Lancaster County is the perfect place for families, with a wide variety of attractions for kids and adults to enjoy together.
Candy Americana Museum
Watch candymakers create chocolates and fudge at the home of the famous Wilbur Bud and check out the big candy store.
N Broad St, Lititz, PA 17543
Sweetness and science mix in this Willie Wonka-like candy store
69B E Main StLititz, Pennsylvania 17543; also: 309 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
Meet farm animals, take a hay ride, find your way through a corn maze (seasonal)—there’s lots to do at this sprawling farm park.
150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
An amusement park geared for children with easygoing rides, princesses and dragons.
2249 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602
Hands On House Children’s Museum
This large venue offers fun, interactive events, exhibits and classes for the 2 to 10 year-old crowd.
721 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
Hole in the Wall Puppet Theater
Favorite children’s stories brought to life by hand-made marionette puppets, also shows for adults in the evening.
126 N Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603
Lancaster Science Factory
An interactive, hands-on science and technology museum for kids.
454 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA 17602
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
A living history museum that collects, conserves, exhibits, and interprets Pennsylvania German life from 1740 through 1940.
2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
National Christmas Center
Everything you can imagine that celebrates Christmas, from old department store displays to multitudes of Christmas ornaments to creches.
3427 Lincoln Hwy E, Paradise, PA 17562
National Toy Train Museum
Collections date from the early 1800s to present day, owned and operated by the Train Collectors Association.
300 Paradise Ln, Strasburg, PA 17579
North Museum of Nature and Science
A natural history museum and planetarium, recently renovated.
400 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
Strasburg Rail Road
There’s plenty for train-loviing families to see in Strasburg but you can actually ride this heritage steam train all the way to Paradise and back. Special for kids: Thomas the Tank Engine is often here.
301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 17572
866-725-9666, (717) 687-6193
Turkey Hill Experience
How many places let you create your own ice cream from hundreds of possible ingredients? That’s the star attraction of this factory tour of the locally based dairy store chain.
Turkey Hill Experience, 301 Linden St, Columbia, PA 17512
— Jane Holahan