10 Free Things to Do in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

I’ve been through Lancaster County, PA many years ago when my job took me and a coworker up north for an event at the National Fire Academy. We had a rental car and some free time, so we opted to drive as far and wide as we could. We did see some of the horse and buggies, as well as the nice people of Lancaster County, PA .  – CajunMama

Free things to do in Lancaster County Pennsylvania - flickr image by Howard N2GOT

Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, with many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in our vibrant downtown city life – featuring galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore some of the surrounding  towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and hands-on activities for which Lancaster is famous. Visit us today at www.padutchcountry.com.

Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Family Home – step back in time to learn about milling history along the banks of scenic Mill Creek.

First Fridays in Downtown Lancaster – join the thousands who enjoy the evening’s artistic energy, good food, and fun surprises.

Heritage Center Museum – discover the traditions of our Amish neighbors, and experience letterpress printing in our 1920s print shop.

Intercourse Pretzel Factory tour – learn how hard pretzels are made, then try your own hand at pretzel twisting.

Kitchen Kettle Village – watch the homemade action in the canning kitchen and fudge shop, or listen to the music of Banjo Jimmy. 

Covered Bridge driving tours – explore our 2,700 miles of back roads and small towns via these classic architectural structures, each with their own story.

Central Market in Downtown Lancaster – take in the delicious sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of America’s oldest operating farmers market.

Lancaster Newspapers’ Newseum – see how newspapers have evolved to serve people from earliest times.

Wilbur Chocolate’s Candy Americana Museum – revel in the tasty history of one of America’s favorite candy makers and chocolatiers. 

People’s Place Quilt Museum – check out the design and craftsmanship of numerous contemporary quilts, as well as learn about the art and practice of quiltmaking.

This content was provided by the PA Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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  1. Wow this brings back memories! My family used to travel to Lancaster EVERY YEAR on our annual road trip to the Jersey Shore.

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