the year you visit, you’ll always be able to find something interesting to do or see.
For Families & Kids
Lancaster County is family-friendly in the extreme: fun and interesting for children of all ages. Here are some guides for things to do with families and children.
Food & Drink
Hope you’re hungry! Lancaster County has an endless selection of great food and drink, from local treasures to craft breweries. And don’t miss the uniquely Pennsylvania Dutch feast known as the smorgasbord. These lists will help you pick out the perfect meal or libations.
We asked some Lancaster County luminaries, beginning with the mayor of Lancaster City, to name some of their favorite places and things to do. These exclusive lists are the real insiders’ guides to the best the county has to offer.
When you’ve gorged yourself on Lancaster County food and drink, you’re going to need to find a way to work it off. No worries: Lancaster County is full of great recreational opportunities of all kinds.
Lancaster County is a shopper’s paradise: farmers’ markets, outlet stores, out-of-the-way shops, national retailers, you name it. These lists will help you find the things on your shopping list.
Things to See
Ready for some sightseeing? Lancaster County has museums, historic buildings, steam railroads, gorgeous farm and nature scenes—and, of course, the unique Amish culture. Here’s a guide to what to look for when you go out to see the county’s sights.