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Beyond these well-known destinations, though, there are many other great things to do in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

This region comprises eight counties in south-central Pennsylvania and is a nice mix of cities and countryside. Throughout the region, visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail (its midpoint is in the region), fish or kayak the many waterways , and, yes, see the Amish, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch.

However, since the region is also home to some of Pennsylvania’s most dynamic mid-sized cities, there are also big city amenities to be found. Downtown Lancaster is bursting with art galleries and coffee shops , while the food scene and many breweries in Harrisburg are likely to wow you.

Combine this with the region’s many fantastic museums, such as the State Museum of Pennsylvania , the Army Heritage Center , and the Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War , the Factory Tour Capital of the World , and the first capital of the United States , and you’re sure to have a great time.

So, no matter what you want to do, there’s something fun to do in PA Dutch Country.

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This is an area that tourists and visitors have grown to love. When you visit Lancaster County , you’ll discover Amish communities where life moves at a slower pace and centers around time-honored traditions and values. You’ll find Pennsylvania Dutch countryside dotted with one-room schoolhouses and wooden covered bridges , modern farm machinery being pulled by mule teams, homemade clothing gently blowing in the breeze, and fquaint stores selling handcrafted Amish-made furniture and handmade quilts .

In the Amish country, you’ll hear the sounds of farm animals and the clip-clop of horse hooves echoing down quiet country roads.

Amid the relaxing atmosphere and peaceful scenery, you’ll find a unique blend of attractions  and  entertainment , food , shopping , and lodging that help to make Lancaster County one of America’s favorite vacation destinations for all ages ( see things for families to do ). You’ll see popular destinations such as Sight & Sound Theatre , Dutch Wonderland , and the Strasburg Rail Road , as well as hundreds of other unique attractions and things to do here .

More than 8 million people visit Lancaster County each year (per the “Power of Lancaster County Tourism” 2016 report). Many begin by searching “ Visit Lancaster PA ” on Google and discovering all the area has to offer on their first visit. Then, they return here year after year because they find the Amish and Lancaster County experience so special.

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Our proximity to many of the mid-Atlantic population centers make this a convenient weekend getaway. We’re roughly an hour and a half from Philadelphia and Baltimore, two hours from Washington, D.C., and just three hours from New York City.

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With an abundance of attractions and fun things to see and do for all ages, combined with the unique culture and lifestyle of our Amish neighbors, Lancaster really does offer its visitors a break from the routine of daily life.

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Smucker’s Quilts – Handmade Amish Quilts and Crafts

Smucker’s Quilts – Handmade Amish Quilts and Crafts

Rachel Smucker invites you to see the beautiful display of quilts in her quilt shop on her Amish farm. See over 100 quality, colorful quilts hand crafted by local Amish and Mennonite women. Quilts, wall hangings, pillows, dolls and more are available at competitive prices. Buses welcome. Closed Sundays.

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Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides

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Large selection of Amish outdoor furniture - tables/chairs, gliders, Adirondack chairs, loungers. Variety of styles, colors. Located behind Dutch Haven . Open Sundays.

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Bird-in-Hand Stage

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Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

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Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park

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Fulton Theatre

The oldest continuously operating theater in America.

George’s Furniture & Woodshop Tours

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Go ‘N Bananas Family Fun Center – Fun For All Ages!

Fun family activities in a jungle-themed miniature indoor amusement park.

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Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction

One of the largest farmers markets in Lancaster County: produce, antiques, baked goods, clothing, food.

Hands-On House Children’s Museum of Lancaster

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Inn at Kitchen Kettle Village

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Shady Maple Smorgasbord

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Sight & Sound Theatres

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Strasburg Rail Road

45-minute ride to Paradise, PA aboard America's oldest short-line railroad.

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Strasburg Scooter Tours – Ultimate Amish Adventure

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That Fish Place – That Pet Place

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The Old Country Store – Quilts & Fabrics in Intercourse, PA

Selling Amish-made baskets, quilts, crafts, toys, and more!

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Hundreds of handmade quilts and other items from Amish, Mennonite and other local artisans.

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Performing arts venue in downtown Lancaster, PA. Purchase tickets online!

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Turkey Hill Experience – Ice Cream Fun for the Whole Family!

Free ice cream samples. Create your own ice cream flavor.

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Milk a cow. Feed a calf. Pet pygmy goats. Hold bunnies. Plus, exotic hens, fishing, and a fun time for all ages!

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Fun, challenging miniature golf along Route 340 in Bird-in-Hand.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Country is a region in Pennsylvania also referred to as South Central Pennsylvania . The region is home to many major tourist attractions such as Lancaster county's Amish country , Harrisburg's state capitol and museums and Hershey's chocolate world and theme park.

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Sometimes the city of Reading and surrounding Berks County is included.

