Best Places to Take Kids

Thomas Tour

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

(888) 294-5287

Candy*ology

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

(717) 626-9949

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

(717) 687-6843

Dutch Wonderland

An amusement park geared for children with easygoing rides, princesses and dragons.

2249 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602

(866) 386-2839

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

(717) 569-5437

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

(717) 394-8398

Lancaster Science Factory

An interactive, hands-on science and technology museum for kids.

454 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 509-6363

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

(717) 569-0401

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

(717) 442-7950

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

(717) 687-8976

North Museum of Nature and Science

A natural history museum and planetarium, recently renovated.

400 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-3941

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

(844) 847-4884

— Jane Holahan