Best Things to Do If You Only Have a Weekend

People shop for fresh produce on Friday at a small farm stand along Ronks Road.

If your time in Lancaster County is short, you still can get the full Pennsylvania Dutch experience. Here are a few things that should be essential parts of a weekend itinerary.

Amish Roadside Stands

Stop at an Amish roadside stand on the way to and from Bird-in-Hand or along Route 30 between the outlets and Paradise.

Antiques Row

Spend a morning along Columbia’s award-winning Antiques Row in the heart of the town on the Susquehanna River.

Columbia, PA 17512

Bike Rides

If you eat too much at a smorgasbord like Shady Maple, take a bike ride through Amish country in eastern Lancaster County, making sure you get off the beaten paths.

Chameleon Club

Go to the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, where bands from Live to the new band The District have gotten started.

223 N Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 299-9684

Chickies Rock County Park

Go to Chickies Rock overlook on the Susquehanna River, along Route 441, offering an amazing view of the river and York County.

770 Chickies Hill Rd, Columbia, PA 17512

Lancaster Barnstormers Baseball

See an independent minor-league (Atlantic League) ballgame in family-friendly Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 509-4487

Lancaster Central Market

On a Saturday, visit Lancaster Central Market, just off Penn Square. Still in the market feel? Go to Bird-in-Hand Farmers’ Market, along Route 340.

23 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 735-6890


Spend an afternoon in one of the “coolest small towns in America,” Lititz, especially Lititz Springs Park.

Lititz, PA 17543

Steinman Park

Go to Steinman Park, just off the first block of West King Street, if it’s spring or summer with a cup of coffee or a sandwich at lunchtime and sit by the fountains.

20 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603

— Dave O’Connor