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  • 40.045 -76.5639 1 Accomac
  • 40.2025 -77.195 2 Carlisle
  • 39.93472 -77.65611 3 Chambersburg
  • 39.8283 -77.2322 4 Gettysburg — provides opportunities to explore the history of the critical Civil War battle that took place here
  • 40.397222 -76.654722 5 Grantville
  • 39.8072 -76.9847 6 Hanover
  • 40.264555 -76.883382 7 Harrisburg
  • 40.2653 -76.7086 8 Hummelstown
  • 40.039722 -76.304444 9 Lancaster
  • 40.3417 -76.4208 10 Lebanon
  • 40.1547 -76.3033 11 Lititz
  • 39.82917 -77.90194 12 Mercersburg
  • 40.2464 -76.4728 13 Mount Gretna
  • 39.7672 -76.6789 14 Shrewsbury
  • 40.024444 -76.531111 15 Wrightsville
  • 39.9628 -76.7281 16 York

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  • 40.278333 -76.651111 1 Hershey

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While Pennsylvania Dutch Country consists of a lot of rural areas and is noted for its high Amish population, it is home to over 1.5 million people and maintains one of the highest rates of population growth in the Northeast United States due to lower cost of living but close proximity to major metropolitan areas. It is truly a diverse region with rolling hills, orchards and farms but also growing, vibrant yet historic cities.

The Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) Community dates back to the 16th century Reformation in Europe, specifically the Anabaptist movement. There are three families of Anabaptist-related groups in PA Dutch Country: the Amish, Mennonites and Brethren. The three groups share many basic values and beliefs, with primary differences in dress, language, some forms of worship, and the extent to which they will use modern advancements.

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Much of the "Plain" population (consisting of groups like the Amish and Old Order Mennonites) is bilingual, speaking both English and a dialect of German called "Pennsylvania Dutch." A much smaller portion of the non-Plain population of Pennsylvania Dutch descent is also bilingual. Among the Plain, some smaller children speak only this dialect until starting school. The name "Pennsylvania Dutch" is actually a mispronunciation of "Deitsch," or German in the regional dialect. Church services are held in "high German," as opposed to the dialect.

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There are several regional airports in south central Pennsylvania but the largest and most used is Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) located in Middletown, just minutes from Harrisburg and PA Route 283. Harrisburg International Airport has over a dozen non-stop flights to cities in the U.S. and Toronto in Canada.

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The easiest way to get around the region is by car. There is an extensive network of roads and the area is criss-crossed by several major interstates (81, 76, 83) and U.S. routes (11, 15, 22, 30).

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Amtrak's high-speed Keystone line [dead link] travels through Lancaster and Dauphin county with stops in Lancaster, Mount Joy, Elizabethtown, Middletown, and Harrisburg is useful if traveling between Lancaster and Harrisburg but does not link up the rest of the places in PA Dutch Country.

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The Plain and Fancy Farm provides a good all-around tour of the Amish community including a restaurant, bus tours and a movie. Particularly good if you're a foreign visitor without a car.

The Gettysburg National Military Park , just south of Gettysburg , is one of the most famous battlefields of the American Civil War . The National Apple Museum , north of Gettysburg, has exhibits on the apple industry in the region, and a recreated 1880s farm kitchen and a General Store.

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Scrapple is of Pennsylvania Dutch origin. It is made from pork by-products, such as the pigs head, intestines, brains any of the scraps (hence the name scrapple) and cornmeal, cooked into a thick pudding, formed into a loaf, sliced then fried. A spicy pork breakfast product. A scrapple egg and cheese sandwich served on toast is common place.

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43 Things to Do in PA Dutch Country: Attractions Guide

If you’re searching for a fun, wholesome family getaway, look no further than  Pennsylvania Dutch Country . 

The area is known as Amish Country as it is home to a large Amish population who have preserved their traditional way of life which includes how they farm, the use of horse-drawn transportation and style of clothing.

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Many people come to visit to experience the Amish culture and way of life in this truly beautiful and relaxing area.

Our family has only been in the summer and winter months, but anytime is the best time to visit this quaint part of Pennsylvania as every season offers a little something different.

There is so much fun for families in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and there are several areas of Lancaster County worth visiting. It’s nice that they are all relatively close so you can get around quickly and easily.

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Plus, it’s only about 2.5 hours from the  Washington DC area .

Here we’re going to dive into the different areas that make up Pennsylvania Dutch Country and all the best things there are to do in the area.

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What Areas Make Up The Pennsylvania Dutch Country

The Pennsylvania Dutch Country generally includes the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, primarily Lancaster County and its surrounding areas.

