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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!

Entertainment & Arts

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Music, theater, dancing, art—Lancaster County is full of arts and entertainment venues. There’s always a great way to experience culture and see a show here!

Best Places to See a Show

Best Concert Series

6 Places to Go Dancing

10 Art Galleries You Should Visit

Notable Architecture

Events & Seasonal Activities

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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.

10 Can’t-Miss Events

Best Things to Do if You Visit in the Spring

Best Things to Do if You Visit in the Summer

Best Things to Do if You Visit in the Fall

Best Leaf-Peeping Spots

Best Things to Do if You Visit in the Winter

Best Christmas Events

For Families & Kids

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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.

Best Family Activities

Best Picnic Spots

Best Places to Pick Your Own Fruit

Best Places to Take Kids

Best Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Places to Play Miniature Golf

Insiders’ Guides

Mayor Rick Gray

Lancaster City Mayor Rick Gray

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.

Lancaster City Mayor Rick Gray’s Favorites

Lancaster County Commissioner Scott Martin’s Favorite Family Things to Do

Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Melody Keim’s Favorite Local Places

Lancaster Human Relations Commission Chairman Mark Stoner’s Favorite Places

Tellus 360 Owner Joe Devoy’s Favorite Tastes

Amber DeGrace’s Top 10 Lancaster County Beers


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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.

Best Places to Walk or Jog

Best Places for a Hike

6 Great Bike Trails

7 Places to Fish

5 Places to Hunt

10 Places to Camp

5 Places to Play Golf

Places to Play Miniature Golf

Public Tennis Courts

Best Places for Yoga

Best Places to Take Your Dog


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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.

Best Shopping Areas

Best Farmers’ Markets

Best Deals at Lancaster Central Market

Farmer Stands

Best Places to Shop for Antiques

Best Places to Buy an Amish Quilt

10 Places to Buy Art in Lancaster City

Best Book Stores

Best Consignment Shops

Best Souvenirs—and Places to Get Them


Things to See

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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.

Most Scenic Spots

Top 10 Parks

Best Leaf-Peeping Spots


Historic Buildings

Historic Homes

Notable Architecture

Best Places for Railroad Buffs

10 Unique Experiences and Tours

10 Unusual and Offbeat Things to Do

5 Local Oddities You Must See

7 Haunted Places

Best Picnic Spots

10 Great Places To Take A Selfie