10 Things You Must See and Do

Central Market
Lancaster Central Market

This is it: The best of the best. These 10 places and experiences are the best that Lancaster has to offer—no trip to the area is complete without them!

Country Roads

Thriving Amish

Make sure you get out of town and off the highways to explore the twists and turns of country roads taking you past farms, one-room schoolhouses and the occasional covered bridge. These roads are perfect, too, for bikes and motorcycles.

Throughout Lancaster County

Downtown Lititz

Lititz

Still in tune with its Moravian origins, downtown Lititz delights the senses with its cafes, shops and smalltown charm.

Lititz, PA 17543

Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister

Dating to the 1730s, the Ephrata Cloister was a tight-knit community of believers who lived an ascetic and celibate life. The 18th-century Brothers and Sisters houses are not only historic landmarks, but monuments to religious freedom.

632 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522

(717) 733-6600

Fulton Opera House

Fulton Theater

For more than 160 years, the show has gone on at the Fulton, where Mark Twain, W.C. Fields, Al Jolson and Marcel Marceau and many others performed on the storied stage. The Fulton, in the first block of North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster, features musicals, plays and concerts throughout the year.

12 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 397-7425

Lancaster Central Market

Central Market

Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, Central Market in the heart of downtown is where Lancaster has shopped for farm-fresh produce, dairy and meat for more than 125 years. But it’s not just about the food for sale. It’s the scene, the aromas and the conversations.

23 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 735-6890

Lancaster’s First Friday

First Friday

There’s nothing like joining the crowds of First Friday in downtown Lancaster to get your weekend started. Check out the shops, galleries and restaurants, listen to street musicians and soak in the creative energy of this artsy, walkable community.

Rock Ford Plantation

rock ford

The home of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand, this magnificent Georgian-style mansion adjacent to Lancaster County Central Park, just south of Lancaster, offers a window into early American life for the well-to-do and their servants.

881 Rockford Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 392-7223

Susquehannock State Park

Susquehannock-Pinnacle

This wooded, 224-acre state park in southern Lancaster County is a great getaway for picnics, easy hikes and viewing hawks, eagles and migratory birds. The park’s lofty overlook of the broad Susquehanna and its undeveloped shores is balm for the soul.

1880 Park Dr, Drumore, PA 17518

(717) 548-3361

The Green Dragon

Green Dragon

The Green Dragon outdoor market, north of Ephrata, is a heaping helping of Pennsylvania Dutch flavor. From shoe-fly pie to pot pie, it’s all good every Friday as more than 400 standholders display their wares.

955 N State St, Ephrata, PA 17522

(717) 738-1117

Wheatland

Wheatland

James Buchanan may not be the most celebrated U.S. president, but his mansion at Marietta and North President avenues is a 19th-century gem. Take time, too, to walk through the nearby Louise Arnold Tanger Aroboretum.

1120 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 392-4633

— Jeff Hawkes