Some of the notable towns and cities in the region include:

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Other nearby counties, such as Berks County, Lebanon, and York County, also have significant Amish populations and are sometimes considered part of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

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Lancaster is right in the heart of Pennsylvania dutch country and is always our first stop in the area as there are so many fun things to do in Lancaster.

There is more to Lancaster than just  Dutch Wonderland  and it’s thrilled roller coasters. Although, it has to be the best amusement park for kids under age 10 and always a highlight of our trips.

Visitors usually come to this area to either visit this theme park or explore the Amish country. Then when there’s time left, explore some of the other amazing attractions and hidden gems on this list.

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For an introduction to the Amish way of life, start your trip at the  Amish Farm & House  to visit this Amish Village in Lancaster. While visiting you can tour

  • The farmhouse
  • Blacksmith shop
  • 1-room schoolhouse
  • Covered bridge

The farmhouse illustrates the simple Amish family with a house tour that includes an old fashioned kitchen, bedrooms, and the meaning of the different colored clothing worn by the Amish. 

My daughter loved the wooden playground, riding a scooter, and seeing the various animals that included cows and hens. I found the tour brief, yet informative. 

Wear comfortable shoes because the property is 15-acres or opt for the bus tour.

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The North Museum of Nature and Science is a great place to visit with a dinosaur gallery and rocks so you can see a variety of rocks including:

  • Rose quartz
  • Black jasper

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The Hands-on House Children’s Museum is the perfect place for younger kids ages 2 to 10 which, as the name suggests, has a lot of hands-on, interactive activities for the kids like the Little Valley Farm Market and Little Valley Farm.

Older kids will have a whirl of fun tinkering with science activities and interactive exhibits   at the  Lancaster Science Factory .

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The Lancaster Central Market is an incredible market with tons of vendors selling everything from delicious food, fresh produce, candies & snacks, home decor and so much more.

The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum is where you go to learn about the history and culture of the German population in the area.  The Landis Valley Museum is actually an open-air museum which is neat to experience.

We also visited That Fish Place – That Pet Place, which turned out to be the largest pet store I have ever been to.

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If you don’t feel like visiting a particular place, one thing we love to do is just drive the country roads, see what we come across and enjoy the views. It’s a great way to explore the area!

* More Nearby Fun * Just outside of Lancaster is Columbia, PA which is a great place to see the National Watch and Clock Museum, participate in the Turkey Hill Experience and visit the Point Rock Tunnel on the Lancaster Country River Trail which is a national historic landmark.

The Susquehanna River also runs right through Lancaster County and offers some awesome water activities and experiences.

You can also walk or ride your bike down the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail or even rent bikes at Chiques Rock Outfitter’s Outpost by the Columbia Crossings River Trails Center.


Bird-in Hand Farmers Market

Fresh squeezed lemonade, handmade Amish quilts and more can be found at the  Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market . 

Located in the town with the same name, the indoor market is a fun way for families to sample Amish goods. Kitchen Kettle Village is on hand with a stock pile of jams and sauces for you to sample on crackers.

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I bought some herb dip mix from “Smith’s My Own” and my kiddo enjoyed a pretzel dog from the Bird-in-Hand soft pretzel company. 

Watch the ladies of Lennons Fudge stir the chocolate while sampling the treat. I was over the moon when I discovered that they serve funnel cake! 

There’s even a lunch counter in the back where they serve up light fare and Turkey Hill ice cream. 

Note : The market operates year round, but only on certain days depending on the time of year. Check the website for operation time as it is definitely worth a visit.

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Village Petting Zoo

Visitors to the quaint village of Bird-in-Hand will enjoy mingling with the Amish and Mennonite local residents while perusing the local items at farmers’ markets and quilt shops.

If you’re up for a little more adventure, Lancaster Balloon Rides will take you on a hot air balloon ride with the most incredible views.

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For a more unique experience, Aaron and Jessica’s Amish Buggy Rides will take you through Amish farm community.

The buggy ride will take you along the road while one of the knowledgeable guides from one of the Amish communities will tell you about the history of the area, the Amish community and answer all your questions.

The ride is pulled by beautiful horses and this is definitely a neat Amish experience and even an educational experience at that.

kids enjoying wagon ride at the Crest Adventure Farm

You know you have stumbled across a great eatery when the truckers are lined up outside. While the décor is dated and cash is the only form of payment accepted,  Route 30 Diner  creates colossal pancakes and, according to my husband, an excellent steak and egg at a great price.

Their walls proudly display the military who serve our country.

Little girl playing with chicken at the farm

We also love visiting the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm which has over 60 activities for the whole family to do. There are acres of fun to explore and it’s just a beautiful place to be.

It doesn’t sound exciting, but the Countryside Roadstand is a mix of authentic Amish goods, food and a farm all rolled into one. The family who owns the property live next store. If you’re looking for authentic Amish food, this is a great spot.

