Lancaster County in Pennsylvania is a brilliant place for a vacation, whether you want to visit for a couple of weeks or just a weekend. Whether you want a family break, a vacation with friends or a romantic place to go just for the two of you, Lancaster has it all.

Long’s Park

This 80-acre area was gifted to Lancaster in 1900 and Long’s Park has been in existence ever since. Among the many festivals, its hosts are a barbeque competition, a fine arts exhibition, and a season-long music festival. It also has tennis courts, playground, petting zoo, and a spring-fed lake. Vacation packages often mention Long’s Park as it is a place for all ages and interest to enjoy. Give it a try.

Central Market

Why not pay a visit to the oldest farmers market in America?  It is held two days a week in a 120-year-old building that is worth seeing in its own right. Each Tuesday and Friday you will find local foods that do not exist anywhere else in the US.  You should try ‘chowchow’ which is pickled vegetables marinated in mustard or the famous ‘bread and butter pickles’. The most popular local food is called scrapple. This is a breakfast meat made from pork scraps and cornmeal.  You will also find things such as headcheese and Pennsylvania Dutch sausage.

Landis Valley Museum

Opened in 1925, this is a living history village and farm that’s perfect for a relaxed vacation.  Visitors are able to experience village and farm life in 18th and 19th century Lancaster and it holds special events where you can learn some of the skills of the time. It also has facilities for hire for weddings and other special events, if you want your occasion to be held in another time.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

For almost 30 years, the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre has been providing fine cuisine alongside first-class entertainment for about 370 patrons each night. The food ranges from  top class meals to a La Carte depending on which night you attend. Productions range from favorite classics to contemporary hits with performers from all over the country. A live orchestra accompanies the shows, and nationally known designers, choreographers, and directors together achieve some amazing entertainment.

The United States Hot Air Balloon Team

This premier East Coast company has been providing thrilling rides in hot air balloons for 30 years. Their pilots are all trained and FAA approved.  Your visit begins on the ground where you help to assemble the balloon. Your time in the air will be about an hour, and you will get to see Lancaster County from high above. Landings are followed by some light snacks and champagne.

Other Things To Do In Lancaster County

Only a very small sample of things to do in Lancaster are mentioned above, there are many more There is no end of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, museums, theatres, cinemas and just about everything else you can think of. A vacation in Lancaster will certainly not be one where you have time to get bored.


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