Things to do in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Our most recommended things to do in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

1. Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to professionals on your 14-passenger guided bus tour through Amish Country in Lancaster, PA. During this 90-minute guided tour, your knowledgeable guide will show you Amish farms, homes, and one-room schoolhouses. Interact with the Amish community, while making stops at a quaint Amish road-side stand. Experience true local flavor as you sample delicious home-made baked goods, fresh ice-cream, or cold home-made root beer.  Take your experience one step further as your guide takes you on a room-by-room tour of an original, centuries-old Amish farmhouse. The guided house tour will teach you about Amish history, religion, and clothing. For overseas visitors, a written translation of the guided house tour is available in 17 different languages, so you will not miss anything on the tour. Finish your day with a self-guided, farm visit of our 15-acre farm complete with animals, local artisans, and an Amish one-room school. During your farm visit, you'll have the opportunity to eat Amish-made food from the Amish BBQ Barn. David King and his family grill delicious chicken dinners, along with PA Dutch foods like whoopie pies. While visiting an Amish one-room school, sit in Amish desks and page through real Amish school books. This farm is home to the only "Scooter Run," where you can take a spin on real Amish scooters- just like Amish kids! Meet animals, like baby goats, chickens, Alpaca and Max, the Scottish Highland steer. Feel free to explore at your own pace and enjoy some lunch. Most visitors typically spend an hour on this part of the tour.

Lancaster: Amish Film, House, and Farmland Experience

2. Lancaster: Amish Film, House, and Farmland Experience

Start your experience with a guided Amish farmland bus tour. Discover the rural way of life of the Amish people. Learn about their farming techniques, without the use of modern technology. Watch a special screening of the movie "Jacob's Choice" in the Amish Experience Theater. Enjoy an interactive 4D experience, which charts a young boy's struggle in choosing the Amish church, or leaving behind family and community for the allure of the modern world.  Finish up the itinerary with the guided walking tour through the Amish Country Homestead. Learn about the local schools and education system, as well as the many Amish traditions.

From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

3. From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

Enjoy a unique day in historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. You’ll travel from New York through New Jersey on your way to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. On your guided tour of Philadelphia you’ll see Elfert Alley, which is the oldest inhabited street in America. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, and have the opportunity to run up the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Following your sightseeing in Philadelphia, the tour heads to Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. Explore the Amish market and enjoy some country cooking at lunch. After lunch at the Amish market you’ll go on an authentic Amish buggy ride through farm country and learn how the Amish live without the benefit of modern technology. Imagine no electricity, no running water, no telephones, and no appliances!

Lancaster County: Tour and Meal with an Amish Family

4. Lancaster County: Tour and Meal with an Amish Family

Explore Lancaster County with a local guide. Discover the history and cultural traditions of the Amish community.  Share a meal with a local Amish family in their own home. Enjoy a truly memorable experience that will be the highlight of any trip to Lancaster County.

From New York City: 5-Day Tour w/Niagara Falls & White House

5. From New York City: 5-Day Tour w/Niagara Falls & White House

Embark on a 5-day trip to Niagara Falls, Toronto, the 1000 Islands, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and the Amish Country in Lancaster from New York City. Witness the magnificent Niagara Falls, visit the Arlington National Cemetery, and enjoy the convenience of included accommodation and entry tickets. Day 1: NEW YORK – FINGER LAKES – NIAGARA FALLS Depart from the Big Apple heading north where you will pass the beautiful Delaware Water Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Tour the US side of Niagara including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. Experience the power of Niagara aboard the Maid of the Mist. At night, you can appreciate the colorful lighting of the waters. Stay at the Ramada by Wyndham. Day 2: NIAGARA FALLS – TORONTO – 1000 ISLANDS Start with the magnificent Horseshoe Falls view followed by the visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on The Lake. Continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place — home of the Hockey Hall of Fame — City Hall, and The Distillery Historic District. Towards the evening, depart Toronto east along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions the tour may return to Niagara Falls for overnight). Stay overnight at Gananoque – Comfort Inn (April, Niagara Falls – Ramada by Wyndham). Day 3: 1000 ISLANDS – NEW YORK Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands — such as Boldt Castle and Heart Island. Enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way. Arrive at your hotel in New Jersey at the La Quinta Inn and Suites. Day 4: NEW JERSEY – PHILADELPHIA – WASHINGTON DC Depart from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Visit the famous Liberty Bell, Constitution square, and Congress Hall. Continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia, and more. See the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Enjoy an authentic Amish Buggy ride through the Amish farm country. In the late afternoon, depart east for an evening arrival in Washington DC where you will stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Alexandria. Day 5: WASHINGTON DC – NEW YORK Start the day with a visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded by famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the Changing of the Guard, and the Kennedy family gravesite. The next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while the Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations) before visiting the Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, depart for an evening arrival in New York.