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They sell everything from:

  • Headache salve
  • Handmade soap
  • Small furniture
  • Whoopee pies and other snacks
  • Buttery soft pretzels. 

The view is beautiful with horse drawn buggies passing the country road. One of the employees was dumping old pretzels and gave them to my daughter and I so we could feed the animals out back. 

Yep, in the back yard of the store were chicken, goats, sheep, peacocks, and an alpaca. It’s low-key fun for both children and adults. And yes, the headache balm does work!

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If you are in the area from May to October, take a free tour of the  Mascot Roller Mills . The craftsman gave us a little history and demonstrated how the grain and flour is processed at the mills. 

There are great photo opportunities at Mill Creek which served as the source of water to power the mills. 

We were pressed for time, but would have liked to have toured the miller’s house which is known as the Ressler family home.

For traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking head to  Dienner’s Country Restaurant . While it’s gotten rave reviews, I was glad to try some traditional Amish food and learn that the restaurant employees are Amish, Mennonite and “English.”

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The Old Windmill Farm is a really fun experience and this is a place you don’t want to miss. They offer:

  • A farm tour
  • Live animals
  • Hayride garden tour
  • Barrel train ride
  • Farmhouse experience complete with fresh pressing cider from local apples, making butter from fresh cream

Their petting zoo is also a blast as you can enjoy fun experiences like bottle feeding baby calves, holding baby chicks and milking a cow. If you choose to go, I warn you that your kids won’t want to leave!

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If you have kids or any train lovers in your group, definitely make sure to visit the National Toy Train Museum.

We used to always stop at the Shoofly Pie Bakery for pie of course and their homemade root bear but sadly, they have now permanently closed. 

Sometimes we pack a picnic and head to Groff’s Picnic Grove at the Strasburg Rail Road as they have some nice picnic tables and charcoal grills next to the tracks. There is also a playground for the kids with swings, merry-go-round and seesaws.

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Despite being such a small town, there are some really great things to do here.

First, the Wolf Sanctuary of PA is an absolute must to be able to see the amazing wolves up close.

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Other kid-friendly activities in Lancaster County include becoming a pretzel twisting pro at  Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery  in Lititz or a stop at the Lititz Springs Park is the perfect place to have picnic, feed ducks and enjoy nature.

They also have an awesome playground the kids absolutely love.

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If you’re looking for some fresh fruit, make sure to stop by the Kissel Hill Fruit Farm.

There are also 2 covered bridges in Lititz: Keller’s Mill Covered Bridge and Erbs Covered Bridge which you can drive through as you pass local farmers and farmland.

For the art loves, make sure to check out one of the area’s local artisans, Andy Smith.

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While Ephrata is another small area of PA Dutch Country, I still recommend visiting. Here is a list of things to do on your visit:

The Green Dragon Farmers Market is the best market in the area. And with so many vendors, this is a great spot to do all your shopping for:

  • Fresh baked goods
  • And millions of other items

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While there are several covered bridges, while in Ephrata, make sure to drive through Bitzer’s Mill Covered Bridge, which is the oldest bridge still in use in not only Pennsylvania but the entire United States.

If you’re in to arts and crafts, make sure to visit Art of Recyle. They have free and low cost workshops so make sure to check their calendar. They also have a play area and craft room for the kids which is so fun. Plus, the free art classes for the kids are nice.

And when it’s a warm day (or not, we won’t judge!), stop by Fox Meadows Creamery for some seriously delicious ice cream.

The milk used in the ice cream is produced from their own dairy farm. If you can’t decide on a flavor (it is tough!), they have a sampler which comes with 4 different flavors.

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There is nothing quite liking taking a buggy ride through the countryside. It will definitely be the highlight of any trip! AAA buggy rides takes you through some beautiful scenery and a working farm with horses and cows.

They have a few different options for tours depending on the experience you’d like to have, what you’d like to see and how much time you have available.

Make sure to check their  website  for a  discount coupon .

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Barry’s Car Barn  is a car lover’s dream. While you can take a self-guided tour around, the owner shares his personal collection of some beautiful, classic cars from the 30’s through the 70’s and it’s a really great experience.

There are even some motorcycles and gas pumps in this amazing collection. They also have an interesting gift shop you’ll want to check out for things like license plates from 100+ years ago.

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We stopped at Kitchen Kettle Village, a big shopping village with lots of shops and places to eat.

It was neat to watch them make fudge at the fudge shop so definitely check to see if they’re making fudge when you go. And good luck leaving without some!

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The American Military Edged Weaponry Museum is also in Intercourse and has a large collection of US military knives. With over 5,000 artifacts used in numerous wars, you’ll see items like:

  • Knuckle & trench knives

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If you’re looking for some home decor, homemade items or gifts, The Old Woodshed is definitely a place to shop. All the items are locally made by the Amish people and the shop itself is fun to look around in.

