Lancaster Visitors Guide 2024

Home to Amish Country and known for its vast countryside, Lancaster with its unique history and culture is a captivating and perfect getaway destination to explore. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, this historic inland city invites you to explore its rich heritage, savor its delicious local cuisine, and embrace the lively urban atmosphere. From storied landmarks to farm-to-table dining experiences, this travel guide is your gateway to an unforgettable journey through one of America's most beloved destinations.

Top Things to Do in Lancaster

The Amish Farm and House: Step into the timeless world of the Pennsylvania Amish at The Amish Farm and House. You’re invited to explore an authentic Amish farmhouse, witness traditional farming practices, and even embark on educational tours led by in-the-know guides. Providing offsite tours through picturesque countrysides, The Amish Farm and House offers a captivating glimpse into the rich heritage and daily life of the Amish community in PA.

Lancaster Central Market: Lancaster Central Market stands as a vibrant hub of local culture and culinary delights, boasting the title of America's oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Find yourself a feast for the senses as you wander through the bustling aisles brimming with fresh produce, artisanal foods, and handcrafted goods. From farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to delectable baked goods and savory snacks, there's something to tantalize every palate in this historic market.

Lancaster central market
Lancaster Central Market

Dutch Wonderland: A wonder-filled family amusement park especially for little ones, Dutch Wonderland is home to more than 35 rides, attractions, and live entertainment shows. Open year-round with seasonal events, you and your family can enjoy interactive puppet shows, meet fantastical characters including Duke the Dragon and Princess Brooke, and in warmer months splash around in Duke’s Lagoon water play area. It’s easy to see why Dutch Wonderland has become a must-visit destination in Lancaster for generations of families who have made the park a key part of their family fun.

kids running around theme park
Dutch Wonderland

Fulton Theatre: Spend a night under the lights at one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating theaters and designated National Historic Landmark, the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster City’s downtown. Prepare for a night of theatrical splendor where the stage comes alive with captivating performances and Broadway-caliber productions. From classic musicals to cutting-edge dramas, immerse yourself in the magic of live theater while enjoying the charm and elegance of this historic venue.

fulton theater auditorium view from stage
Fulton Theatre

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum: Embrace the vibrant tapestry of early Pennsylvania German life from 1740 to 1940 at the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. Engage with interactive demonstrations led by guides donning period costumes, bringing history to life. Don't miss out on their fantastic annual events, including the Herb & Garden Faire and Harvest Days, offering immersive experiences for all ages. With the recent reopening of the 1815 Jacob Landis Farmhouse for self-guided tours, there's even more to explore and discover in this must-visit historical gem.

a person carving wood on a wooden lathe machine
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

Building Character: More than 70 eclectic shops await within 10,000 square feet of historic warehouses at BUiLDiNG CHARACTER. Nestled in the 300 Block area of N. Queen St. in downtown Lancaster, this marketplace is a memorable stop in the city’s premier shopping district, exuding charm and character with their vast selections of vintage, recycled, and handmade goods. From unique finds to one-of-a-kind souvenirs, explore diverse offerings while soaking in the funky atmosphere of this beloved destination.

Lancaster Electric Bicycle Tour: Strap in for a thrilling adventure through Lancaster City on the Lancaster Electric Bicycle Tour by Unique Lancaster Experiences. Marking its first full year in 2024, this innovative tour takes riders through four historical districts, offering a unique glimpse into the city's rich heritage. Alternatively with convenient e-bike rentals from Let's Roll, you can leisurely explore the diverse culinary delights, eclectic shopping spots, captivating architecture, and vibrant neighborhoods of the downtown at your own pace, ensuring an unforgettable and personalized experience.

group of bike enthusiasts
Lancaster Electric Bicycle Tour

President James Buchanan’s Wheatland: Delve into the fascinating story of President James Buchanan at Wheatland, the former estate of the 15th President of the United States. Embark on guided tours of this beautifully preserved 1828 mansion, gaining insight into Buchanan's life and legacy. With its picturesque gardens, intriguing exhibits, and engaging educational programs, Wheatland offers a captivating journey back in time, making it a must-visit for history buffs and curious travelers alike.

president james buchanan wheatland a Federal style brick house
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland

Stroll downtown Lancaster: Spend an afternoon strolling through downtown Lancaster to truly appreciate the quaint and historic city. With a diverse array of local shops, galleries, and foodie fun, you can explore unique stores such as Lancaster Pickle Company or immerse yourself in the city's creative scene at the PA Guild of Craftsmen Store and similar artsy shops. Throughout the year, the downtown area buzzes with events and festivals from First Fridays to Craft Beerfest, providing opportunities to experience the community's exciting and enchanting spirit firsthand.