From New York City: 4-Day Tour w/Niagara Falls & US Capitol

6. From New York City: 4-Day Tour w/Niagara Falls & US Capitol

Visit the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. Stop at an outlet mall for shopping, continue to the historic city of Brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US Capitol and visit the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagara Falls Your morning departure from the Big Apple takes you north where you will pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon (Winter itinerary goes to Montour Falls instead of Watkins Glen State Park). Tour the American and Canadian sides of the Falls including the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Goat Island, and Sister Island. At night tour Niagara Falls where you will marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters. Overnight: Niagara Falls - Wyndham Super 8 Day 2: Niagara Falls - New Jersey As you depart the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See the falls up close from Horseshoe Falls and experience the power of the current aboard the Maid of the Mist (May-October). From November through April you will tour the Power Vista Hydro-electric Station, and the Cave of the Winds. At noon depart south to New York State. On the way to New York, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way, where you can hunt for bargains at their brand name stores. Overnight New Jersey - La Quinta Inns & Suites  Day 3: New Jersey - Philadelphia - Washington DC Depart New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Arriving in the Historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, and Constitution square and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America. Stroll Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America) then continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia and more. Departing Philadelphia, see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Ride on an authentic Amish Buggy, visit an Amish market place of handmade arts and crafts and learn what it's like to live without the benefit of modern technology, electricity, running water or telephone service. Overnight at: Wyndham Garden, Washington DC. Day 4: Washington DC - New York  Start the day with a visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards and the Kennedy family gravesite.  Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials.  In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

Lancaster: Downtown & Amish Country Authentic Lancaster Tour

7. Lancaster: Downtown & Amish Country Authentic Lancaster Tour

This is the most comprehensive tour of Lancaster County, incorporating the charm and spirit of downtown Lancaster with its beautiful and scenic countryside. In the beginning of the tour you'll take a delightful stroll through the beautiful streets and byways of downtown Lancaster.  Discover the modern city of today steeped in the history and traditions of over 250 years of America’s colorful and exciting past. Visit the oldest settlement in Lancaster County, followed by a trip to one of 29 remaining covered bridges.  Experience an Amish creamery where you’ll get to choose from more than a dozen homemade ice cream varieties. Next, stop at a scenic lookout point for pictures before wrapping up the tour with a visit to an Amish farm where you can see a variety of handmade goods and crafts.

Lancaster: Evening Ghost Tour by Candlelight

8. Lancaster: Evening Ghost Tour by Candlelight

Join your guide for a candlelight walking tour in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish country. The Ghost Tour is a fun and entertaining tour exploring the seldom-told stories hidden deep in Pennsylvania Dutch folklore with costumed guides leading the way by lantern light. Combining history, folklore and ghost stories, the haunting tales told on the tour are based on the book Ghost Stories of Lancaster, PA. In downtown Lancaster city, explore the long-forgotten mysteries of one of America's oldest cities with haunting tales of otherworldly vigils, fatal curses, and star-crossed lovers. Experience 300 years of haunted history from the Red Rose City's thorny past. Learn about an American president and forbidden love, phantoms of the opera house, family fortunes lost, and more.

Private Lancaster County Amish Tour from Philadelphia

9. Private Lancaster County Amish Tour from Philadelphia

Only an hour outside of Philadelphia lies the beautiful landscape of Lancaster County, home to many Amish and Mennonite families, and a popular tourist destination. Join this unique private tour of the beautiful country and discover the fascinating customs of the people who call it their home. Learn about the Amish and find out why they eschew electricity, opting instead for horse-pulled buggies instead, simple farm machinery, and austere, uniform-like clothing. Take a trip back in time as you drive past the long ropes from which hand-washed laundry hangs. Visit a traditional local bakery and take a buggy ride of your desired length. Afterwards, tour a museum set up as the Amish have lived for over two centuries, and stop for lunch at one of the great family-style restaurants in the area.

Lancaster: Downtown History and Craft Beer Walk

10. Lancaster: Downtown History and Craft Beer Walk

Explore historic and charming downtown Lancaster on your visit to Lancaster County. The tour kicks off at the hub of Lancaster — the colonial square — and highlights the concentration of historical sites spanning 3 centuries, all within just a couple of blocks.  The nation’s oldest, continuously operating farmers market and theater, the birthplace of the Conestoga wagon, homes of some of Lancaster’s most famous citizens, colonial churches, and much more will be brought to life through stories, characters, art, and architecture. Learn the outsize role this small city played in the birth and growth of America as you stroll through charming streets and alleys and begin to understand the building blocks that lead to the present day. After the old city history walk, whet your whistle at some of Lancaster’s finest craft beer establishments with a couple of beer tastings. Learn how much of the city's colorful past is tied to beer. From 19th-century German influence to amazing tales of prohibition ingenuity, the delicious beer flowing through the taps comes from the present day but reaches back across the last 200 years.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 272 reviews

My husband and I enjoyed this well-paced, informative and scenic excursion very much. Our hosts were knowledgeable and friendly and the Amish shops we visited were perfect! Highly recommend!

It was a wonderful and informative tour. Mike was a great tour guide and took additional time to make sure that all of our questions were answered. Well worth the money!

Incredibly interesting tour! We had an absolutely wonderfull day in Lancaster County. Our guide Jim knew almost everything there is to know about the Amish people.

Very knowledgeable guide and bus tour was great and house tour nice also and lots of stuff to see on the farm exhibits! Highly recommended!

It was very well planned. We managed to visit many places in just two days. Our guide was excellent too. I highly recommend this tour.