If you need a place to stop for a picnic or just want to spend some time outside, head to Intercourse Community Park. The park has a:

  • Small pound with a fountain
  • Paved walking trail
  • Play area with swings & slides
  • Volleyball court

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Train lovers, this one’s for you. The town of Strasburg is all about trains. You can even spend the night in a caboose! Take a ride on the oldest short-line railroad in the U.S. aboard the  Strasburg Railroad . 

The Strasburg Rail Road is one of several train attractions in the village of Strasburg, offering 45-minute journeys through the Amish countryside.

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There are seven options to enjoy the 45 minute round trip ride from Strasburg to Paradise. 

You can also plan your trip around being there for a specific celebratory ride like the Day out with Thomas or Santa’s Paradise Express. 

Across the street is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania which has many restored trains to see and shares the history of these locomotives.

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Many people visit the museum after a ride on the Strasburg Rail Road, especially as you can buy a combo pass to save on admission.

And if you’d like to do a non-train themed activity, head to Village Greens Miniature Golf and Snack Shoppe for a round of mini golf and a scoop of Turkey Hill ice cream.

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Where to See Live Performances

If you’d like to see a live performance during your visit to the heart of Amish country, there are lots of good options. Some places that are definitely worth checking out area:

  • Fulton Theatre
  • Sign & Sound Theater (Christian theater)
  • Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
  • Lancaster City Arts
  • American Music Theatre

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Where to Stay in PA Dutch Country

There are several options for lodging in and around Lancaster. Due to its central location, my family always checks into the  Fulton Steamboat Inn . The steamboat backs up to farmland and is surrounded by a pond where you can feed ducks and koi. There’s a larger pond past the pirate ship playground and coin machines where you can feed a plethora of ducks pellets. 

Children can adopt a fish during their stay with the “guppy love program.” 

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Each room has a fridge and microwave which was a huge plus for my family. This time we picked a room that had bunk beds. Other amenities include an indoor pool, small game room, coin operated laundry, and cookies and lemonade in the lobby. Kids can get a free meal if they wear their sailor hat. 

However, we didn’t care for the food or service in the restaurant. There are plenty of options along the highway.

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Good to Know Before Visiting PA Dutch Country & The Amish Community

  • Most attractions, stores and some restaurants close on Sundays. The Amish believe that Sunday is a day for rest and time should be spent with family.
  • The Amish do not like their photograph taken. If they see a camera near them, don’t be surprised if they get defensive. Let them know that you respect their culture.
  • While it seems like I drove across the state, everything is within minutes of each other by car. 

During our visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, we tipped into downtown Lancaster which is very different from the Amish countryside. 

Whether you’re heading solely to Dutch Wonderland or want to expand your visit, Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country makes for a relaxing family getaway.

It’s also a short drive from other cities and even other states if you want to continue your road trip. We really had a great time and this is one of the best places to visit in the state.

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10 Things to Do in the Heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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Rolling hills dotted with picture perfect farms. Small historic towns oozing old world charm. Horse drawn buggies roped up at the local grocers. Known as the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lancaster County is synonymous with all things Amish and a simpler way of life. 

I first visited the area a few years ago when I came to see friends. I fell in love with the serene landscapes, boutique shopping, and all the hilariously quirky town names. You’ll see what I mean. However, I didn’t get to everything on my to-do list, so I was keen for a revisit. This time Jeremy even got to tag along.

All located within Lancaster County, this top 10 list aims to inspire a memorable trip to the area. We hope you enjoy Pennsylvania Dutch Country as much as we did.

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Where to Stay in Pennsylvania Dutch Country?

Attractions in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country are spread out across Lancaster County. It doesn’t really matter which town or city you stay in. Though, we found it most convenient to stay within 15 miles of Lancaster city.

  • Hampton Inn & Suites in Ephrata – We spent our first few nights at this hotel. It was everything we’d expect from a Hampton Inn; clean, quiet, and comfortable.
  • The Carriage House at Strasburg – The Hampton Inn was already booked out when we decided to extend our stay in the area. Luckily, we found this gem. The owners of this small motel have done an amazing job refurbishing it into a modern, clean, and comfortable lodging. The rooms even include a delicious breakfast across the street at the Speckled Hen Coffee House.
  • Lancaster Arts Hotel – Originally constructed in the 1880’s, this converted brick warehouse is perfect for anyone looking for a bit of character in the heart of Lancaster city. We were keen to stay here, but they were already fully booked for our trip. 

Room at the Carriage House in Strasburg, heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country

1. Start Your Day at the Lancaster Central Market

Come hungry, and ideally with a sweet tooth. The most popular spot in Lancaster is the Lancaster Central Market . Only open on Saturdays and Tuesdays, the market is the oldest, continuously running public farmers’ market in the country.