Tanger Outlets: Go on a shopping extravaganza at Tanger Outlets! With more than 60 designer and brand-name stores, bargain hunters can explore the spacious complex, navigating between stores with brand names such as shoppers’ favorites Nike, Coach, and Kate Spade. Beyond shopping, you can recharge at various dining options or enjoy the outdoor playground, making this outlet experience a perfect afternoon activity for the whole family.

Best Places to Eat in Lancaster

Zoetroplis Cinema Stillhouse: Known as the ultimate destination for film aficionados, spirits connoisseurs, food enthusiasts, and music lovers in Lancaster City, Zoetroplis Cinema Stillhouse offers a multifaceted experience for all to savor. Immerse yourself in the world of cinema with their curated selection of high-quality films, complemented by the convenience of an onsite micro distillery and restaurant. Whether you're savoring artisanal spirits, sipping on delectable cocktails, or dining on delicious cuisine, Zoetropolis offers a perfect blend of entertainment and gastronomic delight in the heart of Lancaster.

a group of women enjoying drinks
Zoetroplis Cinema Stillhouse

Our Town Brewery: At Our Town Brewery, beer enthusiasts are welcomed into a haven where the mission is clear: deliver the finest brews alongside fresh, expertly crafted foods. Set in a dynamic yet cozy atmosphere, the brewery fosters a sense of community, recognizing the vital role breweries play in connecting locals and visitors. Enjoy top-notch beer thoughtfully paired with delicious fare, all while experiencing the warm embrace of Lancaster's local brewery scene.

Our town brewery building
Our Town Brewery

Passerine: Nestled within the city’s historic district, Passerine beckons with its unique charm as an all-day cafe, restaurant, and bottle shop. Embracing the region's innovative producers and fresh bounty, this quaint cafe takes you on a culinary journey through the flavors of Lancaster. Whether you're savoring a leisurely meal, browsing the curated selection of beverages, or simply soaking in the welcoming ambiance, Passerine promises a wonderful experience that celebrates the best of local flavors and creativity.

LUCA: With its cozy atmosphere and friendly staff, James Beard-nominated LUCA combines the culinary traditions of Italy with the rural heritage of Lancaster County. Taking great pride in their wood-burning hearth and Neapolitan oven, here you can indulge in Italian classics with plates such as their LUCA Sunday Meatballs (only on Sundays of course), or their freshly made Gnocchi A’lla Nonna. Be sure to pair your meal with a glass from their extensive wine menu.

Places to Stay in Lancaster

Eden Resort & Suites: Discover the epitome of luxury and hospitality at Eden Resort and Suites, one of Lancaster’s premier lodging destinations. Renowned for its impeccable service and top-notch amenities including a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna, Eden Resort continually invests in enhancements to ensure an unforgettable stay. Delight in the first full year of Bistro 2two2, a unique dining experience blending the relaxed vibes of a gastropub with high-quality cuisine, complete with an open-flame pizza oven and spacious bar. They’ve also expanded their outdoor amenities, boasting a second pool and cabana rentals, providing you with double the fun and relaxation under the sun.

view of a pool from suite
Eden Resort & Suites

The Cork Factory Hotel: What was once a 19th-century cork factory is now The Cork Factory Hotel, mixing old-world charm with modern luxury for an unforgettable stay. Boasting elegant accommodations, exquisite dining options, and a range of amenities including a fitness center and outdoor patio, its prime location near downtown Lancaster makes it the perfect homebase for a memorable getaway.

Beittel House: Beittel House, a 148-year-old gem featuring sunlight-drenched rooms, stands ready to welcome you to the heart of downtown. Perched above a boutique retail store, this luxurious Airbnb offers travelers a unique experience in the bustling city center, where nearly everything is within walking distance. Immerse yourself in the rich history and inviting ambiance of this storied home, providing an ideal retreat for those seeking convenience and character during their Lancaster adventures.

Looking for more things to do in Lancaster, check out the website. Follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state. Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter so you never miss an update!

share or pin this article

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use our website, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies (and milk!) from Learn more about cookie data in our Privacy Policy