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Its 60+ stalls include everything from freshly made breads, to produce, to canned jams, to knitwear. They also have an impressive section of international foods, like empanadas, falafel, West African dishes, and even freshly made pasta. Though, we favored the doughnuts. Yum!

Lancaster Central Market view from above the marketplace floor, Lancaster, PA

2. Get Something Printed from the .918 Club

As we wandered the streets and boutique shops of Lancaster, we came across the most impressive handcraft market, BUilDING CHARACTER . Tucked down a little alley off N. Queen Street, there are over 70 vendors with tons of unique and quirky gifts. 

At the front of the market, step into a 1920’s print shop. Run by volunteers from the .918 Club, the Heritage Press Museum keeps the art of printmaking alive with demonstrations.

We fell in love with their passion for their craft and showed our support by buying beautifully printed Christmas cards.

Stickers for sale at the Building Character Marketplace, Lancaster, PA

3. Learn to Twist Pretzels in Lititz

In the adorably sweet town of Lititz is the country’s first commercial pretzel bakery. Established in 1861, visitors can tour the original Julius Sturgis Bakery and learn how to make that famous pretzel twist. Unfortunately, they don’t give away their famous recipe, nor can you cook your play dough pretzel, but it’s a fascinating look into how the business progressed through the years.

Making Pretzels at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, Lititz

4. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at Wilbur Chocolate

Pennsylvania is known for chocolate making. Though Hershey’s is by far the most famous Pennsylvanian chocolate company, it wasn’t the first. Nor were they the first to sell chocolate drops. Wilbur’s Chocolate Buds were on the market almost 13 years before the famous little kisses appeared.

Though the old Wilbur Chocolate factory is now a hotel, apartment complex, and food hall, the new Wilbur Chocolate shop sits right across the street in Lititz. You can still watch the chocolate being made, and sample some of their sweetness.

Wilbur chocolate buds in a bowl

5. Step into the Past at Ephrata Cloister

Located in the town of Ephrata, the Cloister is a true step back in time.

Developed in the early 1700’s, the Cloister was a spiritual community of around 80 celibate “brothers” and “sisters”. The founder, Conrad Beissel, believed earthly life should be spent preparing to achieve a spiritual union with God at the Second Coming.

The community went into decline after the founder passed in 1768, with the last member dying in 1813. We would guess having only celibate members played a role in the community’s demise. Today, the historic village is preserved as a museum.

As Covid affected opening hours, we weren’t able to go inside the buildings. However, we were able to walk around the site. There is a virtual online tour , with a map of the site and information on each of the buildings.

Ephrata Cloister, Pennsylvania Dutch Country

6. Hunt for Covered Bridges

Who doesn’t love covered bridges? We were surprised to learn there are so many of these historical beauties dotted around the countryside.

Our favorites included the Pinetown Bridge , originally built in 1868, and the Line Valley Bridge , originally built in 1871. Both were in such pretty settings, with gorgeous interiors.

There are approximately 24 covered bridges remaining in Lancaster County. We managed to track down six. Each had a small information board with its history. How many will you find?

Pinetown Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania Dutch Country

7. Learn About the Amish Way of Life

One of the most popular things to do in Pennsylvania Dutch Country is to tour an Amish village or house. The Amish Farm and House and the Amish Village are set up like museums where you can learn about the culture. In addition, there are a dozen or so tour companies that offer bus tours of the countryside and horse drawn buggy tours.

Before doing one of these tours, we recommend visiting the Mennonite Information Center , just outside of Lancaster. It’s a great place to learn about the religions and the differences between the Mennonites and Amish.

Tobacco Farm, Pennsylvania Dutch Country

8. Shop for Amish Wares in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

From extraordinary handmade furniture to tacky tourist tat, shopping in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country is big business and a fun way to spend some of your time.

In the small town of Intercourse (yes, that is the name so enjoy the childish giggle), is Kettle Kitchen Village . With about 30 very cute boutique shops, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. Be sure to stop by the Jam & Relish Kitchen to watch them make and can the products.

Only a few miles down the road is the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market , look for the covered wagon out front. This is a really cool market to look through. Mostly, they sell Amish products including local cheeses, meats, and sweets, but there are also a lot of housewares.

Bird-in-the-Hand Farmers Market, Pennsylvania Dutch Country

9. Take the Train at Strasbourg Rail Road

There’s something exciting about a steam train, especially one with old world charm. The Strasbourg Rail Road company offers 45-minute luxury rides through the Pennsylvania countryside.

For train aficionados, they also do specialty tours of the workings of the trains. There’s a tour of the 611 cab, a tour of their mechanical shop, and even a tour on how they maintain and ready the trains.

Train carriage at Strasburg Rail Road, Lancaster, PA

10. Try the Local Food

We’ve saved the best till last, or maybe the worst, you decide.

Everywhere from marketplaces to local shops and restaurants carry what are known as Amish foods. The desserts are especially popular.

We found the concoction of eggs, molasses, brown sugar, flour and shortening, known as Shoofly-pie to be over-the-top sweet. However, we did like it better than the very popular Whoopie Pies, which honestly were just gross in our opinion.

It wasn’t all bad, we promise. If you’re a foodie, check out our post on the 16 Foods to Try in Pennsylvania Dutch Country .

Learn More for Your Trip

It is worth learning more about the Amish while you’re in the area.

  • The Lancaster Visitor Center has a free small pamphlet available called Lancaster County Amish: Their Lifestyle, Beliefs, & Heritage . We felt it provided a wonderful overview.
  • However, if you prefer something with more depth, we found the book Simply Amish: An Essential Guide from the Foremost Expert on Amish Life informational.

Plan on spending more time in Pennsylvania?

  • We found the DK Eyewitness Guide to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Dutch Country useful for planning our trips. We love the photos and illustrations for inspiration.

Check Out Our Other Pennsylvania Travel Guides

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No more fakelore: revealing the real pennsylvania dutch cuisine.

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Tourist establishments like the Dutch Haven restaurant in Ronks, Pa., marketed "Dutch" culture with windmills, even though the roots of Pennsylvania Dutch culture lie in Germany and Switzerland.

News flash: Whoopie pies are not indigenous Pennsylvania Dutch food, no matter what the tourist traps say. Nor are the seafood bisque, chili, roast beef and other dishes crowding the steam tables at tourist restaurants in Lancaster County, Pa.

Instead, how about some gumbis, a casserole of shredded cabbage, meat, dried fruit and onions? Or some gribble, bits of toasted pasta akin to couscous? Or some schnitz-un-gnepp: stewed dried apples, ham hocks and dumplings?

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Fifty-three-hundred pounds of drumhead cabbage on its way to sauerkraut near Roaring Spring in Morrisons Cove, Blair County, Pa., Oct. 17, 1912. Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania Press hide caption

Fifty-three-hundred pounds of drumhead cabbage on its way to sauerkraut near Roaring Spring in Morrisons Cove, Blair County, Pa., Oct. 17, 1912.

All are iconic Pennsylvania Dutch fare, according to William Woys Weaver, author of a new tome on Pennsylvania Dutch food, As American As Shoofly Pie.

The book's subtitle, The Foodlore and Fakelore of Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine, suggests that Weaver, who grew up with a grandfather who spoke to him only in the dialect Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch, is not taking a wholly reverent look at his native cuisine.

Indeed, Weaver seems to have had a ripping good time unmasking the fake Pennsylvania Dutch tourist culture, with its hex signs (bogus) and windmiills (faux) and buffets designed to fill up busloads of tourists on a budget.

Funnel cakes, considered by many to be echt Pennsylvania Dutch, were a rare holiday treat until they were popularized as a fundraiser at the Kutztown Folk Festival in the 1950s, Weaver says.

Well, so much for tradition.

At the same time, Weaver has taken seriously his mission to rediscover the foods of his ancestors, interviewing hundreds of people over 30 years. A food historian, he directs the new Keystone Center for the Study of Regional Foods and Food Tourism .

Pennsylvania Dutch, he notes, isn't a synonym for Amish. Instead, it's the culture of people who came from Germany and Switzerland in the 17th and 18th centuries and settled in southeastern and south central Pennsylvania.

Some were Lutherans, some Anabaptists, some Mennonites. Some were rich enough to eat hasenpfeffer, rabbit braised in wine. Some were "buckwheat Dutch," so poor they rarely ate meat and got by on "hairy" dumplings, made with shredded potatoes that stuck out when the dumplings were boiled.

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A typical Buckwheat Dutch two-room log house circa 1896. Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania Press hide caption

A typical Buckwheat Dutch two-room log house circa 1896.

"Because they were poor, they had to be creative," Weaver says. "They were eating ramps. They were eating wild asparagus. They were eating huckleberries. Of course, the Victorians wanted everything in white sauce and looked down their noses at [that food]. But we can see it as something very close to the land."

That authenticity, Weaver says, is something that can be used to create a "new Dutch cuisine." He's talking to chefs in Pennsylvania about incorporating traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dishes into their menus. "There's good stuff out there," he says. "It just needs to be uncovered."

The recipes in the book should help; they include familiar-sounding fare like Punxsutawney spice cookies, and surprises like peach and new potato stew.

Then there are the one-pot dishes, like that gumbis . It was a frugal meal that could be cooked on a hearth or a stove. It wasn't rare for rural families to eat it without plates or silverware, Weaver says, by dipping chunks of bread in the communal pot.

"They're sort of fun for people who want to sit around and pick at things out of the pot," Weaver says. "We even have a word for eating that way. We call it schlappichdunkes — messy gravy."

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When planning your trip to Lancaster, make sure you include some time to stop by the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center to learn about all the services Lancaster County has to offer.

Having visited visitor centers all over America, we finally visited our local center and found friendly and helpful staff, a modern and spacious building which included an art gallery showcasing the works of local artists. The Discover Lancaster is an attraction in itself. Make this your first stop!

Our Visitors Center is open Mondays - Saturdays, 10am - 4pm.

The Discover Lancaster is proud to present a new short film showing in our Visitors Center Theater. A Patchwork of Neighbors , depicts the essence of Lancaster County through personal stories told by locals. We even have exclusive voice over from an Amish person! This engaging film is the perfect way to understand the patchwork that makes up our dynamic destination. The film plays on a continuous loop during normal Visitors Center hours. While you're here, pick up attractions, dining, lodging, and shopping brochures, and gather plenty of information about other properties, services, and special events. Our friendly travel consultants are a valuable service in and of themselves, offering expert advice and suggesting restaurants, finding last-minute lodging or finding those special out-of-the-way places.

In addition, see the incredible craftsmanship of an authentic, operating Grandfather Clock. This cherry and mahogany tall case clock was made around 1810 by one of Lancaster’s most prominent clockmakers, Jonh Eberman Jr. In addition to building traditional domestic clocks, Eberman also made massive public clocks. His most impressive one kept time for a century in the façade of the Lancaster County Court house and now almost 250 years old is still ticking away in the lobby of the National Watch & Clock Museum.

We're conveniently located just off Route 30 at the Greenfield Road exit. You can also call us toll free at 1-800-PA-Dutch (1-800-723-8824) or 717-299-8901 (local).

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  • Braille information packets are available in person & by mail upon request
  • Pathway from entrance to the information desk is accessible
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  • The Visitors Center is generally a quiet environment
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Visitors can pick up Amish-related information in the following languages:

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The safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. To ensure all are comfortable and safe in our Visitors Center, we have the following safety protocols.

  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrance and the Information desk.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Visitors Center.
  • Plexiglass barriers are available for interactions at the information desk and gift shop counter if so desired.

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1. Sight & Sound Theatres


2. The Amish Farm and House


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3. American Music Theatre


4. Lancaster Central Market


5. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania


6. The Amish Village


7. Wolf Sanctuary of PA


8. Fulton Theatre


9. Magic & Wonder Show


10. Lapp Valley Farm


11. Amish Country


12. Lititz Springs Park


13. Bird in Hand Farmers Market


14. Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire


15. Mennonite Information Center


16. Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area


17. Historic Rock Ford


18. Discover Lancaster Visitors Center


19. Lancaster Brewing Company


20. Nissley Vineyards and Winery


21. Historic St. Mary's Catholic Church


22. Moravian Church Square


23. Long's Park


24. Waltz Vineyards


25. Chickies Rock Park


26. Kitchen Kettle Village


27. Lancaster County Convention Center


28. Conewago Recreation Trail


29. Pinnacle Overlook


30. Ephrata Performing Arts Center


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    Meteorites. Fossils. And more. Source: Lancaster Science Factory. The Hands-on House Children's Museum is the perfect place for younger kids ages 2 to 10 which, as the name suggests, has a lot of hands-on, interactive activities for the kids like the Little Valley Farm Market and Little Valley Farm.

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    From extraordinary handmade furniture to tacky tourist tat, shopping in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country is big business and a fun way to spend some of your time. In the small town of Intercourse (yes, that is the name so enjoy the childish giggle), is Kettle Kitchen Village. With about 30 very cute boutique shops, you'll find something for ...

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    2023. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lancaster (Amish Country), PA. 1,693. from $101/night. 2023. Bird-In-Hand Family Inn. 1,217. from $112/night. Pennsylvania Dutch Country Tourism: Tripadvisor has 256,486 reviews of Pennsylvania Dutch Country Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Pennsylvania Dutch Country resource.

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    Our visitor services can point you toward the best dining and lodging options as well as offer information on attractions, upcoming events, and more. ... You can also call us toll free at 1-800-PA-Dutch (1-800-723-8824) or 717-299-8901 (local). 2023 Visitors Center Hours. Our Visitors Center is open Mondays - Saturdays, 10am - 4pm.

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    By ElizaWr. In addition to a large selection of restored train cars, you will find great displays on Pennsylvania history and the... 2023. 6. The Amish Village. 1,044. History Museums. By CollierTravel. The Amish Village tour was amazing, loved the Reenactment Village and especially the tour of an Amish home.